Hogwash Alert: “National Review” on Common Core   53 comments

I’m calling for a hogwash alert on today’s National Review article about Common Core.

The ironically titled  The Truth About Common Core article cannot be taken seriously.  It’s written without any links or references for its Common Core-promoting claims, and it’s written by two authors whose employers are largely funded by the main funder of all things Common Core.

Can anyone take seriously those who praise Common Core while being paid to do so?

The article makes “truth” claims that include the notion that Common Core is “more rigorous,” (where’s the proof?) and that the standards allow policymaking to happen locally.  How can that be? The standards are written behind closed doors in D.C.  The standards are  copyrighted and are unamendable by locals.  There is a 15% cap on adding to them, written into the ESEA  Flexibility Waiver Request.  And there is no amendment process; thus, no local control.

For anyone who has been living under an education reform rock, know this:   Gates is the single biggest promoter and funder of Common Core, bar none.) So, Fordham’s and Manhattan Institute’s writers should not be expected to be objective about Common Core.

If it seems like practically everyone supports Common Core, Gates’ money is why. Bill Gates has said he’s spent $5 BILLION  pushing (his version of) education reform.  He’s bribed the national PTA to advocate for Common Core to parents; he’s paid the CCSSO to develop Common Core; and he owns opinion maker Education Week magazine.  There’s a near-endless list of Gates’ attempts   (very successful, I might add)  to foist his vision of education without voter input.  In 2004, Gates signeda 26 page agreement with UNESCO  to develop a master curriculum for global teacher training.  Robert Muller, the former assistant secretary general of the U.N. is the grandfather of the world core curriculumthe goal being to bring all schools in all nations under one common core curriculum.

The National Review writes that it is a “right-of-center” organization, as if that claim is a “trust-me” pass.   This is meaningless in Common Core land because, as Emmett McGroarty  of the American Principles Project, has said,  “Opposition to Common Core cuts across the left-right spectrum.  It gets back to who should control our children’s education — people in Indiana or people in Washington?”

But we should clarify that oodles of Democrats and Republicans sell or benefit from Common Core implementation.  That is the top reason for the gold rush anxiety to promote the national standards.  A secondary reason is lemminghood (misplaced and unproven trust).

Republican Jeb Bush is behind the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nongovernmental group which pushes Common Core and is, of course, funded by Gates.   Republican Rupert Murdoch owns not only Fox News, but also the common core implementation company Wireless Generation that’s creating common core testing technology.   Democrat Bob Corcoran, President of GE Foundation (author of cap and trade and carbon footprint taxes to profit GE on green tech) and 49% owner of NBC also bribed the PTA to promote Common Core, and gave an additional $18 million to the states to push common core implementation. Corcoran was seen recently hobnobbing with Utah’s Republican Lt. Governor Greg Bell, business leaders in the Chamber of Commerce, and has testified in the education committee that the opponents of Common Core in Utah “are liars”.  Meanwhile, Republican Todd Huston of Indiana got his largest campaign donation from David Coleman, common core ELA architect;  then, after Huston was elected as an Indiana State Representative and placed on Indiana’s education committee, Coleman hired Huston to be on the College Board.  They are both profiting from the alignment of  and AP courses and alignment of the SAT to the Common Core.  And of course, Huston’s listed on Jeb Bush’s controversial Foundation for Excellence in Education. Even my own Republican Governor Herbert of Utah serves on the elite executive committee of NGA, the Common Core founding group.  He doesn’t make money this way, but he does make lots of corporations happy.

I could go on and on about the Common Core gold-and-glory rush.  I have barely touched the countless Democrats who promote Common Core for gain.  But I don’t want to be up all night.

