Government Decisions vs. Private Decisions

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Sex indoctrination is just one of innumerable “exciting” and “innovative” self-indulgences of the schools. There is no bottom line test of what these boondoggles cost the children or the country.

Incidentally, conservatives who think that schools should be teaching “abstinence” miss the point completely. The schools have no expertise to be teaching sex at all. We should be happy if they ever develop the competence to teach math and English, so that our children can hold their own in international tests given to children in other countries.

Schools are just one government institution that take on tasks for which they have no expertise or even competence.

Congress is the most egregious example. In the course of any given year, Congress votes on taxes, medical care, military spending, foreign aid, agriculture, labor, international trade, airlines, housing, insurance, courts, natural resources, and much more.

There are professionals who have spent their entire adult lives specializing in just one of these fields. They idea that Congress can be competent in all these areas simultaneously is staggering. Yet, far from pulling back— as banks or other private enterprises must, if they don’t want to be ruined financially by operating beyond the range of their competence— Congress is constantly expanding further into more fields.

Having spent years ruining the housing markets with their interference, leading to a housing meltdown that has taken the whole economy down with it, politicians have now moved on into micro-managing automobile companies and medical care.

They are not going to stop unless they get stopped. And that is not going to happen until the voters recognize the fact that political rhetoric is no substitute for competence.


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  • Chezwick_mac

    Sowell strikes again! No-nonsense, penetrating, cogent.

    In a sane world, he would be celebrated as a great source of pride in the African-American community…a veritable living icon. But of course, it's not a sane world.

  • waldemar

    I hope Sowell will live forever – great insight. No, there is little hope he will ever be recognized as a "true" black. Just recently on Fox the venerable Congressman Rangel (a celebrated criminal) poohed-poohed Walter Williams, another great mind that happens to be black. It's really sad.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    While your observations are quite accurate regarding schools and the various pretenders who "teach" in them, you miss or don't mention an important point: Schools in America today are not in the business of education at all. They are trade schools, or training schools, where one can be expected to learn welding, drafting, the mechanics of condom use, and so forth. Actually providing a student with the opportunity for real education is as far away from the goals of teachers, administrators, and bureaucrats as is possible to get to without leaving the solar system.

    Because our schools crank out so many imbecilic automotons, our country is afflicted with politicians who want to rule instead of represent – and they get away with it handily, cultivating the art of demagoguery at the same time since it is so effective.

  • kblink45

    Schools are indeed poor providers of education, but parents are equally poor consumers of education. As a former teacher — and parent — I can say unequivocally that parents who are most engaged in their student's education also tend to be utterly delusional about their child's intelligence and character. They don't actually care about the truth, they just want Johnny to get an A. The educational crisis in America is first and foremost cultural. Obama is the model of a system that honors arrogance and celebrates victimhood.

  • jaded56

    Actually schools do not, generally, provide trade school training. That is left to specialty high school level career centers in most states. The mainstream schools want everyone to go to 4 year liberal arts colleges so their college bound numbers look good. They do not encourage students to go into the best profession for them but the best profession that makes the schools look good so voters will keep passing levy money. They tell the parents that their school system is great because they manage to send the majority of their kids to college where they are then indoctrinated in the leftist agenda.

    • Jim_C

      Why "liberal arts college?"

      Those are hella expensive, you know.

  • Mordavig

    Brazilian children fare much worse that the American ones by any standard.

    Nevertheless, the leftist Federal Government has surreptitiously comissioned a booklet for teaching school children aged 10-12 that homosexuality and bisexuality are “acceptable” “sexual options”.

    Were it not for some conservative House representatives, this booklet would be now being “taught” to Brazilian school children without the parents´ knowledge and certainly against their will.

    By the way, congratulations to Mr Sowell from a Brazilian fan.