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Federal Department of Education should be shut down

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Started: 6/18/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MajFrazier

Pro

The federal Department of Education should never have been created and should be shut down. In the Bill of Rights, tenth amendment, it states that any power not granted by the US constitution nor prohibited to the states, are reserved to the state or the people. Reading over the US Constitution, no where in the document does it give the power of regulating and enforcement and creation of rules for education to the federal government or being a prohibited power to the states. Because of this, the power of regulating education should go either to the states or to the people of the Untied States. There should not be a federal branch forcing rules and regulations to the people. This calls for the shut down of the Federal Department of Education and its power to be given to the state or to the people of America.
Laprlev

Con

Thank you to Pro for putting up an interesting debate and one that should prove very interesting.

I. History of the Department of Education

The Federal Department of Education's origins date back to 1867 when President Andrew Johnson signed the legislation creating the Department. However, back then, it's main purpose was to collect information and statistics about the schools. There was concern that the Department would exercise too much power over local schools and thus, was demoted to the Office of Education 1868.

Beginning in the 1950's, different changes in the social and political arenas resulted in expanded funding for education. With the launch of Sputnik in 1957, nationwide concern led to increased aid for science programs. During the 1960's, the nation saw even more education funding with President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," calling for the creation of programs to improve the education of poor students at all levels.

In October of 1979, Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act and the Department began operations in May of 1980.

[http://www2.ed.gov...]

II. Purpose of the Department of Education

The purpose of the Department of Education is to enhance "student achievement and prepare them for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and insuring equal access." The absolute purpose of this Department is to ensure a quality education is made available regardless of age, race, and social status.

III. Why we need the Department of Education

a. The Department of Education is responsible for controlling college education funds that go out to needy students in the form of financial aid. Without the Department being involved, college education loans would not be as efficient as they have been in recent years. Student loans ensure that students can receive the education they deserve in a college of choice to help shape their careers, thus shaping the future of the country.

b. The Department has positive impacts on the American Education system. The Department is tasked with the duty of looking into the needs of of teachers, children, and their parents to ensure that the highest level of education is being provided.

c. Education rights of non-citizens would be violated. Thanks to the Department, it has been possible for international students to gain entry into American schools.

IV. The Problem with eliminating the Department of Education

Eliminating the Department leaves states to handle the Department's functions. Many cast doubt that the states would be able to administer these functions due to financial wars being witnessed by all of the involved states. Dividing and allocating the funding would bring much disagreement amongst the states. Which states would receive more funding? The states that have the higher populations? The states with the best test scores? The states with the worst test scores? There are too many questions too ask and every state would become upset that another got more funding.

Education in America needs the Department because it ensures a quality education to both American and international students, ensuring equity in education provision and reception in schools.

[http://www.brillianttermpapers.com...]

I await and am excited for Pro's arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
MajFrazier

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
MajFrazier

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
Oops I meant Next Generation Science Standards, always get that word confused in typing, essentially means the same.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
Oops I meant Next Generation Science Standards, always get that word confused in typing, essentially means the same.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
Wouldn't it be great if all states in the US adopted the New Generation Science Standards?
Sometimes wonder if this debate was a result of the NGSS.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
Con's point about consistency of education is a good one, wonder how Pro feels about the consistency issue?????
Maybe people could send their children to other states in order to give them a better or worse education?
Posted by schachdame 2 years ago
schachdame
You seem like one proud American citizens. Education system all over the world have troubles fulfilling their duty but you critique that a government funded institution is not under control of the government. Well...
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