A week or so ago, Secretary of Education set off a firestorm when he accused Common Core opponants of being “angry white moms” who are only upset because their kids “aren’t brilliant. The Obama administration has been actively pushing the adoption of Common Core across state educations systems, promoting it as “vigorous new academic standards.” Here at this website, we’ve been actively busting that myth, showing that Common Core actually diminishes existing academic standards in almost every state.
We’ve also presented numerous examples of homework and classroom assignments that are the new norm under Common Core. In doing so, our chief pushback from Common Core’s supporters has been that “common core is not curriculum,” a talking point directly from the Obama administration’s Department of Education. In a narrow, technical sense, they’re correct, but in practical reality, Common Core is, in fact, centrally planned curriculum being pushed upon school systems by dangling Federal stimulus money and private grants in front of school administrators and threatening to remove funding if the schools don’t rapidly adopt Common Core’s standards.
from Washington Post:
The story reports that despite Bill Gates’ claim that there was no need to build national Common Core curriculum, he has, through his grant program, quietly funded its development in excess of $10 million, with Common Core Inc. being the first to receive a grant. According to authors Gigante and Archbold, “Despite the overlap between corporate branding, mission, funding and leadership, Common Core Inc. claims that it is ‘not affiliated with the Common Core Standards’.” The article suggests that although some advocates of the Common Core claim that they want to only nationalize standards, their true intent is to nationalize a still experimental curriculum. Despite repeated attempts, Common Core Inc. has not responded to their inquiries.
The Gates Foundation appears to have a partner in New York State when it comes to curriculum development. The New York State Regents Research fund has received millions of dollars from the Gates Foundation to further its reform agenda. But more importantly, the State Education Department has helped finance the effort to create curriculum by using more than $28 million in Race to the Top federal taxpayer dollars. And it appears that one of the recipients, Common Core Inc., intends to influence curriculum beyond New York State. A search of the Common Core Inc. site shows that the organization will sell textbook editions of the work that they did for New York, thus leveraging New York’s tax dollars to launch a textbook series.
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So, while there might not be a Federal Common Core curriculum (yet), in practice, there is already a centrally planned, untested curriculum being pushed on schools through grants and stimulus with strings attached.
The Gates Foundation pushed for Common Core’s adoption nationwide and lobbied the Obama administration to have Common Core included in 2009 stimulus package. Now, they’re funding a “third party” to build a Common Core compliant curriculum and pushing schools to implement it. Crony capitalism has entered your children’s classrooms.
Here’s an example of the Gates-funded curriculum’s math that’s actually being used in New York public schools:
3. Sally did some counting. Look at her work. Explain why you think Sally counted this way.
177, 178,179,180, 190,200, 210, 211,212,213,214.
Ummm…the only answer I can come up with is because Sally learned to count from Common Core.