Why do so many parents loathe Common Core? Make no mistake about it, the popularity regarding Common Core among a growing number parents is sinking faster than a submarine with screen doors. In fact, the more Americans know about Common Core, the less they like the standards. In fact, just 33% support the standards while 59% oppose Common Core according to the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
What Common Core Principles Are Parents Objecting To?
It is impossible to answer this question definitively within the context of this article. However,
In 1999, an estimated 850,000 students nationwide were being home-schooled. By 2011-12, that number had more than doubled to 1.77 million. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 91% of parents who home-schooled their children during the 2011-12 school year cited concerns about the school environment including Common Core, safety, drugs and peer pressure and freedom of religious instruction.
We live in a time where education is under siege from every angle and a growing number are choosing to pull their children out of school to seek alternative ways to educate them.
The Origins of Common Core
Associates of the old communist terrorist group known as the Weathermen Underground are behind much of Common Core. The Common Core standards were not developed by and did not come from state legislatures and local school boards as they are supposed to do under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. Common Core was funded, developed and owes their origins to two Washington, D.C. trade organizations, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), through their contractor Achieve, Inc., with generous funding from the Gates Foundation and other private philanthropies. The Gates Foundation? No wonder we have such strict vaccine enforcement in the public schools when considers Gates’ involvement.
Not one shred of research exists which demonstrates the viability of Common Core. Our children are the guinea pigs and with the billions being paid out to the states, it is sure that cash-strapped states will be very hesitant to withdrawn from the biggest boondoggle in education history.
Common Core Developers Have Questionable Motives and Backgrounds.
.Common Core standardized test creator Linda Darling-Hammond was President Obama’s top choice for education secretary but was never nominated because of her controversial communist (leftist) political views. Hammond is a close friend and associate of domestic terrorist, from the Weathermen Underground convicted felon, turned educators, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorne. By the way, Ayers and Dorne launched Obama’s political career from the living room on their Chicago home. Their relationship continues into the present time as it is on record that Ayers visited the White House.
- Regionalism government, or the replacement of local governments by federally appointed bureaucrats
- A leveling of all schools to one, low national standard, and a redistribution of education funds among school districts
- An effective federal tracking of all students
- The loss of the option of avoiding the national curriculum and tests through private school and home school.
First Lady Michelle Obama urged schoolchildren to monitor their parents for racially insensitive comments because Federal laws can only go so far in stopping racism and it is everybody’s duty to stop racism. Dr. David Pook is a professor at Granite State College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He’s also the chair of the History Department and one of the primary authors of the Common Core Standards. Pook stated that he helped to write Common Core because “white privilege was not earned“. And we wonder if the Justice Department is agitating the race riots in Ferguson.
The Common Core Data Mining of Our Children Is Out of Control
I grew up in a time when our teachers told us about the Soviet practice of having young school children spy upon their parents and this information would be gathered by teachers and passed on to the state for their consideration and action. A very similar practice is taking place today inside of many of Common Core based schools. Now, under Common Core, the parents are developing the autonomous capability to spy upon children and their families through new pilot programs.
Some schools use radio frequency identification tags to track student location throughout the school day. Other schools use what is referred to as “human monitoring services” that read student email and then contact local law enforcement when it is deemed necessary. Amazingly, the parents of the children whose privacy is being violated will never know what data is being collected or how the data will be used.
InBloom is one of those companies who has access to your children’s most sensitive data. InBloom is a nonprofit corporation based in Atlanta, and they have granted themselves the authority to collect information from Atlanta’s school district databases and store it in the cloud. Did you as a parent give permission to them to store your child’s personal information? This is a clear violation of you child’s FERPA (student privacy protections). Was I asleep when all American parents sign a waiver granting permission to these private vendors to violate the privacy rights of our children?
InBloom has the backing of the enemy of the common man, namely Bill and Melinda Gates. Bill Gates has donated $100 million in seed money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to InBloom. If the readers have read my recent articles on Ebola and the subsequent vaccines, complete with all the accompanying chicanery, then you realize that the American people should recoil in repulsion to any endeavor that Bill Gates is involved in, especially when it comes to our children. Is anyone else sick of Bill Gates yet? Whether it is the Ebola vaccine or being the original computer robber baron of the modern age, Gates seemingly has his hand in every pie. We desperately need to get this despot out of our children’s lives.
