A Times News article informs its readers that the Common Core may have had its origins back with Bill and Hillary Clinton. This should not be surprising as it follows the progressives’ pattern of pushing through fundamental transformation to our government and way of life through incremental change which takes place so slowly that only the most engaged citizens ever notice. What’s more, those patriots that become aware and sound the alarm are marginalized for simply trying to retain the America that we know and love and which has proven to be the breeding ground for prosperity and equal opportunity like no other system of government that has preceded it.
The article, “More about Common Core” describes an education plan introduced to Hillary Clinton in a letter from Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Mr. Tucker’s plan called for national education standards and a national curriculum, the success of which were to be measured through national tests and a national student database. These are the elements we see unfurling with Common Core despite the best efforts of its instigators to assure us that the standards are state led. That the two plans are very similar is further evidenced by the fact that Marc Tucker is still in the game. He is advising the US Department of Education on how to implement the Common Core standards.
The Times News article explains Tucker’s plan,
“The ‘Dear Hillary’ letter, written on November 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, lays out a plan ‘to remold the entire American system’ into ‘a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,’ coordinated by ‘a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels’ where curriculum and ‘job matching’ will be handled by counselors ‘accessing the integrated computer based program.’”
Full text of the Mr. Tucker’s letter to Mrs. Clinton can be found at this link.
What Marc Tucker describes sounds more like a job training/matching program than any kind of educational system and the thought that innocent children would be tracked throughout their development should make even the most ardent big government proponent at least a little queasy. Tucker’s plan divorces itself from teaching academic basics and from letting the individual explore and determine their own passions and talents. Decisions about one’s future are to be made for the individual by the state based on test performance and aptitudinal criteria.
The Times News states,
“Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Very little in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching school children how to read, write, or calculate.”
Tucker’s plan was established into law during the Clinton administration through several acts which restructured our public school system. The acts allowed for federal funding to flow directly to governors rather than to state and local elected officials and called for national standards and tests to centralize more control in Washington. The use of computer data systems to store personal data on students and their families was envisioned in the acts as well.
The Times News piece also references the partnerships to be formed under Tucker’s plan between the US executive branch and private corporations and foundations to further the job matching aspects of the plan one must assume.
Does all this sound familiar?? It should if you have been following Common Core. Common Core has completely marginalized local school boards and put in place national standards and testing that even extend to the ACT and SAT exams for college placement. And the Race to the Top grants require states and local school boards to develop costly information systems that track 400 personal student data points. We also see important private interests tied to the promotion and implementation of Common Core, the most recognizable name being the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but there are plenty of other private companies, non profits and foundations involved as well even going so far as to advertise on television for Common Core.
“The biggest point of contention regarding Common Core is data collection. The P-20 Council was formed to track students starting in pre-school, through secondary education and college. The idea is to determine which career track, based on some 350 data collection points that students will be best suited for.”
Nationally, 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards, but Examiner.com reports that there are 17 states that have anti-Common Core legislation pending. Ohio could be the next. The Columbus Dispatch notes that State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) plans to introduce a Common Core repeal bill in Ohio. That’s good news because there is an active and determined anti-Common Core movement throughout the Buckeye state which will get strongly behind any repeal legislation that is introduced.
That states are waking up to the duplicitous nature of Common Core and that there is a robust anti-Common Core grassroots movement alive and well in the country should give us hope that Americans have caught onto the progressive scheme to takeover our education system. If opposition endeavors are to be successful, however, it will take a concerted and prolonged effort from grassroots activists. Local school boards, state departments of education and the US Department of Education have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and invested countless man hours implementing Common Core. Big name politicians such as Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee and Ohio’s own John Kasich are vocal supporters of Common Core or are implementing it in their states. Additionally, non profit and corporate interests such as Bill Gates, Pearson, McGraw Hill, College Board and ACT as well as lesser known publishing and technology companies are counting on the financial pay-off their support of Common Core was to bring.
The fight against Common Core is well worth it, though, for the fight is about the fundamental underpinnings of the American system of government. It is about the individual over the state. It is about self-determination over government control. It is about our first founding document, the Declaration of Independence, and its professed desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An education system centered around the individual, instilling essential, timeless knowledge, and providing an environment for the individual to pursue his passions and talents no matter where they may lead is a basic, crucial element to a free republic and what has separated us from socialist, communist and totalitarian regimes. It is what sustains our republic and allows us to be the masters of our destiny and the proud and worthy ambassadors of freedom.