July 10, 2007
While I do believe requiring government schools to be accountable for their performance, the federal government and even the state should not be collecting taxes and redistributing them for any pre-K through 12 schools. This is why many real conservatives have a problem with laws like No Child Left Behind in the first place. The states and more importantly the local communities and individual families should be making educational choices, not Big Brother Nanny State. The federal government has no place in engineering the destruction of families through welfare programs, which is the true reason we have NCLB.
Students and corporations should be funding colleges and universities; not taxpayers, many of whom did not and will never attend college. If we are ever to fix the problems we are having with the cost and quality of government run pre-K through the college educational behemoth we must have true competition. Competition starts with funding then attendance and we also need to look at the underlying reasons why many in our society want to be dictated to and controlled by Uncle Sam and his bloated bureaucratic cohorts. If people and corporations were bearing the direct costs of these higher education schools then they would be more likely to care how well they are performing.
The same people that overwhelmingly want to rely so heavily on government programs/schools are the same people that have weak family units with very few fathers in the homes. Many of the problems that we all rail against start with the destruction of the family caused, for the most part, by federal and state laws that encourage forced family separation. If families where able to keep more of their money and be more involved with their children they would be able to make more of their own educational choices and hold those choices accountable. Once you allow both fit parents to raise their own children, then you will begin to see fewer tendencies of these families to rely on taxpayer funded programs/schools.
Pass the federal Parental Restoration and Preservation Act 2007 and get rid of welfare programs like Title IV-D and E that use incentive payments to require the states to create non-custodial parents and to take children away from fit parents and families to feed the foster care and adoption industry. Through the Equally Shared Parenting bill HB 4564 end the income redistribution scheme that is the Family Court and Friend of the Court system of assigning a child to one parent so that bloated support payments can be ordered. Finally, end No Child Left Behind and all other federal programs that deal with education. Lower the overall federal tax rate by cutting these programs to allow the states, communities and families to determine how to educate and raise their children.
[Darrick Scott-Farnsworth is Executive Director of www.AChildsRight.net]
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