Being a freedom-loving American in the present political climate is becoming increasingly more difficult since the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012. On a daily basis, our liberties are being assaulted from every direction, on both state and national levels. Between Obamacare, attempts to register gun owners and restrict our 2nd amendment rights, and parental rights and educational freedoms being pilfered via educational reform, we are left staring socialism squarely in the face. We, in Missouri, have recently witnessed government’s latest escapade, in public deviousness, involving the lies and deception, which is being employed to sell Common Core State Standards to the parents and taxpayers.
In 2010, Missouri, like 45 other states, adopted the federal government’s one-size-fits- all, Common Core State Standards curriculum, in return for an exemption waiver of the No Child Left Behind bench-marks. In doing so, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education committed the state to paying millions of dollars in unfunded mandates, to implement CCSS, all of which was not approved by Missouri’s legislature, as is its responsibility to appropriate funding for the educational budget.
Yes, that’s right. A state agency, without accountability to the voters and taxpayers of Missouri, committed untold amounts of tax dollars to a program without the blessing or direction, of the funding authority, of the Missouri legislature. And we haven’t even addressed the atrocity against local educational control and parental rights that comes with the program.
As the word spread regarding the overreach of our state’s DESE, and the atrocity that is CCSS, public ire reached a fevered pitch and last Thursday evening. MO DESE hosted a series of 8 meetings, around the state, in response to the pushback it was receiving regarding CCSS, and to their surprise, they were met with packed houses, of irate parents and taxpayers, at each location. How did they handle the crowds? With lies, deception and Delphi tactics typically designed to divide and conquer.
It’s a fairly typical move on the part of bureaucracies that are trying to drive the message: Divide and conquer. Don’t give the opposition a chance to speak, communicate or dissent. The following YouTube video of one of the meetings echoes what happened all over the state:
Each meeting was well choreographed by edu-crats, whose intent it was to sell the public on unproven and untested curriculums without giving anyone the possibility of questioning the “experts” on their tactics. This usually works, but Missourians must have had enough, because attendees didn’t stand still for the stonewalling. And now, not only has the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education got a lot of explaining to do, so does the Missouri General Assembly.
Two bills are circulating through the House and Senate that would put a wrench in the works of CCSS in Missouri. Both bills started their journeys with hope and substance. Each would have stopped CCSS in its tracks. As often happens in politics, the Senate bill has been watered down from a bill that stops CCSS, to a bill that requires DESE to become more transparent, and to provide information to taxpayers and legislators. With a week and a half left in the Missouri legislative session, there is little hope that either bill will pass muster to survive floor debates and votes. The question remains, in this case, will Missourians hold accountable the legislature, in the same fashion they stood up to DESE’s Delphi steamrolling?
If Americans/Missourians want to protect liberty, parental rights and educational freedom, will they recognize deception coming from all forms of government, and hold all forms of government accountable–if not for their own sake, for the sake of the future of the children, and their liberty? Or will our children be subjected to Common Core Curriculums that teach socialist crowd control techniques?