Role isn’t as stew­ard

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I ob­ject to the lan­guage used in the front-page, above-the-fold wire story on our new sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion, whom the wire ser­vices de­scribed as “stew­ard of the na­tion’s schools.” Anti-fed­er­al­ist pop­py­cock!

Her role is ad­vi­sory at best, with only the power to give money and to with­hold it if her ad­vice is not fol­lowed. The Con­sti­tu­tion gives the fed­eral gov­ern­ment no role in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, and twice spec­i­fies pow­ers not specif­i­cally del­e­gated to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment are re­served to the states and the peo­ple.

It seems 50 years of un­con­sti­tu­tional fed­eral in­ter­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion has yielded a gen­er­a­tion a large por­tion of which is so mise­d­u­cated that they think so­cial­ism is a mighty fine idea that would work great this time if only their guy was in charge. I think every vote for Bernie San­ders was a con­dem­na­tion of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in the U.S.

I be­lieve we had the best ed­u­cated and most pro­duc­tive pop­u­lace in the world be­fore fed­eral in­ter­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion, and now we are not in the top 25. Abol­ish­ing the Jimmy Carter-ini­ti­ated Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion en­tirely would not likely hurt us a bit.

KARL T. KIMBALL Lit­tle Rock

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