Common Core: Change Means Cha-Ching – Take The Challenge, Explain CC Without Using Liberty Sovereignty Freedom

Let me begin with snippets of information about the involvement of venture capitalists in Common Core, and then move to “the challenge:”

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The graphic above is allegedly a Common Core homework assignment for 3rd grade grammar, produced by Pearson Educators. Never let an opportunity go to waste to tell children how everyone must obey government officials, even in grammar class, and that the nation’s needs are more important than an individuals. Throughout our history, it has been individuals who achieved and produced. The government produces nothing.

The entire U.S. education system has been valued at nearly $1.5 trillion, second only to the healthcare industry. As media mogul Rupert Murdoch said after acquiring education company Amplify (previously known as Wireless Generations), “When it comes to K-12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching.”

Until the creation of Common Core, businesses have found breaking into the K-12 market very difficult. States have historically written their own curriculums and standards, buying suitable materials and textbooks as they saw fit. Creating content that was accessible to multiple states was difficult and being able to approach the districts within their tiny budget window was nearly impossible. The nuanced field of state, local and federal funding and regulations that companies are forced to navigate takes years to master and states were the ones controlling the checkbook.

From a business point of view, why go to them when you can make them come to you? Many of the people who financially aided the creation of Common Core have investments in place in companies that would do quite well with the standards implementation. By using financial clout and political connections, billionaires, not teachers, were able to influence the landscape of our education system…

Still not convinced Common Core is more about money than education? Check out the American Girl back-to-school accessory set children canbuy, complete with a mini Common Core-aligned Pearson textbook…

They do not enter into a business deal without knowing, given everything they have learned, they have a good chance of making their money back and then some. Regardless of the business, they are concerned primarily with profit…

Given the growing emphasis on technology in the classroom plus Silicon Valley’s affinity for gadgets, there are dozens of start-ups trying to cash in on the new market. Rupert Murdoch’s company Amplify has created its own tablet and Common Core-aligned games. According to CNBC, the amount of venture capital invested in education start-ups quadrupled, from $154 million in 2003 to $630 million in 2012…

Here is the key issue. These companies see success in terms of dollars and profit, not academic success and achievement. Education start-ups fail all the time, including ones backed by the giants like Pearson. Once investors start to see diminishing returns or trouble on the horizon they will pull the plug regardless of how well students may be performing with their product. Vetting new teaching methods for success takes years of research, observation and review. Plenty of businesspeople, big and small, will have profited from Common Core even if all the states move onto the next education reform in five years’ time, but at what cost to students in school today? Read more here by Erin Osborne, Salon

Many parents do not seem to grasp that part of Common Core. It’s about the money, not about the kids. How many of the investors share your same values and views of America and the world? How many will be invited to the White House for state dinners or an evening with Jay-Z and Beyonce, and an after-dinner cognac to chat with the President to stress the need for social justice in education. The train wreck won’t take long — just long enough to derail your child’s learning. A few years down the road, when parents begin to pay attention, the moneymen move on to more profitable ventures, and we’ll remember that we were warned Common Core was never field-tested.

Angie at Missouri Education Watchdog (MEW) shared this challenge from a Common Core supporter at MEW:

A challenge: I challenge those against Common Core to provide an unbiased, objective reason on WHY you are so against CC (here’s the bonus part) WITHOUT using the words “liberty”, “sovereignty”, “freedom” or “right”. Is that possible?

Here is just one answer, but one that expresses exactly what parents must face with Common Core [all emphasis is mine]:

#1. I object to CC because I object to “state” or “national” standards owned exclusively by private organizations (I would use the word “copyrighted” but wasn’t sure if that counts against the rules…). So these standards are not governed by the laws of my state which means my voice does not count.

They cannot be governed by the laws of my state because the government cannot own {copyrights}.  In the introduction of the CC it states, “The Standards are intended to be a living work: as new and better evidence emerges, the Standards will be revised accordingly”. This means that tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, in five years or all of the above the people who OWN the standards can change the language of the standards and they don’t have to ask anyone, not a single teacher, administrator, parent, expert anywhere has to weigh in.

If the organizations decide that new “evidence” emerges that fish can fly they can change the standards to reflect that. If it is included on the assessment test, teachers will teach it. There is danger in this because new “evidence” emerges all the time to disprove the ”evidence” produced the day before.  One day eggs are good for you, the next day eggs are bad for you. Bill Gates said it best: Only when the tests and curriculum align will we know if they work.