So, on to the liberals and/or not-right wing radicals who oppose Common Core:

California Democrat/author Rosa Koire  and respected educator like Diane Ravitch  oppose Common Core as an untested academic and political experiment that increases the high-stakes of standardized testing.  They see that Common Core is promoting unrepresentative formations of public-private-partnerships, and promotes teacher-micromanagement.   Chicago history teacher Paul Horton says Common Core turns teacher-artisans into teacher-widgets; he also sees it as a Pearson anti-trust issue.  Teacher Kris Nielsen has written  “Children of the Core” and  teacher Paul Bogush  calls teaching Common Core sleeping with the enemy.  Math teacher Stephanie Sawyer  predicts that with Common Core, there will be an increase in remedial math instruction and an increase in the clientele of tutoring centers.  Writing teacher Laura Gibbs calls the writing standards an inspid brew of gobbledygook.  Anonymously, many teachers have published other concerns in a survey produced by Utahns Against Common Core.

Still, political funders of the standards and corporations selling its implementation try to get away with marginalizing the opposition.  But it can’t be done honestly.  Because it’s not a fight between left and right.

This battle is between the collusion of corporate greed and political muscle versus the  individual voter.

It’s a battle between the individual student, teacher, or parent– versus huge public/private partnerships.  That’s the David and Goliath here.

The Common Core movement is not about what’s best for children.  It’s about greed and political control.   A simple test:  if Common Core was about helping students achieve legitimate classical education, wouldn’t the Common Core experiment have been based on empirical study and solid educator backing?

Did the authors of the Hogwash article really not know that Common Core wasn’t based on anything like empirical data but simply fluffed up on empty promises and rhetoric, from the beginning.

Where’s the basis for what proponents call  “rigorous,” “internationally competitive,”  and “research-based?”  Why won’t the proponents point to proof of “increased rigor” the way the opponents point to proof of increased dumbing downWe know they are fibbing because we know there is no empirical evidence for imposing this experiment on students  in America.  The emperor of Common Core  is wearing no clothes.

Many educators are crying out –even  testifying to legislatures– that Common Core is an academic disaster.  I’m thinking of  Professors Christopher Tienken, Sandra StotskyThomas Newkirk, Ze’ev Wurman, James Milgram, William Mathis, Susan Ohanian, Charlotte Iserbyt, Alan Manning, and others.

The National Review authors insist that Common Core is not a stealth “leftist indoctrination” plot by the Obama administration.  But that’s what it looks like when you study the reformers and what they create.

First, let’s look at the Common Core textbooks.  Virtually every textbook company in America is aligning now with Common Core.  (So even the states who rejected Common Core, and even private schools and home schools are in trouble; how will they find new textbooks that reflect Massachusetts-high standards?)

Pearson’s latest textbooks show extreme environmentalism and a global citizen creating agenda that marginalizes national constitutions and individual rights in favor of global collectivism. The biggest education sales company of all the Common Core textbook and technology sales monsters on the planet is Pearson, which is led by  mad “Deliverology” globalist  Sir Michael Barber.   Watch his speeches.

He doesn’t just lead Pearson, the company that is so huge it’s becoming an anti-trust issue.  Sir Michael Barber also speaks glowingly of public private partnerships, of political “revolution,” “global citizenship” and a need for having global data collection and one set of educational standards for the entire planet.  He’s a political machine.  Under his global common core, diversity, freedom and local control of education need not apply.

Along with some of the gold-rushing colluders chasing Common Core-alignment  product sales, there are political individuals calling educational shots, and these are without exception on the far, far left.  And of these, the National Review is correct in saying that their goal to nationalize U.S. education has been happening   since long before Obama came to power.

But they are wrong in saying that Common Core isn’t a road map to indoctrinating students into far left philosophy.  Power players like Linda Darling-Hammond and Congressman Chaka Fattah  ram socialism and redistribution down America’s throat in education policy, while Pearson pushes it in the curriculum.

It’s safe to say that Linda Darling-Hammond has as much say as anyone in this country when it comes to education policy.  She focuses on “equity” and “social justice” –that is, redistribution of wealth using schools.  Reread that last sentence.

Darling-Hammond has worked for CCSSO (Common Core developer) since long before the standards were even written.  She served on the standards validation committee.  She now works for SBAC (the Common Core test writer); she also consults with AIR (Utah’s Common Core test producer) and advises Obama’s administration;  she promotes the secretive CSCOPE curriculum and more.

