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Monday, October 21, 2013

NEA Is Conflicted about Common Core

The National Education Association, known as the NEA, held its big national annual convention in Atlanta this year. Somehow the delegates had a hard time lining up forcefully behind the adoption of the new national standards called Common Core. Of course, the NEA likes the aspect of Common Core that creates national standards and the fact that Common Core is clearly linked to Obama's plan to achieve national control over what public schools teach and don't teach, even though Common Core advocates continue to deny that the Obama Administration had a hand in writing the standards.

Obama's own Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, bragged about Obama's role in the birth of Common Core when he told a UNESCO meeting in Paris, "President Obama called on the nation's governors and state school chiefs to 'develop standards and assessments that don't simply measure whether students can fill in the bubbles on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving, and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity.'"

The bottom line is that the NEA union wants all American schools to adopt Common Core standards, but at the same time they don't want Common Core to affect teachers. One of the plans of Common Core is to relate students' performance on national tests, or assessments, to recognition of their teachers in terms of salaries, merit pay, and promotions. NEA members don't like that aspect at all. The NEA passed several "New Business Items" designed to protect teachers from Common Core. The NEA union wants American students to hurry up and adapt to Common Core standards and tests just so long as it doesn't affect teachers. On the other hand, the NEA apparently has no objection to Common Core building a data base containing massive collections of private information on all students from birth through college.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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