Posts Tagged ‘Common Core’


Monday, February 10th, 2014

So-called Common Core. The issue raises the question, What is the legitimate role of the federal government in education? Many would say that the quick and simple answer is . . . none!

Yet, government does have a responsibility to our youths to ensure that they enjoy the optimal opportunity to learn to the best of their respective capabilities the basics necessary to succeed in the business of living. Historically, that governmental responsibility belonged to each state. It included proper instruction in the traditional, educational basics necessary for success in everyday living . . . reading, writing, arithmetic, basic science, and civics. It ended with a pupil’s graduation from high school or reaching the age of twenty, whichever came firstly.

Today, the federal government has intruded into education at every level. Many Americans question the involvement of the federal government at any level. They raise the alert that ultimately the inescapable consequence of such involvement by a humongous, self-serving bureaucracy in the District of Corruption must be to dictate what to think while repressing how to think.

Few Americans, however, question that every American youngster deserves the opportunity to receive basic, apolitical instruction in how to think. Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t we, then, allow each state and the private sector to offer such opportunity without federal intervention? Even though the outcomes may differ, the benefits, overall, can outweigh the liabilities, especially with appropriate, state-based measurements. The proponents of so-called Common Core, as expected, shout, “No!”

Whatever its benefits, Common Core represents the opposite of that precept. Fundamentally, it represents Big Government. Given current trends, it raises the specter of quasi-Marxist, anti-Western ideologues in D.C. indoctrinating American youth even further into supporting such concepts as the following: equality over liberty, defeat over victory, debt over savings, self-congratulatory failure over competitive success, undeserving dependence over individual responsibility, pathological toleration over healthful discrimination, and trendy sin over historical virtue.

Is there not a better way? Yes (