Study her further here to learn the groups she works for, what’s in the books she writes, how many times she quoted herself in her report for the U.S. equity commission, and what she said in last summer’s speech to UNESCO about the need to take swimming pools  away from students.

So yes, there is an undeniable socialism push in Common Core textbooks and in the Department of Education.

Next.

The National Review’s authors claim Common Core won’t “eliminate American children’s core knowledge base in English, language arts and history.”  By cutting classic literature by 70% for high school seniors, they are absolutely doing exactly that.  The article says that Common Core doesn’t mandate the slashing of literature.  Maybe not.  But the tests sure will.

What teacher, constricted by the knowledge that her job is on the line, will risk lowering the high stakes student scores by teaching beyond what is recommended in the model curriculum  of the national test writers?

And that’s the tragic part for me as an English teacher.

Classic literature is sacred.  Its removal from American schools is an affront to our humanity.

Common Core doesn’t mandate which books to cut; the National Review is correct on that point; but it does pressure English teachers to cut out large selections of great literature, somewhere.  And not just a little bit.  Tons.

Informational text belongs in other classes, not in English.  To read boring, non-literary articles even if they are not all required to be Executive Orders, insulation manuals, or environmental studies (as the major portion of the English language curriculum) is to kill the love of reading.

What will the slashing do to the students’ appreciation for the beauty of the language, to the acquisition of rich vocabulary, to the appreciation for the battle between good and evil?

We become compassionate humans by receiving and passing on classic stories.  Souls are enlarged by exposure to the characters, the imagery, the rich vocabulary, the poetic language and the endless forms of the battle between good and evil, that live in classic literature.

Classic stories create a love for books that cannot be acquired in any other way.  Dickens, Shakespeare, Hugo, Orwell, Dostoevsky, Rand, Marquez, Cisneros, Faulkner, Fitzgerald– where would we be without the gifts of these great writers and their writings?  Which ones will English teachers cut away first to make room for informational text?

The sly and subtle change will have the same effect on our children as if Common Core had mandated the destruction of  a certain percentage of all classic literature.

How does it differ from book burning in its ultimate effects?

Cutting out basic math skills, such as being able to convert fractions to decimals, is criminal.  Proponents call this learning “fewer but deeper” concepts.  I call it a sin. Common Core also delays the age  at which students should be able to work with certain algorithms, putting students years behind our mathematical competitors in Asia.

For specific curricular reviews of Common Core standards, read Dr. Sandra Stotsky’s and Dr. Ze’ev Wurman’s math and literature reviews in the appendix  of the white paper by Pioneer Institute. (See exhibit A and exhibit B, page 24.)

Next.

The National Review claims that the standards “simply delineate what children should know at each grade level and describe the skills that they must acquire to stay on course toward college or career readiness” and claim they are not a ceiling but a floor.  This is a lie. The standards are bound by a 15% rule; there’s no adding to them beyond 15%.  That’s not a ceiling?

The article claims that “college and career readiness” doesn’t necessarily mean Common Core.  Well, it does, actually.  The phrase has been defined on the ed. gov website as meaning sameness of standards to a significant number of states.  I would give you a link but this week, so oddly, the Department of Education has removed most of its previous pages.  You can see it reposted here:

The article insists that Common Core is not a curriculum; it’s up to school districts to choose curricula that comply with the standards.  Sure.  But as previously noted: 1) all the big textbook companies have aligned to Common Core.  Where are the options?   2) Common core tests and the new accountability measures put on teachers who will lose their jobs if students don’t score well on Common Core tests will ensure that teachers will only teach Common Core standards.  3) Test writers are making model curriculum and it’s going to be for sale, for sure.

The article falsely claims that “curriculum experts began to devise” the standards.  Not so: the architect of Common Core ELA standards (and current College Board president) is not, nor ever has been, an educator.  In fact, that architect made the list of Top Ten Scariest People in Education Reform.   A top curriculum professor has pointed out that the developers of Common Core never consulted with top curricular universities at all.

