Mitt Romney proposed a significant restructuring of the American education system on Wednesday, one that would revamp funding formulas, encourage more charter schools, and revive the debate over how poor and disabled students choose the schools they attend.
Saying the country is “in the midst of a national education emergency,’’ Romney lamented that the current education system does not live up to the country’s standards…
“Here we are in the most prosperous nation on earth, but millions of our kids are getting a Third World education,” Romney said. “And, America’s minority children suffer the most. This is the civil-rights issue of our era. And it’s the great challenge of our time.”
…Right now, some $26 billion in federal funds goes to districts based on how many of those students – whose needs tend to increase the costs of education – attend their schools. Romney would instead provide a voucher of sorts that would allow each student to take the federal funds and use them to attend any in-state school of the family’s choice, potentially including private schools.
The post-Southern Strategy Republican Party: We care about civil rights. Right. That aside, what Romeny is proposing is, instead of sending more money to poorer schools so those schools can provide true equality of opportunity, private schools will be able to use tax dollars to fund morally reprehensible things.
Democrats need to start asking him if the money should go to schools that teach revisionist history:
In conservative Christian schools, historical events are filtered through the literal Biblical creation story, and can be understood in the context of sin, redemption and “God’s plan” for the United States. On its own Web site, Bob Jones boasts that its US history curriculum includes “special attention…to God’s providence and America’s Christian heritage.” A Beka curriculum opens with a full-on endorsement of theocracy, stating, “All governments are ordained by God, but none compare to government by God, theocracy.”From there, the curriculum pushes the false belief that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.
The racist history of the United States is usually whitewashed or romanticized in Christian school curriculum. Writing for AlterNet Rachel Tabachnik highlighted the following in a Bob Jones text: “To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise. Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin.”
Or if he thinks taxpayer dollars should be used to fund anti-abortion activist school trips.
Of course, Democrats won’t do this because they are gormless. But they should. Because what’s good for the Planned Parenthood goose is good for the Christian conservative school voucher gander.
And nothing says freedom like using government money against your will to support indoctrination in sectarian dogma.