CommonCore controversy

It would appear our power grabbing U.S. government survived the backlash against the controversial implementation of Common Core State Standards in our education system. Sadly, many citizens have no idea what this is all about. The stage had to be set years ago and the players had to be in place in order for such a radical agenda to be enacted.

To parallel education, there has also been a tragic moral decline since author of the First Amendment, Fischer Ames, made this statement in 1800:

We’ve become accustomed of late to putting little books in the hands of children containing fables with moral lessons. We are spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principle text in our schools. The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other man made book.

The whole point of education standards is to drive curriculum. Standards – in this case, Common Core tests – are the road map that determines what gets taught nationwide in the classroom; the curriculum simply adds the details. This is certainly not a new battle.

Longtime member of the American Federation of Teachers, author of the Humanist Manifesto, and progressive philosopher, John Dewey (1859-1952), has had tremendous influence on American education. Dewey said “You can’t make socialists out of individualists.”

John Dewey was able to influence public school curricula with the help of grants from the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations through which he implemented teacher training programs. It appears several of the goals of these foundations were similar to Dewey’s agenda: to mold young people through the public school system, eliminate tradition and scholarship, create a strong class (or caste) system, overthrow faith and family values (the influence of Christianity), and prepare children for a future global job market.

The “class system” ideology is a tenet of Marxism and should be cast from our shores forever, but many Americans have been manipulated by the marketing of class warfare and socialism. Some Americans may not see the recent education transformation because it has been gradual and too many citizens have become apathetic.

Testifying before the Colorado State Board of Education last November, Chinese immigrant and mother of three, Lily Tang Williams declared:

“Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China. I grew up under Mao’s regime and we had the Communist-dominated education — nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination.

“I came to this country for freedom and I cannot believe this is happening all over again in this country,” she continued. “I don’t know what happened to America, the Shining City on the Hill…”

To be honest, many Americans don’t know what happened to this country either!

Williams went on the share her concerns and explained that Chinese children are trained to be massive skilled workers for corporations rather than independent thinkers. It appears with the invasion of Common Core we are taking a page out of history.

It was John D. Rockefeller who once said, “I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”

The following is an excerpt from The Cost of Our Silence, chapter 12 – “Common Core and Eroding Education.”

From American patriots to world dictators to the average citizen, people have understood education is crucial to a society. For over a century, individuals have been seeking to capture the minds of children through public schools.

In the mid-1990s during the Clinton administration, an effort was underway to push through national education standards, starting with the subject of history. The standards contained such anti-American and politically correct material, the agenda failed miserably. This led to Senate Resolution 66 (S.RES.66), “A resolution to prevent the adoption of certain national history standards,” and on January 20, 1995, the United States Senate voted against the proposed history standards, 99 to 1.

From their failed attempt, national curriculum advocates and the Left learned several things, including: Do not refer to the curriculum standards as “national” or “federal;” implement the standards quickly and quietly before parents, legislators, taxpayers, and teachers have a chance to review them; do not begin by trying to change a controversial subject such as history; and start with less threatening subjects such as English and math.

From their failed attempt, national curriculum advocates and the Left learned several things, including: Do not refer to the curriculum standards as “national” or “federal;” implement the standards quickly and quietly before parents, legislators, taxpayers, and teachers have a chance to review them; do not begin by trying to change a controversial subject such as history; and start with less threatening subjects such as English and math.

We should have seen obvious red flags regarding the government’s implementation of Common Core State Standards in public schools. It was a recipe for confusion and corruption when (1) Most American parents had never heard of Common Core, (2) Many teachers didn’t even know how to explain the standards, and (3) The Left vehemently attacked anyone who opposed Common Core. The entire project was funded by a power-hungry government, special interest groups, and wealthy elites – not necessarily in that order.

Joy Pullmann of the Heartland Institute warned:

People who characterize Common Core as anything other than a national takeover of schooling are either unaware of these sweeping implications or are deliberately hiding this information from the public.

The education exodus from Judeo-Christian principles has been by design and has now become the norm. Humanism, Islam, and atheism have been welcomed while Christianity has been expelled.

Recent history [including public school policies] has proven Jesus Christ will not be tolerated by the National Education Association (NEA). This is not to say there are no committed Christian teachers or administrators in public schools, but at best they are missionaries with little influence in a pagan system. We need to pray for the small number of our brothers and sisters in Christ whose hands are tied, but are trying to do their job as educators while remaining faithful to the Lord at the same time – a daunting task.

Plenty of information is now available on Common Core, much of it extremely concerning, and yet people have little idea what the controversy is about. Americans generally give others the benefit of the doubt on most things – including changes in education. Parents tend to trust those in charge of enacting laws and making decisions regarding public schools. Most American parents would never have considered the possibility the government would force its way into the education system to influence, program, and teach children anything other than what would benefit them after high school. This is part of the problem because a naïve, blind trust breeds apathy and ignorance.

…The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is run by progressives, and the liberal NEA is a far cry from the teacher’s union of years ago when both of my parents were educators. The NEA is a major progressive lobbying group for the Democratic Party, having supported every single Democratic presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. In the lopsided education system, liberal values are encouraged and promoted while conservative values are discouraged and often attacked.

Knowing government supports the antithesis of Christianity, if the ED is not allowing, endorsing, or teaching principles and standards from the Bible, whose standards do you suppose they are supporting – and at what cost?

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