Heritage Report: Common Core and the Centralization of American Education

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The Heritage Foundation released a new report this month entitled Common Core and the Centralization of American Education. It is co-written by several well known names in the fight to oppose Common Core:

  • Lindsey M. Burke is the Will Skillman Fellow for Education in Domestic Policy Studies, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.
  • Neal McCluskey is director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute.
  • Theodor Rebarber is CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks.
  • Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to National Review Online.
  • William A. Estrada is director of federal relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association.
  • Williamson M. Evers is a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Lindsey Burke who was the editor of the paper wrote in the introduction:

Stop a federal bureaucrat, a school teacher, and a parent on the street and you will likely hear three different observations about what education can, and should, do. The federal bureaucrat may respond in terms of what education should accomplish for the nation; the teacher might filter her response through the lens of her classroom; and the parent, naturally, will think in aspirational terms of what she hopes education can do for her child.

Considering these differing perspectives on the purpose of education provides insight into why opposition to Common Core has been strongest among parents and why national organizations and governors—responding to federal incentives to stick with the national standards and tests—have been slower to reverse course or even reconsider. National standards may provide useful information to state and federal policymakers, but they have driven curriculum and pedagogy in a direction that dissatisfies parents.

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3 thoughts on “Heritage Report: Common Core and the Centralization of American Education

  1. Fighting CC is going after the symptom and ignoring the disease. Public education was sick before CC and before NCLB. People who believe that getting rid of CC will fix things are deluded. The body has terminal cancer and we are wasting our energy on the scab on our nose. WE NEED EMERGENCY SURGERY! I
    Small, local private schools are the only solution and are needed to preserve our republic. Another generation of indoctrinated Millenials will destroy us. The current system must be dismantled. We need a massive parent boycott. Take your children out!

    1. Richard Davis: Sometimes to treat the seriously ill, you have to triage your problems by order of acuity and by order of what can and should be done in a logical sequence. Stabilizing the patient must precede surgery and at the risk of taking an analogy too far, you have correctly narrowed the differential diagnosis in root cause analysis. The root cause however is not necessarily the school system or the department of education, which are indeed afflicted. The cause is much deeper and has been festering for the better part of the past century. A contagion has overtaken our educational system beginning with our Normal Universities (teacher’s colleges) in the northeast. Elitist progressives in both parties and in concert with the leadership of nearly every sector in our society have been working towards a corporate-statist goal with a view towards a unified world governance. What does anyone think was underlying the Trump campaigns “revelations” about Heidi Cruz’ ties to the CFR? Once you understand the history of that organization and the one behind it, you will have found the root cause. Now, can the patient survive the surgery? Is surgery, emergent or otherwise really feasible? Surgery can help relieve an abscess (DofEd) but it can only achieve limited goals when the illness is a contagion spread systemically. It requires a different therapeutic approach.

  2. Public education is run by a criminal cabal of big government politicians and bureaucrats, big labor bosses and big business corporate crony pals of the politicians. They want to manipulate you and your children for power and money. They don’t care about children or teachers. Indoctrination of children into socialist ideas and immorality is a strategy for maintaining a permanent liberal majority of dependent slaves and low information voters. How does the Ron Clark Academy manage to educate poor children better than the government schools? Start with discipline. They don’t have to permit disruptive behavior because it is a private school. They focus on real education. They don’t waste time on Marxist social justice indoctrination, Muslim prayers, “environmental” education, sexual perversion education (recruiting for sodomy), and all of the other liberal bullshit. In short, they are more interested in educating than indoctrinating. The children take the same stupid assessments that the public schools take, but it doesn’t prevent the teachers from teaching. Government education is like every other government program; inefficient and wasteful. The vested interests (unions, employees, politicians and business cronies profiting from the system) always clamor for more money. We must abandon the notion that it is the government’s responsibility to educate every child. The government education system, like all government programs, will continue to decline until it ends up on the trash heap of history. People with brains and resources who care about their children know enough to home school or use private education. It is notable that more teachers per capita send their children to private schools than the general population. Stop the ridiculous efforts to SAVE OUR SCHOOLS! OPT OUT of public schools!

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