Although the United States is generally recognized as having a free-market, capitalist economy, many services are provided by various levels of government, rather than by the private sector, which means that those services are delivered according to the socialist economic model. The American public school system provides a classic example of how that plays out. The so-called “central planners” determine what is to be taught and how it is to be taught, with virtually no input from consumers (parents and students). In fact, in the rare instances when said consumers attempt to make their preferences known, such as objecting to the use of a certain book in the curriculum, it is not at all uncommon for the teachers, administrators, and school board to “circle the wagons” and repel them.
The Department of Education released a proposal last month that dramatically alters the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which guarantees the privacy of student records. Critics of the proposal contend that it infringes upon student privacy and allows the government access to what should be private information.
The indoctrination of college students by their ultra-liberal professors has proven to be quite successful thus far, even to the degree that they have been taught to justify the hypocrisies in their various liberal assertions. Conservative college student Oliver Darcy has been doing his part to expose the liberal agenda and hypocrisies on college campuses. Darcy has released three videos that effectively reveal such hypocrisies, one involving the redistribution of wealth but not grades, another in which students refuse to pay their fair share of the national debt, and the latest shows allegedly “pro-free speech” college students signing a petition to ban Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives from the airwaves.
Connecticut's New London High School (left) board recently passed a requirement that all its students must attain a certain level of proficiency in English in order to graduate.
Legal action by the ACLU has prompted a school district in White County, Tennessee, to ban the Gideons from distributing their Bibles to students in classrooms. According to the Tennessean newspaper, members of a local chapter of the Gideons, an international Bible distribution organization headquartered in Nashville, “came into the classroom, and students were invited up to get a Bible if they wanted one.” The paper reported that one student “said she didn’t want to take [a Bible] but felt pressured to do so. Her mother later complained to school officials and then to the ACLU….”