The basic premise behind Common Core Standards is teachers will teach to the test, especially if up to half of their income and their jobs are at stake. If they and their students performance is evaluated by a test issued by the Department of Education, the Department of Education determines what is taught.
Additionally the program fully implemented requires a so called Longitudinal Data Base. The claim is; In order to evaluate performance the government needs to know everything about each individual student. Besides their grades on every standardized test they'll ever take, the Dept of Ed wants to know a little more. including race, blood type, height, weight. hair color, family income, parents political and religious beliefs.. I'm not kidding, when the child finishes school, the data will be turned over to the Department of Labor, and any other government agency or NGO that asks
Congress has been slow to reaffirm No Child Left Behind, a federal program with nice sounding name. The name is deceiving, it's almost universally hated by teachers, students and parents. The people who like are mostly deaf legislators, big government proponents and people who make money off off the program. Even though Congress has not reaffirmed it, the law is still in place and States will be forced to comply to some unobtainable NCLB requirements. Congressional inaction has given the Obama Administration an opening to regulate his agenda to the already hated law. As we know Barrack Obama would rather rule by regulatory decree than follow the Constitution, and let Congress make the laws.
Long before most other educational websites figured out what was going on the Missouri Education Watchdog had figured out what Obama was up to. They were among the first to figure out that like everything from this administration. Those waivers Obama and Duncan are so generously offering come at a price
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011
Arne Duncan has been dribbling in half-truths while implementing his goals for education. Common core standards are to be "voluntary" and "state led", but states were threatened with the withholding of Title I funding if they did not "voluntarily" agree to become participants in the national standards plan. Consortias are to be "state led", however, they are being funded by private companies with federal money.
Yesterday we wrote about Duncan's waivers to NCLB mandates to certain states:
With the new school year fast approaching and still no bill to reform the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will provide a process for states to seek relief from key provisions of the law, provided that they are willing to embrace education reform.
What wasn't clear from this DOE statement is exactly what education reform was called for by Arne Duncan. Let's look at Duncan's stated goals for education reform from EdWeek:
• There would be three kinds waivers under No Child Left Behind, and states would have to sign up for all of them—it wouldn't be an either/or thing. This is something Duncan made clear in theinitial waiver announcement.
Of course it's not, nor is it legal for the Federal Government to interfere with education.. That's traditionally and Constitutionally been a power reserved by the states. The Judge and Nick Gillespie explain
Every member of the Obama Cabinet is guilty of using regulatory power to bypass Congress and circumvent the Constitution..
Tell your Congressman it's time they get off their asses and put an end to it. Tell your Senators that their lack of action leaves the door open for dictatorship by regulation.. and it had better end.
**********Totalitarian democracy is a term made famous by Israeli historian J. L. Talmon to refer to a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government.
Missouri Education Watchdog