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Jeff Wick's op-ed column on public education in America: It has led to a socialist nation.
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BOWLING GREEN--Schools promote dependence on government through the services they offer to parents and students. After they become accustomed to receiving services from the school, parents and students transfer their desire for services to the federal government. Thus people sacrifice personal responsibility and freedom in return for government care, a mentality that transforms America into a socialist nation.
I contend that a socialist country is the intended goal of certain politicians and policymakers. How can this be? When schools begin offering dinner to students, teaching values through sex and character education, administering inoculations and health exams, providing counseling for a variety of issues, and even offering tax services at the school, they are providing services that develop a sense of dependence in their clients.
Students and parents begin to rely on the school to provide for their needs; schools become conduits through which the federal government controls development of its subjects. Reliance shifts to the government after several decades
As the school accumulates power, it provides more services, and its clients become more dependent. The school assumes responsibility for students and parents, parents cede their authority
Personal responsibility is crushed between the actions taken by both parent and school. Eventually the school becomes the parent, and students and parents become dependent on the school. Again, this is the intended goal of the system.
Teacher training and education leadership programs promote the school as the "center of the community." Education leaders adopt this philosophy as they are indoctrinated in their advanced-degree classes, so they are anxious to provide additional programs that "serve" their clients. They openly state that the school is the most important thing in a child's life. I thought families held this honor.