Some of the more welcome news to come out in the last month is the nearly wholesale collapse of faith in the American public schools. It has been reported that as few as 29% of Americans have confidence in the public school system, which only goes to prove how ineffective the system really is. The fact that even 29% of people in this country could even remotely claim to have any vestige of trust left in such a proven money and time-waster as the public school system is the best evidence that promoting thinking isn’t high on the Department of Education’s list of goals. Or perhaps it only proves that 29% of the population is made up of public school employees.
But the really important thing is that this lack of confidence has led parents to actually do something about it. Major cities in the United States are seeing plummeting attendance, as fed-up parents are pulling their kids out of the government indoctrination centers and enrolling them elsewhere. This is, in fact, what will ultimately speak the loudest. Empty desks lead to fewer tax dollars for the school district, and this is a very good thing, especially when we’re talking about a government enterprise that spends anywhere from 9 to 15 thousand dollars ($30,000 in Washington D.C. schools) a year per student. When parents actually begin to consider what they could be getting for that amount of money in private schools the numbers don’t bode well for the public ones.
An increasing number of parents are even opting for homeschooling. I would imagine part of the rationale is that the old wives’ tale about needing a “trained” educator to educate has just about run its course. Parents now realize how little the “trained” educators are actually doing for their children, and they figure that they can at least provide the same amount of “little” in their own home. The same parents who have taught their children to speak, count, read, and tie their own shoes before shipping them off “to school” are beginning to understand that the necessity of the “educated educator” is as mythical as Jack’s beanstalk.
Not to mention that the government schools’ track record is less than flattering. Year after year, test scores decline, school violence goes up, and more money is always the answer. So much money has been dumped into the failing institution that the Department of Education (DOE) now commands more than $90 billion (the Heritage Foundation estimates it at $120 billion, so I am being more than generous here) each year to keep its bloated bureaucracy of inefficiency afloat. If more money is the answer, when does enough become enough to actually yield better results than the year before? How long must we beat our heads against the same wall before realizing that it is completely ineffective?
What is even more encouraging though, is that the thug organization of indoctrination, also known as the NEA (National Education Association), is also hemorrhaging members. USA Today reports that the NEA has lost more than 100,000 members since 2010. It projects that by 2014 the union group could lose as many as 308,000, which translates into a lost annual revenue of $65 million. This is the only language that the NEA and the DOE understand. Lightening the load of their deep pockets by removing large amounts of extorted cash is the only way they will begin to take notice of their utter failure and lack of concern (besides using their own failures to lobby for more money, of course).
So much for it being “all about the children.” Wise parents by the droves are no longer listening to the propaganda and the scare tactics and are taking action for the sake of their own kids. What are you waiting for?