She needs to tell it like it is.
My speech for her:
"Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I bring you some good news and some bad news. Two years ago, Congressman David Brat of Virginia said, 'Over 30 years, federal spending on education has grown by 375 percent, but test scores remain flat.'
"Brat is in the education business, having been chairman of the business and economics department at Randolph-Macon College before seeking office in 2014.
"This department is largely responsible for this increase in spending, but takes no responsibility for the lack of achievement. Nor should it.
"This agency has 4,400 employees, the overwhelming number of whom are dedicated to serving the nation in general, and the education of children and young adults in particular. You are very talented and well-trained, and yet this agency is totally irrelevant. It is redundant.
"It duplicates fifty state departments of education, who themselves are of little to no use because all their rules, regulations, and requirements are irrelevant to the success of each child and young adult.
"In fact none of the 8 million or so people in the American education industry are responsible, really, for the success or failure of a child. That is on the child. Abe Lincoln and his sister were self-taught. However, I do not recommend that system. We do need teachers, and we do need principals.
"But we do not need much more than that. And yet the education industry is loaded with extraneous staff and employees. Harvard, for example, has 16,000 employees and 21,000 students. Its instructional staff numbers 4,671 people. What do the other nearly 12,000 people on the payroll do? Fund-raising?
"At the collegiate level, we know what drives the increase in staff: student loans. The federal government has turned every adolescent into a trust fund baby who does not have to work her way through college. The result is a disconnect between the price of college and the student. Tuition rises? So what? Just put it all on the credit card.
"The result is a trillion-dollar debt on a generation of people who feel entitled to success because they got good grades in school. They leave college with a debt that keeps them from buying a car or a house or otherwise becoming a responsible and productive member of society.
"This is an education policy that must end. We need to tell the colleges that they should guarantee their own loans.
"But it is the public education level where the tragedy really is. No one in this department is to blame, in fact no one in the education industry is.
"As I said earlier the failure of a child is on the child. Parents must take responsibility. They should make sure each child is fed and in school in the morning, and has a proper place to return to when school ends. Parents should make sure the child does his homework, and should encourage the child to participate in school activities.
"But federal policy elsewhere undermines parental authority. Federal welfare programs -- and not just TANF but food stamps and myriad other handouts -- encourage the dissolution of the family. The federal government's unspoken but very real policy is to separate fathers from their progeny.
"This -- not a lack of education -- leads to the societal problems that fills so many neighborhoods with crime, fills so many cemeteries with young, black men, and fills so many prisons with men who will have no future when they leave.
"This department is not responsible for this mess, nor are the teacher unions -- bad as they are -- or the buildings or the buses or anything else. Until we reconnect men with fatherhood, these problems will persist.
"What can be done? Here? Nothing. It's time to close up this shop and let the states handle the matter. I support Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie’s bill to close this department no later than December 31, 2018.
"Yes, I will fight for school choice, but really that should be left up to the states. The federal government has no business telling Alaska or California or West Virginia how to raise their kids.
"I know that many of you are angry. You have done nothing wrong. Why should you lose your jobs?
"Coal miners, auto workers, steel workers, chemical plant employees, and millions of other hard-working Americans also ask that question.
"This department is redundant and obsolete. It has to close. Consider this to be your two-year notice of the plant closing."That's what I hope she would say.
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