“If you like your children, you can keep your children …” [Darleen Click]
Well, this really makes me feel even more warm and fuzzy about Common Core.
In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.” [...]
Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, said, “To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified.”
Wow, I guess those People Against All Standards & Testing are affiliated with those People Against All Government. Did anyone ask Reville what phone booth they were meeting in and plotting the overthrow of all that is good and proper in Big Nanny Government?
Reville continued, “Again, the argument about where it came from I think privileges certain sort of fringe voices about federalism and states’ rights, and things of that nature, when really what we’re doing at the national level here now, state by state, is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually.” [...]
“Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?”
Anyone that has kids or grandkids in schools with Common Core are learning that there are no “high standards” involved. Just a Great Homogenizing of what a federal level bureaucracy decides all the common people need to learn to remain … serfs in thrall to the Nannystate.
They are, to reference the work of Stanford Professor of Mathematics Emeritus James Milgram, standards that prepare students for ‘non-selective community colleges,’” Burke said. “The English Language Arts standards de-emphasize the reading of fiction and classic literature in favor of informational texts.”
“But most concerning, Common Core removes the ability of parents and teachers to direct academic content and will have a homogenizing effect on the educational choices available to families,” Burke said.
New York City’s new socialist mayor DeBlasio is already yanking $210 million from charter schools. How long until home schooling is again threatened by the collectivists ban stick? This time due to “standards”?
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