Malcolm Forbes once said, "The purpose of an education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Education does not begin with some bureaucrat in Washington, nor should they be the ones who decide what should be taught in school. Education should not begin with state or local officials. It should begin in our homes, where it is a parental right and responsibility.
Education decisions should be made by the local community where parents can work in tandem with local school boards to create and administer curricula that will ensure children are better prepared for a global economy.
The public school system has become a model of a government bureaucratic monopoly, structured toward sustaining itself instead of educating our children. In the areas of discipline, school security and the ability to impart knowledge and critical thinking, most public schools are rated as deficient by parents. These sentiments cause many parents to send their students to private schools, even though they are burdened with high taxes that pay for the bureaucratic public school system which continues to be failing our children.
Our teachers are affected negatively by bureaucratic inefficiencies, trapped by endless levels of decision-making which hampers their ability to effectively perform their jobs, and that is unacceptable.
When it comes to the critical task of educating our children, we must ensure they receive the finest education without interference from the government.