Common Core: A 2014 Sleeper Issue

by Ryan on January 12, 2014

in Economy,Education,Election 2014,Health Care,History,Media Bias,New Jersey,Politics,Stupid government

I initially wanted to post on the horrible economic news from what should have been a gang-busters robust good news jobs report that we didn’t get on Friday, but this Common Core issue keeps reappearing, impacting local politics throughout the nation as well as my own classroom.

To the uninitiated, Common Core is an attempt to both simplify and enhance educational standards around the country.  Dangling money in front of state legislatures through the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top” program, the Common Core State Standards were adopted by 45 states and DC, including my state of New Jersey (thanks Chris Christie).

What always struck me was how quickly everyone seemed to get on board with this.  Having had to implement Common Core since September, I can tell you that it’s not well thought through.  Also, with Common Core comes the PARCC exam, which puts huge expenses onto individual school districts while not even being clear to teachers or administrators what is actually going to happen when this thing goes live — there was a clear admission of just that at my last faculty meeting!

The best analogy I can think of is this: Common Core is to education as Obamacare is to the health industry.  Common Core seeks to nationalize educational standards, taking local choice and parent’s voices out of the process without even having tested its workability or value.  Ripping apart localism in education for government-approved dictates into which no one had input.  Kind of like what Obamacare is doing to our health care industry.

So, let’s get real.  Who seeks to gain something by this?  Tech companies, textbook companies, ETS, Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, the progressive agenda, etc.  In short, “Big Education.”  Michelle Malkin is all over this on just about every angle.

Take a look at this:

The goal is not to simply add the Common Core standards, but to replace the hidebound learn facts-n’-stuff approach which was developed by experts, administrators and other people in their own states.  Skills over knowledge is the new priority — whatever gets lost in the meantime, oh well, there’s always Google… but what do the kids know to Google?  Whatever.  The whole thing is kind of scary.

So, parents are kind of pissed about this, especially home schoolers trying to leave the broken pubic education system.  Conservative groups (not Jeb Bush Republicans) are fighting back against this latest big government scheme.  Anti-Common Core advocacy groups have popped up, including Truth in American Education, as well as the Home School Legal Defense Association, who is putting out a documentary on Common Core.  Here’s the trailer:

This is an issue impacting every parent who has any child in public school, private school, or who home schools.  This is clearly an issue many people care about, which is critically important for our children’s future, which is being rammed down our throats by political and industry elites trying to line their pockets at the expense of our already flailing education system.  Yet, no one in the MSM is talking about it.  The right needs to be more vocal about this to help select more conservative candidates in the primaries and draw attention to this issue in the general elections.

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