What is your opinion of
Short Answer: I will not beat around the bush. Let’s get straight to the core - IT IS ROTTEN!
Detailed Answer: The Top 5 reasons that the Common Core State Standards Initiative, or “Common Core” as it is more familiarly known, is rotten are as follows:
1. The high cost of implementation
2. The poor quality of the Common Core Standards
3. The indoctrination associated with the standards
4. The loss of local control
5. The data mining mandates
(See http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/5-reasons-to-drop-common-core-by-henry-w-burke-10-16-13 by Henry W. Burke)
Of the five, my greatest concern is that of loss of local, or even state, control.
On the surface, the rhetoric used to promote Common Core seems benign, or even positive. However, lurking within this Trojan horse is a sinister evil dedicated to the further dumbing down of Americans, the violation of privacy rights, and the establishment of a nationalized education system.
You may ask, “So what harm is there in that?”
One does not need to look far back in history to learn why any government in the past has sought to centrally control education. In recent history, Mao Zedong and Adolf Hitler knew very well the power of education. This is why both men sought to destroy classic literature and create their own textbooks and pamphlets very early on in their rise to power.
If a government can control education at a national level, it can more easily promulgate philosophies and agendas of the regime. Youth are so impressionable. Those at the helm of this plot know this principle. They are not idiots. (But, they think YOU are and are banking upon the ignorance of the general American populace to push their agenda through!)
One only needs to read the accounts of actual German and Chinese citizens during the rule of Hitler and Mao to understand how quickly, how decisively, how subtly, and how completely government can influence, brainwash, and control its youth, even to the point of those youth turning against their own parents, religious ideals, and principles taught in the home. (Please read Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang and Wild Swans by Jung Chang, two independent biographical accounts of how Mao seduced and manipulated the Chinese people during China’s Cultural Revolution less than 50 years ago.)
I encourage you to study this subject out yourself and make your own decision regarding your children and their education. The internet is replete with reputable and non-reputable information alike on the subject. Be wise as you study the materials.
Where do I start studying the topic of Common Core?
I will refer you to an article which I have found to be an excellent springboard to your study of the subject. It is concise and clear in explaining Common Core, the history of it, the funders and proponents of it, and what the ultimate goal of the Common Core State Standards Initiative really is.
“Common Core - A Scheme to Rewrite Education” from The New American
After feasting upon the words above, you will want to wash it down with,
“Orwellian Nightmare: Data Mining Your Kids” from The New American
Some colleagues and I have been researching Common Core for quite some time now. In the future, I hope to have a page listing all the Common Core resources which we have found.
What can YOU do?
For now, I hope you will not take lightly the rash implementation of this experimental program. Research it, question it, attend your local school board meetings. Question your school board, your principal, your teachers. (I’m willing to bet few to zero of them have read the ACTUAL Common Core document from the federal government. Most of them are just repeating what they have been told by their “higher ups” in their administrations and have not actually studied the primary text. I challenge YOU to LOCATE and read the ORIGINAL text of Common Core. MOST parents, teachers, administrators, and state officials HAVE NOT READ THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE. WHY THEN IS EVERYONE BLINDLY ADOPTING THIS PROGRAM?!)
(Note: Only 5 states have NOT fully adopted Common Core - Texas, Nebraska, Alaska, Virginia and Minnesota. Of those 5, Texas is the only one who has not implemented ANY part of Common Core. See “Common Core - A Scheme to Rewrite Education” from The New American.)
Learn how Common Core is being implemented in your particular school. (Just because the Common Core standards may sound good on paper, how they are being implemented is a whole different story!) Question your children’s teachers and school administrators and find out how Common Core is specifically being implemented in your public and charter schools.
In our local schools, I’ve heard of one teacher who is implementing the standards beautifully and using many more hands-on activities at the elementary level. This is wonderful. On the other hand, I know of another teacher who has replaced the studying of Shakespeare with social media literature, such as Twitter and Facebook. Not good.
In the long run, however, no matter how local individual teachers are implementing the standards, if we choose to adopt Common Core, we will ultimately be giving up our educational sovereignty to the federal government. Even if the leaders in the current federal administration are angels and have good intentions for the nationalization of education, will the next administration be as angelic? Or the one after that? Or after that? It’s only a matter of time before this nationalized education will fall into the wrong hands (if it hasn’t already!) and we will witness an inevitable repeat of history -- control of the minds (and consequently the bodies) of our youth as the government teaches, trains, and leads them down whichever path the current regime chooses.
It’s not too late to fight this thing. BUT, it does require EFFORT and WORK (two qualities which many Americans are allergic to these days!) on the part of parents and concerned citizens.
ACT TODAY and get involved in this important issue! Americans have more power than they know. YOU CAN make a difference!