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Friday, October 29, 2010

The American People are Filing for Divorce

We don't think too highly of choice architects on this site. They are divorced from the real people and issues of the day. They think they are doing what is best for those who can't make decisions for their own lives, but what they have actually brought about is noted in American Thinker:

The ungrateful masses look at what Obama hath wrought and see a federal government taking over their lives, debt biblically extending to "
our children's children," and a ruling class that lives large while taxpayers now spend a quarter of their lives working to pay for its excesses.

O'Rourke sees an Obama States of America as Detroit-writ-large, with the president extending the life previously reserved by Democrats for their core constituencies to the average American. The humorist says the president is creating a nation of "vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility." Thomas Lifson described this as "progressive feudalism," condemning the average American to a grim subsistence with "more and more of our lives ... regulated by government bureaucrats setting rules and regulations and licensing people."

I tend to agree with PJ O'Rourke and his description of vile schools. What makes a school vile? A school that has no control over its own curriculum and being able to innovate. Stagnation. "More and more of our lives are regulated by government bureaucrats setting rules and regulations". That's what Race to the top and the rush to adopt common core standards is really all about. Centralization of power and loss of individualized education.

Stuart Schwartz explains the five truths this administration has helped everyday Americans discover. Pay particular attention to the fifth truth:

Speaking of education: the rot is deep. It will take decades to turn this around. If the U.S. Department of Education were to vanish tomorrow, the immediate effect would be a major hit to the profits of trendy Beltway bars. But the education establishment would remain, the same one putting our money behind programs to train students for "global citizenship" rather than reading, writing, and math. And the same one that has come to Washington to create the programs which two-thirds of the country say have put us on the "wrong track," according to Rasmussen.

It would seem if two-thirds of the country believes these programs have put us "on the wrong track", and it is time to get rid of the choice architects and start listening to the people who are paying for the education of its youngest citizens. Think about that. Two-thirds of the country believe we are on the wrong track. We know in education the rot is deep. It's time to take back the curriculum from this elite group and protect the future for our children.

We can start by voting on November 2...vote for candidates who reject choice architects and understand Schwartz' fourth truth:

The founders were smart. Educators tell us our colonial founders were a bunch of privileged white guys who oppressed natives, savaged the earth, and then parked their yachts in Rhode Island. Think 56 John Kerrrys in drag, all white wigs and ruffled sleeves and tights. But we have now rediscovered that the U.S. Constitution is the best guarantee we have for freedom and prosperity and, combined with the Declaration of Independence, a vital blueprint for individual and corporate success. Send legislators to Washington who "think the Constitution is wrong" -- as one Democrat opined -- and liberty and prosperity suffer.

Let's Make a Deal. Let's launch a Divorce American Style from Choice Architects and politicians who don't uphold the Constitution. Then maybe, just maybe, we can start getting rid of the rot in our educational system.

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