This data mining insanity has already spread into nine states. Every test score and every interaction with a digital learning tool is recorded. Data gathering includes health, fitness and sleeping habits, sexual activity, prescription drug use, alcohol use and disciplinary matters. Students’ attitudes, sociability and even “enthusiasm” are quantified, analyzed, recorded and dropped into giant data systems. New York State has already uploaded data on 90% of 2.7 million public school and charter school students.
Most Colorado parents have no idea of the conspiracy that is on track for full implementation by the 2015-2016 school year. The Colorado version of this insanity, being implemented by TS Gold with a $30 million dollar grant, measures the “whole child.” The whole child is education talk for complete data mining invasiveness which measures children’s social compliance to authority as the central theme.
Nowhere are the invasive privacy and FERPA violating practices more alive than they are in Colorado where they are beta testing these programs. Common Core advocates love to use the term, the “Whole Child”. This terms means that Common Core contracted corporations such, TS Gold and InBloom, are not just testing for “literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts,” but also for “developmental domains including social emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.” Students are rated and recorded on their ability to do things like “respond to emotional cues,” “interact cooperatively” and “cooperate and share ideas and materials in socially acceptable ways.” Aren’t these the personality traits that would enable one to effectively operate within the marxist-communist paradigm where independent thought is discouraged and even shunned?
Colorado teachers are being forced to upload student observational data derived from video and audio recordings as well as from teacher observations. The information is stored on “the cloud” and parents are unable to find out who has access to their children’s data. Is the data secure? How long will the data be stored? The data storage is often referred to as P 20. This means that this data mining of our children takes place at least from preschool through their entry into the labor force. Certainly, this gives educrats such as Bill Gates the opportunity to access the data and devise unproven programs to sell back to the states in which opportunists such as Gates can make even more money. Within two years to four years, these practices are to be rolled out across the country after the data has been gathered from the pilot programs.
Have you, as a parent considered the long term implications and threats posed to the future well-being of our children by allowing the schools to data mine every possible detail about your child.
With regard to the violation of student privacy and the usurpation of the parental authority, parents are acquiescing to this illegitimate authority. Today, 42,000 Colorado children are subjected to this tyranny. In the 2015-2016 school year, every child in Colorado will be falling under this totalitarian umbrella that Hitler,Stalin and the East German Stasi would be envious of.
The Moral Transgressions of Common Core
In the 2008 election cycle, “The Communist Party USA backs Obama to the hilt.” It is clear that Obama was their man! Are you surprised?
Some of the Common Core materials which are used in the classroom are decidedly anti-marriage while espousing the virtues of being single as opposed to being married. Sex ed practices are causing parents to relinquish control of the moral education of their children in favor of a “one size fits all” secular approach.
Perhaps the most infamous example of how Common Core will manifest itself in America’s schooling system was illustrated by a bizarre video in which a Common Core curriculum director said that 3 x 4 = 11 could be considered a correct answer so long as students could explain how they reached that number. This seemingly innocent, yet ignorant statement sets the stage for moral relativism. And speaking about moral relativism, Common Core curriculum in some schools teaches children controversial sexual practices including the teaching of how to use artificial sexual apparatuses to children!
Common Core is about communism in the same manner as what we are witnessing in the Ferguson special interest groups, the affordable care act and Obama’s plethora of executive orders. The spirits of Mao, Lenin and Stalin are coalescing in modern day America and one of their favorite byproducts is Common Core.
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When we look at the board cross-section of reasons of why homeschooling has doubled in the past decade and increased by 14% in the past year alone, it is understandable that America’s parents are beginning to vote with their feet. In future articles, I will examine the substandard nature of the Common Core’s educational standards. In the meantime, homeschooling works pass it on. Exercising your right to educate your own child may prevent the manufacturing of another communist.
Dave Hodges is the Editor and Host of The Common Sense Show.