STORY ONE (via National Public Radio): Kansas City's Failed Schools Leave Students Behind
STORY TWO (via The Blaze): North Carolina Food Police Replaces Nutritious Homemade Lunches with Deep Fried Processed Chicken Nuggets
|PHOTO BY TOM BULLOCK OF NPR|
I've written often here that Government does absolutely nothing well. There are some things that only Government can do, the military is the most often mentioned example. But even then the waste, incompetence, the inefficiencies and corruption is staggering.
I'm guessing next week, Scott Simon will at least mention the state is considering Charter Schools or even privatizing the entire failed Kansas City School System. This is exactly what should happen.
Meanwhile, via story TWO above, we have our government taking on another task that it will mismanage completely. The well meaning North Carolina Legislature wanted to make sure children in the pre-kindergarten program had the proper nutrition to help them prepare for school. Unfortunately, they only created a bureaucracy of food police following bureaucratic guidelines without even a modicum of logic or intelligence.
So we have nameless inspectors not allowing children to eat a homemade meat and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat bun with fruit and fruit juice and instead forcing the child to eat in the school cafeteria. Because the inspector is only "doing his job" he has no idea what the school cafeteria lunch actually is. His job is to simply inspect the homemade lunch to be certain it has two fruits and vegetables. He doesn't care his actions forced the child to eat deep fried processed chicken nuggets with white bread and milk and ABSOLUTELY NO VEGETABLES!!!.
Somewhere along the line the mission of schools to teach got lost and their new mission is monitor homemade lunches.
As Liberals we should not ever be invested in the process, but only in the results. By definition Liberals should think outside the box, love alternatives and innovation. We should not be invested in methodology of the past. We should always strive for new, groundbreaking solutions. It's time we realized that government is virtually never the solution.
Our goals and dreams must never change, but we must be willing to follow new paths toward achieving those goals.