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Rotten to the Core: Conservatives spearhead drive at RNC meeting to stop Common Core

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 10, 2013 02:58 PM

Thanks to grass-roots activism, limited-government think tanks, whistle-blowing educators and bloggers, vigilant local and state legislators, and tireless parents committed to protecting their children, the truth about federalized Common Core standards is spreading. Every voice counts. Glenn Beck and his team at The Blaze have done invaluable work exposing the corrupt, privacy-undermining Fed Ed scheme to a wider audience. Glenn and I have been under fire for joining education watchdogs and shedding light on the Common Core racket. Predictably, all of us Common Core opponents who challenge the constitutionality, effectiveness, conflicts of interest have been mocked and attacked as conspiracy-mongers and extremists.

Big Government Republicans like Jeb Bush (and before him, brother W. and father G.H.W.) have little regard for local control of education. They and their statist partners in both Big Business and the public school establishment have tried for decades to impose dumbed-down, politicized curricular conformity in America’s classrooms. As I’ve emphasized from the time I started covering “outcome-based education” in the early 1990s through “Goals 2000,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Race to the Top,” the bipartisan Fed Ed standards movement isn’t about raising standards at all. Whether under Bush or Obama, it’s about top-down control engineered through government-administered tests and left-wing textbook monopolies.

Some stalwart conservatives inside the RNC get it. They’re bucking the mooooooderate Republican line on Common Core and have put forth a resolution being considered this afternoon at the RNC spring meeting. I heard from one of the co-sponsors of the resolution today, who believes it will pass. I’ll update with developments.

Here’s the full text of the resolution, via Shane Vander Hart at Truth in American Education. The takeaway: Common Core is not “state-led,” never piloted, undermines choice, threatens student/family privacy, and is  ”an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform…”

Exactly.

RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS

WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace, (1.) and

WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and

WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum (2.), the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and

WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and

WHEREAS, the CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee, as stated in the 2012 Republican Party Platform, “do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level,” (p35)(3.), which is best based on a free market approach to education for students to achieve individual excellence; and, be it further

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is– an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived “normal,” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Republican National Committee rejects thecollection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state, and be it finally

RESOLVED, the 2012 Republican Party Platform specifically states the need to repeal the numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools, (p36) (3.); and therefore, the Republican National Committee rejects this CCSS plan which creates and fits the country with a nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.

References:

1. www.corestandards.org

2.  Federal Law 20 USC 1232a-Sec. 1232a. and The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Pub.L. 89-10, 79 Stat. 27, 20 US.C. ch. 70.

http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/prohibition-against-federal-control-19195093

3.  http://www.gop.com/rnc_counsel/

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Rotten to the Core series:

Attention, parents: Common Core opt-out form now available

Rotten to the Core, Part 4: The Feds’ Invasive Student Tracking Database

Rotten to the Core, Part 3: Lessons from Texas and the Growing Grassroots Revolt

Rotten to the Core, Part 2: Readin’, writin’ and deconstructionism

Rotten to the Core, Part 1: Obama’s War on Academic Standards

Rotten to the Core: Reader feedback from the frontlines

My child’s Common Core-aligned Algebra book is crap

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Stay on top of #stopcommoncore news and network with other social media activists, scholars, and parents: -Subscribe to my Stop Common Core Twitter list here.

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On a related note, via The Blaze: ‘LET GO OF THE SYSTEM’: HOW CAN PARENTS & TEACHERS STOP CSCOPE?

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Previous:

Fuzzy math: A nationwide epidemic

Everyday Math = junk

Obama’s Sputter-nik moment: Cash for Education Clunkers

January 2005: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, ACT II

February 2005: THE REVOLT AGAINST NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Stupid education fad of the day: “Mayan Math”

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More resources/background/links:

Barry Garelick: A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards

EmpoweredGA.org – Georgia activists: Hereherehere and here.

Pennsylvania revolt against TERC Investigations math.

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/

http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/

Indiana: hoosiersagainstcommoncore.com

http://stopcommoncore.com/

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And more:

“Related Websites” from Truth in American Education has links to all of the following:

Alabamians United for Excellence in Education
Arizonans Against Common Core
Californians United Against Common Core
Closing the Door on Innovation Why One National Curriculum Is Bad for America
Common Core: Education Without Representation
Common Core Facts
Hoosiers Against Common Core
Keep Education Local
Missouri Coalition Against Common Core
Pioneer Institute Public Policy Research: Academic Standards
Stop Common Core: Reclaiming Local Control in Education
Tennessee Against Common Core
United States Coalition for World Class Math: Common Core Standards
Utahns Against Common Core
Utah’s Republic: Common Core Standards
Where’s the Math? Common Core State Standards
Where’s the Math? Standard Algorithms in the Common Core State Standards

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