There is great concern in some quarters about a government educational program called Common Core. If I understand it, a 7th grade science class in Vermont would have the same lesson plan as a 7th grade science class would have in North Dakota and Arkansas.
In the hands of a unfriendly power, foreign or domestic, that could be disastrous. Plus having the hands of the Federal government one again into our lives frightens some people.
“Give education back to a local school board”, is the cry. That sounds nice, and I think of a grandfather of mine who was a JP and served on the local school board in Excelsior Ark. Not highly educated, but he had a lot of common sense, and valued education.
That sounds nice for the early 1900s. But today, do you want school boards in small and large towns across the country, who think the earth is only 6,000 years old, who don’t believe dinosaurs existed because they are not mentioned in the Bible, and that climate change is a hoax determining what future generations learn in public schools?
If you think that statement is overboard come with me to a county I have worked with for over 30 years. I did extensive research for a book and have completed several genealogical projects for them at no charge. Those dear people are still grieving because the South did not win the Civil War. (Notice, I didn’t say they lost). In the good old days, everybody had a place and knew to stay in it. None of this Women’ lib stuff and race mixing.
I understand the opposition to Yankee schoolteachers coming south after “the War”, as we call it down here. They might tell their students that all men are created equal.
Do we really want school boards in any county in the United States, that will just perpetuate ideas from the 19th century local prejudices and misinformation?
What kind of future do those students have in the 21st century?