Teachers Supporting Government Oppression — Who Would Have Thunk It.

The Federal Government is getting ready to put its fiscal boot on Indiana and to make an example of the State because it has opted out of Common Core.  In a letter, a clear threat to the State,if the Federal Government deems the State’s new standards as less stringent than Common Core the State will lose its No Child Left Behind exemption and millions in education funding.  The fact is, whether the State’s standards are stricter than those of Common Core or not, the Feds will say they are not up to snuff.  The Feds are planning to make an example of Indiana in order to make sure other States stay in line and don’t opt out.  Common Core opens the door for this oppressive Federal Education grab.  

Hidden in Common Core is revisionist history, dumbed down math, and a data collection protocol designed to let the Federal Government  “guide” your children into the the career that the Feds think is best for them.  The Soviet Union before it failed did just this by identifying talents and putting kids where they though those kids should go.  Of course, if the need is for factory workers, suddenly the kids are suited for the factory.  If the kid is a great athlete and a great artist he will be forced to be one or the other because the government has a hole he fits in.  Common Core is totalitarianism at its worst.  

There are teacher’s ads running nationwide supporting Common Core and telling everyone how wonderful this ultimate power grab of your children’s future is.  The concept of being College and Career ready is nothing more than being able to say to a child; “based on your prior achievement you are going to have to be a plumber.”  Einstein would have been a janitor based on his early schooling. These teachers that support Common Core are traitors to freedom and traitors to the very principles that teachers should follow. 

Common Core is about dumbing everyone down to the lowest common denominator not bringing everyone up to their greatest potential.  It used to be that teachers cared about every students maximum achievement, not their minimum test passing ability. Teachers unions protect the weakest teachers while not rewarding the ones that really care about their kids’ future. This leads to less and less true education. Common Core solves this by dictating not the education but the tests the kids pass.  Education as such is destroyed.  The ability for kids to think and be their best is destroyed. The bleak future of government assigned jobs and dictated work roles is well on its way to being created.  

Wake UP —————-  This Failed in Every Country that Tried It. (Chine, USSR, Eastern Europe before  the wall came down.)

Common Core is the single largest step toward a state run economy.  If you think the failure of the economy in the last five years is something, Common Core will make today look like the good old days spreading misery and poverty beyond reason.  If you are a teacher, learn your history, learn the facts, not what the government is telling you.  Oppose Common Core.

Our Failing Educational System

In all the hubbub about common core, which is already starting to create havoc in our schools systems, I seldom see anyone ask what type of product our school systems need  to produce.  To look at some of the exam questions today the answer might be that we are trying to produce avid environmentalists, or crusaders for social justice.  Instead of molding our youth to become successful career minded, conscientious, independently thinking positive contributing members of society we are inundating them with propaganda and government approved theories of how society ought to function.

Yes, education should accomplish specific things.  Below is a list of the things I see that should be part of a minimal education.  Judge for yourself, but I do not see our system as doing these things consistently.

1.)  Reading — every child should graduate high school and be literate.

2.) Writing — every child should be able to write coherently.

3.)  Arithmetic — every child should have master addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication and basic Algebra.

4.) American History — every child should know why we exist and the history behind out Constitution.

5.)  World History — every child should have a general understanding of world history, of empires and wars, atrocities, and governments.

4.) Science — every child should have a firm foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology.

5.)  Economics — every child needs to understand how goods and services are produced and how that results opportunity.

6.) Critical thinking and memorization  — every child should be taught critical thinking skills and be required to memorize substantial amounts of material ranging from history to multiplication tables.  The most important thing education can do is train children’s minds so that they can absorb the skills needed in an ever increasingly technological world.

You can teach someone a set of manual skills which when that process becomes automated those skills become out of date.  However, if you train someone how to manage the automation they can now work in multiple industries at a higher wage than when it was just manual labor.    Further, if schools will provide their students with basic set of work conventions and expectations skills then the graduates would be better prepared to support themselves and their families.

Education in this country has been on path where it is not meeting the goals outlined above.  Nevertheless it costs more than ever.  It is not about the money, it is about the curriculum and the time focused on having standards for the students.  Many of the processes in Common Core, although advertised as creating those standards, actually lowers the standards and dumbs down the curriculum.  That is why home-schooled children often outperform their in public school counterparts.  If the focus was education and met the goals above our society would reach new heights.