Skip to comments.Rand Paul on Education: "I Don't Think You'd Notice If The Whole Department Was Gone Tomorrow"
Posted on 04/23/2014 11:28:17 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Excerpt of the face off between Rand Paul and David Axelrod at the University of Chicago:
RAND PAUL: Education historically was a state and local subject and I think that what we've seen is since we've spent about a hundred billion dollars in the Department of Education each year and that's been going on since 1980. I'm not so sure we're better off than we were before. You see, the one thing --
DAVID AXELROD: So you would vote for a budget that would eliminate most of that.
RAND PAUL: Well what I would do is I would have its spent on the state and local level. I wouldn't take it up there at all, I'd leave it at leave it at home. So you'd spend the money. You might still spend the money in your state government, but education even now, 90, 95-percent of your education dollars are state and local. That $100 billion gets rolled around in a big bureaucracy. They sent rules down that don't help education, they hinder innovation. I would cut them out of the loop. I don't think you'd notice if the whole department was gone tomorrow.
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Paul has Reagan’s talent for explaining things in ways people understand, unlike the incomprehensible syntax of the Bushes, the whishpering syntax of John McCain, or the stuttering syntax of Mitt Romney.
Some would definitely notice - the hogs who feed from the payoff trough.
Why doesn't Sen. Rand Paul point out that, with the exception of military training establishments, the states have never delegated to the feds, via the Constitution, the specific power to define intrastate schooling policy?
The Federal Department of Education should never have exited in the first place.
We would notice, and it would all be good. States and communities would actually get to decide what education is best for their children.
Because most people don’t see the danger in allowing the feds to dictate state education policy.
Oh it definitely should exit; it just never should have existed.
We’d notice. It wouldn’t be long before all of the whining and crying from the union thugs would become unbearable.
> The Federal Department of Education should never have exited in the first place.
That statement applies to dozens of federal departments, beginning with Homeland Security, which should have been a slight increase in the FBI budget.
Paul has Reagans talent for explaining things in ways people understand ...
Very true. He is a very good communicator.
I agree. But it's also a matter of the federal government's constitutionally-limited powers.
Add the Department of Energy to that list.
There is nothing in the constitution giving the feds any control or role in education. Bush sold us out on that and doubled the FED ED department with some crap that still lingers. Let teachers teach— Not a test but a subject and return properly administered corporal punishment to reestablish discipline by using school officers immune from prosecution if they stay within guidelines. The system has collapsed.
Probably the first thing we would notice with a disappeared Department of Education is and improvement in test scores and a return of the vocational education courses which were so quickly closed down when the "everybody needs a college degree" mindset took over.
I'm grateful I got through school before then. Between my Dad and school shop classes, I've been able to do a little woodwork, plumbing and a lot of electrical work on my own-- skills which are very handy for this MBA in SAVING money even if the last time they MADE me money was working through college. I often wish I'd learned more about woodwork and plumbing.
Too bad he didn’t learn Reagan’s lesson about amnesty.
DoED created by the peanut farmer. Nuff said.
I say return K-12 to the local districts. Not even the states should be meddling in it.