Education is a personal, family, local community or market molehill. But when you hear the discussions from most politicians, regulators or companies who benefit from national regulations, you would think we have a NATIONAL MOUNTAIN to “take on” in order to provide good education. I will simply mention that federal funding and directing or engaging in education in any way is unconstitutional. I am going to proceed with the understanding that most who read this blog will understand the limitations the US Constitution places on the federal government.
So, more on why we don’t need a federal education system.
How can I say education is a local (or even a personal) molehill? Well, only individuals are “educateable”.
It’s pretty simple, really. Personal education has happened since the beginning of time without the need for a national government to direct it. Now, please don’t think me callous regarding special needs in education. I have had family experiences with difficult educational circumstances, including learning disabilities and physical limitations that could have been detrimental long-term. What our family discovered, and others who have gone before us found this as well, is that DC is incapable of meeting real personal and family needs. Those very real educational needs are better met either at home, or very close to home.
So, why do politicians, regulators and corporations pretend we have a NATIONAL MOUNTAIN regarding education? There are a number of reasons people in government believe education is a “national problem” and here are some of them.
- children need to be separated by ages for education…Industrial education requires bigger scale. (Totally false)
- teachers are defined only as those who stand in front of a classroom located inside of a building or even online indoctrination by a teacher or curriculum (Totally false…a teacher is one who teaches, wherever the teaching may occur)
- schools are defined by buildings and budgets (False again, schools can be anywhere learning happens, which is pretty much anywhere)
- graduation rates from government schools are a valuable measurement of a successful education system (Nope)
- more money determines better education quality (a justification from bleeding the citizens dry)
- college enrollment rates are good measurements of quality of education (expensive paper for some students)
- Jobs, in acceptable government categories, are measurements of a good education system. (Their categories are a waste)
I hope to address some of the above points later, but more importantly, I hope to encourage individuals to look beyond the government school model as a solution to individual education needs, or the education of the children or children in your community. (more…)