Everybody wants the very best education for their children. In the United States, we spend more money per child on K-12 government education than any developed country in the world. Yet year after year the quality of education in the US ranks behind other developed countries. Everyone seems to agree on the goals, but our government school solutions aren’t working. The public education system is bought and paid for by the government, with your tax dollars of course, but the government is in charge. It sets the standards required to graduate, writes the tests, chooses the subjects, the books, and even dictates the schools children are allowed to attend. This is a take it or leave it, one-size-fits-all machine. Matt Kibbe asks, is there a better way?
Let’s Talk About… Education
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Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.
Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.
He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.
In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”
An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.View Full Bio
Mr. Kibbe, I agree with your assertions about what is happening within public schools. In fact, under the current environment, the more money funneled towards public ‘education’ only exacerbates & accelerates the destruction of young minds. The problem with your assertions at the end of the clip will expand the exacerbation & acceleration of destroying young minds, because the goal of destroying public education is to use this as the Hegelian Dialectic towards school choice. Once the non-public schools become immersed in accepting government (taxpayer) money, they will, in effect, become government schools. Besides, as long as ESSA is the law of the land, destruction of education is the law of the land. The discussion about public schools and education should be the exposing of how the money shoveled into public education is purposely mismanaged & how public education can be restored. Isn’t it very cruel to focus upon escaping the public education monster, and sentencing the children captive to it, to ever more barbarism, in lieu of making our tax dollars work, as intended by parents, grandparents, etc. We have school choice, now, but at a financial cost. The current drive to expand school choice without the additional cost will only lead to no school choice, in the future, save for the children of the elites, who are already separating their children from the sheeple’s children. For my parents, religious education was as important as general education. I attended Catholic grade school & high school, then attended a state university. I’m the oldest of 7. Some siblings attended only Catholic schools. Others attended both public & private schools, through high school. My dad was the sole income provider, in a commission sales profession that was seasonal. All of us sacrificed & worked, some, more than others, to make sure all of us were educated. I didn’t sacrifice as much as others, and my parents made the greatest sacrifices for all 7 of us. The solution to what is happening in public education is NOT escape, but ENGAGEMENT, not just for our children, but for all children, and our constitutional republic.
Excellent presentation. I believe the current Corona virus fiasco will highlight how for many students, some alternative to the typical bricks-and-mortar government school is a better choice. You can almost smell improved learning and collapsing cost structures. Our future is bright!
In Romania (East Europe), a community of parents just started to take the Education Otherwise than at School for their kids. Industrial School, I would say, because School means “free time, usually spent for philosophy” (check the etymology). We are not so many right now (around 400 kids), but there are others enrolled in the USA umbrella schools as well (probably hundreds, as well). In USA there is this Alliance for Self-Directed Education which we cooperate with – so, the world is changing. People don’t need industrial schools anymore.
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Thank you Matt for bringing attention to this important topic. I believe many of the problems we are struggling with in our world today are a consequence of raising our children in an authoritarian, compulsive school system. I would love to see you interview Blake Boles about this and his new book “Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?”
I love reading through an article that can make men and women think.
Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!