This column has become an annual ritual. Every fall, as millions of parents turn the most precious things in their lives ? their children ? over to the government to be educated, I explain just how quick the government indoctrination process begins. And just how quick is that? Try the first day.
First let?s deal with the harsh and uncomfortable reality that these marvelous public schools to which you have entrusted your children serve more as indoctrination centers as they do places of learning. You shouldn?t be surprised. It makes sense to believe that If your child is attending a Catholic school your child would be taught that the Catholics pretty well have this religion thing down cold. Jewish school? Same thing. Ditto for a school operated by a Christian fundamentalist church. Why, then, would you expect a school owned, operated and staffed by the government to be any different? Doesn?t it make perfect sense that a government employee working in a government institution would instill in your children the understanding that government is inherently good? Should you be surprised when you child learns a blind obedience to the dictates of government, and that government is the true solution to all problems great and small?
Why, pray tell, do politicians struggle so mightily to protect our government system of education?
Most of you will be sending your children to their government schools in the coming weeks. This would mean that you and your child have been engaged in the great annual hunting expedition for school supplies. There you are, wandering the aisles of your local Walgreens searching for pencils, protractors, constructon paper, rulers, paste, notebooks, erasers, (condoms?) and all of the things that make up the basic school survival kit.
I want you to watch your child with his newly-acquired school supplies. He is going to take those supplies to his room. After all the supplies are spread out on a bed or table the rearranging ritual will begin. They?ll be arranged this way ? and then that way ? and then another way. Does he put the protractor to the left of the pencils, or next to the construction paper. How many pencils can he get into his pencil case. What you are witnessing here is a certain pride of ownership. These are his supplies. His! Do you hear? These are the tools he is going to take to his school on Monday!
OK ? so here we are at the first day of school. Everything is arranged just right. The supplies have been packed, repacked, unpacked and repacked again. Now it?s off we go to school!