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Friday, April 04, 2014

National Takeover of School Curriculum

Many people said Ho-Hum when Barack Obama threatened to change any law with his pen or phone, and used that power to personally alter Obamacare and the welfare law. But Americans are rising up by the tens of thousands to stop Common Core, which is the current attempt to compel all U.S. children to be taught the same material and not be taught other things parents might think important. Ever since Congress began pouring federal tax dollars into public schools, parents have been solicitous to have Congress write into law a prohibition against the federal government writing any curriculum or lesson plan, or imposing a uniform national curriculum. Parents want those decisions made at the local level by local school boards which are, or should be, subject to the watchful eyes of local citizens and parents. Parents are supported in this view by the U.S. Constitution which gives the federal government no power over education. Here is some of the repetitive language included in federal laws.

The 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act stated: "Nothing in this act" shall authorize any federal official to "mandate, direct, or control" school curriculum. The 1970 General Education Provisions Act stipulates that "no provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any" federal agency or official "to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, or selection of instructional materials by any" school system. The 1979 law that created the Department of Education forbids it to exercise "any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum."

Despite all those emphatic words, the trendy expensive new curriculum called Common Core is artfully designed to impose de facto national uniformity while pretending comply with federal prohibitions.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Expensive" yes. CCC requires that every student has a hand held computer. The LA School district has already spent $30 million to get hand helds for poor kids.

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