May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017
Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206
On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206). Donna Garner is an invaluable resource. You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.
If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article. In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college. Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status
Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article. They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core. They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years. They can be a refresher and can offer new information.
To reach any specific blog on this site, type its number into the search location (next to the spy glass) that is near the top of this page or any page of this website.
Example — type in the search box the number of the blog, then press “enter” : 0011–should our children be standardized; or 0074 — Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education; or 0008–Video and Transcript for: 15-year-old Connects the Dots About the Dangers of Common Core; or 0089–Debate in which Laura Boggs argues for Common Core_Jim Stergios argues against Common Core_Steamboat Institute 2013.
COMMON CORE has been cemented into our country through ESSA –
At the very least, Congress must repeal ESSA on the federal level.
The College Board (under David Coleman, a main architect of Common Core State Standards) aligned the following to Common Core: the ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement (AP), and the GED. International Baccalaureate (IB) has the same goals as the College Board. The alignment is done through direct ownership or controlling influence. To borrow Stanley Kurtz’s term found in Blog 0017, the College Board, the ACT, SAT, AP and GED, each seem to be a “de facto federally-supported monopoly.”
You can read Dr. Susan Berry’s article here and also in Blog 0206. In her article, “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards” Dr. Berry reports that US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reveals, once again, that she is out of touch with education in the U.S. This can be seen when Secretary DeVos says that Common Core has been erased, and that education is now controlled on the local level because of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Betsy DeVos doesn’t realize that ESSA did not get rid of Common Core!
When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in December 2015, they did not accomplish what they said they did. I suspect many of the people who voted for it didn’t realize what they were doing. Read Jane Robbin’s February 2, 2016 article: HOW A GOP CONGRESS QUIETLY IMPOSED COMMON CORE ON THE ENTIRE COUNTRY
Secretary DeVos doesn’t seem to know what Common Core is; what has been going on in schools in the past; or what is going on in education now in this country. That doesn’t seem possible, though, because she has been supporting Common Core financially through FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education) since 2008; and has been on the FEE board of directors under its director Jeb Bush. This might indicate that she may think that Common Core was alright, because Jeb Bush is a promoter of Common Core. She may think that Common Core just shouldn’t be imposed on a federal level.
If you take a look at the people who are the greatest financial contributors to FEE, it is obvious that FEE is not a “local control of education” club. This seems to contradict her verbal support of local control for education.
If Secretary DeVos is not aware of the disaster public education has become, and the disaster of Common Core, she is not alone.
Most parents have no clue either. The main reason for this situation is that public education has been a secret (subversive) enterprise for decades.
Simply repeating words that have been used in connection with Common Core
since its inception – doesn’t make it so
Betsy DeVos is parroting the same words and rhetoric (like “shoot high”) used by the people who were originally “selling” Common Core. Go to blog 0089 to hear the rhetoric in a 2013 debate. We were told over and over that Common Core would “raise the bar” and help students and teachers “shoot high.” They said it was “internationally bench marked” and would “go deeper,” and make students into “critical thinkers.” They claimed Common Core would make students “Career- and College-Ready.” Their claims had nothing to do with Common Core content or performance. Read the article by Dr. Susan Berry to see that they were just using empty words.
It’s old empty rhetoric that lead to RTTT and to states giving up sovereignty
We heard all these words before Common Core was forced into our states through the Race to the Top (RTTT) education grants under President Obama. RTTT money came from the “stimulus money” bill that Congress was tricked into passing. Every state and school district was “bought off” with federal money that they had come to rely on. Extra incentive to implement Common Core came from threats of not getting any federal help under some programs unless they agreed to implement Common Core with all its data-gathering and assessing. They implemented Common Core to get money.
ESSA federalized Common Core more than ever before
Betsy DeVos doesn’t seem to know that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was passed by democrats and most of the republicans in Congress under President Obama (and signed into law Dec. 10, 2015) — made Common Core the law of the land (though under a different label). ESSA officially federalized Common Core education.
Read about ESSA in blog 0097. Congress thought they were getting rid of federal control of education by passing ESSA. That’s what they were told. They believed it. They were mistaken.
Some of the 2016 Contributors to FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education)
Note: Betsy has been one of the big contributors to Jeb Bush’s FEE, and was on the board of directors for FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education). Jeb resigned from the board to run for president. Looking at the website today, he is chairman of the board once again. FEE has been one of the main organizations behind Common Core since FEE’s inception in 2008.
Betsy and her husband have contributed anywhere from $255,000 to $510,000 to FEE beginning in 2008 and going through 2016. We can’t tell exactly the amount they gave, because they are listed within ranges of giving.
Betsy was on FEE’s Board of Directors. This information I got from the FEE website in the past.
The search team that the current Jefferson County Board of Directors chose
to use, to find a superintendent — is a supporter of Broad Academy graduates.
The search team we hired to find our new superintendent recommended candidates 4 years ago, made choices almost entirely from the Broad Superintendent Academy graduates (The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation) – The same search team was hired again this year. It will be interesting to find out if the person they put forward was a Broad Superintendent Academy graduate.
Go to Blog 0074 to learn about the Broad Superintendent Academy. When you get to the blog, search the transcript with the word “Broad.”
Some Links to blogs on this site that are excellent and thorough —
sharing Common Core background, history, implications
0017_How Zinn Gets in: Road to a National Curriculum – by Stanley Kurtz – 2015-08-17 — Note: Stanley Kurtz writes in-depth.
0062-15-year-old Connects the Dots About the Dangers of Common Core (links to blog 0008 which has the transcript to the YouTube)
0105_”The Dark Side of Student Data Mining: It’s ineffective and puts children’s privacy at risk” By Karen R. Effrem, MD on June 3, 2016 — Parents have no access to the school world of their own children. In fact parents are, and have been for several decades, considered the people who the students must be protected from.
0109_July 1, 2016_Sandra Stotsky writes: The Curriculum is Changing, Once Again Without Public Discussion_Preceded by Donna Garner comments on Common Core’s Social Justice Agenda and Stotsky’s article.
0124_Aug. 7, 2016_Open Letter_Destroying Students’ Chances to Succeed_”21st century learning” agenda [e.g., collaboration, project-based learning (PBL), constructivism, Common Core-compliant methods)_By Donna Garner who tells of her experience teaching PBL
0139_International “education” standard, to create predetermined inner person_SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is mind-control in schools_Karen Braken’s youTube/Transcription: “Education, the Trojan Horse” 2013