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How Parents Are Winning the Common Core Debate

George Will: A burgeoning movement is responding: "No. Period."

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Paula Bolyard

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January 20, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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1. “New communication skills and technologies enable energized minorities to force new topics onto the political agenda.”

It used to be that activists had to rely on phone chains and mailing lists — snail mail — to get word out about their causes. It took a dreadfully long time to organize a resistance of any consequence, and there was often little hope of rousing entrenched politicians who answered mainly to lobbyists and big donors.

But now, with social media, camera-equipped cell phones, talk radio and the 24-hour news cycle, virtually everyone can be an instant political activist. As a result, powerful news organizations and politicians no longer have complete control over the “narratives.” Activists now have effective and efficient (and often free) tools at their disposal to help level the playing field.

Soccer moms with cell phones can assemble a hundred parents at the statehouse with a handful of tweets or shut down the phone systems for a week with a single Facebook post that instantly reaches thousands of activists. Legislators can only ignore such efforts for so long because, as the great philosopher of our age Kelly Clarkson said, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Ignoring highly dedicated activists merely forces them to redouble their efforts and find new pathways to success.

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If it was actually just matriarchal it might be tolerable. It is actually full on anti-male.
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Some years back, I read that a child's social attitudes -- what's right, what's wrong, truth, integrity, etc. -- are pretty much solidified by age 11. And this is precisely why the educrats want total control of our children:

"Give me the child for 8 years, and it will be a Bolshevik forever!" --Vladimir Lenin
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Common Core is a bondage of the mind; a chaining of the intellect; a leash for mental slaves; a stifling, and ultimately a decapitation, of human liberty itself. It is, in clear and plain fact, a regression back to the Dark Ages.
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Every single movement in the educational marketplace is against this kind of centralized, "one size fits all" solution. This Common Core nonsense is just another in the organized left's endless obsessions with 50's style government. Let's go back to when our schools were supposed to turn out cookie cutter workers for America's Factories and Processing Plants!

The entire educational establishment needs to be taken down to the bare metal. I've spent some time here screaming at SoComs for reasons of political tactics, but thus is an example of why we are on the same side more often than not. They are fundamentally responsible for the foundation and initial growth of the home schooling movement. My brother home schools his kids, and I had no idea of the rich and diverse curriculum choices available to parents until he brought me up to speed a few years ago.

Home schooling is often a misnomer. Sure, you can do all you are comfortable teaching at home, but you can also essentially buy individual classes from experts you choose at facilities with things you might not have access to (lab equipment etc). The girls go to enrichment activities covering the whole range of school sports, including "normal" ones like Track and Field, and sports our pacifist schools would never allow like Archery.

This is why the educational/indoctrinational establishment hates home schooling. It is everything they are not. The single weapon they have to push their Communist Core agenda is their once commonly believed calumny that home schoolers are "scary religious people" who home school because they hate science. It wasn't true then and it isn't true now.

The more people who are exposed to real home schooling, or as I like to think of it, Modular Private Education, the more we are going to see we have no need of these idiotic "Public Schools"...at least not in their current form.

They would make nice buildings for privately run enrichment centers...
39 weeks ago
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You make some excellent points, hornspe, and btw, I appreciate your willingness to look at homeschooling apart from the rhetoric that's often leveled against the movement. It's far more diverse and nuanced than it's portrayed.

We actually have a member of our local school board -- a Republican -- who believes that homeschooling (and all school choice) is akin to Jim Crow laws. She says she grew up in the segregated South and anything that takes kids and money out of the public schools is "just like" the segregated South and Jim Crow. There is just no educating people so closed-minded and indoctrinated by their unions.

As for your idea about using school buildings as enrichment centers, charter schools in Ohio have had to go all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court to get permission to open up schools in unused public school buildings. A charter school in Cincinnati purchased a former public school building at an auction but was later told that a restriction on the property prohibited it from being used for educational purposes. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the charter school, but it shows you the amazing lengths they will go to in order to avoid competition.
39 weeks ago
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You omit The Wizard's reply to Dorothy's accusation, which speaks volumes about government in general: "Oh, no, my dear, I am a very good man. I'm just a very bad wizard."

And so are all the other good people in government.
39 weeks ago
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Once upon a time, when we had a common culture, there was no need for a "common core" teaching. Now there is. The problem is with "Common Core" as promulgated.
Back in the day parents could safely leave teaching to the school, knowing that their children would be taught appropriately. Since this is no longer true, parents must interject themselves directly into the education process. Hopefully, parents will understand enough to ensure their children grow up with knowledge and understanding that fits them to be responsible citizens of the Republic.
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We cannot allow the least capable to determine the outcome of all children. We need to take our boys out of the matriarchal government run schools for the betterment of the future of our nation.
39 weeks ago
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If it was actually just matriarchal it might be tolerable. It is actually full on anti-male.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Some years back, I read that a child's social attitudes -- what's right, what's wrong, truth, integrity, etc. -- are pretty much solidified by age 11. And this is precisely why the educrats want total control of our children:

"Give me the child for 8 years, and it will be a Bolshevik forever!" --Vladimir Lenin
39 weeks ago
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That's what is behind Obama's, De Blasio's and all their fellow-travelers' push for universal preschool.
39 weeks ago
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To paraphrase Jorge-Luis Borges, common core fosters oppression, common core fosters servitude, common core fosters cruelty, perhaps even more abominable is the fact that it fosters idiocy.

To the human mind it is the plague. Even a troop of baboons should be above it and despise it in any of it's members.
39 weeks ago
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The way big business (technology and book companies) and big foundations manipulate education is an outrage. Thrilling to see that picture of so many Ohioans who made it to that committee meeting.
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time that parents woke up and realized that their children are being indoctrinated, not educated, and indoctrinated to disagree with all the beliefs of the family that is sending their child to that public indoctrination center, that believes in how much can the union get, the hell with the children
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Common Core is a bondage of the mind; a chaining of the intellect; a leash for mental slaves; a stifling, and ultimately a decapitation, of human liberty itself. It is, in clear and plain fact, a regression back to the Dark Ages.
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We are the Core. Your children will be further assimilated. Individuality is weakness. Group-think is strength.
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