Monday, January 18, 2016

James O’Keefe’s Common Core Videos Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg, Part I

(I wrote a comment on this article and have posted it here:
Can we simplify this thing. Joy? Your expose is excellent, but is anything about it surprising to any of us? I have come to this conclusion - the US public education system, like every other bureaucracy, is fundamentally incompatible with the intent of the US Constitution - PERIOD! It can't be fixed and anyone who thinks it can is delusional. Furthermore, it is itself in the process of self-destruction - the cost alone is unsustainable.
The only avenue for any of us who have a basic awareness of what the hell is going on, is to take action NOW!
Translation: Give it up - it can't be fixed! Further translation: Take matters in your own hands and homeschool - NOW! As someone once said, let the dead bury the dead! As someone commented here - public schooling is child sacrifice!
It is for this specific purpose I began a website 5 months ago, after some 10 years of emailing friends and family on the 4 Biggies - Government/Religion/Politics/Culture. Our culture produces our politics - and what produces our culture? Yup - whoever controls our schools, controls our culture. Every dictator in history knew that and so do our current oligarchs in the US. Go to - - and plan to do some reading how you too can start your own turnaround for you and your family - NOW! The website also links to a blog archive of articles which I am building. Plenty to read and act on!
If not now - when?
If not we - who? - CL)

The article follows:
Many people can see with their own eyes how intellectually thin is the brainfood schools serve children now, and research has shown a marked decline in the quality of U.S. K-12 curriculum. This is a big problem, because curriculum rivals teacher quality in its power to help children learn. One study found good curriculum could help children get more than two years’ of additional learning into K-12. This matters because people who haven’t learned anything cannot possibly be good Americans. That requires developing the capacity for self-government, which requires good judgment, which requires actually knowing something that can inform your decisions. Just look around. Does it seem like that characteristic thrives today? If you don’t think so, and you care about reversing America’s decline, then pay attention.
People who haven’t learned anything cannot possibly be good Americans.
While rants about bad curriculum surface regularly, almost nobody talks about why we are stuck inside a decades-long cycle of curriculum that a) feeds kids politically correct pablum, outrageous examples of which we see pouring over social media constantly and b) insiders can arrange through taxpayer-funded sweetheart deals that never benefit children.
The two, as it turns out, are related, both to each other and to Common Core. I’m about to argue that the second is the cause of the first. To better understand why, let’s hear from industry insiders who spoke to me (on the record) as I’ve researched Common Core over the past four years. In this installment, we’ll talk about the economic truth that monopolies degrade quality, and see how monopolistic and cartelized is the system that generates what U.S. kids study.