The most important step in the crisis in education is to end government control of education. Instead of reducing government interference in our children’s education, the Fed has introduced and implemented a vain and questionable attempt to ‘fix the problem’ with the ‘Common Core State Standards’.
Education is a parental responsibility and best handled at the most local level. We support all measures that enhance the educational choices available, such as charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school tuition, and home schooling.
Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference or coercion from government.
Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.
Compulsory attendance and truancy laws should be repealed. Students cannot be forced to learn, and teachers should not be forced to act as juvenile delinquency officers.
All individuals, regardless of age, are entitled to the protections of the constitutions of the United States and Florida. Random drug tests, locker searches without probable cause, censorship of student publications, or any similar actions violate those rights.
About Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been developed in an effort to create uniform standards for American students across the nation and promoted by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in an effort to create a top-down education model devoid of free market competition and accountability.
CCSS is an atrocity that can be seen as an attempt by the federal government to colonize and propagandize our children in order to indoctrinate them into a ‘governmental way of thinking’ that is ‘Common’ across the country. Even if there is no mal-intent to indoctrinate our children today, certainly the methodology and ease-of-implementation is now there for this purpose at a future date.
CCSS has been adopted in numerous states as part of a federally backed coercion attempt on the states, which allows those states to become eligible for funds within the federal government stimulus packages.
The Libertarian Party of Florida condemns the implementation of the CCSS in Florida and recognizes the inherent federal and state overreach contained therein, in violation of the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights of parents, guardians, and Florida students.
The Libertarian Party of Florida rejects wholeheartedly the collection of personal student “assessment data,” including fingerprints and other biometric data, for any non-educational purpose by the state of Florida, the federal government of the United States, or private corporate interests on the grounds that life, liberty and happiness cannot prosper under continuous state surveillance, that the use by the state of people or technology to monitor, account for, and keep Floridians under surveillance, especially where there is no evidence of criminal behavior, restricts the normal interaction of peoples.
The Libertarian Party of Florida offers its full support of activities to halt further implementation of CCSS in the state of Florida and supports a full repeal of any action that has resulted in, authorized, or compelled the implementation of CCSS to date.
For more information on Common Core please visit: Florida Stop Common Core Coalition