FIRST IN SERIES ABOUT SCHOOLS
Rarely does one pick up a newspaper without reading some disturbing story about schools in this nation. A few days ago here in Georgia, front page news about suspicions of cheating on test scores, including extraordinary gains and drops in test scores.
Almost daily we read stories about all kinds of abusive treatment in the tax-supported school system. Stories involving students and students, teachers and students, bus drivers, and just about everyone involved in a system which involves millions of students across this nation, and billions of dollars.
In the latest news cycle is the story about the Texas Textbook Commission, and the wrangling over subject matter, and presentation of history, fact and fiction. It has been reported in the news, all other states follow the accepted textbooks approved by the Texas Commission.
Synonymous with schools is Money. In most if not all states, fiscal year budgets show over half monies collected are earmarked for schools. Here in Georgia, according to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, over 55 percent is earmarked for schools. A whopping $8.2 billion dollars for fiscal year 2009. In the federal government budget, $3 trillion for fiscal year 2008. Nine percent of that goes to elementary and secondary schools.
Multiply 50 states by Georgia budget of over 8 billion dollars, and you have some idea of the power of tax-supported school systems in this country. It’s a system owned and operated by a political government, and no individual is allowed any input into the system. It’s operated by powerful unionism, politics, and textbook commissions.
I know this for a fact. For a number of years, when I had children of school-age, I was involved in trying to make changes in the system. But soon I realized there’s nothing anyone can do to improve a Socialized, tax-supported school system.
The textbook commission in each state is closely aligned with the publishing companies who print the books, and decide upon the material to be included and material to be deleted from the textbooks. You as a parent and you as the tax-payer, having substantial sums required to pay every year, have no input nor say-so relative to material in the textbooks, which is what goes into the minds of impressionable children. They are indoctrinated into the Socialist philosophy presented in the textbooks. And it is a powerful entity. No amount of opposition, from anyone, will have any meaningful impact to change.
With reference to the current publicity about the Texas Textbook Commission, and opposition to material in, and material left out, it’s just a news item. There’s too much money, and too much entrenched power in the so-called Public School system, for any changes to take place, contrary to the Socialist agenda being taught.
In my next article, I will explain why.
LET FREEDOM RING