24 September 2007Patriot Vol.07 No.39PatriotPost.US

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“The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.” —Mark Twain

“Parent-centered education reforms continue to proliferate nationwide. This year, more than 1 million children will be able to attend safe and effective schools chosen by their parents, thanks to reforms implemented at the state and local level. I urge you to become better acquainted with the many schooling options now available. Heritage [Foundation]’s ’Types of School Choice’ is a great place to start. It outlines just about everything, from tax credits and education savings accounts to scholarships and charter schools. And it shows why parents should settle for nothing less than excellence when it comes to the supremely important task of educating their children. We need to remember that parents—not federal bureaucrats—are best situated to direct their children’s education.” —Rebecca Hagelin

“It’s impossible to read King Lear or Hamlet without questioning the deepest human values. Because John Milton is a dead white man, the erudition of his poetry is discounted (or ignored). The political and religious issues he raises in ‘Paradise Lost’ would animate any discussion of democracy, terrorism and war, but raising questions is not the aim of much that passes for higher education. Milton’s debate of the devils over how to perpetuate the war against God, ‘which if not Victory is yet Revenge,’ has much to tell us about our own times. Students arrive on campus yearning to think big thoughts and often get political polemics from little professors with small minds.” —Suzanne Fields