Common Core a monopoly on education

Mark Schenck Contributing columnist

December 19, 2013

A monopoly is when one person or company has overwhelming control of a certain sector of business. Monopolies have a negative effect on the economy. They destroy competition, which benefits consumers by providing a choice of products — that in turn stimulates creativeness and helps to control product cost.

Many laws have been written to control monopolies. Fortunately the federal government forbids monopolies in the commercial sector, however it has a different set of rules to govern it’s own “Single Option Programs” — such as the one soon to be adopted in a school near you, the “Common Core’ Curriculum.”

This method of teaching is just as it’s name suggests: Common Core Curriculum will in fact become the common standard for all schools. This in itself denotes ‘Common Core’ as a monopoly — and what has the g overnment stated about the effects of monopolies on creativeness, choice, and cost?

Common Core was attached to the state’s so-called stimulus money in 2009. Despite the fact that standards for Common Core were not even written at that time, quite a few states signed up for stimulus money, which included the Common Core — another example of “Ya gotta pass it so you can see what’s in it.”

Now that many of the states have wiped the lipstick off this pig, more than 18 States have or are in the process of rejecting Common Core Standards and many more are rethinking their decisions.

Working behind the scenes, implementing policies and writing the standards are associates from President Obama’s community organizing days. In de facto control of the education component is Linda Darling-Hammond, considered by many as a radical left-wing educator along with one of it’s prime advocates William “Bill” Ayers, the former leader of the home grown terrorist style “Weather Underground” who is now a professor of education and a close friend of President Obama.

What’s Ayers’ message? Ayres seeks to overthrow the United States by using our children against us. Ayers wants Americans to become global citizens, free of the U.S. Constitution and traditional values. It appears his message has little to do with education reform and everything to do with using teachers and schools as change agents for socialist indoctrination. Ayers is very open about his intent and has voiced these objectives publically on many occasions.

Should individuals charged with participating in terrorist style organizations be allowed to direct your child’s or grandchild’s education?

The federal government is collecting a database on America’s children including students healthcare histories, family income information, voting status, blood types and religious affiliations. Through the stimulus, American’s privacy has been increasingly compromised. Permission has been given to release students’ personal records — permissions that once had to be granted by parents. This right to privacy was taken away in January 2012 by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which now allows all information collected by schools since 2009 to be shared among federal agencies without parental consent.

American Classics as “Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” “Tom Sawyer” and others are being replaced, in some cases, with EPA manuals. Reference Books associated with the first satellite put in orbit by Russia are recommended and yet nothing about the first moon walk by the US. The Gettysburg address is taught out of context, with no association to the Civil War and its true meaning.

Nationwide, all taxes collected for the purpose of education will be redistributed to equalize educational opportunity. In other words, schools that are run efficiently in NC could have their funds taken away and given to some union-heavy, bloated bureaucratic school system in another state.

A panel of unelected bureaucrats will be determining school curriculum. Your child’s education will be predetermined by the needs of the marketplace and the invasive data that defines the individual. In other words, your child will be educated to fill the projected needs of the common good despite what the parent’s or child’s preferences are.

Indications are that Common Core was initially created by a “DC Progressive Trade Association” without any states involvement until much later. Common Core was also said to have had international comparisons for uniform compatibility. Was this actually done? If so, then where is the data? Word is that only one country was given a realitively small test for compatibility with Common Core.

Nothing indicates that Common Core has ever been field tested in the United States — kinda like The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Many states already have curriculum standards that are as good or better than Common Core. Some say this is not a “Race to the Top” but rather a “Race to the Middle.”

The US Dept. Of Education was created by President Carter’s administration in 1979 and became law in 1980. Other than writing block grants for failing school systems, many say its abolishment would not have any effect on our countries school systems whatsoever. The opinion of many educators is that they are in favor of returning control of our school systems to the state, and local governments as it is written in our Constitution.

Remember how F.D.R. sold Social Security to the American people? All your money will be collected and saved for you, with interest. Two years later, F.D.R. started spending your retirement savings. And how the the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, has turned out to be completely different from what was initially sold to the American people. In business, this type of unfulfilled obligation would be concidered a breach of contract or even fraud and when encountered, legal action would be in order.

Are we again being forced to adopt yet another government program in order to find out what’s in it? Or do we say: “Control of North Carolina Education by North Carolinians?” Our government has proven itself incompetent at running any type of business successfully and needs to concentrate on cleaning up its messes before creating another one.

Mark Schenck is the president of Scotland County’s Republican Party.