Abolish the Department of Education
Spectator ^ | 2-26 | Jeffrey Lord
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:33:45 PM by ExxonPatrolUs
How did the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania get along from the beginning of the Republic in 1787 until 1978 — 191 years — and yet manage to educate its kids without the existence of the U.S. Department of Education?
And, being one who is a graduate of both a Pennsylvania public high school and a Pennsylvania private college (Franklin and Marshall College, as it happens, dates from 1787) — how did the Commonwealth manage to educate the bulk of those kids well? Kids from all economic backgrounds, all races and both genders?
The response will surely come — as it does with every proposal to eliminate anything large or small in the federal government — that the Department of Education is, don’t you know, indispensable. That the $68.1 billion budget for the federal Education Department (not to mention the 5,000 federal employees it has gained as the Cabinet’s smallest (!) department) is critical to educating America’s kids — and without it the nation will collapse.
What’s going here in this sequester discussion is precisely what our friend Mark Levin has discussed in his bestseller Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.
The real reason for the existence of the U.S. Department of Education is, to borrow from Levin, “the perfectability of mankind” — in this case through the establishment of a federal educational Leviathan. Without it, perfection cannot possibly be attained.
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