The article claims that states who have adopted Common Core could opt out, “and they shouldn’t lose a dime if they do” –but Title I monies have been threatened, and the No Child Left Behind waiver is temporary on conditions of following Common Core, and for those states who did get Race to the Top money (not my state, thank goodness) the money would have to be returned.  Additionally, every state got ARRA stimulus money to build a federally interoperable State Longitudinal Database System.  Do we want to give back millions and millions to ensure that we aren’t part of the de facto national database of children’s longitudinal school-collected, personally identifiable information?

The article states that the goal is to have children read challenging texts that will build their vocabulary and background knowledge.  So then why not read more –not less– actual literature?

The article also leaves out any analysis of the illegality of Common Core. The arrangement appears to be  illegal. Under the Constitution and under the General Educational Provisions Act (GEPA) the federal government is restricted from even supervising education.

GEPA states: “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system…”

And for those still believing the federal government isn’t “exercising direction, supervision or control” of the school system, look at two things.

1.  The federal technical review of tests being mandated by the Department of Education.

2.  The federal mandate that testing consoria must synchronize “across consortia,” that status updates and phone conferences must be made  available to the Dept. of Education regularly, and that data collected must be shared with the federal government “on an ongoing basis”

3.  The recent federal alteration of privacy laws that have taken away parental consent over student data collection.

Finally:  the “most annoying manipulation tactic” award for the National Review Article is a tie between the last two sentences of the National Review article, which, combined, say, “Conservatives used to be in favor of holding students to high standards… aren’t they still?”  Please.

Let’s rephrase it:

Americans used to be in favor of legitimate, nonexperimental standards for children that were unattached to corporate greed and that were constitutionally legal…  Aren’t we still?

53 responses to “Hogwash Alert: “National Review” on Common Core

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  1. Great Job Christel! You have come through for us again. This is great ammunition for me to push forward in my quest to stop CC here in Florida! I hope other Floridians see this and understand that Jeb Bush is not all he is cracked up to be. He is putting our children’s educational interests up to the almighty dollar. Like it was said before, Our children’s education is not for sale!

    Debbie Higginbotham
  2. And as Diane Ravitch pointed out, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education is being used to lobby the right wing for the Common Core gold rush. http://dianeravitch.net/2013/04/04/critics-question-ethics-of-jeb-bush-foundation/

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  4. I am passing around your website to as many parents and friends as possible to those who are willing to listen, learn and educate themselves. There seems to be a ground swell here in NY!! I don’t know where it will lead us, as NY is truly a blue state and one of the most restricted states within our union. But parents are talking, so that is a good thing and discussions are happening. It’s so daunting to read all the information out there (for the last week+ I have been up many, long nights and early mornings trying to educate myself, making binders of articles, links, etc.) It’s so overwhelming at times, my tears overcome the frustration and anger I have as a Mother and an American Patriot. The only way to describe how I feel is that I literally feel “MY children, MY own flesh and blood, these beautiful little souls that I carried for 9 months with nothing but unconditional love from the time the stick read “positive” are being ripped out of my loving and protective hands virtually and kidnapped by the government for their future use”. I CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN and will fight with ever moral fiber of my soul that God has given me. Thanks for ALL that you do to provide the foundation for us parents to learn. God Bless..

