Why is Vermillion, a college community, growing while Milbank, a rural community, is not? Cash flow. Cash flow comes to a college community through student loans. Taxes leave every rural community to become student loans. Those loans, coupled with an insufficient K-12 education, result in the community’s seeds for growth, their K-12 graduates, moving to a college community.
After college, those students aren’t returning to their rural communities. Proof? Most of South Dakota’s 3,000 to 5,000 and less population communities are shrinking, going extinct. We all pay; who benefits? If the local K-12 education system had met local needs, then most graduates would be sufficiently educated to remain, marry, raise their family and grow their community after graduation. In South Dakota, as in all states, it’s a law K-12 children must attend a governmentapproved school with government-approved curriculum, textbooks and testing. Parents in all communities are prohibited from determining a curriculum for their students. In a Catch 22-like response, highly paid government education experts tell previous K-12 graduates — the parents — they are not sufficiently educated to determine the curriculum for their children. Our Pilgrims moved to the Plymouth Rock because the British monarchy said only monarchy experts know what is an appropriate education.
Pilgrim parents followed Natural Law and determined the education of their children. Generations of those children grew the New World into the United States, a federation of republic states made up of communities of the most moral, educated, self reliant, prosperous individuals in the world.
Highly paid government education experts, since 1917, have reduced our nation’s K-12 ranking from first to 17th in the world. We have the growing slums, shrinking rural communities and a rising national debt to prove it.