Department of Education
• identify and list all federal education programs; • abolish all programs and agencies (including the Department of Education) not provided for by the Constitution; and • return education to the state, local, and family level.
This handbook is filled with ways to restore limited, constitutional government because every government action increases the proportion of human action wrought by force and decreases that share done voluntarily. Laws are not suggestions, after all. To the extent that government does more, parents do less, and thus become less responsible, and education suffers. The history of state involvement in education is marked by an inexorable drift of responsibility from families to small local governments to larger local governments to states and finally to the federal government—all the way from your house to the White House.
For the sake of the rule of law and respect for the Constitution, for the sake of the principles of subsidiarity and federalism that encourage personal responsibility and diverse approaches to public policy, and for the sake of strong families, Congress should remove itself from involvement in education.
In spite of much bitter debate over education, at least one critical consensus survives that would enable Congress to act with bold strokes: parental involvement is the key to all educational success. Like a good physician, Congress should first cease doing harm by “enabling” parents to do less for their children. Parents, for example, can certainly prepare their children's breakfasts, but many will not do so as long as a free substitute is available.
Accordingly, Congress should get out of the education business and return what it spends to taxpayers in the form of a tax cut. Some states