We don’t need Com­mon Core

The Covington News - - OPINION -

It’s a well-known ob­ser­va­tion that when­ever busi­ness­men get to­gether, sooner or later their con­ver­sa­tion turns to how to best sep­a­rate con­sumers from their money (which is why busi­nesses, in re­al­ity, ex­ist).

And, in a for­ward way, some­thing sim­i­lar can be said about what hap­pens when Marx­ist ide­o­logues gather in the shad­ows. They dis­cuss how to strip We the Peo­ple of Con­sti­tu­tional rights, based on their Marx­ist the­o­rems. And that is ex­actly what has hap­pened with the advent of the Com­mon Core ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

The ar­gu­ment for the “ab­so­lute need” of Com­mon Core stan­dards is that they are the only way to pre­pare stu­dents for ca­reers and col­lege. Sup­pos­edly, with­out Com­mon Core stan­dards, our chil­dren will nei­ther be col­lege-ready nor ca­reer-ready.

And, while the bat­tle to re­sist Com­mon Core was be­ing fought by those of us who un­der­stood the sin­is­ter evil of what will be a forced pro­gram of ed­u­ca­tion, “The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had $4.35 bil­lion of Race to the Top fed­eral funds, and [said] states had to adopt ‘col­lege-and-ca­reer ready stan­dards’ if they wanted to be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for those funds.” (“The Big­gest Fal­lacy of the Com­mon Core Stan­dards,” Diane Rav­itch; 8/24/13)

As Rav­itch pointed out, ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions pub­lished full-page ad­ver­tise­ments in The New York Times and paid for tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials warn­ing that un­less Com­mon Core stan­dards were im­me­di­ately adopted, our econ­omy would be se­ri­ously threat­ened. The Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions, chaired by none other than Joel Klein and Con­doleezza Rice, warned that our national se­cu­rity was at risk un­less Com­mon Core was adopted with­out de­lay. (And peo­ple were brow­beat­ing me be­cause I said Rice was as much of a con­ser­va­tive as my right shoe, but I di­gress.)

Let me make this easy for you. Com­mon Core stan­dards are an across­the-board, pre-K to the end of your child’s ed­u­ca­tion, sys­tem of teach­ing whereby it is man­dated that ev­ery stu­dent be taught the ex­act same thing, and, for all in­tents and pur­poses, taught the ex­act same thing dur­ing the same pe­riod of time. In brief, it is a stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion that cre­ates au­toma­tons.

But let me back up to ask a ques­tion whose an­swer should be ob­vi­ous. If, as the so-called ex­perts are pos­tu­lat­ing, the fu­ture of Amer­ica will col­lapse with­out Com­mon Core, then some­one needs to tell me this: How did we sur­vive to be­come the great­est coun­try in his­tory, with a free-mar­ket cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem en­vied the world over, with­out it?

The sim­ple truth is that Com­mon Core is right out of Mao’s “Red­book” — his man­i­festo for com­mu­nism. Com­mon Core could very well be the fi­nal death-knell for the minds of our chil­dren. Text­books, ad nau­seum, will be uni­form. And while in the past, states such as Texas were able to dic­tate what text­books would be used in its schools, that abil­ity will be re­moved. Par­ents and school ad­min­is­tra­tors will have no say in what the chil­dren in their schools are taught. Most par­ents are un­aware of the dis­tor­tions, mis­in­for­ma­tion, and omis­sions in the text­books be­ing writ­ten by lib­er­als to­day. As a mat­ter of fact, most par­ents not only have no clue, but they have never even given thought to the ac­cu­racy of the books from which their chil­dren are be­ing taught.

Imag­ine your chil­dren at­tend­ing class­rooms like those un­der Mao Tse-tung the evil dic­ta­tor of Com­mu­nist China. That’s where Com­mon Core is tak­ing our chil­dren. It gives un­prece­dented con­trol of the minds of our chil­dren from their ear­li­est years. It also al­lows govern­ment to seg­re­gate our chil­dren, based on its dic­tates, into groups that it con­trols. And, just as sin­is­ter, it al­lows govern­ment to ul­ti­mately con­trol what is taught in pri­vate Chris­tian schools and in home school­ing. It has long been un­der­stood that the pub­lic school sys­tem wanted to do away with home school­ing.

Com­mon Core also al­lows govern­ment to dic­tate which chil­dren are ad­mit­ted to what schools and what ca­reer paths are avail­able to which chil­dren. I know, I know. You’re say­ing, “C’mon My­chal. You’re ex­ag­ger­at­ing and just try­ing to scare us.” To which I would ask: “Did chil­dren learn more be­fore Carter cre­ated the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, or af­ter it?” I would ask: “What have the bil­lions of tax dollars that have gone into pub­lic schools done to raise the level of ac­com­plish­ment by stu­dents?” I would re­mind you that, since the early 1980s, we have been told that all it takes is more money, and our chil­dren will be aca­demic stand­outs. In re­al­ity, bil­lions af­ter bil­lion of dollars have net­ted the same re­sults — di­min­ished stu­dent per­for­mance.

How did Amer­i­cans achieve the ad­vances in medicine, tech­nol­ogy, and science with­out Com­mon Core if we are now be­ing told we can­not sur­vive ed­u­ca­tion­ally and eco­nom­i­cally — and that our national se­cu­rity is threat­ened — un­less it is im­ple­mented?

Com­mon Core is a ruse to fur­ther en­trench com­mu­nism in Amer­ica. Obama’s govern­ment has built on what Carter, Clin­ton, and Bush started. And as Dr. Wal­ter Wil­liams noted, “Vladimir Lenin said, ‘Give me four years to teach chil­dren and the seed I have sown will never be up­rooted.’ That’s the [true] goal of the left­ist teach­ing agenda.”

My­chal S. Massie is the for­mer National Chair­man of the con­ser­va­tive black think tank, Pro­ject 21-The National Lead­er­ship Net­work of Black Con­ser­va­tives; and a mem­ber of its’ par­ent think tank, the National Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­search. You can find more at my­chal-massie. com.

MY­CHAL MASSIE COLUM­NIST

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