The Final Version of Common Core Standards Unveiled on June 2, 2010. The latest dumb down agenda funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, drafted by lobbyist and businessmen, was never voted on by Congress, state or local governments, or the department of education, but passed in 49 States bribed with billions in funding. States who rejected the Orwellian standards were refused millions in funding.
In Part One, Chapter Seven of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four; therein, 2+2=5 is used as an example of an obviously false dogma one may be required to believe, similar to other obviously false slogans by the Party in the novel. It is contrasted with the phrase “two plus two makes four,” the obvious—but politically inexpedient—truth.
Orwell’s protagonist and the main character of his book, Winston Smith, uses the phrase to wonder if the State might declare “two plus two equals five” as a fact; he ponders whether, if everybody believes it, does that make it true? The Inner Party interrogator of thought-criminals, O’Brien, says of the mathematically false statement that control over physical reality is unimportant; so long as one controls one’s own perceptions to what the Party wills, then any corporeal act is possible, in accordance with the principles of doublethink (“Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once”).
It turns out reality is sometimes stranger than fiction:
Charlotte Iserbyt, leading expert on truth in education reform, on Common Core: I am devastated by the speed with which the United States free economic and political system is being destroyed by the neo-conservative leadership. Our little band of excellent long-time education researchers/activists has been marginalized by the well-funded leadership of the Trotskyite (communist) neo-conservative movement. The leadership of this movement is, I believe, quite evil. Those carrying out this Common Core diversion from the real issue—publicly funded school choice/charters, with no elected boards—will have to answer many questions when they meet their Maker.
This leadership has parents, who are new to the history of education, doing research on Common Core standards, when Common core is not the issue. It is only the latest label applied to the brainwashing that has been taking place in the nation’s schools since the early 1940s. It is dangerous due to computer assessment and data collection. Other than that, it is no more dangerous than the tax-exempt Carnegie Corporation’s federally funded National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that has been mandating state sampling of students in proper attitudes, values and beliefs since the early 1970s.
Many truly conservative Americans mistakenly believe that “educational choice”—i.e., charters, cyber charters and vouchers—is “private” education. Nothing could be further from the truth. Follow the money trail. Follow the testing/assessment trail. This so-called “private” education, supported by so many “so-called” conservatives, is in reality government controlled. The child is enrolled in the system, and is monitored, assessed and data banked in the system. Truly private education has no governmental funding, and it has no government-defined and -prescribed “common core” indoctrination and assessment. Please read Sarah Leslie’s article series “The Choice Charade.”
There is nothing new about vouchers/choice. The idea of vouchers/choice has been around for a long time. Here is a quote from George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) of the socialist Fabian Society of England, who said, “Nothing will more quickly destroy independent Christian schools than state aid: their freedom and independence will soon be compromised, and before long their faith.”
There is NO research left to be done.
We have Carnegie Corporation’s plan written in 1934 entitled Conclusions and Recommendations: Report of the Commission on the Social Studies: American Historical Association, Investigation of the Social Studies in the Schools (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1934, USA). Click on the following link that will download the Report to your computer: Carnegie Conclusions and Recommendations. The Report calls for using the schools to change America to a communist “planned economy” in the New World Order. If you do not have the time to click on the above site, the following quote may persuade you to do so and to read the entire book (168 pages):
Recommendations. . .
8. Under the molding influence of socialized processes of living, drives of technology and science, pressures of changing thought and policy, and disrupting impacts of economic disaster, there is a notable waning of the once widespread popular faith in economic individualism; and leaders in public affairs, supported by a growing mass of the population, are demanding the introduction into the economy of ever-wider measures of planning and control. . .
Cumulative evidence supports the conclusion that, in the United States as in other countries, the age of individualism and laissez faire in economy and government is closing and that a new age of collectivism is emerging [Emphasis added] . . .
As to the specific form which this “collectivism,” this integration and interdependence, is taking and will take in the future, the evidence at hand is by no means clear or unequivocal. It may involve the limiting or supplanting of private property by public property or it may entail the preservation of private property, extended and distributed among the masses.
