Education’s Worst Enemy? Educators!
The biggest threat to education, the biggest threat to freedom, the biggest threat to the United States of America is educators. Not Islamic terrorists. Educators. Not “teachers,” educators. People who have graduated from a “School of Education” typically with an MEd, an EdD, or PhD. Schools of Education are the equivalent of the Wahabbi schools that fill Islamic countries and teach the children to recite the Koran, only in the case of US educators, the children are taught to recite the current progressive hot-button and they learn how to exploit their victimhood. If they don’t think they’re victims when they start school, they’ll be disabused of that notion in short order.
The current tool of indoctrination? Common Core.
It’s been sold as a bottom-up development by the states to normalize curriculum and impose national standards on school districts. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. It was developed with money from Bill and Melinda Gates and the developers were educators whose fealty belongs to the US Department of Education and centralizing instruction.
Should anyone have any question as to the focus and purpose of Common Core, and who is behind it, just follow along.
Liberal education bureaucrats (“educrats”) are now trying to enforce Common Core through the courts, with one lawsuit already filed in Oklahoma and another likely in Louisiana.
In both states the governors tried to get rid of Common Core, but parents are shocked that it may return by court order as unelected educrats claim they have more power than the state legislature and the governor combined. The Oklahoma legislature approved a law to repeal Common Core, and the governor signed it, but now its state board of education has filed a lawsuit to bring it back.
So much for the will of the people. We’re seeing standard Progressive tactics, if you can’t win in the legislature, sue until you find a judge who is willing to rewrite the law. Or rewrite the Constitution.
Who are the drivers behind Common Core? Just who you’d expect.
The Washington Post has revealed how Bill Gates used his non-profit foundation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars behind the scenes to force this disaster on the American people. The Gates Foundation doled out a fortune to various education groups, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to teachers’ unions to force Common Core on all students.
A group that received nearly $2 million from the Gates Foundation to help implement Common Core, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), is the same organization behind the lawsuit to reinstate Common Core in Oklahoma. Joining this effort is a member of the state board of education, which is not elected by the people.
The NASBE is a private group, unaccountable to the public, which received $1,077,960 from the Gates Foundation in 2011 “to build the capacity of State Boards of Education to better position them to achieve full implementation of the Common Core standards.”
We’re sure you’ve seen the disasters that are the teaching methods for Common Core math. Parents who have advanced engineering degrees can’t explain the process of simple arithmetic to their elementary school kids. There is absolutely no rationale for teaching math via Common Core when you can get credit for a wrong answer as long as you can explain how you got it. Really.
Mrs. Curmudgeon and I have had the “if our kids were little today we’d homeschool them” conversation a dozen times in the last couple of years. The problem now, with Common Core, is that even that may not be a solution.
But even homeschooling may not help, if colleges all convert to the new testing standards based on Common Core guidelines. The tests are what drive curricula, and homeschool curricula will need to adapt to the new tests in order for the students to be admitted to college.
If we manage to live long enough to be able to fly on aircraft designed by people who learned math through Common Core, we’ll walk.
If you’d like an example of just how much damage educators, the people who developed Common Core and are suing to implement it, can do, take a hard look at “whole language reading.” It was developed in the 80s by an education professor at Arizona State University and was designed to replace phonics. The premise was this, instead of learning that letters and letter combinations have sounds and then learning to sound out words so you can relate them to a meaning, whole language proposed that children “look, see, say.” Look at the whole word, see it in relation to something they could relate to, and then say it.
In the State of California, the educators bought into whole language hook, line, and sinker. At the time, the late 80s, California kids scored in the top three among all states in reading ability by grade level and they’d been there for decades. California schools taught reading using phonics. The educators in California decided they knew better and adopted whole language, scrapping phonics. With five years California had gone from the top three to number 49. They beat Mississippi, but only barely. And California stayed there for years. It wasn’t until they went back to a “blended” curriculum using phonics and whole language that they moved off the bottom. They’ve never regained their top ranking and they’ve never given up hope on whole language. Here’s their scorecard from last year.
The Golden State’s fourth-graders ranked 47th in the nation in both math and reading. Eighth-graders ranked 45th in math and 42nd in reading. And the scores show that the gap separating white students from their black and Latino peers in English and math is bigger in California than it is nationwide.
But amid the dismal news are signs of improvement. California’s eighth-grade reading scores jumped 7 points from two years ago, the biggest gain on that test among the states. Eighth-graders gained 3 points in math.
Their scores jumped 7 and 3 points. Where did we leave the tar. We are advocates of taking a torch to every school of education in the nation. We’re not unreasonable, we’re willing to discuss whether the faculty should be allowed out of the buildings before applying the torches.