Republicans Declare War On U.S. Education System

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( – Many GOP presidential candidates used the first primary debate on Wednesday to state that the Department of Education was going to be in trouble if they won the presidential election.

Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy argued that if he won he was going to “shut down the head of the snake” and that the $80 billion taken by that Department was going to be in the hands of U.S. parents.

The Department of Education currently has over 4,400 employees, and it was first established in 1867. Its current form dates back to 1979, however, most conservatives believe that this department is the greatest example of the government’s attempts to interfere with the lives of the American people.

Former Vice President Mike Pence similarly argued during the debate that it was time for the Education Department to be “shut down.” Still, what would it actually mean for the United States if the department was instead shut down?

For the U.S. president to be able to abolish the Department they would need the support of Congress. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) had previously proposed legislation for this in 2021. This year he reintroduced the legislation. As he had argued two years earlier, the development of American children should not be left to “unelected bureaucrats” and instead local and state communities should be the ones to make decisions about the curriculum that school children need to follow. He further claimed that parents should be given the right to make choices about the education of their children, including whether or not they want them to be in public or private schools, or if they want them to be home-schooled.

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