Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza extols Senator Marco Rubio for his recent Rodney King-like speech (“Can’t we all just get along?”). These are the main statements reporter Cillizza excerpted from Senator Rubio’s speech:
* “I don’t know of a civilization in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of the people in that country.”
* “We are becoming a society incapable of having debate anymore.”
* “We are reaching a point in this republic where we are not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.”
* “What’s at stake here tonight … is not simply some rule but the ability of the most important nation on earth to debate in a productive and respectful way the pressing issues before it.”
But there is nothing more to say, Senator Rubio. Democrats object to the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general because he could soon be prosecuting them and putting them in jail. Yes. Hillary Clinton in jail. That is a point that doesn’t come out in Senate confirmation hearings. It is not about whether he is, was, or might be a racist.
The appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary doesn’t need further debate. The left-wing socialist rainbow, global warming, LGBT, pro-vaccination, same-sex marriage curriculum would be in jeopardy with her confirmation.
The backlash is that the left-wing progressives now urge parents to home school at a time when homeschooling has grown from 850,000 (2009) to 1.8million (2012), largely due to Christians pulling their kids out of public schooling. Progressives want the whole population of school kids indoctrinated in their worldview, or else. If they don’t get their way, they are thinking of pulling their kids out of public schools and opting for home schooling.
So the bottom line here is that this is a battle of worldviews, not over test scores or whether Common Core should be used to teach mathematics.
The repeated question to Betsy DeVos was whether kids in America were going to be able to obtain an equal educational experience. But there was probably not a Senator in the room that is not or did not send his or her children to some private elite school. The demand for equality breeds mediocrity. It breeds indoctrination, not education. It was Winston Churchill who said: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
Not a word how America is going to address educational curriculums in a technology-driven world that is moving so fast that we must prepare kids for careers that don’t exist yet. Not a question addressed to DeVos about how to prepare kids for an age of robots with only those with high-tech skills getting meaningful jobs beyond flipping burgers and serving pizzas.
Should kids who really don’t get good grades and really don’t qualify for admission to universities waste their time and money to participate in an educational experience that is watered-down for them? Should they start their own lives with a mountain of school debt instead of earning and saving? Bring on the real questions, Senator Rubio.
Are we as a nation going to have free markets with the opportunity to start free enterprises so young people can chart their own future? Shall we just throw out the Judeo-Christian work ethic and work for the government or just get on the government welfare dole?
And while we are talking about education, when are American school systems going to educate kids about where the money comes from, how it is distributed, and the real value (or imagined value) of paper money?
Rubio’s speech posits a junior-high school understanding to surface issues, not the real underpinnings of the core issues of contention.