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Common Core and
Is Common Core right for Alabama
By Norman Morrison
On March 13th 2013 chairman of the Senate Education Committee,
Alabama Republican Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery, seeing that his
bill to remove the Common Core education standards wouldn't be
approved pulled it. This means that unless something is done Alabama
will join with at least 45 other states to adopt this program and
implement it at the start of the next school year.
What is Common Core and why is it important to defeat it?
(←see the website) is an insidious, Orwellian bid to fundamentally
transform American education. It began its life in 2009 and grew out
of the first stimulus when copious funds became available. Likewise,
the inducement for the states was the Race To The Top (RTTT) money
that would become available for the states once they glommed onto
the thing. Supporters and detractors cross party lines.
ready for 1984, Animal Farm, and Atlas Shrugged because it's coming
to a school near you. The kids who start school in the Fall of 2013
will be a whole new breed of global Americans by the time they
graduate from high school and college a few years from now.
you go to your school board, superintendent or teacher to complain,
be advised that even if they hate the new curriculum, they are
powerless. Chances are they will tell you that it's a done deal, but
don't you believe it. The stopping of it resides at the state house,
and the only way to get them off their padded chairs is to complain,
and do it mightily.
It is a fact that steering the youth of the
nation is nothing new. At the turn of the last century until fairly
recently schools were used to ready little citizens to take their
places behind the machines of the industrial revolution. However, by
comparison those efforts were cave man primitive compared to the
scientific methodology that will be used to train up the new young
for the modern computer machines. Unfortunately while the Common
Core program guarantees working fodder for Microsoft and Google, at
the same time it's dumbing down the kids so that they are
subservient to the new world order of government.
Yes, it sounds like a tin foil hat conspiracy. Thoroughly
bizarre. Only madmen could devise a teaching structure like Common
Core. Unfortunately, the mad men are in charge of the curriculum,
aided and abetted by the state and federal legislatures and what
would have been screaming fantasy only a few years ago is now fact.
Why, it's gubment certified!
You probably remember having to read Animal Farm in school if you
are a certain age. The reason? It was placed on the reading list
during the cold war era as a warning to wise up the kids to what
would happen when socialists take over. Common Core kids won't have
the opportunity to be made to read Animal Farm. Reason? Because that
would be wising them up to the inherent dangers of the Common Core
program. It would be telling and that is not permitted.
to the website, StopCommonCore.com, the program was developed
by a DC-based nonprofit called Achieve, Inc. with support from two
trade associations, namely National Governors Association (NGA) and
the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), neither of which
had a mandate from the national or state governments. In short, it's
purely a case of progressives vs. conservatives and the progressives
won. The program seems to be more about money and power than what's
best for the kids. As has been oft been stated, "He who controls
education eventually controls the nation."
The core issue for
consideration is what's best for the kids. It has been the long held
position of conservatives that the school curriculum works best when
it is set closest to home. Ergo, by your local school board and PTA.
Second best is when it's done at the state level. Always
unacceptable is when it's done at the national level. One size fits
all. With Common Core this is precisely what will happen at the
start of the 2013-2016 school year in Alabama.
Opponents say that
Common Core is fundamentally flawed. It has a criminally crummy
curriculum for a start that will guarantee the dumbing down of the
nation's children. However, this is just the beginning.
While Common Core got its start in 2009 most folks were totally
blindsided and are only now at the eleventh hour and fifty-ninth
minute becoming aware of it thanks principally to
Glenn Beck who points to the work of an early decrier,
Michelle Malkin. See the Beck video and see her work on this
issue. Do your own homework and research. Simply Google terms like
"common core," or "common core alabama education," to find reams of
documentation both pro and con.
So you might be thinking that if you don't like the Common Core
curriculum in the public schools, then you can opt to send the kids
to an expensive local private school or even home school. Right?
Cleverly, the cornerstone of the whole rotten Common Core
model is the college entrance exams. They will also fall under
Common Core. Thus, whether your like it or not if your goal is to
see your kid prepared for college, then they MUST be schooled the
Common Core way. It's going to be on the test! There is simply no
getting around it unless the many states agree to forgo the RTTT
money and go their own education way.
In summation Common Core allows progressive egghead liberals to
fetch around in your child's mind in ways that will astound you once
you learn the full implications for today and tomorrow. It is
beyond the scope of this humble article to lay it all out for you.
Do your own research. While this is probably news to you as it was
to me, others have been working against Common Core for years. See
former Alabama Educator
back to school by studying diligently this topic. Do yourselves,
your children, and their children a favor by making your stand
Common Core is like a train in the distance. Not so
impressive now. However, of a sudden it looms large and is upon you
before you can get off the tracks. Unless you move NOW to stop
Common Core you will but dimly recognize the United States Version
2.0 when the class of 2024 takes to the virtual stage to graduate.