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  6. fantastic. we in PA have a lot of shell shocked people who are afraid to speak up. that is the truth. chakka fattah and michael nutter, say no more..
    thanks for your great work!
    :

    here is a link to center on education policy, which is referenced in in this ed week propaganda letter from the pa dept of ed rttt 2009: http://www.edweek.org/media/parace.pdf

    http://www.cep-dc.org/index.cfm?DocumentTopicID=1 here scroll down to the video. as she explains about common core, right off the bat she says

    common core state standards were ” promulgated ” by the national governors association. here is the merriam- webster definition of promulgated.

    pro·mul·gat·edpro·mul·gat·ing

    Definition of PROMULGATE

    1
    : to make (as a doctrine) known by open declaration : proclaim
    2
    a : to make known or public the terms of (a proposed law)
    b : to put (a law) into action or force
    — pro·mul·ga·tion noun
    — pro·mul·ga·tor noun

    which is more like the truth right. so they declared them. after they the RTTT applications were signed and dotted, despite them having not been written. yet others claim they got together and wrote them. can we get the names of the state officials who wrote the standards as claimed? from each state and the details of this epic writathon. how bout some interviews with them perhaps some anecdotal
    stories… oh but they might be fiction! common core says no fiction!

    PA SAY NO COMMON CORE
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  9. Brilliant, as usual. I tell anyone and everyone who will sit still about the evils of the Common Core, and use information from your website as ammo. I homeschool my children, but it alarms me nonetheless, and we must fight.

  10. @TC thank you for your words. I wish I knew what you can do to help NY. I am trying to figure it out myself. One way of helping I suppose is if you have any friends or family in NY start educating them, pass on video, articles, etc. We need to get the discussion going. Unfortunately NY is so liberal I don’t know if there is anything that CAN be done. But I feel no matter what side of the spectrum you are on when it comes to people’s hard-earned money it gets personal. So do you actually know where your school tax money is going? Have to make it hard-hitting and personal. I have so many ideas for the grassroots effort but don’t know where to begin. For instance, in order to make this statewide each county needs to be accounted for, e.g.so there needs to be a parent willing to go the distance, per county. It’s a lot to ask for. I don’t even know if I could do it; don’t know if I am strong enough to even try. I get so emotional that I start to cry. There is power in numbers and the more parents that are aware, the better. Just my thoughts off the top of my head. Thank you again TC for your support. I just may call on you. God Bless.

  11. @Debbie, thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to me. I’ve been feeling so alone the last couple of days needing to discuss this at length with anyone who will listen I’ve been arming myself with information and a probably on overload but I have to. My children’s future are in jeopardy here. There is just so much. By any chance are you in NY Debbie? :) I need more parents who are willing to go the extra mile even if we don’t know where this journey will take us. And if I may in the words of Todd Beamer (God rest his soul)….. LET’S ROLL……………. GOD BLESS.

    • No, I don’t live in NY. I’m here in Florida, the lovely Jeb Bush state. Not enjoying this fight but eagerly willing to do it. Have you been talking with other parents in your children’s school? I don’t remember you saying wether you home schooled or if they were in a school. I started seeking parents out and making casual conversation with them. Asking them if they knew anything about “some new standards” the school was doing. Put the question on them to try and answer and get them thinking. I can’t tell you what support Christel has been for me and my mission to help stop this in Florida.
      I wish I knew people in NY that could help you but I don’t. Email and vent anytime because we are probably up together crying and worried sick about our children’s future that lies in our hands. Hang in there my friend!

      Debbie Higginbotham
  12. Yvonne,
    Okay, have postings on my FB page and a friend of mine (who did say the same thing about NY being so liberal) is pretty into posting things as well. My kids are in public schools and consider pulling out the two younger ones to homeschool but not sure what to do, and will it hurt them by doing so as at some point this may affect homeschoolers as well….Will have to pray about what’s the best thing to do. Have also sent e-mails to friends too! Knowing there is not much we may be able to physically, will rely on prayer, GOD is bigger than any of this!

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  14. I stopped reading after the 4th paragrasph. How can you say the CCSS are “unamendable” and in the same paragraph say there is a “15% cap” on adding to them? Adding to them is amending them! Maybe a little more CCSS in math for you folks.

    • That’s the problem….you stopped reading….keep going a few more lines….maybe the English will catch up with your math….

    • Charlie, obviously you either do not have children in this U.S. Educational system or you simply do not care; otherwise, you probably would have been curious enough to read the entire article and do some other “due diligence.” In any event, if either of the above fits you, CCSS does not apply or effect your “children,” if you have any.

