“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984
The feds want to get rid of the department of education. What do you think that means for "free, appropriate public education" that is the right of every student in this country? And since there will no longer be a department overseeing education, what will that mean for federal funding, school lunches, special education programming, and desegregation?
What it means is schools will be privatized charter schools. It means there will be no standards unless the state wants to have them (states have standards now for accountability and federal funding) and it means that the programs that assure that students are treated equally and given equal access to education will be GONE.
Think about what that means long term for innovation, for growth in industry, for our leadership. Think of what it means to have uneducated voters. That is, after all, what public education was first proposed for: to educate voters to support a sustainable democracy.