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The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that parents have a fundamental right to keep their children free from government standardization.
HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION MODELS ARE THE SAME
Obama’s Goal is to “Transform the Federal Government’s Role in Education”
The centerpiece of President Obama’s education reform is Common Core State Standards (CCSS). President Obama has made it clear in speeches that he “wants to transform the federal government’s role in education,” and his Department of Education Secretary has stated that the Obama administration will work “to redefine the federal role in education.” (News Education, “Obama wants stimulus to transform schools,” February 19, 2009.)
What is “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS)?
CCSS are national standards for K-12, one-size-fits-all, that will be compulsory and will replace existing state standards for curricula, testing, teacher instruction, etc. In essence, the federal government will decide what students should learn and think. All schools must adopt 100% of the standards at each grade level.
A Decades-Old Goal of Progressives has been to Nationalize Education (as with Healthcare)
The movement to force states to accept federal education standards is decades old. It got new energy in the 2008 Obama campaign, then in the transition to the Obama presidency – just as nationalized healthcare, also a long-time goal of Progressives, did.
The Obama Administration is Nationalizing Education by Stealth
National Standards Come with “Strings Attached”
The Obama administration is using taxpayers’ money to coerce compliance with CCSS
National Standards End-Runs the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and Federal Laws
States cannot Opt-out of National Standards once Infrastructure is in Place
As with ObamaCare, once national standards cover the entire country, states cannot opt out. Could this be why the Obama administration is rushing states to approve standards, even before they’re written, and to implement them in 2014?
National Standards are Vulnerable to being Politicized
Federal standards will be politicized and interest groups including national unions will influence what is taught in the classroom.
(1) Obama administration’s defunded the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program for lower-income students in the FY2010 budget, at the request of the National Education Association.
(2) Obama’s National Labor Relations Board made an unprecedented decision to deny Boeing’s opening a manufacturing branch in S.C., as a bow to unions.
(3) Obama’s EPA refused to grant critical air drilling permits to Shell Oil, preventing them from expanding operations in Alaska, to please another special interest group, environmentalists.
(4) Obama violated contractual law and gave unions a significant share of General Motors under the bailout plan while bypassing shareholders.
(5) Obama’s NLRB in June 2011 “proposed the most sweeping changes to the federal rules governing union organizing elections since 1947, giving a boost to unions that have long called for the agency to give employers less time to fight representation votes [from 90 days to 10 days],” – despite the fact that less than7% of private employees belong to a union and about 12% of the entire workforce. (Wall Street Journal, “Plan to Ease Way for Unions”, June 22, 2011.)
The American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT) Support National Standards
The Washington-based union advocacy group, the Albert Shanker Institute, named for the late president of the AFT, submitted “The Shanker Manifesto”, signed by more than 200 union officials, in support of national standards. Unions advocate “the development of standards and ‘shared curriculum’ for nearly every subject, including English, math, history, geography, the sciences, arts, and health.” (Education Reporter, “Common Core Sparks War,” Number 305, June 2011.)
National Standards were Developed by Special Interest Groups Behind the Scenes
National Standards “developed largely in secret through a process led by special-interest groups who are not elected and who lack any public accountability.” This statement by Texas State Commissioner of Education Robert Scott, echoed concerns of many educators and public officials nationwide. (Education Week, “Texas Pulling Out of Council of Chief State School Officers”, by Sean Cavanaugh, June 22, 2011) http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2011/06/post_5.html">http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2011/06/post_5.html
Special Interests Involved Behind-the-Scene Stand to Profit from CCSS
ü Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates will profit from the requirement that schools purchase the latest multimedia technology.
ü Susan Dell Foundation. This organization and the Gates Foundation are involved in the consortia efforts.
ü America’s Choice, the largest education publishing company in the world, will profit from
contracts to provide textbooks and other materials.
ü National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). Marc Tucker is president of NCEE,
Source for the above P: http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/gates_money.pdf
Resistance to the Union and Special Interest Backed CCSS is Emerging
The “Cover” for National Standards is that CCSS is needed so Students can Compete Globally
Advocates for national standards argue that common standards are needed so that students will be competitive in a global society.
The “Agenda” Behind CCSS can be Found in the “Dear Hillary Letter” Written During the Clinton Administration.
A chilling letter from Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton in 1992 immediately after Bill Clinton won the presidency explains why President Obama calls CCSS his “college and career readiness” plan and why Marc Tucker as president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) is involved in writing CCSS for President Obama.
The public is aware of this letter thanks to Rep. Bob Schaffer who on Sept. 25, 1998, placed in the Congressional Record an 18-page letter that has become famous as Marc Tucker's "Dear Hillary" letter. It lays out the master plan of the Clinton Administration to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that it can serve national economic planning of the workforce.
The "Dear Hillary" letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan "to remold the entire American system" into "a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone," coordinated by "a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels" where curriculum and "job matching" will be handled by counselors "accessing the integrated computer-based program."
Tucker's plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Nothing in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching schoolchildren how to read, write, or calculate. The intent was to use the following three mechanisms to restructure public schools:
“Designed on the German system, the Tucker plan is to train children in specific jobs to serve the workforce and the global economy instead of to educate them so they can make their own life choices.” http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/marc_tucker/
Fortunately, the plans were not fully implemented and components were replaced by No Child Left Behind when George Bush took office. Now under Obama, Marc Tucker and the same organizations that pushed the above agenda are back on the scene and have every intention to fully implementing their agenda. Their goal is to make adoption of national standards permanent unlike what transpired during the Clinton administration, so there can be no rescinding of national standards by states, future presidents, or Congress.
National Standards Weakens Student Privacy Protections
The Department of Education is weakening longstanding student privacy protections by greatly expanding the universe of individuals and entities who have access to Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and by broadening the programs whose data might be subject to this access. (Data Stewardship: Managing Personally Identifiable Information in Student Education Records (2010, November; http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011602 )
National Assessments Will Cost Taxpayers Significant $$$
The Heritage Foundation, Lindsey Burke, “National; Education Standards and Tests: Big Expense, Little Value”, February 18, 2011
National standards is a Federal Takeover of Local Education, Goes against Federalism, takes away Parental Rights, and Fails to Solve Education Problems
National Standards is Good for the Department of Education But NOT for Students
Good for DOE
Bad for Students
(“Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America,” – the counter-manifesto to the Shanker Manifesto signed by special interests and union leaders.)
Arguments for national standards sound simple: Set high standards, make all schools meet them, student achievement will soar and students will be able to complete globally – BUT, apart from the fact that national standards and assessments violate Constitutional and federal laws:
E No federal education program has worked.
E Unelected bureaucrats and special interest groups will control our children’s education, virtually
National standards will NOT increase student achievement.
Should we worry that given no proof that national standards work that the agenda for the federal government to take control and nationalize education is a stealth way to achieve a political agenda?