Breitbart reported Tuesday that at the Youth Violence Prevention Summit in Arlington, VA, Education Secretary Arne Duncan proposed government-run public boarding schools which would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He poses the question of what about the children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home? Who could argue with his reasoning of there being certain kids that we (the government) should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful?
Actually, it’s not a new idea. Authoritarian governments have always known that it is important to mold the young in their ideology. The first Premier of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, thought of it decades ago. He said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” We saw the results of that.
While this all sounds wonderfully benevolent on the surface, Duncan admits that is a controversial concept. As stated Wednesday by Rick Wells from Constitution Rising, one has to consider the costs of staffing, including security, the meals to be provided, the increased costs of electricity, insurance, curriculum and how cash-strapped school districts might be expected to pay those costs. The curriculum would be virtually free of inspection by non-government, independent citizens. Having no parents involved, the children would come to view their school masters and classmates as a substitute family. The state could then relocate those children deemed “at risk” from homeschooling or those who had parents with objectionable political opinions.
It should be noted that the idea is gaining momentum. Supporters claim such a dramatic step is necessary to get some students into an atmosphere that promotes learning. And they say it’s worth costs estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 per student per year. The SEED Public Charter School of Washington is a public boarding school for poor and academically at-risk students. Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino envisions a charter boarding school that immerses students as young as first or second grade.
You can’t properly or totally indoctrinate the next generation if parents have the ability to teach their values and morals. This is the obvious next step.