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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rotten to the Common Core

"It isn't a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state's goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government's propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They'll fasten the chains to their own ankles." Lew Rockwell. 

There are now 46 states that have agreed to be part of the Common Core State Standards initiative for all public schools and those others that follow the charter school program, such as the Catholic schools. 

So now the federal government is working diligently to screw up American education.

Common Core are guidelines for schools that ostensibly were designed by the federal government that used "experts" in program design, as witnessed by other programs (see Obamacare or Affordable Care Act), while assiduously avoiding the use of actual teachers in the design process. I mean, like, why bother? The areas that Common Core "focuses" on are math and English language arts.

Common Core goals dictate what students "need to know in grades K-12 in order to be ready for college or career after they graduate," said Michael Casserly, Executive Director for the Council of Great City Schools (which may or may not be an oxymoron). 

The new standards were seen for the first time by students and teachers as the program was forced upon them this year. Many who have seen it, students and teachers alike, think it stinks and are joining together to voice support against it.

Now in terms of the math portion of Common Core; it might have been wise to include actual math teachers as part of the program equation, pun intended. But in the wisdom we have come to know with the federal government, the teachers were not included to give their input. Heck, that was just as smart as using a community organizer to back solar panel companies with millions of dollars as we watched them fail.

There is no doubt that this is an abusive federal overreach and it "dumbs down" the education process of our children. Worse than that is the fact that the federal government is getting too big and taking control away from the states and the local communities in the education of their kids.


Zed Nill, a New York reporter, is captured by Islamist terrorists. They demand the release of three Gitmo prisoners and if the president refuses, they will behead Nill and videotape it for the Internet. But the United States doesn’t give in to terrorist’s demands and Zed has 24 hours before he is to be executed. The clock is ticking . . .