Common Core: Control Without Accountability

Apple Core CopyrightOne indication of how Common Core was adopted without careful evaluation is its legal terms of use. When you read them, it’s difficult to understand how it was ever approved and you wonder if anyone actually read anything before signing on the dotted line. (I’m reminded of Nancy Pelosi telling America that the Obamacare bill had to be passed to find out what was in it!).

This weekend I found the blog of a Connecticut teacher, Paul Bogush, who has written a number of posts on Common Core. He quotes some of the fine print.

ANY USE OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS OTHER THAN AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LICENSE OR COPYRIGHT LAW IS PROHIBITED.

If your state adopts Common Core State Standards (CCSS), then you have to use them exactly as Common Core decrees. CCSS was developed privately and the copyright is held privately. Bogush states, and I’ve read this elsewhere, that states are not allowed to make any omissions. They’ve graciously allowed the addition of materials, but only by 15%.

But wait. There’s worse.

THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND NGA CENTER [National Governors Association Center for Best Practices]/CCSSO [Council of Chief State School Officers] MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND…

$16 billion and there’s no warranty! Would you buy a used car from these people? Bogush concludes by saying:

We should also be thankful that just in case the CCSS end up destroying the lives of our children and making them test prep zombies that we can always rely on our strong judicial system to have our back.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL NGA CENTER OR CCSSO, INDIVIDUALLY OR JOINTLY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY LEGAL THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER FOR CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH RISK AND POTENTIAL DAMAGE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, LICENSEE WAIVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK LEGAL REDRESS AGAINST, AND RELEASES FROM ALL LIABILITY AND COVENANTS NOT TO SUE, NGA CENTER AND CCSSO.

Long live the CCSS…

At this point I have to wonder when political heads are going to roll. Phyllis Schlafly has noted an Indiana election in which Common Core made a difference; Tony Bennett, the Republican incumbent Indiana superintendent of public instruction, was defeated by Glenda Ritz despite the fact that Bennett spent $1.3 million, and Ritz spent $327,000.

Bennett is the chairman of Chiefs for Change, an association supporting the very unpopular Common Core Standards, and he is affiliated with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education….

Bennett’s opponent, Glenda Ritz, is a teacher in Indianapolis who was a long-time registered Republican but switched party affiliation to run against Bennett. She set up independent campaign headquarters. Glenda represented the movement of parents and teachers who resent the way the establishment is trying to cram national Common Core standards down our throats without any “input from parents, or education groups.” Glenda ran a grassroots campaign and also was helped out by teachers union participation.

When you get enough parents and enough teachers banded together against you, then you’re in trouble. The private corporations and groups who developed, wrote and published Common Core materials may be off the hook for accountability, but politicians are not and Common Core is going to scuttle the ambitions of some. The real problem is all the children who will be adversely affected because of the bad decisions made by bureaucrats and the political class.

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Posts on Common Core are currently listed in the right side bar. They are permanently listed in the Common Core subpage that’s found under Family→Children→Education in the heading.
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