Pullman: 7 Things Politicians Say to Make You Think They Oppose Common Core   1 comment

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Joy Pullman’s new must-read article at The Federalist is: “Seven Things Politicians Will Say to Make You Think They Oppose Common Core”.

Linked, documented and easy to read, this article delivers a long-needed direct punch to the gut of the hypocritical politicians (and school board candidates and others) who claim to be “for local control,” for parents’ rights, for teachers, for children—- some even claim to be against Common Core— but all the while, their left hand is undoing whatever their right hand does.  Pullman’s article explains this hypocrisy so well.  Her seven points are:

1. Scott Walker: Let’s Create Another Educrat Committee

 

2. Mike Pence: But We Can’t Lose Our NCLB Waiver

3. Mike Huckabee: It’s Not Common Core, It’s the Name

 

4. John Kasich: We Still Have Local Control

 

5. Jeb Bush: I Will Never Support a National Curriculum

 

6. Bobby Jindal: The Feds Ruined Common Core

 

7. Senators: I Can’t Do Anything Because It’s a State Issue

Pullman also exposes the still-little-known fact that Common Core is NOT just academic standards but also common data standards and databases.

She explains that the federal government is “sending states millions to create identical student databases that plug directly into Common Core K-12 testing pipelines so everyone’s personal information can be collected in a government dossier. Are these senators saying they have no power to stop things they or their predecessors (mostly) authorized? Are they saying they can’t sign onto bills that prevent federal involvement with Common Core, testing, or curriculum? That once an executive decides to run all over Congress and the laws, no one can stop him? If so, time to get someone else into their offices who thinks Congress is more than a bunch of bobble heads. At the very least, they could be honest like Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who recently went from supporting Common Core to opposing it, and to prove his conversion has introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from mandating or incentivizing curriculum mandates, tests, or curriculum. It seems to be a strong bill, but here’s the problem: The U.S. Department of Education is already ignoring three laws that prohibit its Common Core-pushing. Adding another doesn’t seem likely to change its behavior. That means what really needs to happen is cutting USDOE off at the knees by slashing its budget and responsibilities.

Any takers? Rand Paul? Anyone?”

Read the rest here.

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Thank you, Joy Pullman.

 

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  1. As one of the experts testified at the Alaska hearing, education in America radically changed after the 1920s because of people such as John Dewey, whose intent was the dumbing down and social engineering within the public school system for the purpose of molding conforming, non-thinking, and easily led students into accepting their collectivist and socialist agendas. It is now blatantly obvious what they intend to do and is reflective of George Orwell’s novel, 1984: degrade the cognitive tools man uses to think and to communicate, i.e., language and logical reasoning, which are intertwined. This is accomplished by minimizing English grammar and English literature and emphasizing a foreign language in the curriculum, usually Spanish to accommodate the hordes of illiterate Spanish speaking peasants from Mexico and Central America, whom are overloading many of our schools, which neatly dovetails with the aforementioned agenda. At the same time that English is being swept aside and students are prevented from learning reasoning and native language skills, they are also robbed of real history, which is substituted for political correct propaganda aimed to instill shame and a sense of entitlement regarding so-called minority groups. The history of Western Civilization is to be viewed as an ongoing attempt to subjugate other cultures and, if taught, it must be in an apologetic manner and with sycophantic deference to other civilizations and cultures. It can best be summed up as collectivist and socialist propaganda and indoctrination, not education, for the sole purpose of mind control and self-serving power and control over present and future generations of American citizens.

    While listening to the testimony provided by educational experts, I could not help but hear the rightful sorrow, angst, and urgency in their voices.
    While parents and educators would rightly be furious if drug dealers were pushing drugs to students and poisoning their minds and bodies, why would they not have the same concern about what is going into their minds under the guise of education. I can think of nothing more poisonous to our children’s minds than what is being allowed under the name of education in the state schools today under the dictum from above, referred to as Common Core, which is more at common sore or common rotten core, if one’s expectations are establishing a curriculum that produces well educated students with critical thinking skills and the educational foundation suitable for further educational pursuits, either in college, or in technical schools, and as responsible, thinking, adult citizens.

    As with most things that the government provides, such as healthcare, education is among those services, which can best be provided in free markets. Just as we enjoy a variety of options when shopping for groceries or automobiles, so, too, should it be in the education market. Way before Common Core came along, the concept of state schools, which forces taxpayers to fund the education of others in a manner which they may or may not agree, was considered a right of every American, which it is not. Parents have the obligation and duty to ensure that their children are educated to the best of their ability and means to do so, but it is not an unalienable right, a misguided idea from the very beginning, which has given rise to much of the problems surrounding education throughout the decades, if not century, and which has become a shameful and critical consequence today of continuing down the road of forced education upon the masses at the expense of someone else’s pocketbook and at the expense of quality results. So ingrained is this concept of state schools, many do not see that it is a longstanding, systemic problem, which invites every reformer from various quarters to inflict their views of education upon other people’s children, and usually not without political agendas, propaganda, indoctrination, and axes to grind. From No-Child-Left-Behind, Outcome Based, to the ultimate in dumbed-down education of Common Core, they all have this commonality of one size fits all, even though that is a faulty premise and suitable only in a totalitarian regime, which discourages individual differences and critical, independent thinking. No amount of reform is going to solve this inherent systemic problem, leaving parents, educators, and taxpayers to keep beating themselves against the same brick wall over what should be taught, course content and depth, how it should be taught, and what metrics should be used in measuring student achievement. Although a mass paradigm shift of separating school and state is much needed to effect raising educational standards across the nation, it can be achieved right now through a number of ways, which many are doing right now in the free market to ensure the desired content, quality, and effectiveness of what is being taught to their children, unencumbered by education statists of every stripe. Unfortunately for many of these parents, they must still pay taxes to fund the increasing costs of the devolved, if not decadent, state schools, an unnecessary and unfair burden which needs to be rectified through tax exemptions. Toward education independence and excellence for concerned parents and educators, I recommend the below links, which address the many issues of concern regarding state schools and the alternative free market choices.

    http://www.schoolandstate.org/home.htm

    https://schoolandstate.org/page1.php

    http://www.freedomofeducation.net/

    http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reg_ls_school

    http://realityzone.com/schools.html

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