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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

My Child Is Not Common

The New York Times published an interesting color picture of moms, both white and African-American, who were demonstrating against the plan to impose so-called Common Core standards on all children.

The moms carried signs that said “My Child Is Not Common.” Common Core is scheduled to take over the testing of all U.S. kids, pre-K to grade 12, but parents are saying “no way” in every way they can.

Common Core was rapidly adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia before anybody read the standards. Four states rejected it from the outset: Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.

Those of us who have been speaking and writing against national control of education for years are amazed at the way parents are coming out of their kitchens to protest. None of the previous attempts by the progressives to nationalize public school curriculum created anything like this kind of grassroots uprising.

Bad education fads started some fifty years ago with Whole Language, which cheated generations of school kids out of learning how to read English by phonics. Call the roll of the foolish fads that followed: Values Clarification, Goals 2000, Outcome-Based Education, School-Based Clinics, Sex Ed, Suicide Ed, Self-Esteem Ed, New Math, bad History Standards, School to Work, Race to the Top, and No Child Left Behind.

Now some of us wrote erudite articles against all those fads, but they never aroused parents like Common Core’s doing today. Those of us who for years have been criticizing the mistaken courses that kept kids from learning are flabbergasted at what we see erupting among the grassroots. The grassroots are calling Common Core, “Obama-Core.” That’s a play on the ObamaCare health plan that is so widely despised.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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