John Adams on Common Core   Leave a comment

   Let’s reason with John Adams.  In 1763, Adams didn’t know  Utah would be facing the decision to reverse adoption of Common Core and reclaim local freedom over education, or not.  But he did know this much:

  • “…[A]s we know that ignorance, vanity, excessive ambition and venality, will, in spite of all human precautions, creep into government, and will ever be aspiring at extravagant and unconstitutional emoluments to individuals, let us never relax our attention…  We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands… It becomes necessary to every subject then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly, a British, and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party virulence and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government, any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others, who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.”

Do some research.  Don’t assume others’ claims and promises are correct or true, when they give no verifiable references.  Even leaders (especially leaders) are subject to vanity, ignorance, ambition and unconstitutionality.  Search for facts.  Ask questions.  Look for an application of Constitutional principles on new education reforms.  Do they put the government above the parent?  Do they put federal government above local?  Do they sell something valuable for something temporarily sparkly?  Be smart.

Learn what Common Core means to local control of standards, to Constitutional issues like representation and limited government power over people, to student math standards, to English standards, to taxpayer burdens, to data privacy, to parents worried about the speed and quality of what their kids are being taught, to parental consent issues.  Common Core is much more than most realize.

Adams did speak to us directly:

  • “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

Adams also said:

  • “There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.” 

Common Core Architect David Coleman’s idea was to cut classic lit and narrative writing so that schools churn out kids who can read and write computer manuals and infotext.

But how to live?  That comes from stories.  David Coleman is blind to the spiritual human need for stories.  And he just got promoted to be the College Board President.  Heaven help us all.

  • “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” 
There are those who hold Sec. of Education Arne Duncan’s letters as  if they were freedom-guaranteeing facts, as if the letters held any legal water in comparison to his mark on definitive documents states are really bound by: the Race to the Top Executive Summary, the ED website’s definitions pages, the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, the Cooperative Agreement.
I apply it to the USOE’s unreferenced lie claim that Common Core makes kids “globally competitive” and gives more “rigorous” standards while all the while it’s homogenizing 2 year, 4 year and vocational college-readiness, (common for all) and while it slows Alg. I from 8th grade to 9th grade, and while it slashes cursive and classic literature.  –Oh, and there are the little details called GEPA law and the U.S. Constitution, which Common Core kicks to the curb.  And then there’s that little fact that the only math professor (James Milgram) and the top English Language Arts professor (Sandra Stotsky) refused to sign off on the standards when they served on the Common Core Validation Committee because the standards were not high.  Truth and factuality are slung aside by Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, and the Common Core troops.
“Rigor.” Ha!
Three more John Adams quotes for Common Core debate:

1-    “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”  AMEN.

  2-   “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”  Yep.

     3-   “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  

For. ever.

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