May 13, 2014

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Common Core: 2014′s Bipartisan Wedge Issue’) Is Up (See Updates)

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Money quote:

The default assumption has to be that anyone who still supports Common Core is uninformed, bought and sold, or an unapologetic statist.

Left on the cutting room floor: “Common Core for thine, but not for mine” (bolds are mine) —

For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

One of the big disconnects in Common Core advocacy is that a lot of the people who think the standards are vital to the future of America and want to see them implemented in public schools everywhere send their children to private schools that have not adopted the Core.

President Obama comes to mind: His daughters attend Sidwell Friends School, a private school in Washington that not only doesn’t have the Common Core but doesn’t subscribe to other Obama education reforms (like linking teacher pay with student test scores). Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation funded the creation of the Common Core, send their children to an elite private school in Seattle that doesn’t teach by the Core (and doesn’t seem to care a whit about some of the other education reform policies Gates supports).

Apparently they don’t follow what education historian and advocate Diane Ravitch wrote is the most famous line ever written by John Dewey:

“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.”

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UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: From Walter Hudson at PJ Media

The Obama administration has threatened to hold back federal funding from Indiana after the state dared to repeal Common Core standards, highlighting what may be the most pervasive obstacle to protecting individual rights – a corrupt federalism wherein state and local units of government are beholden to the feds.

This may explain why the Hoosier State passed a non-genuine repeal. Perhaps it was an attempt at appeasement — but it still wasn’t good enough for the Obama administration’s Department of Education thugs.

UPDATE 2, 6:20 P.M.: Intense thanks for the nice words to Richard Combs in a tweet“Best article I’ve seen on Common Core & how/why it’s resonating w/ voters.”

UPDATE 3, 8:25 p.m.: At the Daily Caller“Leftist, Terrorism-Inspiring Southern Poverty Law Center Labels Common Core Critics ‘Far-Right Extremists.’” Money paragraph:

The report largely ignores the large number of critics on the American political left, including the Chicago Teachers Union, who deplore Common Core because it mandates evermore standardized testing. It also largely ignores the complaints of a multitude of critics on the right, who oppose a technocratic takeover of public education that wrests education decisions out of the hands of local school boards and parents.

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