“Common Core”: The ObamaCare of Education

It sends shivers down the spines of freedom loving individuals. It is the Obamacare of education with its national standards and testing and its one-size-fits-all government model.

While the implementation of the Common Core curriculum is new, the passion for and the idea of national education has been burning in the hearts of progressives for more than a century.

Many people blame George W. Bush for Common Core. After all Common Core is just the natural extension of Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” resulting in the progression to Obama’s “Race to the Top.”

“Race to the Top” was simply a bribe offered to cash poor states during the recession to entice them to accept the Common Core curriculum. Just imagine the federal government saying to the states: “You may have this pile of money to help your state through these tough times.” “Great,” reply the states. “What do we have to do?” “Oh, not much,” say the feds. “Just accept these national education standards and teach exactly what we dictate with no possibility of change or adjustment to the curriculum. That’s all.”

“Oh, is that all? We’ll take the cash and worry about the ramifications later,” say the states.

As I stated, Common Core is just the natural progression of an ever-intrusive federal government that has been advancing the idea of a national school system devoid of local control.

Each progressive administration, dating as far back as reconstruction, has moved the ball forward. Whether a little or a lot, the ball moved forward.

Before Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” there was Bill Clinton, who in 1994 secured passage of the “Improving American Schools Act” and the “Goals 2000 Educate America Act.” Notice all the lovely flowery names for these laws? They picked these names so that no politician can vote against them. It’s quite dishonest.

Prior to Clinton there was kinder, gentler George H.W. Bush and his Charlottesville Education Summit in 1989. What came out of the summit were eight, typically liberal, pie-in-the-sky, feel-good, unachievable talking points dressed up as goals. Among these were gems such as “All children will start school ready to learn.” “Every adult American will be literate.” “The high school graduation rate will be at least 90%”. (Atlanta Public Schools had just over 51 percent of students graduate. The high school graduation rate in some Georgia school districts is under 50 percent: Randolph County (49.3 percent); Talbot County (45.5 percent); and Twiggs County (45.3 percent).) I won’t even waste my time commenting for I’m sure you’ve drawn the same conclusion. Absurd!

As one would expect of Ronald Reagan, although he supported education, he felt it better left to the states. But even in the Reagan Administration the “Improving America’s Schools Act” was passed in 1983.

Jimmy Carter, being the leftist he was and still is, did not feel the same about local control. We all know to thank Yimmy[1] for his signature on October 17, 1979 — the creation of the national Department of Education. Ugh!

Before Carter there was Nixon. His 1970 “Special Message to Congress on Education Reform” simply threw money at the supposed problem. He did, however, discover a new human right. It was the Right to Read. The constitutional framers must’ve forgotten that amendment when crafting the Bill of Rights.

Then there was Lyndon Johnson — modern-day father of the ruination of the United States. Johnson’s “Great Society” debacle was an umbrella vision. Under it were handouts for job training programs, housing programs, healthcare, poverty programs and of course education. Everything the federal government shouldn’t be involved in.

He chose to sell his idea of “Education Reform” as part of his “War on Poverty” because “poor kids can learn too.” This cause gave rise to ESEA, Johnson’s “Elementary and Secondary Education Act.” He claimed it was to break the “cycle of poverty” and as is always the case, throwing money at the education problem via a government “investment” will solve things.

In a conversation with VP Hubert Humphrey, Johnson told Humphrey: “Don’t ever argue with me. I’ll go a hundred million or 1 billion on health or education. I don’t argue about that anymore than I argue about [First Lady] Lady Bird buying flour. I’ll spend the god damned money. I may cut back on some tanks.”

I originally intended to take this all the way back to Woodrow Wilson, but frankly it’s depressing to think what has happened just since the 1960s. I think you get the point. Common Core is not the beginning but it may be the end of proper education in this country if it is not stopped.







Notes:
  1. The pronunciation of Jimmy ‘The Tulip’ Tudeski by Janni (Yanni) Gogolack in the film The Whole Ten Yards. []

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  • patriotusa2

    The school system in general is headed for the greater depths of hell, and all those who have brought it to this point will surely follow. The one-size-fits-all, is nothing compared to what other schools are doing. In Milwaukee they scheduled a “Gender-Bender” Day where kids were expected to come dressed as the opposite sex. It wasn’t mandatory it was only for those who volunteered which they probably thought was “decent” of them. California is the biggest offender when it comes to teaching highly sensitive sexual material to children but the smut goes on in almost all schools across this country. These kids are being desensitized to all forms of sin. They are being taught that everything anyone wants to do is perfectly normal and that sin is nothing more than false Christian beliefs that come from their fabled God. Those who introduce, promote and officiate all this diabolical behavior to our kids are definitely satanically inspired, whether they know it or not!

    • mathis1689

      You hit the nail on the head. Too bad the idiots running this country don’t want to listen to common sense. Of course if they HAD any common sense then this country probably wouldn’t be in the ungodly mess that it’s in now.

