5. Government Schooling
Vladimir Lenin once said, “Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” There has perhaps never been a more telling quote in regards to government entanglement in education. The US government has nearly monopolized schooling, as voucher programs have consistently been turned away in order to satisfy always-powerful unions. Schools have been regularly given more rigid national standards since the creation of the Department of Education through programs like No Child Left Behind and Common Core. Schools seem to continually move further away from the final goal of an adequate education, as they compete for federal funding through student success on endless standardized tests. The aforementioned unions make it almost impossible to fire ineffective teachers, preserving the status quo at any costs.