In a new OPED for American Constitutional Rights Union, Executive Director Lt. Col. Allen West writes, “The time is upon us to take back control of education in America; it is not the realm of the State. It does not exist for the control of the progressive socialists and Marxists. Education exists to unleash our freedom of conscience and enable us to be critical thinkers and productive members of the American society...not mindless lemmings.”
Perhaps you remember the song "Teach the Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. In the perspective of the progressive socialist left the word 'teach' is replaced with 'indoctrinate'. I find it interesting that the first person to introduce the idea of state control of education was one Karl Marx. With the rise of power of the leftist teachers’ unions we are witnessing the manifestation of one of Marx's fundamental planks as written in his book, The Communist Manifesto.
On March 18, the West Virginia Senate passed a landmark education bill to create the nation's largest education savings account (ESA) program, which would let parents withdraw their children from public schools and allow them to take the funds that would have been spent by the state and spend them on private school tuition, tutoring, or homeschooling expenses.
Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today's students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to accommodate.
Policymakers do not have to choose between supporting traditional public schools and supporting high-performing charters. Improving public education in America will require both.
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6/4: ACRU Policy Board member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams explains why many colleges are hampering free speech with draconian tolerance policies.
3/27: ACRU Policy Board member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams explains why left-leaning biases in universities are corrupting the education system.