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    Democracy in Schools Leads to Socialism



    Democracy in Schools Leads to Socialism


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    A letter to the editor titled “Give students opportunity to practice democracy” was published by our local newspaper. It was submitted by John Loflin of the Democratic Education Consortium. Mr. Loflin opened his letter with the question, “With the current global interest in democracy, and building democratic governments in such nations as Iraq and Georgia, one wonders, what part will schools play?” The words democracy and schools in the same sentence intrigued me to read more. It seems that Mr. Loflin was of the opinion that a previous letter suggesting a civics course be required did not take things far enough to encourage more civic participation.

    It seems that England has enacted a Citizenship Order mandating schools “to have a viable student council where students share real-world responsibilities.” After promoting that schools run as a democracy, Mr. Loflin closes with the thought that “when students share responsibility for their learning and school governance” they experience democracy and the classroom “will reveal the depth of America’s commitment to democracy.”

    The first thing that needs to be clarified for the members of the Democratic Education Consortium is that we are a republic and not a democracy. There is a reason that the founding fathers gave us a republic and not a democracy. Because of their knowledge of unrevised history, these men knew that democracies (rule by majority) transformed into rule by mobs and demagogues leading to anarchy. A republic is a rule by law with the rights of each individual protected by law. Thus, the rights of the individual are not dependent upon the will of the majority. The students while participating in the democratic running of a school will be being groomed to live in a socialist society. A socialist society is one where all are equal and the only authority being the one who controls the purse strings or distribution of goods.

    Most certainly an effort to improve civic education and participation is needed. However, let’s educate our students in the unique and successful form of government that is ours.

    We are a republic established by the Constitution. Knowledge of a republic from of government and its benefit and the other forms of government and their downfalls will certainly benefit our country. An understanding of the Constitution will further prepare students for civic participation. Educating students to be citizens of the world and not their own country seems to be the underlying goal of Mr. Loflin and the Democratic Education Consortium.

    The role of God as supreme is easily negated in a democracy as the vote of the majority be it moral, immoral, or amoral is the ultimate determinant of any action. Our Constitution is framed around the belief that God exists and thus there is right and wrong. Not long ago, many court houses had the Ten Commandments prominently displayed. Our laws were not intended to be in conflict with God’s laws. The success of our country and our maintaining the freedom it affords depends on the existence of a moral society. Without a moral society and the vacuum it creates, the government as it already is doing legislates its own brand of morality which is Godless or amoral. To prepare our students to be moral and thus contribute productively to our country they must recognize God as supreme and not the state or themselves. Recognizing the state as supreme is socialism.

    As a posted comment to this letter stated, here comes another fad in education. This fad would completely and absolutely destroy what is left of our education system. Can one imagine a school run as a democracy with the students having a real vote in policy and curriculum? As with all democracies in the past anarchy would soon be the result. Administrators and teachers would become the equals of students with no deference given to the training, experience, knowledge, and maturity they bring to the classroom. Why would any competent teacher want to teach when students whose role is to learn have input about the running of a classroom? Why will students bother to learn when they can use the democratic process to make education easy although less complete? Learning is hard work and it is very much in our human nature to choose the easy way. Thus the climate is created for anarchy with teachers not able to teach and students not able to learn because of classroom disruptions or lack of authority to see that they do what it takes to achieve in school. This is certainly a problem that already exists and would only be made worse if students were to share the responsibility for their learning(curriculum) and school governance.

    Now factor in the No Child Left Behind mandates. They require a certain level of achievement for each student in each government school. With the certain failure to meet these mandates as anarchy sets in, the federal government will by law step in to take control of the schools. Assuredly they will not consider that any one other than themselves will have any voice in the running of that school.

    A large number of discipline problems today result from children who have been raised in homes run as democracies leaving them totally unprepared to handle any authority or respect any rule. The school structure with layers of authority is intended to prepare students to live in a society where rule by law exists. If schools were to be run as a democracy, the students would leave school thinking that they had the right to disobey any law because it was in conflict with their opinion. How will they ever function in places of employment? The infusion of these students into society is frightening. We will certainly think that we have no other answer to the resulting chaos than to turn to the federal government who will increase its power and control in response.

    Somehow in considering the Democratic Education Consortium’s call for schools to be run as democracies, one keeps coming back to the fact that the federal government is standing in the wings waiting to fix the failure. Who do you suppose might be funding the Democratic Education Consortium?


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