Common Core “Jerkitude”

From conservative columnist Michelle Malkin:

This week’s award for Biggest Common Core Jerk goes to Missouri GOP state legislator Mike Lair. Parents, teachers and administrators who object to the government education “standards” racket — which usurps local control, impedes academic achievement and undermines family privacy — have politicians on the defensive. The only thing these Fed Ed flacks and hacks can respond with is cowardly condescension.

Lair, chairman of Missouri’s House Appropriations Committee on Education, inserted an $8 budget line item to mock Common Core critics as tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists. Lair’s item reads: “For two rolls of high-density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”

Common Core jerkitude is a bipartisan disease. Lair’s ridicule of grave parental concerns about Common Core data mining follows in the footsteps of Democratic U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (who derided opponents as “white suburban moms”) and GOP former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (who derided opponents’ motives as “purely political”). It’s all a snitty, snotty smokescreen that will backfire as more families from all parts of the political spectrum discover the truth about Common Core’s invasive nature

Has great is it to read “jerkitude” in a paragraph that includes Arne Duncan and Jeb Bush?

Malkin continues to describe Common Core in the same tone as do people who don’t agree with her on anything. Consider these:

Assessing Common Core is inextricably tied to the big business of data collection and data mining. States that took the Race to the Top bribes in exchange for adopting Common Core must now comply with the edutech requirements of two private testing conglomerates….

In New York, opposition from left, right and center has forced education bureaucrats to delay uploading personally identifiable student information to the Common Core-linked inBloom data cloud, a partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp……

As I’ve explained before, the exploding multibillion-dollar education technology sector is driven by Common Core’s top-down digital learning and testing mandates…..

When politicians want to evade accountability, they go on the attack. They don’t loathe anti-Common Core parents because they’re “paranoid.” They fear them because “paranoid” is the political demagogue’s word for active, alert and well-informed….

There was considerable conservative opposition present last week  in Orlando when the state board passed Common Core as deliberately misleading “Florida Standards.” Apparently the author of the Florida Standards believes that all she needed to do was get through one contentious hearing. Writes StateImpact reporter John O’Connor:

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said debate over the content of the standards is over.

“I think that the vote that the board took today certainly does lay to rest where we’re headed,” she said, “the direction we’re going with our standards. This is the right move.”and

The vote changes the name to the Florida Standards. Stewart said that name is more accurate because it also includes other Florida standards in science, civics and other subjects.

For a short-term, Stewart is correct to say that the vote lays “to rest where we’re headed.” For now. The opponents who showed up in Orlando aren’t going to just take their ball and go home. People who take the day off from work and travel to face down a bunch of political cronies don’t do that. Board chairman Gary Chartrand’s arbitrary move to cut their testimony time from 3 to 2 minutes only served to confirm that Floridians should be worried about his conflicts of interests.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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