Monday, May 9, 2011

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: Federal Creep Update: Public School Children

Federal Creep Update: Public School Children

At Public Discourse today, Greg Forster writes about a little known effort that is nearing completion for the Feds to take over public education.

You haven’t heard about it, but for over a year the U.S. Department of Education has been quietly working behind the scenes to establish national control of K-12 education curriculum. Their plans are coming close to fruition as Congress prepares to debate the renewal of the main federal education law, which the administration plans to use as a lever to force states to “voluntarily” adopt a national curriculum and even a national test that all students would have to take multiple times per year.

Historically, national control of education has come up as an issue about once every ten to fifteen years. In the past, it has usually produced a lot of fireworks but burned out pretty quickly. This year is very different. The nationalizers have learned from their past mistakes; they understand now that the American people don’t want the federal government to control schools. So they’ve adopted clever tactics to disguise what they’re doing and misdirect public attention, and as a result, they are already dangerously close to getting everything they want.

Aside from the problem of the federal government taking over more and more control of state and municipal matters, think of what this could mean for what children are supposed to be taught about sex and marriage in every school district in the country.

As signer of the Manhattan Declaration, I've been told by critics that the declaration is overwrought, or "political," or that some of the "wrong" people have signed it and thus it shouldn't be signed by serious Christians who have a more sophisticated understanding of these things than, apparently, the drafters (primarily Robert P. George and Timothy George) or at least some of the signers--"fundamentalists"? Signing it means you are associated with really stupid Right Wing Christians who have been beating their heads against the wall on "pro-life" issues for decades and getting nowhere because they're too stupid to know how things "really work" in society, culture, and politics.

If you don't think that, without serious opposition, the day will not come when children and their parents will not be punished in some fashion for expressing opposition to gay marriage or abortion because of their religious beliefs (or because it seems to violate natural law and commonsense), then I don't know what sort of alarm clock is needed to wake people up. Those engaged in this operation know the more quietly they do their work behind the scenes, the more they can get away with.

Monday, May 2, 2011