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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Common Core Proponents Follow a Mahatma Gandhi Quote. Are the Common Core Opponents Winning?

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

Read the blog below from NewSchools Venture Funds, Common Core-spiracy and make your own conclusions about the proponents of Common Core and how they are now responding to CCSS opponents.  Are the proponents at the ridicule/fighting stage as described by Gandhi?  It's hard to ignore the increasing voices of those against Common Core.  It's obvious anti-CCSS folks can't be ignored, so they are now being ridiculed and fought by those loving the core.
Just a bit of background, here's "our core values" page from NewSchools Venture Funds:
Our mission is to transform public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. We are guided in our actions by the following core values. 


We seize opportunities and overcome obstacles by being resourceful, creative, and embracing the Art of the Possible.


We focus on measurable outcomes and the discipline to improve continuously.


We strive to be ethical and honest in both actions and words, in the moment and over time.


We conscientiously use the resources with which we have been entrusted.


We work collectively, inclusively, and respectfully to accomplish more than what is possible alone.


We act with commitment and zeal in all aspects of our work.

I guess working collectively, inclusively, respectfully (collaboration) and being ethical and honest (integrity) in actions and words holds true with only those you agree with.  Common Core opponents must be ridiculed and demeaned.  And these are people who want to transform public education?  Are they elected officials?  Or are they David Coleman wannabes trying to structure public education with your tax money and your children and they don't bother to ask your opinion?  

NewSchools Venture Funds is really not interested in your opinion: it's funded heavily by Bill Gates and Silicon Valley and has an intense financial interest for Common Core to be implemented.  Why listen to concerned taxpayers and parents when the company has received millions in private funding?

I wonder why the blog doesn't mention the organization's ties to special interests?  From Common Core-spiracy:


Common Core-spiracy


TO:           All members of the Illuminati Common Core-spiracy

FROM:   Benjamin Riley, NewSchools Venture Front

CC:           Governors of 45 US states; NEA & AFT leadership; Scholastic, Pearson and McGraw Hill; US Chamber of Commerce; Gates Foundation; Aspen Institute; ExxonMobil; Trilateral Commission; Council on Foreign Relations; All European Heads of State;  Professor Bill Ayers; the Rothschilds; the Rockefellers; Parallax Corporation; Fair Play for Cuba Committee; [REDACTED BY CHENEY]; Dennis Rodman

RE:           Discovery of our plot to destroy the American way of life through the raising of academic standards

Gentlemen (and Condi), I write with great urgency. Despite our best efforts to conceal our true aims behind the development and adoption of the Common Core State Standards, our plot is on the verge of unraveling.  (Reminder: our plan is to “dumb down schoolchildren so they will be obedient servants of the government and probably to indoctrinate them to accept the leftwing view of America and its history,” even though most of us are wealthy capitalists.) We did not anticipate that a small, select band of truth seeking American patriots would see through our ruse and reveal our true intentions. 

As you know, we intend to shred this country’s fabric of freedom through a complex, multi-pronged assault on everything this nation holds sacred – starting with cursive handwriting. We intentionally removed cursive from the Common Core because we broadly agreed that the ability to write in round letters that flow together is a key skill for all freethinking persons to possess in 2013. The Declaration of Independence, after all, was written in cursive – coincidence?  Unfortunately for us, however, state legislators in North Carolina have already passed legislation to again mandate that cursive writing be taught in school, and other states seem poised to follow North Carolina’s lead. So much for our hope that principles of “small government conservatism” would mitigate against this meddling into what schools teach.

But other problems loom larger for us than our war on penmanship. Although the Common Core was created by state-based groups, and adopted by 45 state legislatures with broad bipartisan support, we all know that eventually we were going to build one giant federal database, housed within the National Security Agency (or News Corp), to track the thoughts of every student in the country. What we did not anticipate is Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – usually our reliable puppet – would discover our plan and rally forces against our “Big Brother privacy invasion.” Although there is little we can do to stop her directly, I’ve instructed the Gifts Department to cancel the Daytona 500 tickets we promised Clarence for the Citizens United decision.

