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... it looks like the Common Core is a back-door way for the federal government to exert tremendous influence over education. NCLB prohibits federal departments or agencies from mandating, directing, or controlling "a State, local educational agency, or school's specific instructional content, academic achievement standards and assessments, curriculum, or program of instruction." But that law proved to be a frail safeguard. Secretary Duncan funded new testing consortia in the hope, he said, that their tests would drive instruction and that they would work on "developing curriculum frameworks" and "instructional modules." Coupled with the Obama administration's Race to the Top program, its disregard for the constraints negotiated into NCLB, its expansive and troubling use of NCLB waivers, its aggressive efforts to dictate school discipline and to attack state-based voucher programs, and much else, there is cause to question how much restraint federal officials will show going forward. For instance, advocates have not created a strategy to update the standards or vet materials, prompting quiet conversations among Common Core proponents (including those at the Department of Education) about whether it wouldn't just make sense for the Department to fill the vacuum. At this point, the Common Core looks to be a standing invitation to further federal involvement in schooling.
Again, do understand that Common Core proponents are NOT just the typical Leftist Democrat "Progressives". but are also chock-full of Rove Republican swill like dear ol' Jeb! and the REST of the filthy Shrubs.
CC has one purpose, and one purpose only. To standardized all human beings within the boundaries of this country. No--NONE--shall come out better than the other. ALL will come out substandard to those who attended school in the years prior to 1965. There is even a California democratic legislator who even admitted it--"we have to make sure we are all playing from the same page." Ohh--they other thing--millions of dollar to those two guys who "created the textbooks, software, pedagogy, etc." Common Core is pure evil. From the moment in Seattle when Patty Murray said "we just won't tolerate -no child left behind!" The dems have been doing whatever thing they wanted to do to assure that individuals would not be held accountable to a test that would demonstrate the success/failure of their educators.