Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Fwd: Guess who was against the Department of Education in 1979

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February 8, 2017
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I didn't want to embarrass him, so I kept quiet when a conservative writer tweeted today that if Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos manages to expand school choice, that alone will mean she's done more than any Secretary for at least the past 40 years.

(The Department of Education was created 38 years ago.)

But that's an easy mistake to make: everyone assumes that what they see around them is indispensable, we couldn't live without it, and has presumably been around forever.

For that matter, I'm sure most people don't realize the National Endowment for the Arts has been around for only about 50 years. Since we all know there'd be no art without it, that thing must go back centuries!

Interestingly enough, when the creation of the Department of Education was being debated in 1979, guess who opposed it?

The American Federation of Teachers.

They said it would just add another layer of bureaucracy, and that more bureaucracy wasn't going to solve anything.

Probably the most sensible thing anyone in the American Federation of Teachers has ever said.

Today, of course, an institution that was once considered debatable, and that a major teachers' union opposed, has become a fixture of American life whose possible absence fills leftists' heads with apocalyptic visions.

Yet, meanwhile, here's reality:

Whatever the merits or demerits of Betsy DeVos -- and we'll be discussing that on the Tom Woods Show in the coming days -- I feel certain that appointing another time-serving drone wasn't going to do anything about the above.

Of course, if it's a real education you want, and not the p.c. charade you were forced to endure in school, I have just the thing -- even if you're short on time:

Tom Woods
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