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Bachmann: If elected, I will abolish the federal Dept. of Education

I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess the MSM and the left (pardon the redundancy) will have a conniption over this:

Painting herself as a “constitutional conservative” Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told Sen. Jim DeMint’s forum Monday that if elected president she would look to get rid of the Department of Education, among other things.

“Because the Constitution does not specifically enumerate nor does it give to the federal government the role and duty to superintend over education that historically has been held by the parents and by local communities and by state governments,” she said, responding to a question by DeMint, a popular figure among the tea party movement.

Now I’ll admit that Bachmann is not my first, second, or even third choice among GOP prez hopefuls.  That said, why would it be crazy to shiite-can the Dept. of Education?

First of all, there is no question that “one size fits all” when it comes to education is patently absurd.  There is no way that D.C. can better manage schools than local and state governments can do.

Secondly, how did the republic survive before the Dept. of Ed was founded in 1980?

Thirdly, our nation’s test scores have dropped precipitously ever since D.C. created the behemoth.  If you want to dismiss any cause-and-effect here, be my guest.  But I won’t.

Finally, it’s clear that our Founding Fathers never intended for the federal government to meddle in educational affairs of cities, counties, and states.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to educate your children or mine.  Judging by how poorly educated our kids are in matters related to civics, I’d say that D.C. needs to butt out of molding our kids’ minds and let parents and local governments do our jobs.  Everything D.C. touches turns to crap, anyway.


September 6, 2011 - Posted by | big government, Constitution, Michelle Bachmann, public education


  1. I actually lean toward getting rid of the DOE. My guess is that is was created to bring low performing states up to par, but it only hindered other states. I could do without my taxes going toward the wasteful and impossible NCLB and RTTT. I could certainly deal with Teach For America and other educational reform con artists not getting ten million dollar grants from the DOE also.

    Comment by Alli | September 6, 2011

  2. Getting rid of the Dept. of Ed. would be a good start. Then continue on with the rest of them not serving any purpose or being in line with powers enumerated in the Constitution. Return sovereignty to the states for these functions. A big savings of taxpayer’s money when they are all gone.

    Comment by J. Guidry, Battlefield, MO. | September 6, 2011

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