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Actually, I do not recall for sure whether the US Department of Education was one of the three Washingtonian agencies Governor Rick Perry planned to shut down and eliminate, should he have made it to the White House, or not, but according to Charles Murray in the latest issue of Imprimis, if so, the guv may have been dead right on that score.

Murray’s credentials include a B.A. from Harvard in history and a Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. No lightweights there. He’s also the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Imprimis is a monthly publication of Hillsdale College, located in, of course, Hillsdale, Michigan. Hillsdale College is one of, if not the only institute of higher learning in America, maybe the world, NOT accepting government money in any form. Bravo for Hillsdale!

That has to be one of the reasons author and scholar Murray can do an expose’ on government-run and funded DOE via a Hillsdale publication distributed to 2,100,000 readers each month.

No, I did not refer to him as Arthur Murray.

Murray’s piece stated the DOE’s existence could rest on one or more of three legs; (1) its constitutional appropriateness, (2) the existence of serious problems in education that could be solved only at the federal level, and/or (3) its track record since it came into being.

On the first qualifying point DOE fails the test since, when the Constitution was written, education was not even considered a function of LOCAL government, much less being in there as one of the enumerated powers over which Congress has the power to legislate.

Initial steps of federal government involvement (and intrusion) came about in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Sputnik shook up certain elements within our society, thinking a pedal to the metal step-up in math and science must be initiated, for we must be behind the Soviet Union in technology. Never mind Russia had stolen or received much of its satellite launching info from the good old USA, via various illegal means.

In other words, my knee is jerking, do something; do anything! Then, in the 1960s, Little Rock and the University of Mississippi thought they had more to say about how to run their schools than they ended up actually having. The Supreme Court weighed in on all of that and, eventually, that should have been that, as far as federal intrusion into education. 

After wading in and getting its way, that should have been the cue for Washington and the federal government to exit, but we know better, don’t we?

The third question has to do with the track record of the DOE and government in education. Long story short; students, and just about everyone else in local education gets less for more, especially the students, who are potentially as well equipped as students ever were. But they’ve been shortchanged, and there ought to be a law against it.

Maybe the federal government in Washington can make it a law against robbing students and the nation of a proper education at a reasonable cost. They could start their investigation within the well guarded walls of the DOE.

Maybe one of our all-too-often-seen Republican Presidential debaters can receive the baton from Governor Perry and do away with the Department of Education.

Read the whole piece by Charles Murray at HILLSDALE.EDU and order your free issues of Imprimis while there.

May Yahweh bless through Yeshua or, in other words, May God bless through Jesus Christ.

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