We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Critics have tagged the Common Core with the pejorative "ObamaCore." The gibe is more instructive than many realize. The Affordable Care Act and the Common Core both involve ambitious efforts to change whole swaths of American life, though the practical impact of each was intentionally shrouded in uncertainty. Both would have benefited from more scrutiny early on but are now increasingly entrenched. In health care, critics have found it a losing strategy to talk about simply repealing the ACA without talking about what should replace it. They need to offer plausible alternatives to have a shot at policy or political success. Meanwhile, the ACA has started to change American medicine. The same is true of the Common Core. Five years on, it has started to change instruction, textbooks, and curriculum.
Well, at least that's the Rove Republican line. As backed by ABCNNBCBS and their dead-tree fellow travelers. But then they REALLY have no problem with Obamacare, since it's Daddy was Romneycare from Taxachussetts.
The trouble with Common Core is it's "INTENTION". Is it about getting as many children as possible up to a standard that you and I had to pass in order to graduate 12th grade? NO--then what is it's goal, the intent if you will. I think if you examine the whole package you will see two goals:
First: to dumb down the American mind
Second: to train students to blindly follow without knowing how to reason, or to question
The third is a goal, a purpose: to make millions of dollars for a very few individuals.
Why the first two you ask--think about it Barrister who stands to benefit the most if Americans are unable to lead themselves through their democracy? Two intentions--one goal.
It is good that you are finally noticing the pattern of wearing down the citizenry and forcing them into acceptance. It took about 10 years to get gay marriage.
It'll take less than that to force common core on state schools--most of whom are already blindly obedient to the masters of liberal thought. It took about 10 years to destroy the authority of the Bible. Question: the other game on the table right now is changing the rules of evidence. The strategy for getting this change accepted is through the "rape on campus" issue. It is a strategy--not a coincidental occurrence of events. How long before the rules of evidence are changed ?