The Department of Education has been instituting programs that are not helping our children to be prepared to compete in tomorrow’s job market. We need to return control of our children’s education back where it belongs, in the hands of the parents, and the teachers at the most local levels. Everything can be handled by establishing free market solutions to issues where big government monopolies currently exist. When markets are free, forces like competition will actually ensure a higher level of quality at a cheaper price than a monopoly could/would provide, even given supply and demand forces. This view applies to all services and product sales, and this is why I have been an advocate for the complete separation of education and state.
Given the results of nearly 40 years with a cabinet level Department of Education agency, it is fair to say that the Federal agency in DC is not helping children become better educated in small town USA, and the Department of Education has demonstrated that it is not helping children become better educated in big town USA either. Unfortunately, it has established that the one size fits all solution to education is an abject failure to the tax paying citizens of the United States, and our children. Different administrations have attempted to create new initiatives such as “Outcome Based Education,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Common Core,” but the one commonality is that these initiatives have done nothing to help children prepare for their futures.
In addition to the current administration’s desire to merge the Department of Education and the Labor Department, the next issue we are faced with is the fact that politicians continue pointing to poor performance as a justification for using a greater quantity of tax dollars for education, because more money gives the illusion that they are concerned and working on trying to solve the problems.
So what is the answer? If we are to put a free market solution in place, what would it look like?
We are living in an exciting time when it comes to learning! There are many innovations that could be put in place. We need to remove government regulation, written by people in Washington DC, and return control back to the people who know these children the best, parents in partnership with their children’s teachers.
This information age, has also enabled people to study and learn a variety of subjects more easily than ever before, largely for free, and while not the correct choice for all families, there are many resources available for families who wish to home school their children. Networks have been created so families can create their own classrooms with other families who are inclined to home school. These groups and networks are good for helping children become more socialized, it is also good for parents who want a break, and they can trade lesson days and the like. The best part of this is that it does not rely on tax dollars in order to help finance.
Privatized education solutions can help with this. For example, a charter school was created that had a focus, in addition to learning the primary subjects, on sustainable farming. Like that school, private schools with a focus on trades will enable children who, like me, learn by working with their hands to work toward their potential.
Since children do not all learn the same way, explaining why the “cookie cutter” education systems fail it is critical for parents to know that there is no need for a government bureaucracy to be in charge of children’s education. Instead, we need to work together creating a free market solution which will serve to help our children become competitive in tomorrow’s job market by giving them the tools they need to succeed, because with marketable skills and a solid work ethic, our children will live where they WANT to live, and that is our goal with education!
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