Earlier this month, NRO published a post by Kathleen Porter-Magee and Sol Stern that purported to tell The Truth about Common Core. Their statements have been thoroughly rebutted. In Porter-Magee and Stern On Common Core: Nothing to See Here, Move Along, I quoted and linked to Neal McCluskey of The Cato Institute who wrote that contrary to the claims of Porter-Magee and Stern, there is federal control behind Common Core. I also described and quoted, contrary to the claims of Porter-Magee and Stern, from evaluations that have been made on the poor quality of Common Core. In Common Core: Fisking Kathleen Porter-Magee and Sol Stern, I quoted and linked to yet more critiques and rebuttals of Porter-Magee and Stern by Shane Vander Hart and Christel Swasey.
Last week Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation debated Common Core with Kathleen Porter-Magee on “Stossel” on the Fox Business channel. Kelsey Harris’ writeup at Heritage, Common Core Standards: How States Are Roped In (VIDEO), she reports:
Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Fordham Institute, which has been a major proponent of Common Core standards, argued that states were accepting the new standards “voluntarily.”
In response, Burke explained how the Obama Administration used federal dollars to convince “cash-strapped” states to agree to national education standards.
Here’s the video.
“It’s hard for me to come up with one example of when centralization has ever worked and this is centralization on a grand scale,” Burke said. “We have seen 50 years of federal intervention in education utterly fail to improve educational outcomes. I have no reason to believe that further centralizing it will improve outcomes.”
Common Core has circumvented three federal laws prohibiting the nationalization of education. Kelsey Burke reiterates what others have verified and written—Common Core isn’t about improving education, it’s about federal control of how and what children learn. And this is not only about the indoctrination of our children, it’s about the implementation of regionalism, the Sustainable Communities Initiative redistribute the wealth plan, and the tracking of children from the cradle.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the definition of progressive, it’s a term for the Left and the philosophy that has influenced political and education thinking in America since the 1800’s. It was derived from the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel, who saw history as a progression towards “a conflict-free and totally rational society or state…He did not expound in any detail, though, on his vision of the ideal state, and how such a state might avoid sinking into authoritarianism and Totalitarianism.”
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