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Teaching what, not how, to think

This isn’t the first time the federal government has tried to dictate the type of education offered in the states. Despite the fact that the federal government has no constitutional authority to unilaterally set academic standards, nor to direct local school board decisions on curriculum and instructions, we were subjected to Outcome Based Education, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind. As each of these government initiatives became unpopular the name changed, but retained the same basic agenda to push the socialistic, human capital type of education. Now we have Common Core produced by unelected reformers and profiteers, not teachers who understand the cognitive and social development of children.

States, desperate for funds, accepted Common Core without receiving or understanding what the standards are. The actual curriculum and standards are still being written and have never been tested. 85 percent of the curriculum will have to follow Common Core. Only 15 percent can be decided locally. Teacher pay, tenure and funding are tied to test results. It will set up a national database including 400 points of personal information on each student including bus stops, travel times, at-risk students, disease, illness, parental voting information, biometric data, genetic data, and iris scans. This cradle to career model will teach children what to think, not how to think. “College and career ready” will prepare them for a two-year college or workforce out of high school. Child’s path will be set early and training will be focused for specific targeted careers. Welcome to the Brave New World!

Glenda Frei

Grangeville

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