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Is the Common Core Curriculum (National Curriculum) a Cover-Up?

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Is the Common Core Curriculum (National Curriculum) a Cover-Up?

By Linda Dobson (Common Core Curriculum)

Everyone knows that state budgets are strained, busting at the seams. Would this be a good time to offer up dollars in exchange for getting the states to behave in a way you’d like them to?

If you’re the U. S.  Department of Education, flush with a whole bunch of dollars that weren’t distributed in the “grant program” known as Race to the Top, you sure do. If you’re a parent, sit down, because you need to figure out how in the world this “behavior change,” part of the Common Core Curriculum, is going to help your child learn.

PajamasMedia shares “Arne Duncan’s Brave New World: U. S. Department of Education Wants Your Kid’s Blood Type?” to rip off the veil of a long-sought “common core curriculum.”

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Department of Education — already ensnared by allegations of insider trading — appear to be maneuvering for greater federal influence over state education boards. The vehicle: a supposedly state-led effort titled “Common Core Curriculum (CCC).” Says Gretchen Logue, co-editor of missourieducationwatchdog.com:

Arne Duncan ran the Race to the Top competition, but only a few states got money from that. … They had all this money left over and they told the states if they wanted it they had to sign on to Common Core standards. Most states signed on.

That money became “Title I” funding, which many states used over the last two years to avoid major cuts to education. That money is now drying up. Continues Logue:

The states were told if they did not sign on they were in danger of losing Title I funding. … They had to have the money to satisfy the federal mandates; if they didn’t get the money they couldn’t satisfy them.

That’s right. The federal government basically put all states, and therefore all schools, between a rock and a hard place. How could they say no to the money? So, what did all states, and therefore all schools, promise in return?

CCC itself is only a vehicle to put in place a database of student data, which Logue says would be shared across several federal departments including Education, Commerce, and Labor. Parts of this database already exist and are used by local school districts to send data to their state boards of education, which compile the data and pass it on to the federal government. Says Logue:

It was a way for school districts to get information to the states and the states would then compile it and send it on to the federal government. … It was fairly innocuous.

What the states send to the government now is fairly benign. It mostly consists of test scores, basic demographic information, and district sizes.

But Logue says the feds are now trying to create something entirely different:

The Common Core standards were the vehicle to get the longitudinal database. … They want to get all these systems where they interconnect. … The data sets already exist and are coded.

Indeed PJM has seen the data sets — and they might be accurately described as a brave new world. While not all of the information in these sets is mandatory at this time, the level of detail being asked for is unsettling.

The sets include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth (whether a child was premature or not), blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time.

These datasets are from the National Education Data Model. From its website:

NEDM is the single, comprehensive model of education data and is prerequisite to establishing automated and comparable systems.

According to Logue, these databases appear to be designed to track students from pre-kindergarten through at least age 20, and for the government to feed them into the workforce:

The whole purpose is to take the educational information and feed it into what they call the P-20 pipeline. … The data system in Illinois is the most advanced at this time.

Here’s where I ask, how does this help your child learn? How does this help your child understand math, nouns and verbs, basic science, history? Imagine, if instead of worrying about “lifelong tracking” and pouring billions of dollars into it, the federal government was really concerned about children learning.

(See also “States Making Swift Progress On Lifelong Tracking of Your Kids“)

If you’re an Illinois parent, you may want to remain seated.

Indeed, the Illinois program has some frightening aspects of its own, which are presumably mirrored at the federal level. In a document titled ILDS (Illinois Data System) Data Warehouse Architecture & System Design, Illinois defines “workforce” and lays out state and federal involvement in “workforce development.” From page 80:

The term workforce is defined as consisting of the workers engaged in a specific activity, business or industry or the number of workers who are available to be assigned to any purpose as in a nation’s workforce.

The public workforce system is a network of federal, state, and local offices that function to support economic expansion and facilitate the development United States workforce. The system is designed to create partnership with employers, educators, and community leaders in order to foster economic development and high-growth opportunities in regional economies so that businesses find qualified workers to meet their present and future workforce needs. (Emphasis added)

The highlighted areas would seem to indicate that workers should be assigned to purposes rather than choose their own preferred work, and that the government can and should do the assigning.

The highlighted areas would seem to indicate that workers should be assigned to purposes rather than choose their own preferred work, and that the government can and should do the assigning.

Common Core Curriculum and Its Covert Objective Is Coming to Your Child

If you thought because you’re not in Illinois that your child is off the hook, sit tight. A national data base, hidden behind the skirts of the common core curriculum, has to include everyone’s child, including yours.

Forty-one states — plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands — have signed on to a set of standards that makes local school boards all but superfluous. State boards of education become redundant as well if curricula are decided at a national level rather than at a state level.

This isn’t what you send your child to school for, is it? If it’s not, and you’d rather see your child receive an education than pass tests and have strangers choose his profession for him, think hard about getting him out of this system and using an alternative approach to learning. A common core curriculum (where every child in the United States learns the same thing at the same time) is bad enough; but the data collection on children hiding its wings is just one more piece of a very disturbing use of taxpayer money that doesn’t serve the children of this country at all.

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