July 25, 2014 | By: Matthew and Ellen Gerwitz
In 1776, American colonists found themselves under the control of a tyrannical ruler. King George and Parliament had the agenda of controlling the colonists’ daily lives and livelihoods while using them for England’s sole benefit. The level of control had reached absurd levels and a few colonists were beginning to call for independence from England. Some colonists spoke of just reducing the levels of control while others seemed content to live under such tyranny.
To modern-day Americans, the choice seems obvious. But, we must remember that for many colonists living under the rule of a king was normal. It was all they had ever known and rebelling against him seemed like pure craziness. It was at this point that Thomas Paine anonymously wrote and published his pamphlet, Common Sense. Colonists every where read and heard his argument in favor of declaring independence. They were convicted of the need to throw off the tyranny of the king and free themselves. Those same colonists then created a new government in which they handed down the freedom they had fought so hard to obtain to the care of succeeding generations of United States citizens.
One would think that Americans would treasure and hold on to that personal freedom and liberty for all time. However, keeping such freedom also requires a great deal of personal responsibility and hard work. Over time, Americans gave up much of that personal liberty to their ever-increasing government because they did not like having to be responsible for themselves.
One area in which that occurred was in education. During America’s colonial days and early years as a country, education was controlled only by parents. Options ranged from teaching one’s own children to paying for them to attend a private school. A few public schools existed (especially in Puritan Massachusetts), but attendance upon an education of any kind was never compulsory. This responsibility for their children’s education required hard work from the parents, yet by and large, they rose to the challenge and produced generations of well-educated citizens.
However, there were people who wished to see a more powerful central government that could better direct and control the daily lives of the citizens. They realized the best way to do this was through the education of the upcoming generations. They first accustomed parents to the idea of sending their children to small, local one-room schools with locally-certified teachers. Over time, the certification process of teachers was expanded and standardized to create a group of “experts”. These instructors were presented as being better qualified than parents to teach children. Then, attendance in school was made compulsory so that parents had no choice but to send their children to those experts. The last step in the process is the standardization of the curriculum used nationwide. We can see this happening in the implementation of the Common Core.
Because the process of gaining control over the education of children was so gradual, parents unwittingly bought into the lie that the government knew best when it came to education, standards, teacher certification, testing, and curriculum among other things. They never even stopped to consider that there might be an agenda of control behind the lie.
Americans now find themselves under the tyrannical control of the government education system. This system seeks to control not only the education, but also the career choices of its citizens. The level of control reached such absurd levels that in the 1960s, some Americans sought to regain some of their freedoms via private Christian schools. This, in turn, led to the revival of the concept of homeschooling in the 1980s which gained a bit more of that freedom back. And yet, the government still controls our children’s education via regulations, standardized tests, and the almighty college diploma.
Some Americans are calling for complete independence from the government in the area of education. Others wish to simply reduce the level of control. Sadly, far too many parents seem content to let their children live under the tyranny of the government indoctrination programs known as public education.
The task at hand is as clear today as it was in 1776. We need to declare complete independence and emancipation from the government when it comes to the education of our children. We need to take back personal responsibility for this area and not rely on the government in any way, shape, or form to meet it. If we do not, then we will continue living under the oppressive thumb of a government run by people who seek to control our daily lives and livelihood for their sole benefit.