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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Missouri Education Watchdog Lands in a Heritage Foundation Video on Nationalized Standards

Missouri Education goes national on the Heritage Foundation website!

We are interviewed in this video, "The Danger of National Standards", which addresses the problems and constitutional issues raised in the adoption and implementation of common core standards.

The video features Governors Rick Perry and Nikki Haley, Representative Rob Bishop and other public officials. The Heritage Foundation shares the same concerns we have regarding state sovereignty and underfunded debt from federal mandates by agreeing to these standards.

It is time to send this video to your legislators. Ask them why they are not supporting federalism.


  1. I believe I got an excellent public education in the public schools of Arizona in the 1950's and early '60's. That education system does not exist anymore. What happened--the rise of teacher's unions and Federal funds to education. The unions have driven a professional class of educators into a blue collar labor pool, which ensured the loss of all sense of excellence in education and professionalism. The Department of Education has totally bought into the BF Skinner model that people are animals when it comes to learning. Children are not taught the art of critical thinking and analysis, which is needed in a free and democratic society. Common Core Curricula only makes the problem worse by labeling children unsuited for higher paying careers too early in their development. Actually, no level of government should ever do this for any child at any age. This is done by parents in consultation with the teacher, which is but one reason why we need excellence in the teaching profession. Our country's greatness came from people having the freedom for making choices on their own. I fear a dumbed down system of 'common core curricula."

  2. CCS completely ignores the benefits of competition within and between the states in the field of education. If we all buy into a single standard and methodology and it turns out to be a dud, we have lost an entire generation. Then again, that may be the point of CCS.


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