- Education and Science
The ED Ought to be DOA: A Free Market Solution for Education
To Abolish the Department of Education
Imagine an America where the precious young minds of tomorrow never experienced the incompetence and bureaucratic malevolence of an overbearing government. Where schools would be orchestrated by profit seeking individuals who actually cared about student achievement. Where the bottom line and the benefits of delivering and receiving a superb education never clashed. Now, consider what today’s America has to offer. The reach of government has extended in to classroom curricula and devastated the chances of too many to attain a life of learning. With all of the programs that have been instituted to “help” guide youths to better lives, they have failed miserably in every regard. Studies of results in reading, science, and math have shown that students have declined on such tests. Their fault is not with them. The fault lies with the fact that the Department of Education (ED) exists. Also, because federal, state and cities run government schools, the privatization of such academic centers seems like an improbability. But it is possible.
As Arne Duncan resigns from his post as Secretary of the ED, Americans everywhere ought to voice to President Obama that there should be no replacement and to abolish the ED altogether. Since its implementation in 1979, it has served to undercut the education of millions. How ironic. But it is true. The ED ties the hands of educators and treats students as cattle, herding them into classrooms and spoiling their capacity to think. Private schools across the board would allow for teachers and professors to instruct youths and enrich their learning experiences. At best, current school systems offer adequate results. The ED could care less about the actual education of students. The Secretary and his ilk only hone in on how much spending can be outlined. While they're throwing taxpayer dollars at the "problem" they have no clue that the department itself is the problem. So many avenues exist today that spell potential for students. The Nevada Education Savings Account Program is a revolutionary means for students to learn from tutors, as just one example. The Internet is a bastion for providing information on a plethora of subjects. The Khan Academy represents a Web space that permits learners to tackle subjects of great breadth and depth.
Home schooling gives parents the option of ensuring that their child receives the best knowledge. Why does anyone feel that there ought to be a ED? It is because nearly everyone senses that it is moral. Most people feel that a private system would be too expensive and that the pursuit of profit would taint the educational experience. Firstly, there would be expensive schools under a completely free, capitalistic education system. But while there may exist "Gucci schools" that will offer premium access to learning, "Wal-Mart schools" would also pop up to offer an affordable tuition. Every level of price in between would also appear. And as far as the profit motive is concerned, it would pave the way for administrators and faculties to excel in their role of shaping minds. The greater their results in educating students, the better funds they would generate. Just envision for a moment if a government committee did not have its hands on on the business of developing thinkers. Actually, try to see a bureaucrat step back from adding his or her two cents on how schools should conduct themselves.
What the government schools stand for is insulting parents, teachers, and administrators in saying that they must take care of them; that they are too ignorant to shop around for the best school at the best price; that they don't know what they're doing. So, who intrudes? The government officials who claim that their "interests" lie with the children. This is utterly false. The proper role of government is to protect individual rights. The overbearing nature of government in modernity has lead to the disintegration of countless minds. Without the tools of cognition i.e. reason, students enter adulthood poorly equipped to deal with life's challenges. The coercion of the state into the affairs of educators destroys the aspect of trading value for value. But it does not have to be this way. In a free market, education would be unleashed from the government's stranglehold and find solace in the beauty of capitalism.