DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
WHO NEED IT?
By: Phil Brennan
To the horror of some members of the media a couple of Republican
candidates including Nevadas Sharon Angle are
pledging that if elected they will fight to abolish the Department of Education.
From the howls from the media and the
nations long-coddled educrats youd think the candidates were proposing to
close all of Americas primary and secondary schools and fire the teachers
oops I man the nations educators. One cant call them teachers anymore.
Probably as the so-called rubber rooms holding areas for inept
teachers who cant be fired suggests - a lot of them just cant teach.
Can anyone tell me exactly what crucial,
or for that matter, worthwhile functions this bloated bureaucratic boondoggle performs
that improves the quality of teaching in the nations public schools?
With an annual budget for
about 5,000 employees of whopping $77.8 for 2011, it provides little bang for
the big bucks it spends.
It seems obvious that the principal
function of the DOE has nothing to do with improving the quality of public education and
everything to do with doing the bidding of the nations powerful teachers
unions and supporting politicians such as Mr. Obama.
Surprisingly some of the most stringent
criticism that greeted the proposed new Department came from certified liberals such as
former Colorado Rep. Pat Schroeder who correctly warned that No matter what anyone
says, the Department of Education will not just write checks to local school boards. They
will meddle in everything. I do not want that.
Representative Joseph Early (D-MA)
predicted that a national Department may actually impede the innovation of local
programs as it attempts to establish uniformity throughout the Nation.
Senator Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) condemned the new law as a straight
political payoff by Carter to teacher unions for their endorsement in the 1976
presidential election. This is a back-room deal, born out of squalid politics.
Everything we had thought we would not see happening to education is happening here.
They were all proven right.
But efforts to rid the nation of this boondoggle have failed thanks to
the power of the teachers unions and their huge contributions to the National
Democratic party and its candidates.
As late as 1996, the Republican Party platform stated: The
Federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or
to control jobs in the market place. This is why we will abolish the Department of
On its heels came President George W. Bush with his No Child Left Behind
program which bloated the Department by 69.6 percent in just two years and
helped keep it alive and well.
Put simply, the principal justification for why the Department should be
abolished, is that Congress does not have the constitutional authority to either fund or
regulate education. None whatsoever!