Update October 6th: Be sure to read Richard Falknor’s detailed discussion of Obama’s ‘Common Core’ curriculum, and learn what we must do if Romney is elected in November.
This isn’t going to be the definitive post on “regionalism,” or as Stanley Kurtz calls it “Obama’s war on the suburbs,” but if this frightening strategy to destroy local government control of planning (can you say Agenda 21/PlanMaryland!) and education is just dawning on you, as it is me!, this is a wake-up call to start learning about it!
They need centralized control to truly change America.
Strong local/county governments will be doomed if Obama and his radical pals get their way (heck! they are aiming for a world government in the end!).
I’ll be starting my education by reading Stanley Kurtz’s book: ‘Spreading the wealth: How Obama is robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities.”
Regionalism in Education—they want your kids!
Writing at Accuracy in Academia, Dr. Mary Grabar, after telling us about a Washington conference and the role Obama friend and mentor Bill Ayers plays in all of this, alerts us to not be fooled by “Common Core!” Hat tip: Janet
It is shocking that Obama Education Department officials would appear at a conference that also featured someone like Ayers. On the other hand, their boss, President Obama, worked with Ayers in Chicago, and this kind of collaboration is not entirely surprising. We are left, however, wondering about the precise nature of the role that Ayers is playing in the development of this federal education plan. But his participation in this conference clearly suggests he is playing a role of some kind.
At this three-day conference, Mr. Nevin Brown of Achieve, Inc., made a presentation on the “Common Core State Standards” Initiative. A recipient of the largesse of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Achieve would become a key player in revamping education under Common Core. Hence, Ayers was a major speaker at a conference that was involved in developing a new national curriculum. If Achieve has ever disavowed Ayers or his teaching methods, we could find no evidence of this on the public record.
The notion of a “Common Core” seems to recall E.D. Hirsch’s traditionalist Common Knowledge curriculum,*** which emphasizes the need for students to understand America’s cultural and national heritage. But Common Core is not that at all. Many have been fooled, and an estimated 80% of the public does not even know about Common Core.
Common Core is part of an effort to implement regionalism, the replacement of local governments by regional boards of federally appointed bureaucrats, who in turn are beholden to international bodies. Regionalism will eliminate the freedom parents now have in choosing neighborhoods with good schools because tax funds will be distributed equally. There will be no escape in home schooling or private schools either, because the curriculum will follow national tests. Students will be tracked through mandatory state records that will then be accessible to Washington bureaucrats. Ultimately, all students will be subject to education mandates implemented by Obama’s radical cronies.
Frankly, even if Republicans take control of Washington in January, we will all have to be alert that some of these concepts aren’t still percolating through the federal bureaucracy just waiting for the next radical President.
*** Thousands of home school families looking for a classically-focused education for their kids are aware of E.D. Hirsch’s “Common Knowledge” curriculum—a series of books beginning with “What your Kindergartner needs to know.”
LOL! I just pulled ‘What your second grader needs to know’ off a shelf and chapters include one on Western Civilization with subheadings like “Athens: Freedom’s Birthplace” and “Tug-of-War: Caught between Persians and Greeks.” I’ll bet that most American adults don’t know what a second grader is supposed to know according to Hirsch.
In searching around just now I see that there is great confusion and perhaps on purpose (the left is so good at appropriating language). By choosing the title “Common Core” they have indeed confused the public and it looks like they have roped in Hirsch himself! (No time today to look further).