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Friday, July 05, 2013

Why Parents Don't Like Common Core

Common Core is the name of the new school curriculum that government will be forcing on all schoolchildren. But there is one aspect to Common Core that parents find particularly objectionable. Common Core also means gathering and storing all sorts of private information on every schoolchild into a longitudinal database from birth through all levels of schooling, plus giving government the right to share and exchange this nosy information with other government and private agencies. This type of government surveillance and control of individuals is the mark of a totalitarian government. Common Core reminds us of how Communist China gathered nosy information on all its schoolchildren, stored it in manila folders called dangans, and then turned the file over to the kid's employer when he left school. Several years ago, the New York Times published a picture of a giant Chinese warehouse containing hundreds of thousands of these folders. That was in the pre-internet era when information was stored on paper. Now data collection and storage are efficiently managed on computers.

Common Core is encrusted with lies. It is not, as advertised, written by the "states." It is a national project created in secret without any input from teachers or state legislatures or local school boards or teachers. It is not "internationally benchmarked"; that never happened. The readings assigned in the CC English standards are 50% "informational" texts instead of great American and English literature and classics. The result is that Common Core readings are very political. One suggested reading is a salestalk for government health care (such as ObamaCare). Another suggested reading selection is global warming propaganda. Some of the fiction suggested is worthless and even pornographic.

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