Interesting point of view you have about trusting parents. So you would agree that giving a parent or parents money to raise their child (housing, food, clothing, education, health, etc....) is much more preferable than giving them money to raise their child AND setting some requirements for them to meet.<quoted text>
Standards are good, and parents, not the government should determine what's acceptable for their child. You can usually trust parents, you can't trust the feds.
From the NY Times:
No Child Law Whittled Down by White House
By MOTOKO RICH, July 6, 2012
In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.
On Friday, the Department of Education plans to announce that it has granted waivers releasing two more states, Washington and Wisconsin, from some of the most onerous conditions of the signature Bush-era legislation. With this latest round, 26 states are now relieved from meeting the lofty and controversial goal of making all students proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014. Additional waivers are pending in 10 states and the District of Columbia.
The more waivers there are, the less there really is a law, right? said Andy Porter, dean of the University of Pennsylvanias Graduate School of Education.
While No Child Left Behind has been praised for forcing schools to become more accountable for the education of poor and minority children, it has been derided for what some regard as an obsessive focus on test results, which has led to some notorious cheating scandals.
If that is not what you meant, now would be an excellent time to clear the air.
Why? Because those same parents are going to take vouchers and place their children in a school where the parent or parents are not properly equipped to evaluate that school. How is a parent who most likely did not graduate from HS and who most likely does not value education going to properly evaluate the education their child receives?
If you check you will find it was the states that went to the federal government asking for changes. Do you think the federal government should be telling the states what and how to do things?
(My personal belief is that the federal government should set a broad, achievable baseline standards which the states are free to tighten up on when they desire. It is my understanding of your belief set that essentially the federal government should stay out of it.)