Last week, I explained what the Common Core State Standards are and how, despite the federal government's saying it's staying out of the classroom standards business, there is much evidence to show that the feds are intricately linked to them.
The first way I demonstrated that was by pointing out that the feds have spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants and waivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept CCSS. And all of that was done without a single act of Congress, meaning the federal government -- including the White House -- dumped protocol again to dodge accountability.
With their monetary tentacles reaching over state lines and into classrooms, their second step is to inject their progressive agenda into curricula taught in elementary, middle and high schools. And that is easily accomplished because their educative minions pervade academic arenas and CCSS curricula creators.
Common Core advocates pride themselves in saying that the standards don't set curricula, that they only set goals (or what they call "benchmarks") that educators utilize to help their students reach the academic stars. They say states and local school districts, administrators and educators will fashion curricula.
In fact, the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, a group under the California County of Superintendents Educational Services Association, issued a form titled "Frequently Asked Questions (About) Common Core Standards," in which it is categorically stated: "The Standards don't dictate the details of academic curriculum."
Even Education Secretary Arne Duncan regurgitated the vision of Common Core this way: "Tight on goals but loose on means -- that's our theory of change. It's the exact opposite of how No Child Left Behind was structured." (There's that plural fed-ownership language again, "that's our theory of change.")
"Tight on goals but loose on means" -- sounds like a good plan, right?
Here's the problem. You've heard the version of the golden rule, "He who has the gold makes the rules." Here's the academic version: "He who sets the standards controls the curricula and even the educators." Despite how CCSS defenders say that dictating standards doesn't lead to determining the content taught in classrooms, that's exactly what it does. Proof of the link is found in the fact that when Common Core standards are completely implemented in 2015, at least 85 percent of states' curricula will be based upon them. Get it?!