On September 14, 2021, I shared over social media that the U.S. Department of Education was soliciting public comments for their Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Learning Agenda. I suggested that we all take the opportunity to express the need for an approach that returns control of #education to where it belongs – with parents, teachers, and students.
Many of you asked about the comments I personally submitted via the Federal Register Portal, so I wanted to take a moment to share mine here:
- Education is a personal decision that should be made by parents, teachers, and students. NOT the local government. And certainly NOT the federal government!
- You ask how to best serve students with regard to COVID and inclusivity. How do you expect to get 10s of millions of parents, teachers, and students to all agree on a one-size-fits all model?
- Please return ALL decision-making power to the parents. Allow parents to decide which school they send their kids to – mask or no mask, vaccine or no vaccine, prayer or no prayer, school uniforms or no school uniforms, etc.
- Our country was built on innovation and choice. Allow different schools to come up with different ways to please their customers – parents and students.
- Education is much too important to be left to a monopoly run by lobbyists, special interest groups and powerful teachers unions. Put the power back into the hands of parents, individual educators (rather than union leaders) and students!
Experts and parents alike agree that education is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not a child becomes successful. But the federal Department of Education has utterly failed to provide our children the opportunities to thrive. Since the Department was created, government spending on education has skyrocketed, while the quality of education has declined.
In fact, for every eleven cents that the federal government gives to the states for schools, it costs them fifteen cents to comply with the strings that come attached. The states actually lose money by getting money from the federal government!
The needs of students differ greatly, whether in rural Appalachia, urban New York, suburban Oregon, small Deep South towns, or anywhere in between. One-size-fits-all federal government solutions are never going to work. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their own comments through the website – even outside of election years, there are so many ways we can put #PeopleB4Politics and lift our voices to #Act4Liberty together!
Yours In Liberty,
PS – Did you you catch our livestream coverage of the liberty response to Biden’s “State of the Union” Address after his inauguration? I’ve included a brief clip where I shared my thoughts on his education platform in general, in case you missed it!
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