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Is Bill Ayers Influencing ‘Race to the Top’?

A close colleague of the former terrorist is deeply involved in designing the president's program.

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Mary Grabar

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September 25, 2012 - 12:00 am
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As I described in my report for Accuracy in Media (“Terrorist Professor Bill Ayers and Obama’s Federal School Curriculum”): under the new Common Core initiative attached to Race to the Top, all school children will be required to pass national tests now essentially being written by Ayers “pal” and close radical colleague, Professor of Education Linda Darling-Hammond. The close collegial relationship between the two is matched by their similar education philosophies. Be prepared to have your children tested for the right attitudes in “social justice” through such means as “collaborative discussion,” one of the actual criteria now in place for eleventh- and twelfth-graders.

How much influence has Ayers had? At this point, we don’t know exactly.

But we do know that in October 2009, he was one of the keynote speakers at a conference by the Renaissance Group, a group made up mostly of state colleges. We do know that at that same conference Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter spoke. So did Nevin Brown from a company called Achieve Inc., which is essentially project manager for Common Core. Also, like most of the players in this educational initiative, Achieve is the recipient of the largesse of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In his latest book Spreading the Wealth, Stanley Kurtz quite logically maintains that after the 2008 controversy Obama decided he would distance himself from Ayers and instead have a proxy like Linda Darling-Hammond working with the White House. Although Darling-Hammond does not share Ayers’ bomb-throwing history, she is on the same page when it comes to education.

So Ayers was at a conference with the two highest officials in the Department of Education. The video links for the conference on the Renaissance web page are not working. The director says he is having technical people looking into the problem. So far, this is all we have. That doesn’t mean there isn’t more.

Read more about the coming diktats of Common Core in my report here.

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Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at www.dissidentprof.com. Her writing can be found at www.marygrabar.com. Subscribe to dispatches here.
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