I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Christian author/actress and homeschool advocate Sam Sorbo about her views on America’s education system.
Her opinion is nothing new: Public schools are failing to prepare students for college and colleges are failing to prepare kids for a career.
The primary issue with the system is the role of the federal government, which is more concerned with money and power than with the future of our children.
A prime example is Common Core, an educational initiative introduced under President Obama. The federal government incentivized schools to adopt Common Core by offering grant money.
Like Socialism, Common Core aims to create a level playing field for all students. Like Socialism, Common Core strives for mediocrity but achieves only the bottom line by failing to motivate the individual.
As Sorbo points out, Common Core urges students to regurgitate, rather than digest, information.
“The entire system is broken because we’re going about it the wrong way,” argues Sorbo. America’s education system is based on a Prussian model for soldiers. And what is the most important quality in a soldier? Obedience.
The obligation to obey is why parents are allowing Common Core and other faults to pollute the system.
“The best educational model in history is the entrepreneurial model on which this nation was founded,” says Sorbo, and we can move towards this system by disbanding the Department of Education and returning power over education to the states.
“We are the greatest leap in prosperity that the world has ever known, and the reason for that is the entrepreneurial spirit of this nation.”
Sorbo hopes to return American values to education through her nonprofit organization Make Education Great Again (MEGA), which aims to promote homeschooling and help parents run for school boards.
“We can take back our education in the United States,” says Sorbo. ‘It’s not too late.’
To all the parents out there who believe homeschooling is too hard, Sorbo says: What does it say about the system when it produces adults who are incapable of teaching third grade math? And what does it say about parents who send their kids into that system?
You can learn more about Sorbo, her books, and her organization by checking out her official website www.samsorbo.com.