Last night as I listened to Lauri Day discuss the Common Core curriculum at the Campaign for Liberty monthly meeting, I had a growing feeling of horror.
I knew Common Core was bad, but it is something far more dastardly than most of us imagine. If you’ve ever lifted a rug or floorboard in a house only to find underneath the normal looking top hordes of worms, snakes and rats swarming, well, that was my feeling. You realize the problem is much greater than you thought, much uglier, more widespread and threatening the very structure of the house.
As Ms. Day explained to the crowd of 65-76 people at Jason’s deli on Highland, the Core Curriculum program burst upon the scene. “Parents don’t know about it; local school boards weren’t really informed about it and even state legislators still don’t really know about it. The public mostly thinks it’s OK. They think it is state-lead and think the state legislature has looked this over. They think it’s OK. No. Some legislators are clueless. What is happening to teachers, school boards and parents is nefarious.”
To those who are unfamiliar with the Core curriculum, it’s been called No Child Left Behind on steroids. The CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) aims to develop a set of national K-12 standards in education. It was developed outside of input by parents or legislators by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc. and through the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Sound benign? Well, Ms. Day notes it operates by private interests and wonders why we need new, imposed standards. “Haven’t we always had benchmarks and standards?” she asks. Currently 46 states have adopted the Core Curricula without knowing much about it.
Why is the Obama administration moved so fast on this now? Ms. Day quotes Lincoln for her answer, “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow.”
Tomorrow: What is it all about?