    • You are right Charlie. The author’s math and other “facts” don’t add up. As a librarian, I have already been directed to increase access to classic literature as well as non-fiction literature in narrative formats. Why? Because if students are to read 30% narrative literature and 70% informational text, they will have to be reading those narratives across the curriculum and not just in their English classes. (1 out of 6 classes is only a little under 17%) Teachers have been told to not depend on textbooks for their curriculum. They have the freedom to select materials from virtually anywhere. Why? Because Common Core is not content standards. Each state will develop their own content standards. Common Core is process and skill standards. This tends to freak people out because it is such a huge paradigm change.

  15. thank you for the wonderful article! it puts so much all together, and i am sharing with friends and family right now.

  16. Brilliant HSMOM!! LOL

  17. Friends in New York, this is not a conservative movement. Some of the biggest critics of Common Core are “liberal” or even “left-wing,” and certainly there are Libertarians. Look up the Dump Duncan group (http://dumpduncan.org/), Mark Naison’s blog (http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/), Paul Bogush (http://blogush.edublogs.org/2013/03/17/a-post-for-the-common-core-lemmings/), and many more. Reach out to those you think you have nothing in common with you politically and you will probably be quite surprised.

    The strange politics of our day are opening many people’s eyes to the fact that “left” and “right” isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. It’s more Ronald Regan’s concept of “up” or “down” – up to “man’s old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.” Left and right may disagree on some major items, but if we agree that the American system of government – with its checks and balances, its respect for basic human rights, it’s basis on law and not the whim of a ruler – and on the fact that every person has value far beyond her economic potential, we have everything in common that we need to live peaceably together. Those who think otherwise are our common adversaries. Find those good “BLUE” people, find the common ground, and stand up together! The author of this article (on the liberal Huffington Post) may be someone to reach out to for a start: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-rice/common-core-math_b_2781092.html.

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  19. It is time we “Separate School and State”

  20. It only seems broad-minded to be open, as this is, to criticism of Common Core from both right and left. Unfortunately, it is not open-minded, it is utterly incoherent, as well as crassly opportunistic. Hence you have a pure left-leaning teacher union job-protecting hatred of accountability of any sort operating here side by side with a rightwing paranoia about the big bad government wresting “sacred literature” out of the hands of English teachers. It is pathetic. As if kids today are inundated with Huck Finn and Shakespeare. The Common Core absolutely does NOT cut literature in the schools by 70% as this piece claims. That 70% figure had to do with the balance of nonfiction to fiction in other than English language classes. To see some sort of anti-literature conspiracy at work in Common Core could be countered every bit as rationally by depicting Common Core as a conspiracy of myth-makers who do not want kids to learn to read nonfiction texts, charts, ad images or editorials with any sort of critical eye. What is pathetic in this is that conservatives above all ought to see a need to teach students to be more careful and critical readers of such nonfiction texts. Kids who did that would, for example, immediately spot the flaws in bogus claims of “settled science” by climate alarmists with respect to the many highly ambiguous findings of actual researchers in the field. I could indeed charge you all here with wanting a literature-distracted citizenry easily fooled by the opinion setters on high. Would that charge be fair? No. And neither are all of yours.

  21. This is so MUCH MORE and not just literature…or how it’s going to be delivered…. You have to look at the big picture here and not the minute details…

    POINTS TO CONSIDER AS A PARENT OF YOUR CHILD!

    * DATA MINING of YOUR CHILD (Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems/SLDS; PII (personal identifiable information)

    * PARENTAL RIGHTS STRIPPED (no difference in sending to public, private, catholic or independent in the near future)

    *Your SCHOOL TAX DOLLARS that you earn by working everyday being used in unethical and unscrupulous ways and will only increase due to CCS.

