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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mission creep in public education?

I thought that public education was intended to help build a base level of human capital so that an individual can secure a position of employment. Citizens, and corporations, agreed (tacitly, perhaps) to help fund public education so that individual firms would not have to incur the costs of educating their workers for 10-12 years.

When homeschooling became more popular, it seems that the teachers unions and other agents vested in the public education system got a little fiesty.

Now, thanks to the Supreme Court of California, we know exactly what the public education system is intended to do:

"A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation," Croskey wrote.
Wow. This is the same system that prohibits students from wearing "shirts/blouses that promote specific races, cultures, or ethnicities.", which evidently includes when the shirt has a U.S. flag and the words Washington, D.C.



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That's California.

It seems that the mission of training a workforce would be better served by a public voucher system feeding into a private school system.

Of course, this wouldn't allow the state of California to pursue its goal of socially engineering the next generation of lemmings.
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