CNS News carried the report:
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.”
This anti-social waste of human-shaped space is not some college blogger. This man, Paul Reville, was once the Massachusetts Overlord (“Secretary”) of Education. He is unquestionably a member in good standing of the literati.
Here it is with more context:
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]? And the same logic applies to the nation. And it makes sense to educators. It makes sense to policymakers, and it’s why people have voluntarily entered into this agreement.
The reason why states set their own standards is because they are the locus of governmental sovereignty. It doesn’t matter if that is convenient or not. That is the legal basis of our government and the legal order we have inherited. You have as much right to demand that the states all adopt a single standard as you have to demand that all the nations of the world adopt the same standard.
The reason why it is advantageous to have differing standards—some high and some low—is so we don’t lose an entire generation to some boneheaded scheme that has never been properly tried out in some schools before being imposed on the rest. All the states are supposed to work at the best standards they can develop according to the decisions of their own democratic governments. By having fifty state school systems, along with private schools and homeschooling, there is a natural diversity that allows people to compare and contrast results.
The fact that people move does not justify imposing one unified, untried standard. The “tiny minority” rhetoric actually describes the people responsible for pushing Common Core, not their opponents. No wonder Reville wants to avoid all talk about where Common Core came from.
The phrase, “the children belong to all of us” is always the rationalization of a tiny minority who wants to impose their will on all parents of all children, in this case overriding state and local governments. Furthermore, it is a really creepy statement.
Let’s change the subject matter. What if I said, “All the automobiles of the nation belong to all of us.” How would “all of us” drive to work tomorrow?
Children aren’t raised by “all of us.” They are raised by specific persons—typically parents. It is impossible for any child to be raised by more than a few people under any circumstances.
Reville’s talk of “accountability” is anti-democratic and totalitarian. The government is supposed to be accountable to the people, not vice versa. Making the parents accountable to the government for the education of their children turns the entire idea of self-government on its head.
There is no point in pretending we have government by the people if the people are supposed to be raised from childhood by the government.