By Kyle Olson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To all conservative Common Core supporters who claim the initiative is state-led, please pay attention. And to all liberals who support parochial schools, you might want to pay attention, too.
On June 7, the federal Department of Education announced its plan to “redesign” all government high schools in America.
Creating yet another federal enticement program – this time called the “High School Redesign Initiative” – the feds will offer “competitive grants to local educational agencies” to do such things as “redesign academic content and instructional practices” as well as “strategically use learning time in more meaningful ways,” whatever that actually means.
Similar to the feds using Common Core “state” standards to exercise a greater role in state and local education, this initiative will once again employ the persuasive power of the federal government to affect the culture of local schools and what they should teach. It follows the natural progression of creating a national education system.
So while the Obama administration is promoting the standardization of what should be taught, the centralized education bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. is also promoting the standardization of the schools themselves.
Meanwhile, President Obama took to the podium in Ireland yesterday to attack Catholic education – to a room full of Catholics!
“President Barack Obama … repeated the oft disproved claim that Catholic education increases division in front of an audience of 2,000 young people, including many Catholics, at Belfast’s Waterfront hall when he arrived in the country this morning.
“’If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,’ the US president said.”
The logical statist solution? Eliminate faith-based education, or at least regulate it so much the intent is removed.
After all, the government education system is truly the only one that will create the ideal citizenry molded in the image of progressive bureaucrats.
Combine Obama’s attack on Catholic education with the German family who sought political asylum in America so they could home school their children. The Romeike family fled their homeland because homeschooling is illegal in Germany. That’s due to Adolph Hitler’s ban on it, as well as private religious education.
Now, the Obama administration wants to deport the family, contending they don’t have a right to homeschooling and therefore asylum should not be granted.
It seems clear President Obama’s obvious contempt for parental decisions in education is at least one motivator for his administration’s relentless march toward the standardization and expansion of the government education model he prefers.