We also, as you know, plan to brainwash the American citizenry into believing fringe scientific theories outside the mainstream of scientific thought. I refer of course to “evolution” and “climate change.” According to an education “expert” at Cato Institute (another usually reliable puppet), “there’s nothing wrong with talking about climate change in science classrooms, but this opens up the huge possibility that interpretations of climate change or analysis that a lot of people disagree with will still be taught.” Of course, some people might equate teaching “interpretations” and “analysis” of “what’s happening to the planet” as what we commonly refer to as “science,” but apparently the road to serfdom is paved with Darwin’s monkey theories.

Likewise, we are in real trouble with our plan to create a single, national curriculum that will turn America’s freedom-loving children into France-admiring cheese-eating surrender monkeys. To be sure, on their face the Common Core State Standards are academic standards that define what students are expected to know and learn, and do not mandate any particular material (or “curriculum”) that educators must use. Nonetheless, for reasons that remain opaque we have made it a priority to teach “seventh-graders about J. Edgar Hoover’s sexuality.” (Similarly, David H. and Charles G. feel VERY strongly that Atlas Shrugged should be required reading in the third grade – let’s take this up at our next meeting in Davos.)

You will also recall our hope that, once the Common Core was firmly entrenched in the American education system and our youth fully indoctrinated, we would provide “unfettered access of our educational system by the United Nations.” Unfortunately, a rogue outfit in Arizona has gotten wind of our plan and published our org chart for all to see. As I’ve asked you before, PLEASE stop circulating our internal documents to Fox News – Sean H. has an unfortunate tendency to leave documents lying around in the men’s room.

But our most daunting challenge stems from an adversary as intelligent as he is fearless. I refer of course to Glenn Beck. Using the keen insight for which he is well admired, Beck rightly perceives that the Common Core effort is not about our education system per se. Rather, Beck understands the Common Core is merely prelude to our much bigger ambition to eliminate all parental rights. Beck knows that soon, using “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging [and a] pressure-sensitive computer mouse,” we will be able to directly manipulate the minds of American citizens. This plan will only work, however, if we’ve successfully eliminated any rights parents have to make any decisions for their children, including (importantly) whether they wear tinfoil hats.

Gentlemen, we must act quickly. I hereby propose an emergency action plan to revive the Common Core before these truth-tellers capture the hearts and minds of the worker-bee drones we are so intent on manufacturing:
  1. Massive advertising buy in support of Common Core in all major golf tournaments
  2. Federal legislation to require purchase of all Common Core curriculum materials in bitcoins
  3. Kidnap Senator Rand Paul, demand his fealty to Common Core through appeal to the Aqua Buddha
  4. Develop series of colorful children’s books in support of the Common Core loosely tied to known defenders of freedom, including Adam Smith (“The Invisible Hand…of Your Education!”), Ayn Rand (“Goin’ Galt with the Common Core”), and Charles Murray (“Bending the Bell Curve”)
  5. Triple production of black helicopters
Please deposit 5% of your net wealth forthwith into our Cayman Islands account so that we may maintain our control over the American education system, Wall Street, Hollywood, the International Baccalaureate program, and other global systems of power.

Novus ordo seclorum.


 Okee dokee folks.  If you don't like Common Core, you have been sufficiently schooled by an elite much smarter than you so stop being silly with your questions and concerns about the direction of public education.   Jim Stergios had a respectful response to an extraordinarily disrespectful article:

Jim Stergios says:
Hi Ben:
An argument that is below you. Review the five studies we have done on Common Core’s quality (mediocre at best), legal dimensions, and cost. There are very good reasons to oppose Common Core. You’re smarter than this silliness, at least that is what I have heard from friends.


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