Thanks to grass-roots activism, limited-government think tanks, whistle-blowing educators and bloggers, vigilant local and state legislators, and tireless parents committed to protecting their children, the truth about federalized Common Core standards is spreading. Every voice counts. Glenn Beck and his team at The Blaze have done invaluable work exposing the corrupt, privacy-undermining Fed Ed scheme to a wider audience. Glenn and I have been underfire for joining education watchdogs and shedding light on the Common Core racket. Predictably, all of us Common Core opponents who challenge the constitutionality, effectiveness, conflicts of interest have been mocked and attacked as conspiracy-mongers and extremists.
Big Government Republicans like Jeb Bush (and before him, brother W. and father G.H.W.) have little regard for local control of education. They and their statist partners in both Big Business and the public school establishment have tried for decades to impose dumbed-down, politicized curricular conformity in America’s classrooms. As I’ve emphasized from the time I started covering “outcome-based education” in the early 1990s through “Goals 2000,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Race to the Top,” the bipartisan Fed Ed standards movement isn’t about raising standards at all. Whether under Bush or Obama, it’s about top-down control engineered through government-administered tests and left-wing textbook monopolies.
Some stalwart conservatives inside the RNC get it. They’re bucking the mooooooderate Republican line on Common Core and have put forth a resolution being considered this afternoon at the RNC spring meeting. I heard from one of the co-sponsors of the resolution today, who believes it will pass. I’ll update with developments.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting on a school bus in Homestead, Fla., near Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Miami-Dade police say a 13-year-old girl has died after she was shot by another student on the school bus in Homestead. (Photo: AP)