—Abraham Lincoln (attributed)
Diffusion of authority among tens of thousands of school districts is a safeguard against centralized control and abuse of the educational system that must be maintained.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, New York Herald Tribune, February 9, 1955
President Obama will address the nation's schoolchildren directly in their classrooms on Tuesday. More than just a speech, the event will be broadcast on C-SPAN, streamed from the Internet, and be accompanied by downloadable "classroom engagement resources," with thought-provoking content like this:
As the president speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note‐taking graphic organizer such as a “cluster web;” or, students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children could draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
- What is the president trying to tell me?
- What is the president asking me to do?
- What new ideas and actions is the president challenging me to think about?
Why does the Left in America insist on ever more centralized control of the schools and oppose charter and homeschools, taking control away from parents and local communities?
When an opponent declares, "I will not come over to your side," I calmly say, "Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.
He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.
Take away a people's heritage and they are easily persuaded.
Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
—Vladimir Lenin (attributed)
Under federal control of education and soon health care, all that's left for us parents is "breed 'em and feed 'em." The government will take care of the rest, from cradle to grave.