We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, of course they do, and steal lollipops too. But the No Child Left Behind nonsense has made it worse. That Bush bill was a typical Federal response to a local issue, and a complete waste of taxpayer $ for non-existent political gain.
The kind of education kids get should be totally up to every town and village in America. The Feds have nothing of value to offer, other than free money - and the Feds should not be offering that either. It isn't their money, is it?