The sales pitch:
Common Core is the new way of improving education through high standards. It began as an initiative in the states and has grown to include input from business leaders and educators to create a proven 21st century “college and career ready” curriculum so that our public education will be second to none.
Sounds great doesn’t it! Who on Earth could be against that? The problem is that the sales pitch made by Common Core proponents is demonstrably false.
Common Core is not new. Before “Common Core” it was called “No Child Left Behind” before that it was called “Goals 2000″ and before that it was called “Outcome Based Education”. All have been attempts not just to nationalize and politicize public education, but also undermine school choice, with each attempt being more sophisticated than the last.
Previous attempts to nationalize public education by political ideologues have taught them several lessons; they have learned that overt attempts to take central control will be heavily resisted, therefore if the proponents of Common Core are to achieve their goals, they have to create the illusion of public and business input to make it look like everyone is “on board”. They also have to work behind the scenes to implement it as far as possible before active parents and politicians get wise.
Those who have always pushed for top down centralized education from the Federal government knew that admitting what Common Core was would never fly. So they sought out to create the illusion that it was something started at the state level. Two Democrat Former Governors Roy Roemer and James Hunt set out to do just that. – Dr. William Evers, Hoover Institution
Creating the illusion of public input and “bottom up” reform is not a new tactic. There are books written by public relations professionals on how to do this and they even have a term for it – Astroturfing. Through astroturfing big money interests or pressure groups will create a non-profit organization. The organization will hire “rent a mobs” who are bused in to protest or otherwise work to make the pressure group’s desired outcome appear as if a groundswell of regular citizens are behind it.
Adopting Common Core like standards is a requirement for “Race to the Top” federal funds as mandated by the Obama Administration in 2009. So much for “bottom up”.
Five of the 30 Common Core Validation Committee members dissented from the “standards” and said that the program had turned into something undesirable, they objected to the Validation Committee insistence that it operate in complete secrecy. The five dissenters included the Math and English Literature experts. The outcome of the Validation Committee was predetermined. When the Validation Committee released its report everything from the dissenters was expunged from the record.
If Common Core was created in secrecy how could so many educators and businesses have had input? Pressure groups and corporations who stood to profit from Common Core put on “input seminars” to create the illusion of mass input, but the system was already a done deal. Many businesses who attended the seminars believed that their input would become a part of the curriculum. The seminars were simply a vehicle to get people on board. It worked as many Republicans who are normally skeptical of centralized anything became believers because they trusted the rhetoric about business input.
Jason Zimba was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He testified to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that Common Core math standards was not sufficient to get students into STEM colleges (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math). In fact Common Core standards are only high enough to get students into “non-selective” colleges. Zimba also admitted that terms used such as “college ready” and “career ready” in Common Core goals are not defined.
The method that common core uses to teach math is like nothing anyone has seen before. We chose the video below because at least we could understand it, other methods Common Core uses to teach math are so convoluted we could not make heads or tails of it:
Stanford Math Professor Dr. James Milgram agrees:
Aside from lowering math standards to Algebra II, “Why does Common Core adopt this convoluted method of teaching math? The stated reason is that learning the standard algorithm doesn’t give students a “deeper conceptual understanding” of what they’re doing. But the use of student-constructed algorithms is at odds with the practices of high-achieving countries and is not supported by research. Common Core is using our children for a huge and risky experiment.
There are also severe problems with the way Common Core handles percents, ratios, rates, and proportions – the critical topics that are essential if students are to learn more advanced topics such as trigonometry, statistics, and even calculus.”
Even Steven Colbert blasted the idiocy of Common Core.
In a frank and stunning letter to parents, eight school principals from around the state of New York have expressed deep concerns about the validity and usefulness of new Common Core-aligned tests foisted on all public-school children in grades three through eight.
We know that many children cried during or after testing, and others vomited or lost control of their bowels or bladders. Others simply gave up. One teacher reported that a student kept banging his head on the desk, and wrote, ‘This is too hard,’ and ‘I can’t do this,’ throughout his test booklet.
Such poor quality testing and methods lead to children not wanting to learn as evidenced by lead Common Core standards writer, David Coleman. Coleman became president of the College Board in the fall of 2012, he then used his position to lower the difficulty (2) of the the ACT/SAT exams so as to align them with Common Core.
