Educational Freedom is Essential in a Free Society

In a free society, parents are given the right to choose where to send their children to school. We must vigorously defend and preserve that right.

Branded under positive and inviting names, federal programs to mandate, influence and direct education must be abolished.

For liberty to endure, we must not allow our children to be subjected to immoral ideologies that mandate compliance.

The fight to defend educational choice is also fought by teachers who are often the hardest working, least paid and most loving members of society. They prefer freedom over coercion, competitive best practices over failed ideas, and accountability to parents and God over compliance to a dehumanized state.

Unless we wish for the federal government to dictate how and what our children learn, we must abolish the Department of Education and all related federal programs. This doesn’t mean we close schools. It just means that we transfer control to the states and back to the people where it rightly belongs.

Said Congressman Ron Paul in a November 14, 2008 interview with Stephen J. Dubner of the New York Times:1

“First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies.

Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.

Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.

The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people.”

Let’s thank Congressman Chaffetz for his six years of public service and release him so he can serve his country in another capacity. Vote Robert Stevens for Congress. Let me show you what I can do.

See also:

  • Utah Republican Party Platform on Education: “Parents have the primary
    right and responsibility to educate their children, and we support their right to choose public, private, or home education. We support incentives to promote competitive excellence.”
  • Utah Republican Party Platform, EDUCATION: We oppose congressional, judicial, and executive abrogation of the principle that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We oppose unreasonable and intrusive federal mandates.


1 Washington Post, Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich: Where they stand now on education

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