All of the Republicans' talk about giving parents the right to choose in education is a politically expedient strategy -- just beneath the surface of the rhetoric are political motivations to thwart integration, weaken the Democratic coalition, and cripple the teachers' unions.
As Glenn Beck noted, "It's horrifying some of the things that they're teaching high schoolers." Sadly, though, he wasn't concerned about any of this. No, he was referring to the television show "Glee."
The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.