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Our New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 26 2010 3:30 pm
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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Christmas may be over, but I’m breaking out my new wish list now, because it enumerates the things a lot of us would like to see happen in 2011. Some of these wishes may seem pure fantasy, but all of them have action steps that will move our country forward – action steps that require us to be brave, strong, and in many cases vocal.

1. Stop the indoctrination of America’s children

The Left has a stranglehold on education. They have infiltrated teacher training, and no more beautiful example of this exists than the fact that former domestic terrorist and Weather Underground member Bill Ayers spent a number of years as an “education expert” and professor of education at the University of Illinois. How many teachers have absorbed Ayers’ ideas that education is all about “teaching against oppression” in light of “America’s evil history of racism”? And Ayers is hardly alone. Because the Left dominates (with an iron hand) academia, the vast majority of schoolteachers must wallow through a whole lot of Leftism in order to get their teaching credentials.

The Left has been smart this way; we have not. It’s time to take back education, because all the rest of the changes America needs will be a lot easier to make with a populace that is free of pre-wired Leftist tendencies now being inculcated at your local public school and/or college. Imagine a populace that actually understands the beauty of the American system of government, and the unique genius of the Constitution. How can we get there?

One no-brainer is to immediately eliminate the federal Department of Education. This will save money, take the feds out of what should be a local issue, and eliminate a whole raft of nonsensical regulation. Win-win-win. Plus, can anyone argue that education is better now than it was pre-Jimmy Carter (the dope who made Education a cabinet level department)? No, no one can. End of that discussion.

States and municipalities should have the right to hire non-union teachers and completely eliminate tenure (and that includes at the college/university level).

This isn’t a 2011 goal, but I’d like to see the elimination of government-run schools altogether. It is far too easy for one elite or another to get control of the education system (Exhibit A: Now) and push an agenda that is contrary to liberty. Privatize the whole thing! Generally speaking, private schools do a far superior job at far less expense. Plus, homeschoolers are on to something, especially when they band together to give their children experiences and education outside the parents’ own expertise. But in any event, there is no reason in the world that education has to be public – and the fact that the teacher unions fight against private/homeschooling so vociferously makes this point crystal clear.

Bonus: with no public schools comes no arguments over public school lunches! Michelle Obama will have to concentrate on brainwashing parents instead of school administrators!

Wresting control away from the Leftists will be an even more challenging and daunting task within higher education, but it has to be faced.  So much of what is wrong in this country is starting, and being cultivated, on our university campuses. Nobody is doing more important work on this topic than David Horowitz – his book Reforming Our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights is a must-read.

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