Do those being diverted by the Trotskyites’ focus on Common Core standards NOT know how to read? Do they think Carnegie Corporation was joking when it spelled out clearly in the above book what it wanted for America? For those who say, “Oh, that was back in 1934… these education researchers, who keep pushing their research on us, who have been at it for at least forty years, do not understand what is happening now,” read on.
Carnegie piloted the first Skinnerian/Pavlovian Outcomes (Performance) Based Education (Eight-Year Study) from 1933-1941, according to Chris Pipho at the Carnegie-funded and -created Education Commission of the States. (The Soviet Polytechnical System could not happen without Mastery Learning/Direct Instruction/ OBE-Skinnerian performance-based education.) Carnegie Corporation has also been involved every ten or so years, pouring money into the dangerous education programs focusing on changing your children’s mental health through values-destroying programs such as drug ed, sex ed, death ed, values ed, all of which come under the label of Human Relations Training funded by Carnegie since the 1940s. Other Carnegie grants have gone into the funding and creation of the National Governors Association, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Goals Collection and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that includes at least 50% values-laden questions. Carnegie has been involved in funding and implementing the Soviet Polytechnical System, school-to-work agenda that requires charter schools. (Read Marc Tucker’s letter to Hillary Clinton.)
Carnegie’s President David Hamburg also signed its agreement with the Soviet Academy of Science related to development of computer courseware in “critical thinking”/brain research (Marxism) for early elementary school children. That agreement was signed at the same time President Reagan signed the United States-Soviet Education agreements with former President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 that merged our two education systems. Additional research is not only in book form, but is available free on the Internet; not just mine, but that of many other brilliant patriotic historians and researchers, which tells all one needs to know about the situation facing Americans today. Go to the American Deception website, and click on the “education” and “communism” categories and scroll down through all the original hand-scanned documents. Or, just read my book the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail, a FREE download at my website. Scroll down through the Index to find what you are looking for and then cut and paste and email the documented evidence to anyone who will listen.
Our good—and I am sure, very, very concerned—younger researchers are being misled by the Trotskyites who are focusing on Common Core rather than on the key issue, tax-funded school choice/charter schools with their unelected councils. Choice/charter is the vehicle to destroy all private and religious education and to change our whole free political and economic system to a communist system with unelected councils. Look up the word “council” in your dictionary and if your dictionary was published fifty years ago, you will find “soviet” as the definition of “council.” Charter schools are run by unelected councils. Once Americans have accepted the operation of their schools (workforce training sites) by unelected councils, they are likely to accept unelected councils across the board in all areas of government. Elected means an open public election by registered voters.
Those fighting the phony Common Core battle are being used by the internationalists implementing this planned economic system for America. The perpetrators of Carnegie’s 1934 plan MUST keep these good people from focusing on their totalitarian plan to implement a planned economy through tax-funded school choice and charters. A replay of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
The following two quotes are taken from federal documents, not from us old-time researchers. The federal government is telling Americans exactly what it is doing and what it requires from those accepting tax money under tax-funded school choice/charters, etc. As Ginny Baker explained in “Educational Choice: An Innovative Report,” The Don Bell Report, August 10, 1990:
…on July 18, 1971, key federal legislation underlying and controlling any subsequent education legislation was adopted. This master control system, “The Interagency Day Care Standards,” hinged upon the federal government’s own definition of day care: “Day care is defined as the care of a child on a regular basis by someone other than the child’s parents for any part of the 24-hour day”. . .
(8) It states that “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract… or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all requirements that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements. [Emphasis added]
This writer was fired from her position in the U.S. Department of Education for leaking the Project BEST [Better Education Skills through Technology] grant proposal from the Association for Educational Computing and Technology, a spin-off of the National Education Association. The proposal contained the following wording stamped “CONFIDENTIAL”:
Project BEST Dissemination Design Considerations:
PROJECT DESIGN FEATURES—
What We Can Control and Manipulate:
- State participation/selection process
- Role of advisors
- Content of program
- Training of state leaders
- Resource people utilized
- Basic skills content areas emphasized
- Perception of need to use technology
BEST’s promotional flyer blatantly discussed how the project would serve not just in education but for other program areas as well to implement the national/international management system (Management by Objectives, Total Quality Management, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting System):
In addition, the State Team approach and the communications network with professional associations and other groups established by the project will serve as a model for the states in implementing similar efforts in other areas of education, or in such program areas as health, human services, housing, transportation, etc.
