I was struck by the comment of a Connecticut parent lamenting having to send her child back to Sandy Hook elementary school “but what other choice do I have?” Indeed, in the era of Obama’s federalization of education in exchange for massive campaign contributions and election foot soldiers, what choice do most parents have?

There have been several interesting things that we’ve learned in recent days. First, that the huge, factory like schools processed a huge number of children, and when one bovine showed symptoms of mad cow disease, the teachers simply shrugged at his oddities and continued to pass him down the receiving line. Second, the factory schools proved incapable of protecting the rest of the herd from the harm caused by the sick cow. The answer is not to make the processors handle more tasks. The concept that teachers must now be security guards, psychologists, foster parents and hygiene counselors as well as teachers demonstrates that the system has grown dramatically out of whack. The constant demands of the teachers unions that they should be given this total power over children, in exchange for campaign cash, has now demonstrated its ultimate folly? And the answer: we need longer school days, we need to spend more time on security, we need to spend more time teaching social values. In short, the schools must become more and more like prisons, and Obama flies to Connecticut to promise parents that he will make it so.


Truth is, parents need choice–the choice amongst schools. The total takeover by government of youth education, particularly the federal take over, leaving a smattering of private and parochial schools, must be reversed. Smaller schools can better observe patterns of behavior, can better tailor education to the needs of kids and can better control the environment in which they operate. School choice, absent federal oversight, backed by vouchers, is the only sane solution to the societal problem that we observed last week. Obama, a federal official, had no place wading into a local government school, a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment rights of the people guaranteed by the United States Constitution.


Nothing will change so long as Obama remains in thrall to government sector unions, their wallets fattened on government taxes, oblivious or uncaring of the harm and mayhem they cause by their greed.  No choice indeed, for those parents at Sandy Hook, returning their children to the scene of the crime. No choice of continuing to wonder if their children will make it home from government control each day. This is America, not Venezuela, and it must stop.


I was struck by the comment of a Connecticut parent lamenting having to send her child back to Sandy Hook elementary school “but what other choice do I have?” Indeed, in the era of Obama’s federalization of education in exchange for massive campaign contributions and election foot soldiers, what choice do most parents have?
There have been several interesting things that we’ve learned in recent days. First, that the huge, factory like schools processed a huge number of children, and when one bovine showed symptoms of mad cow disease, the teachers simply shrugged at his oddities and continued to pass him down the receiving line. Second, the factory schools proved incapable of protecting the rest of the herd from the harm caused by the sick cow. The answer is not to make the processors handle more tasks. The concept that teachers must now be security guards, psychologists, foster parents and hygiene counselors as well as teachers demonstrates that the system has grown dramatically out of whack. The constant demands of the teachers unions that they should be given this total power over children, in exchange for campaign cash, has now demonstrated its ultimate folly? And the answer: we need longer school days, we need to spend more time on security, we need to spend more time teaching social values. In short, the schools must become more and more like prisons, and Obama flies to Connecticut to promise parents that he will make it so.

Truth is, parents need choice–the choice amongst schools. The total takeover by government of youth education, particularly the federal take over, leaving a smattering of private and parochial schools, must be reversed. Smaller schools can better observe patterns of behavior, can better tailor education to the needs of kids and can better control the environment in which they operate. School choice, absent federal oversight, backed by vouchers, is the only sane solution to the societal problem that we observed last week. Obama, a federal official, had no place wading into a local government school, a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment rights of the people guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

Nothing will change so long as Obama remains in thrall to government sector unions, their wallets fattened on government taxes, oblivious or uncaring of the harm and mayhem they cause by their greed.  No choice indeed, for those parents at Sandy Hook, returning their children to the scene of the crime. No choice of continuing to wonder if their children will make it home from government control each day. This is America, not Venezuela, and it must stop.