Common Core, The Goal Is To Control Your Children

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   6/13/2014

In an attempt to understand what Common Core is all about and why it is being talked about in the news, I had to do a little research to boil it down. 

The problem that Common Core is trying to solve is the same problem that has existed for several decades: American’s public school system is failing when compared to the nations of the world. 

The previous president, George W. Bush, tried to address this problem by creating the ‘No Child Left Behind’ plan.  The idea was to require schools to continually pass standard tests in order to determine which schools were “failing” to educate their students so that those schools would make changed to improve.  

But it didn’t work because teachers began “teaching to the test” and schools across the country stopped teaching important subject areas because they were not deemed important enough to be tested.  Also, national tests do not account for different school district’s student demographics or lower educated families and cultures.

Common Core

Common Core is the latest federal educational program embraced by the Obama Administration, but rather than just make schools take national tests, it goes a step further to force a national curriculum that the national tests are based on.

But states didn’t want to sign up for another federal educational program. So the Obama Admin coerced states into adopting Common Core by attaching it to the funding given out by the federal 'Race to the Top' program and waivers to get out of the ‘No Child Left Behind’ program.

Because of this, 45 states have adopted some part of Common Core standards in 2010. MN only adopted the English language arts standards, primarily because MN Math standards are already higher than the Common Core standards.

Repealing Common Core

There are many problems with Common Core, like forcing teachers to teach Math and English in completely different ways that don't appear to be beneficial as the previous methods.  Another problem is that local district school boards and the parents behind them no longer control what their children are taught.  This is causing a lot of angry parents to show up at school board meetings across the country.

Last week, two states joined Indiana in repealing the Common Core program.   According to an article on CitizenLink,  

“South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law that will replace the national initiative with state-developed standards and tests by the 2015-16 school year...

"The Palmetto state is the second to block the program. Indiana left the program earlier this year."

"Just last week, a third state joined the list. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law repealing Common Core. It mandates the State Board of Education to create new, more rigorous standards by August 2016.”

The primary reason that states are beginning to reject Common Core is because “Many education experts say it’s a dangerous path for schools to follow because it leaves parents out of the educational process.”

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced her decision to repeal Common Core last Thursday afternoon, stating:

“We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core. Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. …”

“It was originally designed as a state-lead – not federal – initiative that each state could choose to voluntarily adopt."

“Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core.  President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.”

“We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools. …”

T.W. Shannon, coauthor of the bill to repeal Common Core, noted:

“The federal government sold Common Core with the promise of increased standards, but instead gave us an inflexible curriculum that does not equip our children for college,” remarked Shannon. “The federal government has disregarded parental rights, over-regulated teachers, and over-tested our kids. Parents, local governments and teachers are better equipped to meet the needs of their students than the federal government. Parents and teachers are the best leaders for quality education in Oklahoma communities—not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”

What About Private Schools?

Ok, so Common Core has some real problems for the public school system, but what about private schools?  Students that are in private schools are not really affected, right?

Well, that was the case for the ‘No Child Left Behind’ federal program, but Common Core goes a step further to change the SAT and AP tests to fit the Common Core curriculum. 

That means that no matter which school your children attend: public schools, charter schools, private schools or even if they are homeschooled, they will have to study the Common Core curriculum in order to take these tests. 

By controlling the college placement tests, in time, Common Core or the next version of a national educational program could be used to force all schools to adapt its curriculum. 

This is how Common Core takes away school choice.  Once this is in place, it’s not hard to imagine the addition of a Common Core ethics standard by which a national morality (teaching what is right/wrong) could be taught to every student in every school. 

This would effectively be a state sponsored church which is supposed to be unconstitutional but the constitution has not stopped several other laws.  This would also directly undermine one of the primary ways that Christianity is spread – by parents teaching their children.

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