The Common Core-ing of Society

by: the Common Constitutionalist

You may recall the incident in Grayslake Illinois, reported by The Blaze, where “Community Consolidated School District 46 curriculum coordinator Amanda August in which she said it matters less if students answer 3 x 4 incorrectly as long as they explain how they arrived at their final answer.”

Although Ms. August did say that the little tykes should arrive at the correct answer, she explains the “emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer – not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12?”

She’s further explains that “even under the new Common Core if even they said 3 x 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and for all explanations and they showed it in a picture but they just got the final number wrong? Were more focused on the how and the why.”

Why? There is no why. It just is. Three sets of four is 12. Four sets of three is 12. That’s it. This is arithmetic. It’s not psychology. 3 x 4 is not 12, relatively speaking. It’s just 12.

Yet this is where we are heading in every facet of modern America. It is the Common Core-ing of our society, where everything is relative. An answer can’t just be right – it must also feel right. read more

Stay Out the Bushes

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Like war, politics sometimes has strange bedfellows. You know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.


Well, he ain’t heavy and he sure ain’t my brother or my friend, but I wholeheartedly agree with that all-around good guy and race pimp, Jesse Jackson, when he uttered no truer words than, “I say America, stay out the Bushes. Stay out the Bushes. Stay out the Bushes. Stay out the Bushes. Stay out!”


Those immortal words ring no truer than they do today, because this time it is Jeb Bush the establishment is attempting to foist upon us.


Now that Krispy Kreme Christie has, at least for now, fallen out of favor, Jeb appears to be the next Bob Dole, John McCain or Mitt Romney (although Romney sure has been right about Russia). read more

No More Common Core

Republican advocates for the Common Core State Standards have been surprised to discover deep and persistent opposition to a top down, educational system driven by a “testing to the test” mindset which seeks to push all students towards a four year university degree. You might say that, by failing to anticipate objections from grassroots conservatives, Common Core advocates are guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations. But, the trajectory of the debate and the passion it engenders from many parents, educators, grassroot conservatives and employers dissatisfied with the increasing state and national control over local public education, is not at all surprising to those of us in Texas who have watched and participated in the battle over our state’s education policy in recent years. As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I was heavily involved in that battle. read more

Education’s Shiny Toy Syndrome

from: Michelle Malkin

It’s elementary. Public education bureaucrats do the darnedest, stupidest things. Clever kids are ready, willing and able to capitalize on that costly stupidity in a heartbeat. Within days of rolling out a $30 million Common Core iPad program in Los Angeles, for example, students had already hacked the supposedly secure devices.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the disastrous initiative has been suspended after students from at least three different high schools breached the devices’ security protections. It was a piece of iCake. The young saboteurs gleefully advertised their method to their friends, fellow Twitter and Facebook users, and the media. read more

Jeb “Common Core” Bush

from: Michelle Malkin


This is priceless. Former Fla. GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, consummate politician and 2016 presidential aspirant, has now bitterly accused opponents of his federal education schemes of possessing “purely political” motives. Projection, anyone?


Having previously suggested that critics of the so-called Common Core standards program are crazy, ignorant and lying, Bush piled on at a National Press Club appearance this week. Jeb the Insult Comic Dog did not hold back. Not only is the growing anti-Fed Ed movement of parents, teachers, school board members, academics, privacy advocates and state legislators of all stripes “purely political,” Bush sniped, but the Common Core backlash that’s causing him conniption fits is also opposed to academic excellence.

Yep. If you question Jeb Bush and his Big Business/Big Government cronies, you stand foursquare against student achievement and intellectual rigor. Pay attention, all you informed moms and dads who have raised pointed, carefully researched questions about the costs, quality, validity, constitutionality and intrusiveness of Common Core. Bush thinks you are “purely political” beasts who are recklessly harming your own kids’ scholastic advancement. read more

Common Core – The Obamacare of Education

 by: the Common Constitutionalist

Common Core – it sends shivers down the spines of freedom loving individuals. It is the Obamacare of education with its national standards and testing and its one-size-fits-all government model.

While the implementation of the Common Core curriculum is new, the passion for and the idea of national education has been burning in the hearts of progressives for more than a century.

