FACT Report: January 29, 2014

Legislative Battleground: Public Education (January 29, 2014)

Tennessee’s public school system has the attention of lawmakers this year, but before we pin our hopes on a legislative cure, we have to ask ourselves can anything fix what ails our public schools?

At the heart of the problem is government’s world view on education, which dictates how it manages the education process and develops the content of instruction. In this process, neutrality is a myth. It is government’s skewed philosophy that determines the academic standard, leaving parents no role in deciding the educational values they desire for their children.

The real solution will come when government finds a way to get out of the education business so that parents can once again be free to work together to educate their children. But parents cannot control their child’s education so long as an out-of-control government philosophy is in control.

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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Legislative Battleground: Public Education