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Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Tale of the Two Julias. Which Life do you want for Your Child?

Is this the life envisioned for "Julia"?  Is this what you want for your child?

 The Obama Administration has released "The Life of Julia", the story of the government taking care of "Julia" from cradle to grave.  She has no worries in her educational decisions (they are scripted out due to Race to the Top and Common Core standards), her college is practically paid for, as well as her health and retirement pension.  It's quite a life.  The government has Julia's life all figured out for her.  All she has to do is show up, fit in the blueprint the government has planned for her. 

The Heritage Foundation quickly came out with its own version of Julia's life, "A Better Life for Julia".  Instead of the government controlling and supplying everything for Julia, she learns to be self-sufficient and powerful in her own life.  Heritage also provides rebutting information to the Administration's claims, such as the idea that Julia must enroll in Head Start to be succeed in school:

Despite spending $167 Billion on the Head Start program, a recent government study could find no lasting effects for participants.  

What is the better message to be teaching children?  To be dependent or self-sufficient and free to make their own decisions?  If Julia's life turns out according to this administration's plan, Julia should learn the definition of "proletariat" because that's what she is in the eyes of the government; she's too incompetent to be able to run her own life and be responsible for herself:

proletariatnoun working class, the masses, lower classes, commoners, the herd, wage-earners, lower orders, the common people, hoi polloi, plebs, the rabble, the great unwashed (derogatory), labouring classes, proles (derogatory slang, chiefly Brit.), commonalty a struggle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat

Follow the hashtag #julia on twitter for thoughts on these two different views of education and life choices (or not) of Julia.  You can access more stories about Julia here via HotAir.

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