Why Ronald Reagan Couldn't Abolish the Department of Education

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
06/29/2012
       
Why Ronald Reagan Couldn't Abolish the Department of Education

 When Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, he tried to abolish the Department of Education, which had been established in 1979 by his predecessor, liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter. Walter Mondale, Carter’s vice president, had obtained the backing of the National Education Association by promising them a cabinet-level Department of Education, which the NEA had strongly advocated.

When Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, he tried to abolish the Department of Education, which had been established in 1979 by his predecessor, liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter. Walter Mondale, Carter’s vice president, had obtained the backing of the National Education Association by promising them a cabinet-level Department of Education, which the NEA had strongly advocated.

Conservatives had persuaded candidate Reagan to abolish the department when elected. But Reagan’s agreement to accept George H.W. Bush as his vice president indicated that as president he would cooperate with the liberal-leaning Republican establishment. As a member of the Skull and Bones secret Order, Bush could turn the entire secret society either for or against Reagan.

But why would Reagan choose Terrel Bell for Secretary of Education, who opposed his objective to abolish the Department of Education? It simply indicates that the controllers of American education had the upper hand in that choice.

 

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Sam Blumenfeld  (photo)

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