  • guest233

    Oh for goodness sake. Obama has destroyed the greatest healthcare system in the world and has made it so NO American will ever get quality health care again. Now he wants to destroy our educational system? If common core is not stopped, it means homeschooling(the one saving grace for our children) will be abolished.Our most valuable resource(our children) will be at the mercy of indoctrination and taught things God never intended for children to be taught.

    • TLady62

      As talk show host Mark Levin once stated, Barack Obama is a human wrecking ball.

  • battle

    We have to do our best to educate our kids and talk to them about the lies and half truths being told to them at school. Homeschooling would be best but that’s not an option for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    Ah the joys of socialism! Just wait till they take over the shoe business and increase efficiency by making only one size! Eight for women and ten for men! That will reduce the price and it will be “Shoes for all, free!”

    Come see The Two Minute Conservative via Google or at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • WISHFORLIBERTY

    I love that so many good teachers are resigning over this crap. Maybe i can get one of them to teach my daughter, because God knows I do not want to send her to the public indoctrination camps, and my wife and I have to work full time just to support all the freekin mexicans and welfare $hits so I can’t do homeschooling.

  • outofsteam

    It’s the wave of the future. My grand daughter who has just graduated from college with her master’s has been asked point blank what she thinks of Common Core. She was very politically correct in her response. Does she believe it? No but that’s how you get the job. She is planning on teaching the cirriculum along with what she thinks. Hope she makes it to tenure. She’s a good one and doesn’t go along with all this crap.

  • sammy13

    Back in the Clinton years, I remember Limbaugh and others talking about the re-writing of our history. This ought to erase any semblance of the truth.

  • Paul Leslie

    Once again, the socialist fingerprints of Dear Leader and the progressives are around the necks of our kids. Central planning and thought control courtesy of The State.

  • RWSmith6

    What is left out of this post is as important, if not more so, than what is in it. Are you aware, for instance, that many countries have passed the U.S. by in the effectiveness of their K-12 public education? In every case, the effort has been national, not local alone since local always means limited resources and the potential for very different objectives place to place. What has been common to countries that have passed us by is worth noting: (1) a far greater proportion of the countries’ GDP goes into public education than here in the U.S.; (2) as a proportion of GDP, teachers’ reimbursement packages are higher than here in the U.S.; (3) long-term planning for public education and its funding, largely missing in the U.S. (despite what the above post catalogs), are a primary concern in countries that now lead the world in K-12 outcomes/international test results. The failure to plan for the long term, a problem in many areas of need in the United States, has gradually undermined not only public education in this country, it’s helped create a $2-3 trillion backlog in infrastructure needs and been instrumental in making health care coverage here by FAR the most expensive in the world (and without better effectiveness based on all measures). We’ve regularly chosen to go after short-term gains instead, and we are now reaping a bountiful harvest of difficult and expensive to solve problems. In education, that has been apparent especially in our attempts to patch, patch, patch annually instead of mimicking the successful approaches abundant elsewhere, the most current example our quest to shore up teaching in STEM subject areas.

    If we had the enthusiasm for both long-term funding and planning in public education and those other domestic areas of need that we have in being SuperPower on Call for the world, why we’d not even be in need of talking about what the writer of the post finds so regretable. And we most certainly wouldn’t have the massive national debt we have been growing since 9/11.

  • usluv

    Should be called common Hitler/Obama core. Leave our kids alone you nazi/musllim heathens.

  • sammy13

    We are adrift, no compass, nothing tangible on the horizon. In the early years of our nation, people learned to read from the Bible. Later on, there were other books, notable among them the McGuffy’s Reader series, which coincidentally contained reference to the Bible.

    We started out as a God fearing Nation; indeed, the Declaration of Independence mentions God very openly. He is again acknowledged in the Constitution, as is His Son at the bottom where we can read “In the year of our Lord”. That is conveniently forgotten, or dismissed as a colloquialism (probably a progressive revisionist idea). As we leave the comfort of the Trinity, and embrace humanism and try to be better and more educated, and ignore what is truly important in educations besides the 3R’s (morality, the golden rule, a higher authority, that there is someone somewhere better than me, and the like) we founder and corrupt not just ourselves, but future generations.

    Look at what is happening today: Columbine, Sandy Hook, now a kid in Oregon building bombs and just today on the radio, I heard a story about a school in Florida employing iris scans of school children. This is destructive!

    We need to put God back in our lives, in our communities, our schools, and all public places. Whether it is faith, guilt, or worry that is the catalyst, when people know or believe or suspect that God is watching their every move, and reading their every thought, they generally do the right thing, take the right course of action. The absence of God is the reason our education system (and our country as a whole) is in the mess it is in. Anyone running for office, when questioned by the media about their faith, is doomed as soon as they profess their belief in God or Jesus. And so is our Nation.