Dr. King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” But that is not what is going on in public schools these days. And the implementation of the so-called “Common Core” has been the single greatest setback for our children’s educational attainments since the creation of the Federal Department of Education in 1979.
“Common Core” seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states, as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the workforce. And it very well indeed may have originated with good intentions. But as Dr. King taught, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Conceived as a means to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, the standards are set to give American students the knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. Not a bad thing at all. And Common Core is an attempt to standardize teaching from state to state. The idea is that if a family moves from one state to another, their children would pick up right where they left off in the previous state. Sounds reasonable. So what’s the problem?
The problem is that money got involved. Specifically, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation money. And that opened Pandora’s box to a whole host of horribles.
Marion Brady, a teacher, and Patrick Murray, an elected member of the school governing board in Bradford, Maine, wrote that Common Core drains initiative from teachers and enforces a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum that ignores cultural differences among classrooms and students. Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, wrote in her book Reign of Error that the Common Core standards have never been field-tested and that no one knows whether they will improve education. Nicholas Tampio, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, said that the standards emphasize rote learning and uniformity over creativity, and fail to recognize differences in learning styles.
Jaqueline Bodnar of Volusia County Moms wrote, “Many people have the false notion that Common Core is just an innocent “set of national standards.” This is not true. This is what those who are in the education system are feeding the public, simply because they are getting grant money for pushing this poor system onto our children. There is a lot of money involved in Common Core, both with schools getting grants for using it, as well as the corporations that are making money off of pushing for all the testing. The tests are $40 each and have been designed for failure, so that half the kids fail them and must re-take them (at another $40 each).”
With millions of public school children nationwide, that’s beaucoup baksheesh!
And just WHO is making all this money? Why, the for-profit educational publishing companies. Companies like Pearson PLC out of the UK, which is substantially owned by the Libyan Sovereign Fund—which just might explain why there are seven weeks of the seventh-grade curriculum devoted to teaching Islam in our schools. And WHATEVER happened to that vaunted “separation of church and state” that the Left is always prattling on about? I thought so. There’s only one sacred cow for the Left, and it isn’t Hindu.
But as in Alacanes High School, parents are rising up, speaking out, and pushing back. As well they should. It is up to parents and to citizen patriots who TRULY care for the future of our Republic to lead the charge and repeal Common Core nationwide. For the children.
Written by: Timothy Shea
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