Your Children Belong to Us

A Tulane professor and MSNBC host named Melissa Harris-Perry, in a video found here, suggests that your children do not belong to you, but rather, they belong to the collective. If only we can "break through the idea that children belong to their parents or kids belong to their families," she says, then we can make "better investments" in public education. The problem with our educational system is that not enough taxpayer money has ever been applied to it, she says. No number of college degrees can make this assumption plausible. Since the 1970s, federal spending on public education has more than doubled, and the results have been not only dismal, but regressive in many areas. So a logical person might come to the opposite conclusion -- that increased government influence in education has a negative effect on our children, if educating them about math, science, and linguistic skills is indeed the aim of "education."But traditional educational metrics are not what she is talking...(Read Full Post)