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Tea Party Candidate: Abolish All Public Schools
« on: October 14, 2010, 08:32:43 pm »
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Tea Party Candidate: Abolish All Public Schools

AOL News Surge Desk (Oct. 14) -- School's out ... forever?

Tea Party candidate David Harmer, who is running as a Republican for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 11th District, thinks the nation's public education system should more closely resemble the way it looked in 1825. In other words, Harmer would abolish public schools altogether.

In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2000, Harmer wrote the following:

To attain quantum leaps in educational quality and opportunity, however, we need to separate school and state entirely. Government should exit the business of running and funding schools.

This is no utopian ideal; it's the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood, when literacy levels among all classes, at least outside the South, matched or exceeded those prevailing now, and when public discourse and even tabloid content was pitched at what today would be considered a college-level audience.

Figures provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau, however, show that illiteracy rates fell swiftly in the decades after public education was made available in the United States, especially among blacks.

While taking stands against gay marriage and health care reform, Harmer does not mention the topic of education on the "Issues" page of his website.

Many tea party candidates espouse the notion of repealing amendments of the U.S. Constitution so that it better resembles the document written back in the 1700s. Likewise, Harmon and many of his conservative allies would gut government by abolishing departments they consider unnecessary. But Harmer's belief that public schools represent "socialism in education" is something of a unique position.

This is Harmer's third attempt to win a seat in the House of Representatives, and the first time he leads his challenger, Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney, in the polls.

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Re: Tea Party Candidate: Abolish All Public Schools
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010, 11:51:54 am »
Now that is taking the whole "waiting on superman" thing too far.. but I guess it's about par for the course for this particular faction of tea-party/ultra-libertarian types.. but what's the alternative if this were to happen?  'Everybody' home-schools or shells out $$$ for some kind of private academy?  Who gets first dibs on the existing school buildings now 'vacated' from gov't control?  What entity, if any, determines what kind of competency standards have to be met by students every year?  Even with home-schooling, currently the children have to take annual tests by the state board of education of their region.
What about the working moms (and dads) who don't feel like home-schooling but aren't affluent enough to pay much for a private school..
How would certain teachings get reconciled with the mainstream labor pool?  Does the 'young-earth'-related worldview handicap students who wish to continue on with the sciences as a career?  If multicultural history teachings are ignored, how does this fare when students start seeking careers in an increasingly globalized economy.. for folks who are quick to dismiss non-Christian religions as 'pagan', that may bode ill as China and India assert their economic willpower..
Presumably teabag types also see this as a way for religious instruction to be back in 'all' schools by default.. And does this mean that Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc., organizations would get to build their schools unimpeded, no warnings of "Sharia" and the like being indoctrinated into youths of a given community?  Uh-oh..
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