Tuesday, July 16, 2013
(Editors’ note: The following is written in response to Brooks Moore’s Letter-to-the-
Editor article “The Core of the matter” in the July edition of The Journal Scene.)
Mr. Moore implies that South Carolina adopted the federal Common Core Standards for school curriculum because they recognized that it is the sure bet to reverse the seventy-year downward spiral of public school academic achievement. Instead, I believe the reason South Carolina elected to embrace this new federal effort has everything to do with huge amounts of money dangled before the politicians and little or nothing to do with benefitting student achievement.
Since the 1930’s, liberals have chiseled away at America’s tried and true educational system that was second to none in the world. It didn’t take long for the results of these changes to cause alarms to begin sounding across America beginning with the 1954 book titled Why Johnny Can’t Read and continuing to sound through subsequent decades up to several reports even last month indicating that the USA is in the leading group of countries in pupil spending yet last or nearly last in academic achievement.
Every supposedly academic federal government initiative has failed since the unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education was established, but maybe academic achievement was never the true goal of the untold number of costly educational programs that have spilled out of the cash-cow federal government. Certainly, if the U.S. Department of Education was a private, for profit entity, they would have been out of business decades ago.
Common Core Standards has little or nothing to do with preparing American children to be competitive in the global economy but everything to do with further federal mandated control of the lives of our children and the banishment of parental responsibilities.
While Common Core Standards is cleverly disguised and packaged with warm and fuzzy pronouncements of what is “best-for-kids,” in fact, the end game is an effort to clear the playing field of any and all opposition to resisting federal humanistic indoctrination of our children to Progressive ideas spawned mainly through the efforts of John Dewey in the 1920’s and 30’s.
I have full confidence that what is best for improving the academic achievement of our children is to decentralize our local, state and federal multilayer, and inept, bureaucracy in favor of allowing teachers in individual schools to construct their own curriculum. I have no doubt that if teachers were given the “may-the-best-man-win opportunity---unrestrained by federal mandates, politicians, special interest groups touting their social engineering agendas, and the National Education Association, they would develop curriculums that would be academically sound and return America to its once held academic prominence.
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