Exxon Mobil Is Behind Common Core


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So I’m sitting in my living room watching the Masters, and a commercial comes on. It’s an Exxon Mobil commercial for Common Core!

They falsely claim in the ad that Common Core originated with the states when it actually originated with corporatists – the trade unions that make up the National Governor’s Association.

Their ad brags that Common Core requires the same uniform educational standards throughout the country for everyone. That’s a good thing?

The Core, they assert, will prepare children for the global world. Oh goody!

Their slogan is “Let’s solve this.” I think we could solve it by getting this corporation out of education!

The Common Core will give educators no way out. Teachers, administrators, local governments and states will have no choice – they will all have to teach the same thing to everyone in the same way. Children who can’t keep up will be sorted out.

Our sovereignty is threatened in some degree by this system which seeks to make us global citizens.

It is unconstitutional to nationalize education but the standards and the assessments that will go with them do an end-run around the law of the land and nationalizes education.

If you are unfamiliar with Common Core, click this link.

From the Exxon Mobil website:

Common Core State Standards
ExxonMobil supports the efforts of local educators in 45 states who, along with community and business leaders, have come together to develop voluntary, rigorous Common Core State Standards in math and English. For the US to remain competitive globally, we must ensure all children, no matter where they live, are provided the best education possible and are prepared to go to work or college when they finish high school.

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. The Common Core State Standards are anchored by requirements for college and career success, providing a more accurate and rigorous description of academic readiness…

Common Core is a bipartisan mess. Republicans and Democrats support it, both took the money from the Stimulus’ Race to the Top to fund it.

Mobil has been into Common Core for some time.

The states didn’t originate anything. It came from the corporate world and from politicians, not educators. What do they know education? From the looks of things, not much.

Control over education needs to be local and it needs to come from educators.

It is absolutely untrue to say the US scores poorly in math and science but Mobil says it anyway. Other countries don’t include their weaker students. When we exclude those students, we score at the top.