Then too, a lot could be said about the benefits of saving 70 Billion a year and doing away with it.
One day before the New Hampshire primary, the L.A.Times weighs in on the GOP “unease” caused by the anticipated rise of Mitt Romney (“As Mitt Romney surges, Republican divisions sharpen“). The Times sets the tone for the article with a quote from Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, explaining that the GOP unease results from “a more doctrinaire Republican base than we have seen in the last 25 years.”
I would like to have more explanation of my “unease” than a dismissive judgment that I’m “doctrinaire,” and I’m sure readers of FlashReport would too. Note to the Pew Research Center: Wake up! Republicans want substantive discussion, not the diet of slogans and talking points we’ve been served thus far. There’s nothing “doctrinaire” about that.
In my case it’s easy to identify the missing Romney elements. Unlike the “fringe,” “unelectable” candidates like Paul, Perry, and Santorum, Romney says nothing about education. Of course in this he is assisted by the media, which, in all of the debates, up to and including the most recent New Hampshire debate, has not asked a single question about education, even though we are in the midst of the most serious crises in American public education we have ever faced. One might well wonder what is wrong with the media, but in this essay I would like to challenge the GOP, and specifically Romney, to speak out on education with or without help from the media.
Here are the talking points on education that every serious GOP voter should demand from Romney:
- What are the candidate’s thoughts on the financial collapse of American public education? Should we worry about it as much as we worry about Afghanistan or gay marriage? If not, why not?
- Is it wise for the country to spend $30 billion nationally (or $230 billion, depending on your source) on new national standards (the Common Core standards [CCS], part of Obama’s Race to the Top, [RttT]) when we can’t even pay our teachers, janitors and librarians?
- As there is precious little money for schools, where will the $30 billion for national standards come from? Particularly in states like California, which have excellent standards already but now must pay $2 billion for CCS, how will we pay for it and why can’t we use the money for problems more pressing than the share prices of Pearson Publishing and Educational Testing Service?
- Is the national database that will attend RttT and CCS a good idea? Personal family information will be collected at school sites and forwarded to the federal Department of Education, where, as many are reporting, there are no safeguards to keep it from other agencies.
The Times is right that a widespread unease in the GOP rank and file is arising at the prospect of a Romney candidacy. Romney and GOP leadership will have to reach deep inside themselves to find the leadership to pull the party out of this crisis. If they flinch and retreat to business as usual, then the rank and file will have to make its voice heard.
I’ve been opposed to the planned Department of Education’s Power Grab since I started finding out about all the stuff buried in the scheme. A lot of it is Unconstitutional, Illegal under current law and expensive. Why should taxpayers pick up the tab for another loss of freedom and an unprecedented violation of our Fourth and Tenth Amendment Rights..
I’ve posted several times on the issue here on Grumpy. The scheme if adopted will put control of school curriculum in the hands of the Secretary of Education.. Under this President it might mean your children get indoctrinated with the kind of diversity his LaRaza Friends have pushed onto the Tucson Unified School District. They could possible be required to accept diversity instruction from a member of Counsel for Islamic American Relations like just happened here in Florida. Another Administration might decide that teaching evolution isn’t such a hot idea, and insist on Intelligent Design
The Federal Government wouldn’t get to mandate what was actually taught in the classroom– Instead they’d control what goes on the standardized tests the kids take, the ones that determine funding and whether a teacher has a job next year. You don’t need to actually mandate the curriculum if you control the tests.
The three examples I gave may sound extreme, but two have actually happened.. You can click the links up above and read for yourself, both incidents are well documented,
I’ve gone into the privacy issues several times.. most recently Do you trust government with your kids personal information
So when Doug mentioned posting this it made sense to me..
Stop the Department of Education’s Power Grab
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