Educator: States Led Into Common Core Decision
Time and again state leaders say Common Core is “state led.” The mantra “state led” has been repeated from federal officials, the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers and other supporters.
Fact is, they’ve been sold a bill of goods for bait. The inspiring images that have been painted of more rigorous standards, “higher-order thinking skills” and highly educated “career and college ready” students are a mirage, luring state officials to stay the course as opposition from informed citizens intensifies.
Big government, big business and education progressives have prideful delusions that their creation will be the best ever. The builders “buy in” to get a part in the reform process. Some have tremendous financial investments, such as Bill Gates’ tab of more than $5 billion. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education got a Gates grant and is a major Common Core supporter, which influences state leaders and their policy. Also on board is the PTA, another Gates beneficiary. This is the tip of the iceberg but you see how it works. Then there’s the education industry that makes millions on tests and curriculum.
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