We all know it, America’s public school system is failing our kids, and there are few among us that don’t agree that something needs to be done fix the problems; but what? Perhaps a new centralized system paid for by the federal government is the answer – HA!
As we have seen in the increasing number of stories highlighting some of the disturbing lessons associated with the new Common Core standards for education [Teach Your Children Well, Because You Never Know What They’ll Pick Up in School… and Schools Across the Country Are Openly Indoctrinating Our Kids], a federal model is not the answer. Never the less, Common Core is here, and it will reshape the future of America, but where did it come from?
To begin, the Common Core Standards were the brain-child of an organization known asAchieve in a partnership with the National Governors Association, and with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010 that partnership introduced a set of math and English guidelines that could be adopted by the individual states on a voluntary basis. Soon the Obama administration, in its zeal to revamp the disastrous No Child Left Behind initiative of the Bush administration, began to push the Common Core Standards on the states.
While it is technically still “voluntary”, Common Core became tied to federal dollars at a time when state and local municipalities were struggling to keep teachers and police officers on the payroll. A recent article in IndyStar.com, an Indiana based news site, described the circumstances well:
While 45 states have adopted the Common Core, don’t mistake that for enthusiastic, nationwide support. States were essentially coerced into adopting by the President’s Race to the Top program, which tied federal dough to signing on. Even if policymakers in recession-hobbled states would have preferred open debate, there was no time. Blink, and the money would be gone. Which isn’t to say there wasn’t opposition — there certainly was among policy wonks — but most people hadn’t heard of the standards at adoption time, and their effects wouldn’t be felt for several years.
Sounds a bit like Obamacare doesn’t it?
And so there you have it, the unsavory origins of Common Core; but that of course is only a tiny sliver of the problems associated with our new education revolution. The anti-Semitic, anti-business, anti-conservative lessons that have been circulating in the webisphere are another factor of course, but there are even more things that give me pause. For example, there is a heavy emphasis on creating “well rounded children” and, “civic participation” and, “community partnerships.” These are all things that sound nice, in much the same way that the Anti-Defamation League sounds like it should be a good thing because, you know, nobody supports defamation (regardless of what they say about us), but to be sure these terms are little more than code words used to cleverly disguise a Progressive agenda. After all who can forget the recent TV promo from MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, whose now infamous comments gave us a startling glimpse into the liberal mind:
“…We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘these are our children.’ So part of it is to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities…”
So given all that we have all learned about the progressive agenda and the liberal mind since Mr. Obama took office, those afore mentioned code words understandably send shivers down my spine whenever I see them. As Dean Kalahar of the American Thinker recently wrote:
The foundational philosophy of Common Core is to create students ready for social action so they can force a social-justice agenda. Common Core is not about students who actually have a grasp of the intricate facts of a true set of what E.D. Hirsch would call “core knowledge.” Common Core is about, as David Feith would say “an obsession with race, class, gender, and sexuality as the forces of history and political identity.” Nationalizing education via Common Core is about promoting an agenda of Anti-capitalism, sustainability, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, affective math, and culture sensitive spelling and language. This is done in the name of consciousness raising, moral relativity, fairness, diversity, and multiculturalism.
So, for you homeschool and private school parents who are asking how this will effect you, just follow the agenda. As one homeschool mom who blogs on www.time4learning .net explains:
The Common Core Standards do not “technically” affect homeschoolers or even private schools for that matter, unless they receive federal funding. However, the big concern for homeschools and private schools is that if the adoption of the CCSS leads to a national curriculum and ultimately national testing it will pressure them to teach their students according to the standards as well.
Recent statements from the College Board inform us that they are making the move to changing the SAT to reflect the CCSS as well. If the SAT is based on one curriculum, this move will seriously affect private school and homeschool students who take the SAT. This may also cause colleges to accept only students who have an education based on the CCSS. Essentially, the future is wrought with questions for homeschoolers and privately educated students if the Common Core Standards are nationally implemented.
This is a troubling development indeed. What’s even more troubling is the attitude of those on the College Board, like its president David Coleman, who is eager to make the standards transition and “compar[ed]Common Core detractors to picky daters bound to stay single forever”. Of course there is no proper discussion or debate on the issue, only insults, but again it’s the liberal mind at work there.
It should be noted that David Coleman is also the person considered to be the “primary architect” of the Common Core Standards, meaning the man who helped to create this the standards is now running the organization that owns and publishes the SAT’s, the nation’s most widely used college admission exam. Interesting huh? Oh and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To know Mr. Coleman is to realize that he is the personification of every concern you have ever had about the education system.
However Mr. Coleman is just one player in this new government take over of our lives, and tomorrow I will discuss the people who support Common Core. What are their motivations and their talking point… are children really the driving force? Later in the week I will also discuss implementation, data-mining, and what can be done to stop Common Core before it goes any further.
Until then, please take a few minutes to look at some of the resources below and educate yourself on your child[ren]s new educational standards.
Resources to help you educate yourself on Common Core:
- Common Core for English-Language Learners: Take a look at districts making the standards accessible to ELLs and see how teachers are preparing for instruction and assessment challenges.
- Literacy and the Common Core: Understand how curriculum and assessments are shifting as a result of the English/language arts standards and how literacy is being implemented across the subject areas.
- Math and the Common Core: Discover how math instruction is changing in light of the common standards and see how teachers are preparing at-risk students for the common core.
- Data-Driven Decision making: Learn about successful district efforts in data-driven reform and put your school’s data into practice.
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Your Class, School, or District (Math Focus) with Nanci Smith
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Your Class, School, or District (English Language Arts Focus) with Janie Ray Smith
- Common Core State Standards and the Whole Child (PDF)
- The Common Core Agenda – Part 2A: Architects and Profiteers
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Angela Wiltz is a co-founder and owner of TavernKeepers.com, a recently launched website dedicated to covering news and history from a constitutionally minded conservative perspective. Prior to launching Tavern Keepers, Angela was the chief virtual researcher in the virtual research program for Glenn Beck and his charity Mercury One. In that role it was her job to oversee the virtual researcher intern team, compile specific research for the Glenn Beck Program, and to provide historical research for Mr. Beck’s book, “Being George Washington”.