Strong, independent thinkers create prosperity and freedom.
We are all born with a desire to explore the world around us and learn from what we discover. From the time of the one-room school until today, most parents have entrusted their children’s education to our public schools. We all expected that they would be taught the skills needed to think and problem solve on their own. We believed they would be taught the foundations of how to provide for themselves through each of their own unique skills and abilities so they could lead productive lives.
Today’s public educational system is failing far too many of our students. In this section, we will examine how issues like weak and misdirected curricula, dull instruction, poor appropriation of budgets, and powerful teachers’ unions are shortchanging our students and their futures.
Key Talking Points
- ⋅ The desire to explore and learn from what we discover is instinctive
- ⋅ Most parents trust the public schools to teach their children the thinking and problem solving skills that are necessary for leading an independent, productive life
- ⋅ Today’s public educational system is being undermined by misdirected curricula, poor appropriation of budgets and the influence of powerful teachers’ unions
- ⋅ A school system that fails our children will ultimately fail our nation
Recent Articles on Education
6.23.2012 | From Mediocre to Excellent
Education was a priority in my family. I was a schoolteacher, my dad was a superintendent of an area technical school, my brother was a high school guidance counselor, and my sister-in-law was head of a special-education program. We went into the field of education because we thought that we could make a difference. How [...]
2.20.2012 | Roadblocks to Educational Choice
“Retired Teacher Reveals He was Illiterate Until Age 48.” It’s a true story! This headline is the title of an article that tells how John Corcoran graduated from both high school and college, and then taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.  Nearly everyone agrees that our [...]
2.8.2012 | Believe it or Not, Schools Teach Beliefs
“I don’t have to respect your beliefs. If you believe in God you’ve been brainwashed. For some of you it’s already too late.” This was the message heard by freshman biological science majors at the University of Minnesota’s “Nature of Life” course last summer. The professor teaching the class told the students he was [...]
1.27.2012 | What Are Schools Teaching Our Kids?
“Today I have a message…to the children, the students, the workers, the masses, and to the bloodsuckers, the parasites, the vampires who are the capitalists of the world.”  So reads a passage from a textbook used in the ethnic studies curriculum in Tucson, Arizona’s public schools. That’s right, a reference to capitalist “parasites and [...]