Government Controls the Past, Government Controls the Future

There is always some danger in handing control over to government; for once control of anything is handed to the government, it can and probably will be used for other purposes other than the originally intended goal. I want to touch of the problem of handing control of the education to government and using schools for government agendas.

Yesterday, I blamed my lack of knowledge about the tenth Amendment on the public school system. I believe that schools not emphasizing the importance of pitting the thirst for power between the states and the federal government to balance power might be a result of historical editing. I’m assuming the idea behind this omission was to avoid another Civil War; by leaving out the issue of states having self governance, the Civil War became only about slavery.

Schools have been used to promote political agendas by all sides in politics. These two videos, one from the left and one from the right, make a strong argument for taking control away from government and privatizing schools. As long as the power to decide which textbook to teach from, or what goes into a textbook, rests with those with political interests, textbooks will be used to promote political ideology. (continues after videos)

FoxNews on Biased Textbooks

The Young Turks on Biased Textbooks

From George Orwell’s 1984: If all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

To put it another way: when government controls the past, the government controls the future.

Unless you are well-off, you have to move to a school district where the majority views match those you want for your children. Why not just allow private competition between schools or school vouchers? If there was competition among schools, you could just move your kids to another school rather than having to move everything you own.

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