A Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives has come to the conclusion that the entire American public school system is socialist.
State Rep. Andrew Brenner did a quick google of the term “socialism” and was shocked to discovered that the economic system wasn’t just being taught in our public schools, it was our public schools.
Brenner took to his blog to publicly “out” America’s school system, or should we say, “Comrade Public Education.” In a post titled “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” led by a less-than-subtle picture of a red hammer and sickle symbol, Brenner explained:
Socialism, defined on Wikipedia, ‘is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy.’ That seems to summarize our primary education system. Public education in America is socialism.
He says that the tea party have spent too much time attacking Obamacare, but “rarely (if ever) bring up the fact that our public education system is already a socialist system. and [sic] has been a socialist system since the founding of our country.”
And with that foundation, he says it was only inevitable that teachers unions got too much power – after all the system was socialistic (read: bad) to begin with. Is it any surprise that the nation’s education system is so screwed up? In case you’re wondering, Brenner really hates unions. He regards them as almost as bad as socialists.
So now that Brenner is satisfied that American education is socialist, he proposes a solution: privatization.
“In a free market system parents and students are free to go where the product and results are better,” he wrote. “Common core and standardized tests under such a system will not be necessary, because the schools that fail will go out of business. Government will not be there to prop them up with more tax dollars and increased regulations. Successful schools will thrive. The free-market system works for cars, furniture, housing, restaurants, and to a lesser degree higher education, so why can’t it work for our primary education system?”