Data at the Core of Education

The Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina has stepped forward to question his state’s involvement in the Common Core Curricula. Dan Forest has a list of 200 questions he wants the superintendent of schools to answer regarding that program.

Ann Kane at Americanthinker.com commends Forest.

It doesn’t appear that anyone checked out the ramifications of the CCSS before the state adopted them in 2010. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the standards on June 2, 2010, and North Carolina’s SBE adopted them two days later. There was no legislative debate and no real public debate (there was a two-month window for public comments, but who knew?).

In his inquiry, Lt. Gov. Forest broaches the topic of international standards under the section entitled “Development of Standards” when he asks, “Who created the international standards to which the CCSS is benchmarked?” Maybe he knows the answer already, but he wants to see if the chief of schools knows it.

In a chilling quote from a globalist who is head of “Indicators and Analysis Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Directorate for Education,” we read the ideology behind the rhetoric:

It is only through such benchmarking that countries can understand relative strengths and weaknesses of their education system and identify best practices and ways forward. The world is indifferent to tradition and past reputations, unforgiving of frailty and ignorant of custom or practice. Success will go to those individuals and countries which are swift to adapt, slow to complain, and open to change.

So tradition, custom, and practice must be thrown into the trash bin. The report is rife with language more appropriate to a socialist state than a republic. The opening statement in the report claims, “We are living in a world without borders.” Really? Tell that to China and Finland, the two countries to whom education reformers constantly compare the U.S.

Politicians are lying when they say standards “are state-based, state-led, and voluntary.” The government uses money, such as Race to the Top funds, to coerce states into accepting this without any input from legislators or voters.

Another reason for Common Core is the data mining operation that helped Obama win reelection. In education, they intend to use information to “equalize learning outcomes.” That means the U.S. will be in compliance with other countries and other countries’ standards.

The author of Common Core, David Coleman, shockingly admits the nexus between education and political manipulation in this speech where he lavishes praise on the Obama campaign directors:

All the people he uses are on the left.

Once they can imposes these standards they can get rid of opposing thought and manipulate thinking. Students will be taught to value world views, a diminished role of America and the end of American exceptionalism. It’s scary stuff.

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