Why would a group of people want to do this to our children? As is so often the case in bureaucratized anything, the answers are money and politics.
In order to keep track of the outcomes the students are tested continually. The tests cost between $35 and $50 per test. Almost half of the students do not pass these exams on the first attempt and must be tested again. In short, the education cartel is getting rich. For example, the cost of Common Core standards are estimated at $800 million in California, $300 million in Washington state.
There is a long list of corporations and “non-profits” who are reaping millions from Common Core including:
- Achieve, Inc.
- Tim Pawlenty
- Jeb Bush/The Foundation for Excellence in Education
- The College Board/David Coleman
- National PTA
- The Fordham Institute
- The US Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of School Boards
- The Hunt Institute
- Pearson Education
- Student Achievement Partners
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, seeing the non-profit scam for what it was, sued:
Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that the foundation had created Common Core products to generate “tens of millions of dollars” for its corporate sister.
Since the students are given these exams so often school boards are pressuring teachers to “teach the test” even if they have to do it “word for word”. This takes teacher’s creativity out of the picture. As Common Core fails more and more students it is teachers who are being blamed, which is why teachers are pushing back. The Chicago, Connecticut and Massachusetts teacher’s unions have reversed themselves and now oppose Common Core. The NEA has gone as far as to say that Common Core is “completely botched”.
While money is the big motivation for some Common Core proponents, far left ideological pressure groups are involved because they see Common Core as a vehicle to politically indoctrinate your children. These pressure groups, including union leadership, have had significant success at inserting propaganda into our textbooks and schools of education, but these past successes are dwarfed when compared to what can be seen already in Common Core materials.
Hidden in Common Core is the real objective – presenting the minimal amount of material that high-school graduates need to be able to enter the work force in an entry-level job. – Stanford Professor Dr. James Milgram
Lead Common Core Author and College Board President David Coleman is on record stating he believes there is “a massive social injustice in this country” and that education is “the engine of social justice.” “Social Justice” is a euphemism for centralized government control such as socialism and communism. College Board’s new AP History Curriculum eliminates mention of most of the Founders while George Washington and the Deceleration of Independence are reduced to a brief mention.
Common Core presents students with overt leftist indoctrination. Lessons include:
Teaching division to elementary school students by asking how many beatings per day former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass received.
Pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.
Imagine that a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating it. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag.
Choose two Amendments to remove from the Bill of Rights.
Eliminating “liberty” from America’s list of founding principles.
And while that is not even the tip of the iceberg, we had to show you this page that made it into 875 Texas school districts:
According to Common Core’s own documented goals in Texas:
An emphasis on globalism and a global society, not Americans or Texans.
American “value language” should be eliminated such as American love of liberty etc.
Eliminate how American belief’s and principles identified in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence contribute to our national identity.
Eliminate lessons on federalism and majority rule.
Eliminate patriotic symbols such as Nathan Hale and the Liberty Bell, Christopher Columbus, Christmas, etc.
Eliminate notions of justice and replace with fairness.
Eliminate origins of American military institutions. Mention of Generals such as Patton and Bradley are eliminated.
Focus on imperialism, isolationism and McCarthyism.
Progressive heroes taught to children in grade school before mentions of Washington and Lincoln.
Refocus history from the past to the present.
Eliminate all history before 1565 (adios Western Civ.)
Eliminate teaching of the formation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
This type of indoctrination is described by former King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza as “The shaming of American history” where good things mentioned about America are few but bad things are numerous, repeated, spun, exaggerated and then strung together with a narrative designed to convince children that American values are bad.
Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Louisiana have repealed Common Core. Other states such as North Carolina and Texas are expected to follow suit.
The Obama Administration pushed back by threatening Indiana with elimination of certain federal funds and other regulatory actions.
Administrators and School boards “competing” for federal “Race to the Top” funds are pushing back as well. In New York parents opposing Common Core were threatened with action by Child Protection Services by New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise.
Missouri school teacher Susan Kimball speaks of the threats and pressure that has become all too familiar with teachers who have spoken out against Common Core:
Common Core is much more than the deliberate dumbing down of America, it is an attempt by subversive pressure groups to undo America from the inside out, but don’t take my word for it. Take a short listen to George Will: