See These Real Agendas Behind “Common Core”
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First, there was Head Start. Then the creation of the Department of Education by President Jimmy Carter and President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. What do they all have in common? All of these federal education programs have consistently failed to improve student achievement.
A Congressionally mandated Head Start Impact Study revealed that the more than $180 billion spent on the program since its inception in 1965 has produced no discernible gains for the students who participate. The Department of Health and Human Services buried that study’s findings for four years before finally letting the public know the truth.
Enter the Common Core State Standards Initiative. It is the federal government’s latest effort to “improve public education.” They say it’s all about creating a common standard of learning and conducting better assessments of student and teacher performance. But the truth is, Common Core was created to advance hidden agendas that have nothing to do with reading, writing, or arithmetic.
Not a Joke! Federally Funded
Lessons in “White Guilt”
At the heart of Common Core is cultural Marxism, otherwise known as political correctness. One of the authors of Common Core standards, Granite State College professor David Pook, admitted as much in a recent talk. Pook said, “The reason why I helped write the standards, and the reason why I am here today is that as a white male in society, I am given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn.”
Federal funds are being used to deconstruct “white male privilege” beginning in Kindergarten, and beyond. Students are being taught that only whites can be racist in America, and that whites can never be victims of racism – no matter how much institutional power is brought to bear to discriminate against whites under Affirmative Action.
This one-sided, self-serving definition of racism is advanced at government-subsidized white-bashing boot camps for administrators, teachers, and students. One of the largest is called the “White Privilege Conference,” where, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, your tax dollars are helping to indoctrinate students.
As the Wisconsin State Journal (March 23, 2014) reported, “The state Department of Public Instruction is sending eight staff members using federal funding” to this anti-white cultural Marxist confab. Additionally, “About 30 middle- and high-school students have chosen to attend, in line with their work around restorative justice.”
Public schools are now training students to become “restorative justice” warriors – never mind becoming well-read, independent critical thinkers or attaining career skills that will be rewarded in a free-market economy.
The Real Story:
Big Government/Big Business
Push Cradle-to-Grave Data Mining
The second big hidden agenda behind Common Core is the effort to exploit students’ personal data. It’s why some big corporations are working with government bureaucrats to get Common Core into every school system.
The real reason for the big push is not to bring test scores up, or to improve student performance. It’s all about setting up the biggest data-mining program in the history of the country.
From pre-school through high school onto college and even into the job field – that’s how long states adopting Common Core will be tracking your children at the behest of the Obama administration.
Schools will be gathering and submitting data on each and every student, including:
- The student’s name
- The names of his parents
- Details about his household
- His address
- His Social Security number
- Even bio-metric information like fingerprints and a scan of his iris
Of course his test scores and transcripts will be in there. But that’s not all. The government’s grand vision goes much further…
Building a Dossier On Our Kids
That Will Follow Them for Life
Department of Education (DOE) bureaucrats also want to collect each individual student’s complex psychological data. Things like how a student responds to failure. How she develops strategies in order to solve problems. What her impulse control is like. Her parents’ religious and political affiliations would be in there, too.
DOE bureaucrats want access to all of it. But under current privacy laws, the DOE can only collect something called “aggregate data.” That means they get basic statistics – things like what percentage of Alabama third graders are performing well in math, for example.
But now, the Obama administration is pushing to get access to data at the individual level. In a recent interpretation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, the DOE claimed that government agencies (from the local to federal level) can designate someone they choose as an “educational representative.” That person can then access and interpret student information on an individual level.
This interpretation is being challenged in the legal system, but it clearly shows the DOE’s intent. If Common Core goes forward under the current design, within a generation, the government will have a comprehensive psychological, academic, and personal profile on every citizen who moves through their public school system.
To gather this kind of data requires third-party software development. And those software developers give school systems the option to share all this information with educational product developers “to power the learning applications that are implemented in their classrooms.”
In the end, states and school districts will decide if student data is shared. Not parents. And the Obama administration is tying the release of federal grant money to states’ willingness to implement such systems.
Declare Your Family’s Independence from
If you have children or grandchildren in a school system that has adopted Common Core — 43 states, the District of Columbia, and four territories already have — then you’ll want to take action to at least opt them out of intrusive data-mining schemes, to the extent that you can. As a parent, you have some rights to control what information about your child is gathered and shared. You can contact the school system and demand to opt your children out of data mining and other programs you may find objectionable, such as sex education or Diversity training.
If you have the opportunity and means, you might also consider dis-enrolling your children from any Common Core public school. Alternatives include home schooling and private schools. However, it’s important to realize that not all private schools operate totally independently from Common Core, and some may promote religious viewpoints that you don’t necessarily share.
If you’re looking for a school that avoids post-modern political weirdness and focuses on teaching the fundamentals using proven methods, then you might want to consider a Montessori school. According to the American Montessori Society, “The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success…”
When it comes to ensuring kids get a good education, it’s not money or technology or government-erected standards that make the difference. What matters are
sound teaching methods.
If every parent insisted teachers put students’ needs first rather than political agendas, the quality of education in this country would improve dramatically. In the meantime, you can take steps to help improve the quality of education your children or young people in your extended family receive.