It is possible to beat the educational bureaucracy; it is possible to free the school system from its control. Iowa just became the third state to do this when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law “The Students First Act”. The Iowa House passed it 55 to 45 on Monday and the Senate 31 to 18 early on Tuesday morning. Reynolds has already signed it into law.
What was House File 68 now funds students through the school system rather than the school system itself. That’s the one single action required to bring freedom to the education system. Parents now decide where to send their child to school – the state’s money follows that decision.
What this actually means is that the central bureaucracy loses its power over what children are taught and how. For parents who do not agree with that curriculum or attitude can simply switch their kids to another which is more aligned with their values.
There’s a reason the woke and progressive have been so against such laws all over the country. As the Jesuits used to say – before that Aristotle – “Give me a child before they are seven and I will give you the man.” Kids tend to believe what they’re taught in school. So, if you want to have a revolution one way is to control the teaching of children.
This is what Critical Race Theory is all about – or the other names, diversity and equity, or social and emotional learning. Teach all children – and fail them if they don’t believe – that America is a racist country, that capitalism is racist, that there must be a revolution and, in the end, there will be a revolution. Because that’s what all children have been taught.
This is why the woke and progressive are so against school choice. Because it removes their power over what and how our children are taught. It’s not just the teachers’ unions worried about losing union contracts, it’s the ideologues complaining that they will no longer be able to propagandize the kids. Which is, of course, why it’s all so important.
As we’ve said the importance is of changing the system, not the bureaucrat. If we just change who makes the rules for all schools then that just leaves us with a different person making that decision that we want to make ourselves. It’s necessary to change the system so that no one has that central control over what all children are taught.
The answer here is exactly what Iowa has just done. This does not change the idea of public education. It is still true that taxes pay to educate all children. What it does change is who decides what is taught by that public education. Now it is students, not systems, who get that tax funding. By sending a child to a different school the money now goes to that different school. This means that the tax money is now spent on how parents desire their children to be educated – surely the aim all along. Well, unless you’re a progressive who wants to propagandize the kids instead of educate them as parents desire. Which is, again, the point.
By removing from the system that central control of how everyone is taught – which is what school choice does – then we remove the power of those who would spend our money raising our kids how we don’t want our kids to be raised. We’ve killed the system that allows them to do that by funding students, not the system.
Victories can happen, we can beat them. Iowa is, with The Students First Act, the third state to achieve this.
Only 48 to go then – and yes, it is 48 because the kids in D.C. deserve the best education, just as those in all the states do.
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No. I don’t agree. I don’t want them in my schools. My kids needs a safe environment to learn. If they come in, then we will have to lower standards and allow violence. Only to have them cry racism when they don’t get their way . So no
You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. The SCHOOL sets the criteria for admission and retention of students, not the government. If the kid does not meet the criteria for admission or retention, out they go. Private schools are still not required to accept or keep the trouble makers. They simply say, “we don’t have the programs to provide services for these students.”
Granted, this will leave the trouble makers in the public schools, but maybe they will change the way they deal with them.
This time of socialist social experiments that blow up in our faces,,,let’s hope it’s “Dr. Livingston I presume”, not Dr. Fauci, Kevorkian, or Frankenstein, like most past government social experiments.
In 1861, the New York Herald sent Henry Morton Stanley (a British journalist) to see if he could find the heroic Doctor Livingston, who had disappeared into “Darkest Africa”. It took two years and a perilous journey, but eventually Stanley found the Doctor on the shores of Lake Tanganyika doing some creative healing community organizing that left black neighborhoods much healthier and better off for having known him, unlike the Dark demonic Democrats who let our black neighborhoods sink into the socialist swamps of pugilistic poverty and a sinking violence that would shame even an African alligator. It was Dr Livingston who cherished life so much he would not even swat a Fly. Maybe now even the Democrat maggots can feel safe to live to adulthood, not adultery, and mature into their God given designs and destinies, when the real adults take over the show, the journey and the Americans seeking a better destination than the jungels of New Yrk and CHhcago.
The Woke, the Democrats, the Teachers’ Unions consider children to be a commodity, to be molded under their supervision into conforming liberal adults. They have filled students’ heads with garbage that detracts from the real purpose of education which is to teach not only the tools necessary for their life ahead but also values that make society work. We now have one more state which believes in that!