Letter: Liberty key to prosperity, not education

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Education is certainly a factor affecting career achievement, but individual liberty is the one, indispensable ingredient of true prosperity.

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Barack Obama rose to be president of the United States in spite of the fact, as he light-heartedly admitted to Jay Leno, that he struggles with high school math. In contrast to this reality, Obama, our governor and our current state school board all want us to believe that if we care about the success of the rising generation, we must not resist the unprecedented tracking of our children and the concentration of all educational doctrine into the hands of a few.

The end will justify the means, we are told, and these conditions are necessary to truly improve education and the future of our nation.

This is a dangerous fallacy. Education is certainly a factor affecting career achievement, but individual liberty is the one, indispensable ingredient of true prosperity. To preserve and promote prosperity, "we the people" must require that any policy to improve education does not erode individual liberty.

Alyson Williams

Spanish Fork

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