I'd like to interject some facts and analysis about what I know of the Common Core standards that have taken over recent opinion articles and headlines. Unfortunately, I believe that many have the wrong idea of Common Core, and some teachers are misinformed. As a recent letter writer points out, the system of Common Core is implemented as little more than a federalized national education standard.
This is true, and with the correlation that former Department of Education Senior Policy Adviser of the Reagan administration, Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt points out: "We don't want Common Core even if it teaches the Ten Commandments. The reason is this: Common Core is a product of the federal government and no matter what kind of curriculum/assessment it imposes on us, it can be changed at the whim of the federal government. The United States Department of Education in bed with Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)." She also comments that this covers all schools, public, private and chartered. They are all under federal control.
For even that fact, Common Core is concerning. The Common Core standards go all the way to the top, and it involves the United Nations. Again, as a recent letter writer pointed out, Common Core is very closely knit with what the U.N. outlined in their agenda for the 21st Century, otherwise called Agenda 21, which was written in the mid-1970s. Agenda 21, among other things, imposes through outreach arms like UNESCO and international economic and education planning commissions like OECD, to help develop and implement educational standards and awareness in all member nations. The United States had for many years relied on local boards to set goals on the individual standards of each school and district, in line with the general principle of passing down generalized knowledge in an academic way to preserve, enhance, and further the culture.
However, in 1979, the Department of Education was created prior to Ronald Reagan entering office. Reagan had promised that he would shut down the DoE for the reason that it would ultimately impose national standards throughout the United States at the behest of federal government, which is very closely like what Karl Marx stated in his Communist Manifesto: "Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of child factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production." This is the tenth plank of that manifesto.
Low and behold, the Department of Education exists today and has partnered through so-called regional organizations that are often tied to the U.N. or are funded by separate entities like the Ford, Rockefeller or Carnegie Foundations. Common Core, which has been in the works for at least the past five or six years is such a plan, to implement a nationwide sweep of federalized goals and standardized testing. It is interesting to also read another letter writer's recent letter in the Times about Common Core not truly being a "state-led initiative" at all. Outlining that Common Core originated with the ... "National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, both of which are private networking associations incubated in Washington, D.C., and neither of which have any legislative authority." Many members of these bodies, however, are legislators or leaders in state and federal government, or have influence on policy in both. Then take a look at who is funding these bodies, and it becomes clearer how these so-called initiatives are being funded trickle-down style through the aforementioned "philanthropic" organizations and grants via the federal government.
Once these organizations have taken to their plan, the federal government embraces it through the DoE which implement the policy that the members respectively vote on once the states are issued the ability to use the new standards. This is quite disturbing, that organizations can collude and operate without public knowledge or ability to block the plans, and then not have any say on whether their state should have adopted the new standards at all.
Now, we have the Department of Education since 1980, and our curriculum and overall testing and scores are so low today that it seems a perfect time to come to the rescue with something so new and wonderful (sarcasm, folks) as Common Core which promises much, and only furthers brainwashing. And [sic] it is far worse than No Child Left Behind, zero tolerance, and Project BEST all rolled into one. This is eery considering that Common Core follows the same meme to the nth degree of psychologist B.F. Skinner's operant conditioning, that public education should be outcome based and rewarded or punished likewise to create a conditioning in students to instill mass social obedience. According to Common Core's website front page: "... our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy." Charlotte Iserbyt says likewise that, no matter what politician or organizer you ask, their stated goal is to create "a better workforce for tomorrow." In other words, as Agenda 21 points out, the plan is for each one of us to be global citizens whose goal it is to produce only for the common good. I know it sounds crazy, but this is essentially the message that the United Nations is working towards, and states inside of the agenda for the 21st Century.
The Common Core standards are a literal and convenient way to implement federal control over all school education and to push international ideologues into them as well, where they cannot be changed or challenged. Local boards of education cannot change the curriculum or opt out of teaching it in their district schools once they're adopted. This is scary. This is nothing more than an international scheme that has been pushed upon U.N. member nations through OECD and UNESCO to promote Agenda 21.
I'm not worried with what is in the curriculum of Common Core, because all that is nuance of the greater issue that Common Core is little more a line that has been sold to us and accepted to implement a Sovietized education system in the United States that closely organizes with industry and broader goals set forth by the United Nations in their agenda for the 21st Century. This ought to be alarming to all. The issues we discuss shouldn't be about whether these so-called standards are "tough enough" or "in line with other nations standards," but rather who wrote them, where did Common Core come from, and why do we need them? How can we focus on academics and less on standards, and how do they tie in with broader plans that are not yet fully apparent? Why aren't we proverbially "following the money?" Our nation must realize that it is being sucked into a greater world order and is losing its independence. Education is something that is a very big issue here and it affects us all. What better way to indoctrinate and cause mass change in an entire nation, than through the textbooks that our children will be taught from?
I'll leave you with a quote that Charlotte Iserbyt recalls often by C.S. Lewis, saying that: "When education is bested by training, civilization dies."
And I say: Stop and think.
Sam Ludtman lives in Reno.