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Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Peek into the Real Intent of Common Core?

 ….Hitherto the plans of the educationists have achieved very little of what they attempted and indeed, when we have read them …we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers…But the man molders of the new age will be armed with the powers of the omnipotent state and an irresistible scientific technique: we shall get at last a race of conditioners who really can cut out all posterity in what shape they please…They know how to produce conscience and decide what kind of conscience they will produce… The Abolition of Man, 1943  (from  What Would the Founders Think?)
Is this the scenario with Common Core assessments and ideology of standards?  Instead of "party-state" control of content, in the United States, it's "venture capitalists-state funded" control of content.
"The [Chinese] education system in the party-state is trying to lock up the minds of children, using an untenable set of ideology from Marx and Lenin to brainwash the children. If you don’t buy into that stuff, you will be given a zero score and you will fail the exam."
Jing Chu, described by New Tang Dynasty Television as an “internet writer,”  in response to reports that students who wrote anything critical about the Chinese government in essays on their college entrance exam received a zero

Question: Who sets the ideology in Common Core standards?
Answer: It's not your local school board.

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