Barack Obama was right about one thing; it is time for a change. It’s time Americans change the way government abuses our rights and its time we stand together and take our government back. Today we can defeat Common Core; tomorrow, who knows – maybe we can pull out of the United Nations. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but America was founded on people who refused to surrender their dreams to tyrants. I’m betting there are still a few of those dreamers alive and well in America today. Time will tell. In the meantime, pick up that phone, write that letter, and send out that fax.
This means that the federal government should not be involved in any way, shape, or form with the education of anyone. No Pell Grants, student loans, federal regulations, research grants, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher-education requirements, Department of Education, teacher-certification standards, school accreditation, Title IX mandates, educational vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act, school breakfast or lunch programs, Head Start funding, bilingual-education mandates, busing to achieve racial desegregation, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, diversity mandates, Common Core, presidential visits to schools, standardized-testing requirements, special-education mandates, math and science initiatives, Race to the Top funds, or Higher Education Act.
Since conservatives regularly support most of these things, there is a world of difference between their criticisms of public schools and the consistent and principled criticisms offered by libertarians.