Common Core Revisited

March 6, 2013

 

On Thursday, February 21, posted at Illinois Review was information about Common Core, a new national educational curriculum launched by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2009 — latched onto by the Obama administration — whose plan is to induce all elementary and secondary schools to accept a comprehensive national education system that will enforce a national curriculum.

On March 2nd the “Heritage Foundation” published an article that relates how states are reconsidering their support for the Common Core standards. The resistance stems from reasons including questions about who was behind the initiative and whether they are better than previous standards.

Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Dakota are states in which action was taken in recent weeks to pedal back their state’s involvement in Common Core standards.

As one South Dakota state representative commented when South Dakota’s House Education Committee passed legislation to require the Board of Education to obtain legislative approval before adopting any further Common Core Standards:

“One of the founding principles of American education is that states and local citizens will determine how their schools are going to be run and what will be taught in each local entity.  The Common Core Standards movement is an attempt to circumvent this long-standing tradition of American education.”

Shouldn’t parents, teacher and local leaders make decision about what is taught in the classrooms?  States, including Illinois, who early on signed on to Common Core, should reject Washington’s push for national education standards and work to improve their schools through reforms at the state and local level.

As John Stossel relates in his commentary, “Stupid in America“:

“School spending has gone through the roof and test scores are flat.

While most every other service in life has gotten faster, better, and cheaper, one of the most important things we buy — education — has remained completely stagnant, unchanged since we started measuring it in 1970.

Why no improvement?

Because K-12 education is a government monopoly and monopolies don’t improve.”

It is important to get involved with your own school district to see how Common Core is being applied to the learning curriculum of children in your district.

Central planning sounds right and feels good, but it has nothing to do with the realities of educating children. There is nothing that government can do that we cannot do better as free individuals and as groups of individuals, working together voluntarily, not at the point of a gun or under threat of a fine. Without big government, our possibilities are limitless.

Consider the government-run entities of Amtrak and the U.S. Postal System.

2014 will usher in an even greater government-run boondoggle that is Obamacare.  Are you ready?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

 

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