As the implementation of Common Core standards and the Arne Duncan/Bill Gates/Jeb Bush agenda hits schools, parents and teachers are becoming aware that this isn’t “just another change.” Finally, states are fighting back. The Federal Educrats have finally gone too far. The elitists and self-proclaimed intellectuals have stopped even trying to camouflage that Big Government and Big Business’s needs come before the needs of the child, the parent, the teacher and our society. My hope is that citizens in every state will use these tools to get back to true local control of education. The best choices in education are made by the people closest to the children.
Getting rid of Common Core is only the beginning. The Federal overreach has been creeping in for decades, especially since the first federal education dollar was spent with President Johnson’s first Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). They have taught parents to “leave education to the professionals” to the point that parents have all but relinquished their children as wards of the State from 8:00 to 3:30. When the government schools send a note home via the 7 year old telling Mommy that Cheetos are unacceptable as a snack, but Cheeze-its are fine, Government has over-stepped their authority. (Beware of the National Merit Scholar program!) Finally, citizens are beginning to notice.
While the uprising is filled with the parents and teachers whose values are very different than what is being taught as fact in our schools, it is certainly not exclusive to Christians or even conservatives. People of all walks of life want their children to get an education, not an indoctrination and when schools become detrimental instead of educational, and push parents and local school districts completely out of the loop as Common Core does, they are going to balk… and walk. When you consider that our first Universities and Colleges were all Bible colleges, and you read old textbooks filled with scripture and Biblical concepts, you can see how far we have fallen. When the Ten Commandments become questionable and soft porn acceptable, they have crossed a line. Conscientious parents and educators are not going along any more. States are fighting back! Will governors feel enough heat to go against their favorite private club, the National Governors Association (don’t let the name fool you), to stand up against the Federal takeover? Governor Bobby Jindal has filed a lawsuit against the Federal government. Governor Mary Fallin was forced by the public to sign HB3399 to repeal Common Core in Oklahoma After all, every politician in America ran their campaign on “local control in education” and then upon election, they start applying for Federal grants and programs that turn your little darlings over to the Feds.
This is from Jenni White regarding Utah:
Great find Oak Norton. For those that don’t know, federal laws exist that prevent national testing and standards. Oak tells how Arne Duncan has decided to use NAEP (National Assessment for Educational Progress) – a voluntary test given across the nation in every state in order to compare student progress among and between states – as a high stakes test. States that do poorly in the Students With Disabilities category will be subject to punitive action by the Department of Education. This did not escape the notice of Utah senator Orrin Hatch, who – with others – has written a letter to Arne Duncan explaining that this action will be reviewed for possible censure. Oak does a great job explaining all this. It would be nice if this spelled the beginning of the end of Arne’s reign of terror! From the article: In a nutshell: Secretary Arne Duncan violated federal law seeking to punish state school disability programs, got caught big time, and a federal Dept. of Education official is here in Utah on a “routine” visit. Time for a protest.
And Missouri has stepped up with their own excellent lawsuit against their Governor Nixon who refuses to listen to the public on the matter. From the article:
Logue and Gassel’s lawsuit alleges that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is an unconstitutional interstate compact that was not approved by Congress, in violation of the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3, Clause 10. The suit also alleges that Governor Nixon and Commissioner Nicastro’s course of conduct in committing Missouri to Common Core was in violation of numerous federal and state statutes.
Stay aware, parents, and keep fighting for the rights of not only your children but also for generations to come!