Many people blame George W. Bush for Common Core. After all Common Core is just the natural extension of Bush’s “No Child Left behind”, resulting in the progression to Obama’s “Race to the Top”.

“Race to the Top” was simply a bribe offered to cash poor states during the recession to entice them into accepting the Common Core curriculum. Just imagine the federal government saying to the states: “You may have this pile of money to help your state through these tough times.” “Great”, reply the states. “What do we have to do?” “Oh, not much”, say the feds. “Just accept these national education standards and teach exactly what we dictate with no possibility of change or adjustment to the curriculum. That’s all.” “Oh, is that all? We’ll take the cash and worry about the ramifications later”, say the states.

As I stated, Common Core is just the natural progression of an ever-intrusive federal government that has been advancing the idea of a national school system devoid of local control.

Each progressive administration, dating as far back as reconstruction, has moved the ball forward. Whether a little or a lot, the ball moved forward.

Before Bush’s “No Child Left behind” there was Bill Clinton, who in 1994 secured passage of the “Improving American Schools Act” and the “Goals 2000 Educate America Act”. Notice all the lovely flowery names for these laws? They picked these names so that no politician can vote against them. It’s quite dishonest.

Prior to Clinton there was kinder, gentler George HW Bush and his Charlottesville Education Summit in 1989. What came out of the summit were eight, typically liberal, pie-in-the-sky, feel-good, unachievable talking points dressed up as goals. Among these were gems such as “All children will start school ready to learn”, “Every adult American will be literate” and “the high school graduation rate will be at least 90%”. I won’t even waste my time commenting for I’m sure you’ve drawn the same conclusion. Absurd!

As one would expect of Ronald Reagan, although he supported education, he felt it better left to the states. But even in the Reagan Administration the “Improving America’s Schools Act” was passed in 1983.

Jimmy Carter, being the leftist he was and still is, did not feel the same about local control. We all know to thank Yimmy for his signature on October 17, 1979; the creation of the Department of Education. Ugh!

Before Carter there was Nixon. His 1970 “Special Message to Congress on Education Reform” simply threw money at the supposed problem. He did however discover a new human right. It was the right to read. Madison must’ve forgotten that amendment when crafting the Constitution.

Then there was Lyndon Johnson  – modern-day father of the ruination of the United States. Johnson’s “Great Society” debacle was an umbrella vision. Under that large umbrella were handouts for job training programs, housing programs, healthcare, poverty programs and of course education. Everything the federal government shouldn’t be involved in.

He chose to sell his idea of “Education Reform” as part of his “War on Poverty” because “poor kids can learn too”. This cause gave rise to ESEA, Johnson’s “Elementary and Secondary Education Act”. He claimed it was to break the “cycle of poverty” and as is always the case, throwing money at the education problem via a government “investment” will solve things.

In a conversation with VP Hubert Humphrey, Johnson told Humphrey: “Don’t ever argue with me. I’ll go a hundred million or 1 billion on health or education. I don’t argue about that anymore than I argue about [First Lady] Lady Bird buying flour. I’ll spend the God damned money. I may cut back on some tanks.”

As we’ve experienced over these many decades, massive federal government spending solves every problem and that was a lot of money then.

I originally intended to take this all the way back to Woodrow Wilson but frankly it’s depressing to think what has happened just since the 1960s and I think you get the point. Common Core is not the beginning but it may be the end of proper education in this country if it is not stopped.

Time To Opt Out of Creepy Fed Ed Data-Mining Racket

Last week, I reported on the federal government’s massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme.

The bad news: GOP “leadership” continues to ignore or, worse, enable this Nanny State racket (hello, Jeb Bush).

The good news: An independent grassroots revolt outside the Beltway bubble is swelling. Families are taking their children’s academic and privacy matters out of the snoopercrats’ grip and into their own hands. You can now download a Common Core opt-out/disclosure form to submit to your school district, courtesy of the Truth In American Education group:

Parents caught off guard by the stealthy tracking racket are now mobilizing across the country. Echoing families across the city, Big Apple public advocate Bill de Blasio blasted the tracking database in a letter to government officials, according to the New York Daily News: “I don’t want my kids’ privacy bought and sold like this.” On Wednesday, prompted by parental objections, Oklahoma state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1989 — the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act — to prohibit the release of confidential student data without the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian.  Continue Reading