April 23, 2010

In response to Mi Gov Granholm's Det news op-ed~'Don't stall progress on education reform'

In response to Mi Gov Granholm's Det news op-ed:
Governor Granholm, your enthusiasm for education is exemplary, but the reason for the failure of schools is not from a lack of education, but from what the education is producing. What is the difference between the earlier years of this nation, this State and today? It is the fundamental value of self determination. We have digressed from individual responsibility to achieve to a mentality of dependence or a attitude of expectation of the individual to receive from the whole. No longer do students have the concept of having to take the first step on a ladder to achieve, but now demand to be on the top of the ladder without any expectation of self effort. It is a result of socialism engineering that has been going on for many years. At this time of fiscal collapse, we need to rein in educational expenses by repealing State control and allow local control of all aspects of education. We must be able to afford ourselves and we must be able to retain the individualism our founders instilled. There are two ways to lead: Create an atmosphere in which each individual becomes a leader of self; declare that the majority are not capable of leading and dictate leadership. The latter is what we have become. It is time to return to the basics and start over.

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