Does that make sense? To understand the implications we first need to understand what each department does and is responsible for.
If you want to stop this proposed merger consider this online Whitehouse Petition (active until July 24, 2018): https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-merger-between-us-dept-education-and-us-dept-labor
US Department of Labor: The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.
US Department of Education: ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED’s mission is to:
- Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
- Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
- Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
- Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
- Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
- Improve the management of Federal education activities; and
- Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.
Now let’s see if and how they make sense to merge:
- They both deal with people although education spans birth through college
- Both departments appear to oversee money
- Education is essential to producing good workers
- Uniform education standards, testing and education would produce better workers
- Businesses want workers who can perform well
- It appears that they do mesh well
- Labor requires education so it seems a naturals fit that to produce good workers businesses need to be assured that quality education is the norm
- It appears that Education + Labor = compliant, well-trained workers
- To the extent that education should serve as a development farm team for business it makes sense to combine the two departments
Businesses should embrace this change. Perhaps we’ll see even more federal money to “train” the workers of tomorrow? For some reason I always thought that education was a local province. Apparently those who know better see education + labor = future success. Whether that’s true is open to conjecture.
I, for one, think education needs to be local. I do think that quality education with standards is essential. However, education should reflect the beliefs and preferences of the parents and community and not be a farm team for big business. If you think there are reasons to oppose this please contact your elected reps at the State and National level and share your thoughts.
Finally, here’s a link to another State rolling out some of the same…starting with Kindergarten: http://freedomproject.com/the-newman-report/701-wisconsin-schools-approve-radical-sex-ed-for-k-5