Well, the US Department of Education is an Unconstitutional entity anyway....
but that being said... they are overtly breaking the law.
Here is why. (and H/T to Linda Dobson at Parent at the Helm for this)
The US Department of Education is taking over more control over what happens in local classrooms.
Read the blog post “The U. S. Department of Education is Breaking the Law” by Jay P. Greene. The law that is being broken is the Department of Education Organization Act 1979 (signed by President Carter, established the cabinet-level department.)
The U.S. Department of Education is dictating curriculum. It is illegal for them to do that.
U. S. Department of Education spokesman, Peter Cunningham, says:
“Just for the record: we are for high standards, not national standards and we are for a well-rounded curriculum, not a national curriculum. There is a big difference between funding development of curriculum—which is something we have always done—and mandating a national curriculum—which is something we have never done. And yes—we believe in using incentives to advance our agenda.”They are absolutely and very overtly instituting national standards and a national curriculum.
The law states:
No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.” (emphasis added)That is pretty plain - easy to understand and comprehend - yet the US Department of Education is wholly and unabashedly ignoring this law. They fund curriculum development and they coerce states to make laws using the power of the purse. They help create standardized test content, and they have influence over textbook publishers. They are indeed dictating what schools can and cannot do.
The “Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U. S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments” points out, there are multiple reasons a national curriculum “does not meet the criteria for sound public policy.”
First, there is no constitutional or statutory basis for national standards, national assessments, or national curricula.
Second, there is no consistent evidence that a national curriculum leads to high academic achievement.
Third, the national standards on which the administration is planning to base a national curriculum are inadequate.
Fourth, there is no body of evidence for a “best” design for curriculum sequences in any subject.
Fifth, there is no evidence to justify a single high school curriculum for all students.
Linda Dobson adds a sixth reason - especially for homeschooling parents: A national curriculum would become part of many, if not most, state laws or regulations for you, too.
Clearly, the US Department of Education - an Unconstitutional entity - is breaking the law. It is also fulfilling one of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto.
10. Free education for all children in public schools
Americans are being taxed to support what we call 'public' schools, but are actually "government force-tax-funded schools " Even private schools are government regulated. The purpose is to train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based "Education" . These are used so that all children can be indoctrinated and inculcated with the government propaganda, like "majority rules", and "pay your fair share".
"Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state. The state will take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing. Your child belongs to us already….what are you?" - Adolf Hitler
Yet another reason to homeschool your children - and do it in freedom.