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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed central planners in the nation’ capitol Wednesday morning at a roundtable discussion on school choice in Milwaukee, hosted by Hispanics for School Choice and the LIBRE Initiative.

Speaking to a crowd of Milwaukee parents and students who had gathered to discuss their experiences with school choice, Paul said, “Nobody in Washington knows a damn thing about education.”

“This is not us versus the teachers unions, this is not us against the public school establishment,” Paul continued.

Paul elaborated on his comments to RebelPundit following the roundtable:

There has to be a meeting in the middle, there is one fundamental thing that sort of divides people, and that’s whose money it is…

We have to make sure they understand we aren’t trying to destroy them as teachers, in fact, my point is that I think choice and innovation, less ridged control from Washington allows for more empowerment of teachers.

I want teachers to have more power to choose how they teach, principals to have more power, local school boards and superintendents.”

He also emphasized the need to embrace change in education, saying, “education is the great equalizer, we need to have an education system that works for everyone.”

Paul likened going along with the status quo to “improve” the education system to Einstein’s definition of insanity—trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Rather, Paul stressed the need for innovation, suggesting that “we need to reward extraordinary teachers. Let’s not just put student teachers in any classroom, let’s put student teachers in classrooms with extraordinary teachers.”

Parents at the event stressed the importance of being able to decide for themselves what would give their children the greatest chance for success in learning and find the best school that fit their needs.

Milwaukee has the largest school choice program in the country.

2 Responses

  1. Sarah

    You know it’s the same in any other field.
    You’d think experience teaches us anything, but no.
    Disagree if you will but the world changes rapidly, and none of us have no control whatsoever over it.
    For instance, imagine Barack had any balls to put Putin to his place, but it seems like it’s not happening, welcome WW3.
    A truly inspiring post, thanks!


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