The micromanagement of our education system
Our education system is being micromanaged by the federal government. While there are some responsibilities currently in place within the structure of the federal government the requirements for the education of citizens within each state should be left up to state and local governments. The current culture of Congress and specifically the Department of Education has created a set of common core principles which is seeing and has seen some reluctance by states to accept these principles. Make no mistake our education system must meet the needs of the respective citizens in each state while meeting the current and future needs of businesses.
The philosophy of micromanaging seems to be widespread throughout the executive department of the federal government and this philosophy is always detrimental to the functions of society and government alike. Educating the leaders of tomorrow should not be micromanaged by the federal government for a couple of reasons. The first involves the philosophy that one size fits all does not work in our education system. Each state has different needs based on the background of their citizens and the needs of businesses within each state.
Another aspect of this philosophy is the criteria used to evaluate the success or failure of our school systems across the country. It is again a concept that one size fits all which never works. Every student has different needs with regards to their learning capabilities and school systems must adapt to those needs for their students. Success for school systems should be measured based on the goals and objectives established for each system not a set of criteria which is utilized against all school systems.
The Department of Education while it has some important functions beneficial to school systems across the country in the area of collecting data relative to best practices they should not be imposed through regulations from the department. The department also compares information from our schools with the overall ratings for various subjects with other countries of the world. While it may be of some benefit to know what other countries are doing in their educational system it should not dictate what we should do within our educational system. Each country is different with different needs and while we may not excel in some subjects compared to other countries we excel in other subjects.
The actions we take as a country regarding our schools systems should not be based on what other countries are doing or not doing. Our educational needs are different with different objectives. Any effort to create an educational system which mirrors other countries through a micromanagement philosophy is wrong. Education should be a state and local responsibility not a federal responsibility. State and local governments know best the needs of their educational systems and should be the ones making the decisions.