Two sophomores, writing for the Columbia Daily Spectator sum up the politics of education:
Once again, politics has been successful in doing one thing really efficiently—creating controversy. In the midst of all this talk about the health care bill, the slowly recovering economy, and the ever-expanding war on terror, the Texas State Board of Education recently approved changes to the state’s curriculum. The changes that were approved by the board have included things like the questioning of the theory of evolution, removing Thomas Jefferson as a world thinker from history curricula, and questioning the secularity of the Founding Fathers. It was approved based on party lines, with the conservative Republicans winning with a vote of 10-5.
After ‘contrasting’ TX school Boards action with the current administration’s embrace of the National Governors’ Common Core Standards they conclude:
What is taking place is that one party is forcefully imposing its point of view on another party about what is to be taught in schools. Instead of offering new perspectives to be taught, one ideology is replacing another due to the passive-aggressive manner in which the conservative Republicans imposed their will. Political involvement in education doesn’t allow for free thought and instead mandates that into which children will be indoctrinated.
What do these two Columbia students suggest we can do?
An alternative to being forced into a state-sponsored education can be found in homeschooling… This provides an opportunity for those who don’t necessarily agree with the state education system to teach whatever values or lessons they feel are best for their children.
In the end, when the government is involved in the education process, the rights of students are diminished, even taken away, because they have no ability to learn what they want to make themselves truly successful.
While the article supports homeschooling, what encourages me most is the realization that true change is generational. Read Why obey when we can choose?.