Role isn’t as steward
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