Win the Common Core Battle But Lose the War?

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This arti­cle relates to my seri­ous con­cern that Com­mon Core (CC) is being used as a very effec­tive DIVERSION from the seri­ous prob­lem of tax-supported school choice which will lock up ALL chil­dren world­wide in the com­put­er­ized Communist/OBE work­force train­ing sys­tem nec­es­sary for a planned global econ­omy. This is the com­mu­nist edu­ca­tion sys­tem referred to by Pro­fes­sor Eugene Boyce, Uni­ver­sity of Geor­gia, where “they do not edu­cate for jobs that don’t exist” – a.k.a., “quota sys­tem.” This is the plan referred to by edu­ca­tion researcher Cyn­thia Weath­erly as “lim­ited learn­ing for life­long labor.” No upward mobil­ity for our children.


Once the world’s chil­dren are trapped in that tax-funded sys­tem (which has been the inter­na­tional plan over many years, using innocent-sounding “school choice/vouchers/tuition tax cred­its”) they will be required by Fed­eral law to sub­mit to Com­mon Core and all that goes with it. Dus­ton Heuston of Utah’s World Insti­tute for Com­puter Assisted Teach­ing spoke regard­ing par­ents being left out of the loop when he said:

We’ve been absolutely stag­gered by real­iz­ing that the com­puter has the capa­bil­ity to act as if it were ten of the top psy­chol­o­gists work­ing with one stu­dent. You’ve seen the tip of the ice­berg. Won’t it be won­der­ful when the child in the small­est coun­try in the most dis­tant area or in the most con­fused urban set­ting can have the equiv­a­lent of the finest school in the world on that ter­mi­nal and no one can get between that child and that cur­ricu­lum? We have great moments com­ing in the his­tory of education.

Let’s take a look at just two of the major play­ers sup­port­ing tax-funded school choice:

1)  Ex-IBM CEO Louis B. Ger­st­ner has called on Pres­i­dent Obama to dis­man­tle 16,000 school dis­tricts, which sim­ply means to strip them of their elected boards. See Wall Street Jour­nal, 12/1/2008, “Lessons from 40 years of Edu­ca­tion Reform: Let’s abol­ish local school dis­tricts and finally adopt national standards”;


2)  Long-time edu­ca­tion change agent, Chester E. Finn, Jr., who sup­ports tax-funded school choice/charters, and in an arti­cle enti­tled “Why Pri­vate Schools Are Dying Out” (The Wall Street Jour­nal, 5/16/13) vir­tu­ally called for the col­lapse of pri­vate edu­ca­tion. Thirty-one years ago Finn, in an arti­cle enti­tled “Pub­lic Ser­vice, Pub­lic Sup­port, Pub­lic Account­abil­ity” pub­lished in the March 1982 issue of the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary School Prin­ci­pals’ Bul­letin, said:

Short of scat­ter­ing money in the streets or hand­ing it out to every­one who wants some, the fund­ing agency must define eli­gi­ble recipients…this means, in a word, “reg­u­la­tion,” the inevitable con­com­mi­tant of pub­lic finan­cial support.

Par­ents sup­port­ing publicly-funded school choice should read that warn­ing from Finn who obvi­ously has not really changed his mind over the past 31 years. He has just offi­cially joined the enemy camp of local (parent/taxpayer) con­trol of edu­ca­tion, those sup­port­ing tax-funded school choice with no elected boards. Tax­a­tion with­out representation.

There is some­thing very evil afoot here and it breaks my heart to see so many good Amer­i­cans, mainly Moms, coop­er­at­ing  in the demise of our pre-1965, highly suc­cess­ful edu­ca­tion sys­tem and the very cap­i­tal­ist[*] eco­nomic sys­tem that has drawn mil­lions of for­eign­ers to our shores in order to expe­ri­ence upward mobil­ity through polit­i­cal and eco­nomic free­dom. They could not be aware that the plan to change our cap­i­tal­ist eco­nomic sys­tem to a planned econ­omy was cooked up many years ago by the Carnegie Cor­po­ra­tion of New York which has been involved for many years with edu­ca­tion restruc­tur­ing – imple­men­ta­tion of the detested Out­comes Based Edu­ca­tion, the edu­ca­tion agree­ments with the Soviet Union, and most recently with the restruc­tur­ing of Amer­i­can Edu­ca­tion (Marc Tucker, et al). The whole trea­so­nous plan is spelled out in Carnegie’s lit­tle book enti­tled Con­clu­sions and Rec­om­men­da­tions for the Social Stud­ies (1934). Pro­fes­sor Harold Laski, pro­fes­sor of British Social­ism, said, “…at bot­tom, and stripped of its care­fully neu­tral phrases, the Report is an edu­ca­tional pro­gram for a social­ist Amer­ica.” (This book can be down­loaded at http//

The role of the tax-exempt Left (Carnegie, Ford, Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tions, and Left­ists in Con­gress and else­where in our states) in the demise of our free nation is to be expected.