    *SCHOOL CHOICE WILL NOT MATTER anymore in the future. There will be no difference between public, private, independent or home-schooling. ( Independent schools and home schoolers do not have to implement CCS at this time BUT……. when it comes to buying new textbooks or updating the curriculum they will have to adapt because it will be in the newer text books they have to purchase. Then when it gets time for them to be accredited again (independent schools specifically), the government will then step in and say they have to adopt these new standards in order for them to get the accreditation.)

    * Your CHILD’S FUTURE and what sector they will follow in their life will be determined by the standardized tests they are forced to take and those who administer them; following your dreams and desires as a child will NO LONGER BE POSSIBLE; it’s for the greater good now!

    Educate yourself little by little. The tentacles of CCS are far and wide. Get to know the names Linda Darling Hammond, David Coleman, Sir Michael Barber, etc. Those who are funding it Gates Foundation, Murdoch funding the infrastructure to it support here in NY, etc. Republicans are in on it Jeb Bush…..

  22. that was for jbk

  23. Yes, pa no cc!! Figured as much.. :)

    • JBK, I pray that you’re not one of those . . . “the blind who leads the blind, they all fall in the same ditch.” Lord have mercy on JBK for he knoweth not who and/or what he worships! :)

  24. Yvonne, Great come backs and thoughts for jbk to look at and ponder as he sends his kids off to be indoctrinated everyday that big government is good and they will take care of you and creativity is bad along with entrepreneurs have no place in this world. JBK, i strongly encourage you to do your own research and start connecting the dots.

    Debbie Higginbotham
  25. :) Thank you Debbie.

  26. Wellcome in the GDR, or East Germany as may have known it. Everything is central regulated, controlled monitored and panished if necessary. Home schooling? How dare you! How can stupid parents- not brainwashed and stupefied by the progressives – know what and how to teach? Did somebody not made it very clear last week: You don’t oweyour kids, the community ows them!
    Communityorganizer wellcome.

    The only way to stop the total power grap by the progressives is another revolution.

  27. @Debbie Higginbotham…. so the unexpected journey has not taken another turn… Our website: http://stopccssinnys.com/Home_Page.php

  28. @Debbie – we were doing an overhaul and the darn thing crashed. We’ll be back up in a couple of hours… (((praying))) So aggravating. I had so much to put on tonight too.. Good new is that our FB group page is gaining speed. We are at 850 or there about!! A big accomplishment for a page I started just barely two weeks ago.. I will let you know when it’s back on.. :)

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  30. http://www.stopccssinnys.com/ We are back online..

  31. Thank you jbk – honestly, it is NOT black and white, and my children are NOT being ‘indoctrinated’ by the public school system – I read everything they do, look over the books they’re studying, have input into the curriculum, and even sub in the school so I’m there occasionally. I could homeschool, but if we take all the bright students out, you leave unparented students completely to the government to raise, and that’s more than half of the population. You can opt out of the invasive data mining, and it is a FLOOR to be catered to – in the same way as no child left behind – so many who post here and are on top of things have good students and care, but do you truly not care for those who are unparented? Is it the child’s fault that they live in poor systems with no standards? Think outside of your own personal, selfish box.

    • How can you opt out of the data mining? What’s to stop school officials from entering your child’s data into the longitudinal data system behid your back? Nothing. Moreover, the school probably has to disclose student data in order to access the computerized tests, otherwise they will get a failing grade, and the ‘reformers’ will try to shut it down and hand it over to a private contractor. This whole data mining thing is very scary and right out of 1984.

      As for the books students are studying, more and more of their reading material will be online, their lessons like video games, and their teacher an uncertified, low paid proctor. See this corporate charter school in CA owned in part by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In:

      http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/nation/2012/10/12/a-new-kind-of-elementary-school-rocketship-si-se-puede-academy/1630549/

  32. pls make this forwardable so others may see it!

  33. How about Randi Weingarten’s recent AFT survey finding that “75% of AFT teachers support Common Core”?

    http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/hart-weingarten-and-polling-about-common-core/

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  35. This is probably the BEST and most inclusive article I’ve read on Common Core… and I’ve read a LOT. Thank you for your research and hard work and putting it all together in such a concise article.

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