Washington (CNSNews.com) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, could not say where the U.S. Constitution authorizes the federal government to be involved in primary and secondary education.
On Thursday, after a House subcommittee hearing, CNSNews.com asked Duncan, “The Bill of Rights says that powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the states and the people. With that in mind, Mr. Secretary, where specifically does the Constitution authorize the federal government to be involved in primary and secondary education?”
Duncan dodged the question. “We are obviously a small percent of overall funding--you know about 10 percent," he said. "The vast majority of funding comes at the local level--state and local level. But we have a responsibility to support children who have historically not had those kinds of opportunities--disadvantaged children, poor children, homeless students, children who are English language learners and, more recently, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of reform from the department.
"We have to dramatically improve the quality of education we are providing this country and we can help to continue to reward excellence and encourage at the local level,” Duncan said.
According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Education spent $106.9 billion in fiscal 2010.
The department of education's mission is to not expose the children of this nationto an education that would threaten them in the future (the governing eliet). That is where the serario of dumbing down education was derived.
The government insiders can not tolerate nor can they afford to have too well educated people. This leads to free thinking and the government's internal elite can not tolerate this. A free thinking person is more dangerous then any 10 middle class worker educated in the system spanned over the last 40 years.The NEA set up to control education and has escalated in the last 20 in to almost a mind mill.
The idea of education is a buracery that controls a number of entitled people paid for by the tax payers. The students are like a commodity, and can be used as a bargaining tool for leverage to maintain the status quo.No one wants to see a child not get an education.
No one wants to leave a child without an education but we can not afford to continue to have them educated selective.
I'm so sick of all of this bickering, promises made, then broken, lies told over and and over.
SO HERE'S MY TAKE ON ALL OF THIS CRAP IT'S TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AND THE TEA PARTY AS WELL TO .................................................. EITHER. NUT UP OR SHUT UP!!!!!!!
IF THEY ARE TO COWARDLY TO STAND UP TO THE obama crowd and the Democrats and their backers, THEN THE AMERICAN MUST PUT INTO ACTION THE VERY PLANS OUR FATHERS OF OUR COUNTRY PUT INTO PLACE FOR US.
We are not stupid people nor are we violent, but we must STOP allowing these people to run all over us and then laugh behind our backs. So what do you say PEOPLE? NUT UP OR SHUT UP!
Note that Osama's kids, like those of every president since Carter attend Sidwell Friends School. Located on Wisconsin Ave. in NW DC it has been the school for the children of the chosen elites for years. It is far too expensive for middle-class families to afford along with confiscatory taxes to fund the failing government schools. Such schools are too good for the like of the rest of us.
DC public schools are the most highly funded and absolute worst schools in the country. Someone once observed, "It would be cheaper to send ALL DC children to private schools in taxi cabs than to keep them from being educated in the DC public schools. How much does it cost? Over $10,000 per student. Waiting for Superman!
Am I the only one old enough to remember that Ronald Reagan -- when a candidate for the presidency, over and over again in his campaign rhetoric PROMISED to get rid of the "twin does" that were cabinet positions created by James Carter? Oh? You do not know the "does"? Those are the DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION and ENERGY! IMO, ALL of Americas current problems -- and I use all literally, can be traced to the fact that REAGAN BETRAYED US WITH HIS PROMISES! The socialists, the NEA, have used their powers to control the curricula in schools and colleges -- beginning with kindergarden and continuing through the advanced degrees many of which receive grants IF the SUBJECTS are POLITICALLY CORRECT i.e., socialistic. IMO, our population has, for the last 55-60 years, been deliberately dumbed down and purpously not taught to think critically. Individualism has been given contempt and statism has been glorified. We, as a Nation, are the products of our schools!
Our dependence upon foreign oil is the direct result of the Dep. of Energy's refusal to grant permits to drill on American soils and adjacent waters.