This is being offered as food for thought. There are no opinions expressed herein. Opinions formed are the prerogative of the viewer.
A timeline of true events:
-  The very first sentence of the very first article of the US Constitution states, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives”. Article I continues to enumerate the areas to which those legislative powers may extend. There is no mention whatsoever of any federal authority regarding public education. James Madison declared the intention of the Constitution was that the powers of the federal government were specifically enumerated, and the states had authority over “the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people”. This was reemphasized by Amendment X. Remember this as you continue.
-  The Principles of Communism call for “Education of all children, from the moment they can leave their mothers’ care, in national establishments at national cost”.
-  The first Communist assembly for the long range purpose of promoting the spread of communistic philosophy was convened. This was later expanded to become the Communist International.
-  Earliest Department of Education was created, but was quickly demoted to “office” status and languished in the Department of Interior for decades.
-  The second Communist International convened.
-  The Office of Education was moved to a more prominent position in the Federal Security Agency.
-  The Federal Security Agency was upgraded to cabinet level status as the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
-  Goal 41 of the Communist Party USA emphasized the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
-  The Department of Education was given its own cabinet level position. There were constitutional objections raised due to the absence of any such enumerated power, but “plausibility” for justification was found somewhere in the Commerce Clause and the Taxing and Spending Clause.
- [Today] The Department of Education itself consists of more than forty different bureaucratic entities with a total budget approaching (as best I can find) eighty billion dollars. This bureaucracy and others such as the Department of Agriculture, which controls school lunch programs(???), are free to exercise their discretion in dictates to the American people. Any edict emanating from these unelected sources effectively carries the force of law by simply suggesting that federal distribution of funds may be influenced by the degree of state compliance. No Congressional representatives of the people need be consulted. Further, various politicians are advocating “free” federal education from age 3 or 4 through college.
Again, conclusions drawn and efforts exercised in further personal inquiry reside with the reader.