Common Core. Is it right?. Self-Evident Truth. What is a self-evident truth?. Education of Children. Parents. Delegate to Local Government limited power and authority. Self-evident Right and Duty to Educate. Children. U. S. Constitution. Who has authority to pass laws?
Is it right?
Local Government limited power and authority
Self-evident Right and Duty to Educate
Who has authority to pass laws?
What laws can they pass?
U. S. Constitution Article 1 Section 8
Laws regarding the education of our children is not on the list
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
1. Dep. of Education Organizational Act, 1979, Sec 103b
2. General Education Provisions Act,
3. The Elementary and Secondary Act, 1965
Legislature is the only branch that can make law
The president has the authority to suggest action to congress- but no authority to take action himself.
Where should solutions come from?
Can they come from the federal level?
Or must they, by law, come from the state and local levels of government?
“I’ve urged Congress for a while now, let’s get a bipartisan effort, let’s fix this. Congress hasn’t been able to do it. So I will. Our kids only get one shot at a decent education. They cannot afford to wait any longer. So, given that Congress cannot act, I am acting. So starting today, we’ll be giving states more flexibility to meet high standards.”
Remarks on “No Child Left Behind”,
Sept. 23, 2011
The simple answer-
Just a set of standards that is consistent across the country
State led initiative where states control the standards
States have control of curriculum
1988- Marc Tucker becomes head of National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE)
2004 Bill Gates contracted with UNESCO to fulfill part of the UN’s Millennium Campaign goals- Universal Education
2005 Bill Gates funded the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce which was created by Mark Tucker
June 2008 Gates awarded a 2.2 million dollar grant to the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership to promote the adoption of national standards
Gates continues to help fund UN programs to promote international standards- to date the Gates Foundation has spent over ¼ billion dollars
The UN is a member of the International Benchmarking Advisory Group for Common Core Standards
Both of Obama’s teams determined that we needed national standards
Obama says he called on Governors and Chief State School Officers (Superintendents of Public Instruction) to create a set of standards- sounds state led
Actually called on National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)- Both are private organizations which have no binding authority with the states
What nobody knew was that the standards had already been written by a couple of individuals from a private group called Achieve Inc.- the standards were then accepted by both the NGA and the CCSSO
Equity and Excellence Commission and Education Policy Transition Team have one person in common-
Thanks in part to the Darling-Hammond connection, Pearson Publishing is set to be the biggest common core publisher in the world.
Bill Gates has said- “When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products…”
This agreement that we signed, called an MOU, ties WY to the SBAC’s agreement with the US DOE
SBAC’s agreement with the DOE states: “The Grantee must provide timely and complete access to any and all data collected at the State Level to ED or its designated program monitors, technical assistance providers, or research partners, and to GAO, and the auditors…
Which ties WY to the SBAC agreement with the US DOE
Giving the US Dept. of ED access to any and all data
WY in order to get that federal money agreed to implement a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) to track our students from Preschool to the workforce in a program called the P20.
P20 is scary!
“The purpose of the WY SLDS is to establish the data cohesion and integration across multiple agency systems… that provides accurate information on how individual students, or aggregates of students are doing over time from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and into post-secondary education and careers.”
Anyone?......... Anyone?......... Anyone?
Per the Federal DOE, individual biometric information is used and defined as “personally identifiable information”.
“When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculumwill line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products…”
Right and Duty
Delegates to parents limited power & authority
Let’s just assume that the standards are harmless and even good. We have just given the authority to determine educational standards to a distant governing body. What will those standards look like 5 years from now? 10 years from now? Have you ever known government to usurp power and then give it back? Is it all worth it for a few dollars now?