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There are also practical reasons why shutting down the department is good policy. “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development,” Massie observed. “States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school.”
And indeed, Trump has long touted the idea of shutting down the whole operation. “A lot of people believe the Department of Education should just be eliminated — get rid of it,” Trump said in one of many similar statements on the campaign trail. “If we don't eliminate it completely, we certainly need to cut its power and reach.” The solution, he suggested, would be to go back to what the Constitution explicitly requires — absolutely no federal role in education.
Former President Ronald Reagan proposed dismantling it in 1981 along with the Department of Energy. “Education is the principal responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen boards and state governments,” Reagan said. “By eliminating the Department of Education less than two years after it was created, we cannot only reduce the budget but ensure that local needs and preferences, rather than the wishes of Washington, determine the education of our children.”
"We wouldn’t have a federal department to administer Pell Grants to students, there wouldn’t be any oversight over states when they break civil rights laws, there wouldn’t be a department to check on rampant inequality between low-income school districts and wealthy districts, we would have inconsistent education data, as the quality of data would vary among the states, there would be more gender discrimination within schools,there would be no way to hold schools accountable for the funds they receive."
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development,”
Nationwide, about 72 percent of the girls in the high school class of 2003 — but only 65 percent of the boys — earned diplomas, a gender gap that is far more pronounced among minorities, according to a report being released today by the Manhattan Institute. The report, "Leaving Boys Behind: Public High School Graduation Rates," found that 59 percent of African-American girls, but only 48 percent of African-American boys, earned their diplomas that year. Among Hispanics, the graduation rate was 58 percent for girls, but only 49 percent for boys. "It's a fairly large difference, particularly when you consider that unlike differences across racial and ethnic groups, boys and girls are raised in the same households, so it's not so easy to explain the differences by their community, or their income level," said Jay P. Greene, an author of the report.
originally posted by: Edumakated
Given the state of public education in the US, I think it is safe to say that the DOE has been an utter failure. I fail to see how we'd be any worse off with out it. No one would legitimately argue that kids prior to 1979 received inferior educations.
The money wasted going to the DOE would be better spent being distributed to the states directly.
If an individual state wants to create a massive bureaucracy to oversee their school systems, I have no issue with it. However, this stuff needs to be kept at the state level. Our federal government is trying to do way too much and instead of doing a few good things well, they wind up doing a lot of stuff poorly.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: darkbake
States have a vested interest in the success of their education programs. The Fed's use the Education Department like all their departments...politics and control.
I fully support giving more power to the states. The bloated Federal Government needs to trim the fat.