Facing a growing tsunami of opposition across the country, proponents of nationalizing K-12 schooling through the Obama administration-pushed Common Core education standards regularly claim that the educational “reform” scheme is “state-led.” After all, they are called “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS), and the federal government is prohibited by the Constitution and U.S. law from meddling in what students learn.
The reality, however, is that the deeply controversial standards were almost entirely the product of billionaires, the establishment, Obama administration machinations, and an assortment of front groups and trade associations funded by Bill Gates and the federal government. Some 45 states have quietly adopted Common Core — largely owing to taxpayer-funded bribes and waivers from other federal mandates handed out by the Obama administration.
Veteran educator Mary Black confronts the “state-led” Common Core myth head on.
In her latest short video about the national standards, part of an ongoing series produced by The New American, Black explains that state governments and citizens had virtually nothing to do with the development or rollout of the controversial scheme. Indeed, the claim that Common Core is a “state-led” effort is so easy to debunk, it is hard to believe that the well-funded backers of the standards continue pushing the notion — it represents nothing less than trying to play the American people for fools.
Still, as noted by Black, who has 40 years of teaching experience and now serves as the student development director for the online classical K-12 school FreedomProject Education, the “commonly held myth” that states were behind Common Core is often one of the very first claims made by its supporters. However: “Common Core is not state led,” she pointed out, before breaking down the facts about the forces that were really behind the standards.
“Its origins trace back to the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Incorporated,” Black explains in the video. “The NGA and the CCSSO are trade organizations based in Washington, D.C. — they are not in the states. Even though you would presume from the name that the governors are deeply involved, that the chief state school officers are involved, they are really not; these are trade-based organizations.” On top of that, both of the outfits actually receive taxpayer funding from the federal government.
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