How­ever, the key role since 1980 (Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion) of neo-conservative tax-exempt foun­da­tions and their Trot­skyite lead­er­ship must also be addressed. The fact that the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, that sup­ported the draft­ing of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA), is the lead­ing group spear­head­ing the attack on Com­mon Core across the nation, but is also the lead­ing group sup­port­ing tax-funded school choice/charter pro­pos­als, should raise eye­brows. This is an exquis­ite exam­ple of the “dialec­tic at work”:

(1)  The­sis–Richard Allen of Her­itage Foun­da­tion drafts NAFTA which destroys Amer­i­can jobs by send­ing them abroad. Here is an inter­est­ing quote regard­ing the true pur­pose of Free Trade out of the mouth of Karl Marx, Brus­sels, Bel­gium, 1848: “Free trade breaks up old nationalities…in a word, the free trade sys­tem has­tens social revolution.”

(2)  Anti-thesis–Her­itage Foun­da­tion and other Coun­cil for National Pol­icy Trot­skyite tax-exempt foun­da­tions rec­om­mend tax-funded school choice/charters in order to destroy tra­di­tional Amer­i­can aca­d­e­mic edu­ca­tion run by elected boards, and replace it with the Soviet poly­tech work­force train­ing system–no grades A-F, no grades K-12, grad­u­ate at age 14 or 21, indi­vid­ual edu­ca­tion plans, with no com­pe­ti­tion. (Google the Rein­vent­ing School Coali­tion [RISC] pro­gram for more information.)

(3)  Syn­the­sis–The afore-mentioned actions will result in chang­ing our cap­i­tal­ist eco­nomic sys­tem to a global planned econ­omy, rec­om­mended in 1934 by the Carnegie Cor­po­ra­tion. The Her­itage Foun­da­tion, which has affil­i­ates in most states, was very influ­en­tial in Pres­i­dent Reagan’s sign­ing the edu­ca­tion agree­ments with Gor­bachev in 1985.

The tax-exempt Carnegie Cor­po­ra­tion, that well-known edu­ca­tion researcher and pro­lific writer, Den­nis Cuddy, Ph.D, refers to as the “Carnegie Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion,” has been involved every five years or so with multi-million dol­lar grants to fund: the National Assess­ment of Edu­ca­tional Progress (the orig­i­nal extremely con­tro­ver­sial Com­mon Core); the regional gov­ern­ment Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion of the States; the United States-USSR (Soviet) Agree­ments, 1985, which merged the two edu­ca­tion sys­tems; adop­tion of the Pavlovian/Skinnerian method (Out­comes Based Edu­ca­tion) nec­es­sary for work­force train­ing, and more recently, Marc Tucker’s “National Alliance for Restruc­tur­ing Edu­ca­tion,” etc. (Google Marc Tucker’s let­ter to Hillary Clinton)


If only Amer­i­cans would focus on the real prob­lem, STOPPING TAX-SUPPORTED SCHOOL CHOICE! ONCE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EDUCTION HAVE BEEN CORPORATIZED (TAKEN OVER BY THE CORPORATE FASCISTPUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP SYSTEM) THOSE SCHOOLS WILL BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO IMPLEMENT COMMON CORE. What will par­ents, unhappy about this turn of events, then do? There will be no elected boards to whom they can complain.

Game over.

There is another point I’d like to make. By scru­ti­niz­ing the stan­dards set in the Com­mon Core our good peo­ple are acknowl­edg­ing the right of the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to be involved in a national cur­ricu­lum. Our peo­ple should have in the very begin­ning told Con­gress: “No, we don’t care whether your CC teaches the Ten Com­mand­ments or the Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has NO con­sti­tu­tional right to impose any kind of national cur­ricu­lum and test on the chil­dren and teach­ers of Amer­ica.” That would have surely slowed down the Com­mu­nist Core freight train that is approach­ing the sta­tion where Amer­ica will no longer have a cap­i­tal­ist economy.

It will be a sad day for Amer­ica when the hun­dreds of thou­sands of good Amer­i­cans fight­ing and pos­si­bly win­ning their bat­tle to get rid of CC (WHO ARE NOT TAKING THE VITALLY IMPORTANT NO. 1 STAND AGAINST TAX-SUPPORTED SCHOOL CHOICE) find out that their care­fully selected, tax-supported char­ter or pri­vate or reli­gious or home school is required by law to use Com­mon Core and their chil­dren are being trained for the work­force, not edu­cated for life. Hasn’t any­one thought about that? All those Moms on this anti-Common Core band­wagon will then real­ize they fought and won a bat­tle, only to lose the war. C.S. Lewis, the noted British writer, put it well when he said, “When train­ing beats edu­ca­tion, civ­i­liza­tion dies.”

And, speak­ing of fight­ing bat­tles, only to lose wars: think of the num­ber of Amer­i­cans who have fought and died in wars, osten­si­bly to keep our nation free from the very com­mu­nist polit­i­cal and eco­nomic sys­tem being imposed on us through innocent-sounding publicly-funded school choice!


*[See Free­dom Advo­cates’ expla­na­tion of the def­i­n­i­tion of “Cap­i­tal­ism” in the Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions sec­tion (Ques­tion #8) of the web­site here.]

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