The Standards and the mandatory tests attached to them are sweeping through most of the 50 states and the SATs now make them required for students who hope to go to college. The Standards are known as Common Core and it is much more than a a list of standards and recommended readings. It is a movement to establish a rigid curricula in every state controlled by corporations who provide the materials. Paid for and monitored by Washington, it means Washington is teaching your children.
Common Core is a set of common standards that are seen as common to all the states and are intended to move us to a global society.
It did not arise from the states though it is being sold that way, but rather it came to us from the same Progressives who have been pushing this curricula for decades, Progressives like George Soros, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill Ayers, and the Tides Foundation along with other major Progressive organizations and the Obama Administration.
It dumbs down the children, takes education out of the control of the local schools and states, and is free to abandon traditional and classical education as well as basics at will. They have something called “close reading” which has children reading without context so for instance they might learn about the Declaration of Independence without any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding it. Some of simple math problems have a dozen or more steps and relative answers are sometimes accepted. All students take the tests, even gang children and the handicapped who then suffer from miserable failure.
Teachers are being evaluated in New York based on absurd criteria. For example, a shop or music teacher is being judged by the liberal arts teacher’s students’ scores, sometimes by the entire school’s scores and that score is used in part to write their evaluation. They don’t have standardized tests for some subjects but Cuomo insisted these inadequate tests be used to evaluate teachers so a ridiculous measure was conjured up.
That is what happens when the big government takes control instead of the accountable educators and politicians on the local level. When big government is involved, no one can be held accountable – it’s too big, too powerful, too amorphous.
Common Core is becoming a rigid national scheme with backers who will make a great deal of money from it. Once fully in place, there will be no alternative. The Common Core standards are not any more effective than our current New York State curricula, but it is likely to be a costly and unfunded mandate.
Privacy rights are being sacrificed. Databases are established with every piece of information on the child including personal and business data on the child’s family. Family privacy law has been gutted so information can be shared. It will result in a centralized collection of data on every child, sacrificing family privacy in the process. The Department of Education is talking about sharing the family information with the Department of Labor.
The testing makes certain that it will result in the nationalization of education.
It is a Marxist education that parallels the U.N. education goals and it brainwashes children in Progressive ideals such as extreme environmentalism because the government is picking the publishers of materials and collectors of data such as Pierson and they are predominantly far-left. All children will get the same education and it will eliminate school choice.
Government control of education, career, and economic trends is the end-goal, with a reliable population of youth prepared to be tools of the government machine that will control all aspects of the economy. It is interesting to note that President Obama is opposed to school choice vouchers and Holder hopes to eliminate parents’ rights to home schooling.
Please check out the information about Common Core at Noisy Room where I obtained these videos. They are two years old but still very current.
In the next video, a parent who studied the Common Core in depth gives a detailed analysis which includes the globalization component. As the narrator states, this has originated with past presidents and both parties, not President Obama, but it is being continued by him. It gives the government control over our children. They want to educate them from birth and control every aspect of their instruction, instruction which would be uniform and rigidly set with preconceived agendas: