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February 4, 2014

Beware The Common Core Subterfuge

     Once again the issue of Common Core has raised its ugly head.  I have written extensively on this topic, but in case you are unfamiliar with exactly what it is, Common Core is an educational initiative that seeks to remove local control in education in favor of national curriculum and standards.  In other words, the Federal Government seems to think that it is better qualified to dictate a uniform standard for Pre-K through college curricula; which by the way includes the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and then track them.
     First and foremost, I do not think (other than national security) that the Federal Government can administer anything better than state and local authorities; especially when it comes to how we educate our children.  When bureaucrats take the control away from parents, standards for what (and how) our children are taught become the exclusive prerogative of the State/Regime.  Then "education" is in danger of becoming biased or misleading at the least; and a powerful tool for propaganda, at the worst.
     After being unmasked for the deception it was, the Common Core initiative was beat back by vigilant parents, teachers and state education panels.  Then, as reported by the website RedStatenone other than former Arkansas Governor, and Fox News host, Mike Huckabee tried to re-invent Common Core as an educational goal to be supported:  “Parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of—they are something to embrace.”
     But here is why RedState raised the warning flag on Huckabee:  From 2004 to 2006, Governor Huckabee chaired the Education Commission for the States (ECS), which had established the national standards for Kindergarten - High School curriculum back in 2001.  During his tenure, he made no attempt to roll back any of the reforms that removed local control.  In 2004, he participated in the task force for “Redesigning the American High School” chaired by Democrat Governor Mark Warner of Virginia. This task force was funded in large part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which seeks to align education standards both nationally and internationally.  (I'm sorry, but anything that the Elitist Gates is involved with, naturally raises my hackles).  These very reforms that came out of this task force are the foundation of Common Core.
     As the American public became educated on the dangers of Common Core, Huckabee was forced to tell his TV audience, back in December, that he no longer supported the standards.  HOWEVER, he sang a different tune when, as reported by Breitbart, he attended a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), one of the organizations that created the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  At the meeting, Huckabee urged state education officials to get rid of the “Common Core” name because it has become “toxic.”  Furthermore, “Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” Huckabee reportedly told CCSSO members.  Doesn't exactly sound like he's renounced the standards, does it?
     But it looks as if he's not the only one who is advocating a simple name change, or "rebranding", to continue the propagation of the unpopular State Standards.  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has used an executive order to purge the name “Common Core” from the standards and refer to them, instead, as "Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards".  And, in Iowa, the Common Core standards are now called "The Iowa Core", and in Florida, the push is on to delete the words “Common Core” from official education documents and replace them with "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards."  Apparently, the Elitists in the New World Order think we can be easily fooled.  I'm sorry, you can give it a fancy new name if you want, but you can't hide this fact  .... "the deliberate diminishment of the intellectual level of the content of schooling and education" is nothing less than "dumbing down" our kids.  If they can make everyone think alike, and go along with the "State program", then free and critical thinking will be a thing of the past, and render a compliant and docile citizenry.  
      So I implore you to investigate your state and local education systems; attend school board meetings and get involved!  We must be allowed to develop free and independent thinkers; those who will challenge us to be better than average.  Perpetuating "commonness" lowers results; it does not raise the bar.  In my opinion, the Common Core standards run the risk of reducing Education to Indoctrination.  Education should promote Learning ... the excitement of discovery and reaching for new heights in knowledge, skills and practices.   Finally, we should heed the warning in 2 Timothy, Chapter 3 ... "always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth."

2 Colossians 2:8   "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."
     

     

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