The internet seems to be ablaze. Today as Betsy Devos is confirmed it seems many on the left have lost their collective minds over it and many of the right are left with distaste in their mouths. It is my belief that she is not the best choice for the position but could she been on the right track of reform? At a whooping $600 Billion per yer the department of education is a hefty bill for the federal tax payers, but what have we gotten in return? Based on the report from the Program of International Student Assesment the United States ranks 35th in math and 27th in science out of 64 countries served. So as many things with the federal government go, the department of education has more than enough funding but is not producing to the level that it is being funded. Now I am going to defend her. Her first idea of continuing and strengthening school choice is the right choice. Tax-credit scholarships and vouchers help many low income children that are academically eligible, but not financially able to, to attend private and charter schools. This helps not only that student but also allows the public school to focus on a decreased number of students, thus being able to serve their needs better. These programs have been documented that test scores go up and drop out rates go significantly in districts that have a voucher/scholarship program. So at least there is that. But lets look at the real reason why the department of education has been a failure. Its run by a bureaucracy. The system has received more funding but produced less results. It is more focused on pushing students to test well so that teachers and the school receive more funding than actually getting the students prepared for whats next in life. Plus schools in different areas and states have different needs. Lets just play what I believe is the best case scenario, which is the elimination of the Department of Education. States could then build programs that are uniquely set up for their population. Such as instead of a federal mandate of what to teach, they could set up their own curriculums and programs. The national common core goals are all set up to push kids into college, instead of what its real goal should be which is getting kids prepared to be self sufficient. Instead of teaching every kid algebra, the should be teaching skills that will help everyone in life, like how to balance a budget, what credit is, interviewing skills and how to do your (taxation is theft) taxes. Instead of pushing every kid towards college schools could partner with their local community colleges and offer programs that would lead to a quick path of independence. Auto mechanic, computer programming, and so on. Maybe now that the left is pissed at the choice of Devos they can see the value in not having it at all. The smaller the government, the better the result. End the Ed. Be sure to check out Rep. Thomas Massie and H.R bill 899.