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Education doesn't belong to Government....

Posted by Jenn Jones on April 10, 2014

Education is a hot topic and has been for many years. We constantly hear about new programs and funding that are intended to improve education in our country and state. But over the years, the more money that is directed to education and the more government programs that are created – the worse our education system becomes. Do you ever wonder why?
First – let’s take a look at the definition of “education”. The Noah Webster 1828 definition is as follows: “The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.” I then Googled the Merriam Webster definition: “the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college or university”.
See any differences?

At the time of our founding and at the time Noah Webster wrote his dictionary education had a completely different meaning than it does today. It was understood that education was the responsibility of the family. They could delegate that authority to someone if they chose, but ultimately they were responsible for the education and upbringing of their child. As time progressed and up to present day the government has taken over the role of education and our kids have suffered for it.
You may have heard of Common Core State Standards. If you haven’t, I strongly suggest you learn everything you can about it. You will be told that they are standards which were initiated by the states – this would be false. You would be told that they will prepare kids for college – that would also be false. The more parents are learning about these standards, the more concern there has been. It doesn’t just affect public schools – but will also affect homeschoolers and private schools.
If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to find and join the Stop Common Core group for your state. I would also challenge you to Google “Stop Common Core” – and see how many websites come up from various states and groups.
Education is not a political issue. Or at least it shouldn’t be. So don’t let anyone tell you that one party or the other cares more about your kids. We have been conditioned to believe that the government knows what is best for our kids. That is an outright lie. Parents, it is time to take control back. “Educate” yourself on Common Core and get involved to help stop it.