Gov. Strickland spoke on Wednesday, delivering his mandate from on high. The centerpiece is his vision of the state and the family; his Education Plan. In essence, Strickland believes that the state must raise its children (not your children anymore) as the state sees fit.
The Republican-controlled Senate is not going to put up a fight. Why? The Republicans also believe that the state has first claim to its children.
And, in a Hegelian dialectic, parents will quickly embrace the state as the true caregiver, having first claim to all children in Ohio.
So the state will force students to attend 20 more days of school; 20 more days of socialist indoctrination. In addition, the state will force students to perform service projects in the name of the state (Youtube Nazi Germany to get a sense of where this is going). Finally, the state will remove children from their parents at a younger age (mandatory all-day kindergarten).
Wanna bet that the Republican Senate accepts this plan?
Wanna bet that parents quickly embrace the state in its more intrusive role? (The Faustian bargain of the state as caregiver versus the struggles of parenthood will be negotiated -- by all parties -- in favor of the state).
Wanna bet that the taxpayers roll over and gladly fund this nonsense?
note: To Christian readers: Christian writer Doug Phillips likes to ask this question (paraphrased), 'Do you really believe that it's God's plan to have His children raised in the Canaanite schools?'