#2. I do not approve of evaluating teachers on assessment tests at any level.  Teachers can do their damnedest to teach but ultimately they cannot force a kid to learn, or force parents to force their kids to learn or even CARE. Not to mention we are human and have good days and bad days. I will support assessments only to the extent that they instruct learning and improvement and we seem to have gotten away from that purpose!

#3. I believe Jason Zimba, one of the CC authors, when he said that “college ready” does not mean for STEM or for selective colleges. Who else besides the author would know better what “college ready” means? These people that dreamt up this whole thing are being very transparent about the purpose of these standards. But my child can do better. I EXPECT my kid to go to college but I KNOW they might change their mind and decide to go to technical school or become an entrepreneur instead. Under common core, according to Zimba, they won’t even have a CHANCE of being STEM college ready, especially in a small rural district like ours.  Let my kids decide for themselves when they are READY to decide, by ensuring ALL the options are available not just one or two.

Read the answers of others who took up the challenge at Grumpy Opinions or Missouri Education Watchdog.

The man or woman who answered the challenge above emphasizes the word ‘copyright.’ Assuming the materials used in your child’s school are copyrighted, would that mean they could never be quoted; could not be written down on a note to show to a parent; might mean that tests could never be discussed with anyone? Could a child or family be sued for doing so? Read this.

Think about these things:

If the test asks why President George Washington refused to be king, and the proper answer is: because the crown didn’t fit well on his powdered wig, then textbooks will assert the same, and teachers who know better, but who will be “evaluated” by how well students do on the test, will hold their noses and teach the powdered-wig story. Yes, this is an absurd example.

Consider this one: should a U.S. history textbook forego teaching about President Chester A. Arthur to make room to teach about Frank Lloyd Wright because Wright invented the carport and transformed architecture, and Arthur did nothing more than sign the Pendleton Civil Service Act, which we are told bores our kids? The point author James Loewen alludes to in “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” is that Arthur contributed little to history, but Wright changed the way we live. Who decides these things? Would your school board choose Wright for a history project or would they save it for, oh, maybe a seventh grade class on The Art of Construction?

Here’s another: should we devote time and paper (or digital) to Helen Keller’s inspiring story of overcoming some of the most difficult of all physical liabilities, and considered a heroine to most children, by telling the whole story — the story few know, that she was a “radical socialist,” a Communist — and trust those writing the tests and the textbooks not to glorify her lack of appreciation for the free market and the generosity of her own country? How much, and what kind of weight will her adoration of the “Soviet Republic of Russia” be given in the classroom? 

What if a textbook teaches the following about the Bill of Rights:

“The Government of the United States is currently revisiting The Bill of Rights. They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”

Actually, the statement is not a statement of fact, but an introduction to a proposed lesson asking the students to “prioritize, revise, prune two and add two amendments to The Bill of Rights.” Read more here and notice the Second Amendment discussion.

Should your child’s years in school be part of paying back the “education debt,” “education equity,” “social justice?” It is imperative to understand that Common Core is a business venture, and on the way to the bank, it is likely the Progressive agenda will be promoted and realized. Only pieces of study materials have been revealed, so you’ll have to put the slide show together yourself, and you won’t be able to keep up, because change means cha-ching. Your school district will be left with the bill.

The entities behind Common Core have names. Find some of them here and here.

See my Common Core Database here.

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  • Guest

    Michelle Malkin has an interesting article about the lobbyists surrounding common core. This has been in the works for a long time and yes …it has Clinton ties.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2014/04/04/pushing-back-against-parccachieve-inc-lobbyists/

  • GoneWithTheWind

    One thing I’ve noticed about the common core test questions is that the answer is a matter of opinion. There is no “right” answer but the person who grades the answer can decide if you are right or wrong. I have to wonder if this is intentional so that those children who today do poorly in school because of cultural or race excuses can be rewarded with “correct” answers based on their cultural or racial background? Or perhaps even more nefarious is can a teacher whose culture or race is their excuse for not being able to fully understand or pass English or science can now enjoy the best of all paybacks by flunking students of other cultures or races? Crazy? Well then explain the DOJ’s new effort to equalize the expulsion and suspension of children so that fewer blacks are punised. Is the goal then to let more blacks get away with breaking the rules or to more heavily enforce the rules against others such that the playing field is leveled? Now apply these same considerations to grades. Is the goal of Common Core to equalize the grades across races and cultures so that the numbers come out right regardless of if any actual learning takes place?

  • Yos

    …As surely as water will wet us,
    as surely as fire will burn,
    The gods of the copybook headings with terror and slaughter,
    return.

  • formwiz

    Man, I haven’t seen indoctrination like that since we were told The Night of the Long Knives was just an off-year primary.