Obama Administration: The Problem With Education Is Too Much Local Control


According to President Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the problem with education in America is that we have all these uppity parents and local school board members who think they know what’s best for their kids’ education.

Education in the U.S. is a state and local responsibility, but “[i]nsuring educational equity is at the heart of the federal role in education,” Duncan said. “It opens doors for all students as long as we make sure that the students most in need have access.”

Duncan noted that “American education is decentralized,” consisting of 15,000 school districts and 95,000 public schools “independently deciding how to teach, and in many cases, what to teach.”

Local parents and policy makers coming together to decide what sort of things their kids should be taught?

Why, that’s awful. Clearly we need a top-down, one-size-fits-all solution for education with bureaucrats in Washington DC setting curriculum for every single student in the country. Because we all know that sort of solution always works best.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    I have an idea.  Let’s just turn all the kids over the the Federal Government, to be raised, fed and indoctrinated educated in the way they think best.  In two generations we’ll have a nation of drooling idiots and we can just let the nation go into extinction – which is what these fools want anyway. Why keep prolonging the decline – let’s just rip the band aids off and have at it.

    • $8194357

      All I know for sure is my learning disabilty has been both a blessing and a curse when it comes to these corrupt modern times….Indoctrination is harder with the learning disabled.
      God Bless now, Hear?

  • Neiman

    Isn’t that what we have already? I mean we have the federal government taking our dollars and then sending them back to us in the form of funding education, with the federal government then dictating what must be taught and how, in order to get some of our own money back. So what’s the beef? We have allowed this for decades, our schools adhere to liberal, godless, pro-homosexual, socialist, environmentalist orthodoxy. Any gaps, the ACLU sues the crap out of the school districts and they get more laws passed against us. Just as there are no longer any Constitutional rights for the citizens, there are no longer any states rights. Local rights, parental rights, don’t make me laugh.

    So, what are you/we going to do about it? Bitch and complain and do nothing more, that’s what. We will probably elect Obama again, Democrats will gain a few seats back, the RINO”s will vote with them on federal power, that is where their money and power come from and slowly the federal government will become truly Soviet.

    • Commander

      You got that right.  And now you see socialism and communism.  Next you teach the kids that their parents are wrong and all their ways are wrong.

      • $8194357

        They are following the same script used in pre war Germany in the 30’s and folks over here had enough on their plate having nothing on their plates…
        We can’t win the war without winnin the hearts and minds of the people..

        Who said that back in the Nam days? Social justice ideogy is the never ending war fought with no rules just the ends justfying those means..

        Public education been bombin fly over country for decades to soften us up and we are being targeted as the left have held the cities for decades already…Heavy casulties with the elderly and social security…Farmers takin federal monies have lost forever the low spots with “waterfowl production” bombs making alot of rural land no longer under control of common folks but no belong to the “collective in DC” and their agencies and central planners..EPA? USDA? FHLA? ect…ect…ect..
        Yes sir the “extended” Federal bombing from DC centrall planners have definatly did as they were designed to…Soften up the targeted area of fly over country for Federal Takeover..

        Just like Grandpa said back in the late 50’s and early 60’s…Public education leading the way to communist collectivist values..

      • $8194357

        The problem is the revisionist history and the introduction and combining of pscho babble inclusion of social services state sanctioned indoctrinations into “education”, IMO.
        Political correct lies are excepted as truth and Conservitive Constituionalism is replaced with “Diversity and Tolerant Globalism”..
        Shine the light of truth on the globes desire for tolerance sometime and take a look at the ideogies and so called religions these folks really practice instead of white wash and sanitize it, IMO.

        Here is Barrys true Indonisian Islam as he tells us to “Repect it” all the while he destroys America from within along with the blame America first crowd like Bill Ayers ect.ect.ect.

        In the former Dutch colony of Indonesia, a Muslim man is shown trampling the child of Christian parents.


        Welcome to Barrys world…

  • G Whiz

    After reading these last 2 entries it sounds like it’s all over but the crying.  But, that is what Obama, the great deceiver would have us think.  I agree, there is a generation behind us that is being indoctrinated.  My son is one of them.  But, we still have 8 months left & I am going to shout out to as many people “what a sham we have going in the white house”.  Their leader speaks in the spirit of the antichrist & his sheep follow.  We have a tea party, however, that is growing everyday… every single day.  And I, for one, refuse to go down w/o as fight.  We have generations that have given their life for liberty.  Those of us who have their eyes open have seen the cultural rot.  Keep your powder dry, gents…. there is a battle a brewing & we need patriots like you.  And yes… we need our guns, we need our God & we need each other.  And, when the announcement comes, whether from Rush of Mark Levin of the Tea Party express to make a surge…. don’t sit on your hands.    I for one am, on a road trip to Washington DC to rally in front of the Supreme Court.  Do we really want Al Sharptons den of thieves & droans to outnumber us.  Hell No!  Patrick Henry said it best… “Give me Liberty or give me death”!  Locked & loaded, ladies & gents…. locked & loaded.

  • G Whiz

    metaphorically speaking, of course…. keep your chins up

  • Gern Blanston

    Parochrial schools are controlled entirely at the local level. Not exactly apples and oranges, I realize, but I think it provides SOME evidence of the benefits of local control.

    • Gern Blanston

      parochial  – no to be confused with Scooby-Doo’s parochrial school.

  • WOOF

    The states and locals set education policy.

    What’s the feds making you do?

  • Dakotacyr

    Wow, that’s what you got out the article? Reading comprehension is not your strong suit.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    By and large the larger the school districts the worse the kids do in them. 

    Why is it the liberals want to break up large businesses but want our failing schools to get larger?  

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bikebubba

    One interesting fact about Arne Duncan is that the graduates of Chicago Public schools still read at about a sixth grade level–“Little House on the Prairie” on a good day, really.  The only real success Mr. Duncan has had in education was with a private school funded to the tune of thirty grand per year. 

    And if anyone questions the disaster that is federal involvement in education, don’t forget that whole language reading and the new math were largely implemented (and still are as the “Chicago Math” and such) through initiatives funded by the federal Department of Education.  The consolidation of effective one room schoolhouses into large brick warehouse schools (pilloried in books like “Understood Betsy” occurred under DoED initiatives with DoED funding.

    Now we can quibble over whether the disaster was intentional or not, but the fact that federal involvement has been a disaster really is indisputable.

  • Fredlave

    I’d be careful about defending some of the local school boards in ND, especially the Fargo school board which seems to have as much business sense as a six year old.

  • borborygmi

    Local control is such a great thing that Rob and the measure 2 people want the control to rest with the State.  Any closer and it is too local. 

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Measure 2 doesn’t end local control.  Cities and counties are political subdivisions of the state.

  • moors710

    Local Control: that is the difference between a  Tyranny (central control) and a republic (Individual rights).

    • $8194357


  • $8194357

    (Obama Administration: The Problem With Education Is Too Much Local Control)

    Any local control to these folks is to much, IMO..

    • mickey_moussaoui

      No kidding. It was the teachers who fought against a
      national no child left behind program BECAUSE it took away their local control.