If you oppose common core because you believe it’s a massive power grab by the federal government to control education, no doubt you’ve been laughed at, been called a conspiracy nut and all sorts of derisive names by those who happily tell you, you’re crazy and then tell you they know what’s best for your kids, take heart. In a blog post yesterday Neal McCluskey at Cato gave yet more evidence why there is strong basis for such sentiments. McCluskey writes:
Yesterday news came out that made clear just how serious—and unfunny—concerns about a federal takeover are. According to , the U.S. Department of Education will start a “technical review process” for the Department-selected consortia creating the national tests to go with the standards. And what will that review look at? Not compliance with accounting standards or something administrative, but test “item design and validation.” That means, most likely (in-depth information from the Department was off-line as of this writing) reviewing . And what is tested, of course, ultimately dictates what is taught, at least if the test results are to have any concrete impact, ranging from whether students advance to the next grade, to whether schools gain or lose funding. Since the ultimate point of uniform standards is to have essentially uniform accountability from state to state, they will have to have some concrete impact, rendering this a clear next step in a major Federal incursion into curricula.
Think about it: Are we to believe the federal government would help to develop the standards, the Obama Administration would tie federal funding to the adoption of of common core standards, the federal government would provide money for the assessment process to ensure progress and uniformity of standards — all aided by the creation of a massive and controversial student longitudinal database — and then expect the federal government to recede into the background while others take the leadership in administering the standards,developing the curricula and ultimately the direction of public education?
Who are the wing nuts?