History will lay the blame for this utter disaster (loss of our representative form of government through acceptance of tax-funded choice, especially charter schools, with their unelected councils) at the feet of so many: first, the Democrats from at least 1965 to 1980 who – with the help of Republican President Nixon who carved the country into ten regions – implemented regional government and the funding through Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 of the dumbing down/values destroying curricula; and second, the Trotskyite Republicans from 1980-2013, who restructured our schools and economic/political system through Outcomes-Based Education (early Common Core) and school choice, public/private partnerships (no accountability to the taxpayers), Skinner method to teach reading (OBE/Direct Instruction), computer technology (“Down with Books!” that is a direct quote from Professor Dwight Allen, University of Massachusetts, at a conference related to individualized instruction and computers, held in 1971 and supported by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the ensuing years), and through the big elephant in the room—heavy support for regionalism/communism/consolidation—which removes elected officials and accomplishes many other nefarious acts, being implemented nationwide under UN Agenda 21/sustainable development.
Professor Carroll Quigley, President Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University and official historian for the Council on Foreign Relations, tells us in Tragedy and Hope (Macmillan, 1966) how the plan would be carried out by leading members of the left and the right (from both political parties) having the same agenda.
If only my little Back to Basics Reform or…OBE…Skinnerian International Curriculum (1985) had not been boycotted by the Trotskyites. It warned Americans, in a short 39-page booklet, of exactly what was going to happen if President Reagan did not keep his promise to the voters and abolish the U.S. Department of Education. That booklet is a free pdf download at deliberatedumbingdown.com and has recently been republished (available for ~$10 at Amazon, or 10+ copies at a 50% discount through my website). That booklet could have been written tomorrow.
Our group of researchers spent $5000 to get an ad into the Washington Times that exposed President Ronald Reagan’s signing of education agreements with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. These agreements effectively merged our two nations’ education systems. Carnegie Corporation, at the same time, signed the computer/technology agreements with the Soviet Academy of Science. A few people found out what had happened, but not enough. Then I wrote, “Soviets in the Classroom…America’s Latest Education Fad,” which was again boycotted by these same people. Finally, I wrote the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail—again boycotted, by these exact same people. (We did manage to get around them somewhat by putting that book on the Internet as a free download!) Ten years later, Sarah Leslie, the publisher, Cindi Weatherly, the editor, and I, published an updated, abridged version of the deliberate dumbing down of america, which is presently being boycotted—again—by these same people. It is understandable that “they”—these same people—detest the updated version since it exposes their heavily funded role in tax-funded school choice and charter schools (taxation without representation).
Have we not done our best? What is there left for us to do?
It is almost understandable that the new researchers who have gotten on the “common core bandwagon” have found themselves left in the dark regarding the thoroughly documented history of the real purpose behind the choice/charter agenda. The deliberate boycotting of the truth—by these same people—has been very effective.
What should happen is for those being led astray by this so-called “conservative” group TO WAKE UP AND LISTEN TO AND TAKE SERIOUSLY WHAT IS BEING TOLD THEM BY THOSE WHO HAVE WARNED THEM!
Utopian dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Mao are criminals genocidal psychopaths who have killed more human beings in the last hundred years than any other ideologues in history. They don’t limit their murder to individuals, but to entire nations. In the United States another form of utopians, the progressives; have tried to destroy traditional America by strategically dumbing down her people. America’s future is being crippled on purpose in order to fundamentally transform the nation, its values, and its system of government. Laid out a century ago by progressive luminary John Dewey, the fruits of his schemes are plain to see today. Dewey got rid of the traditional intensive phonics method of instruction and imposed a look-say; sight; or 34;whole-word; method that forces children to read English as if it were Chinese. The method is widely used in today’s public schools, which is a major reason there are so many failing public schools that cannot teach children the basics. This can only be considered a blatant form of child abuse. American author and veteran educator Samuel Blumenfeld and journalist Alex Newman have taken on the public education establishment as never before and exposed it for the de facto criminal enterprise it is. Crimes of the Educators reveals how the architects of America’s public school disaster implemented a plan to socialize the United States by knowingly and willingly dumbing down the population, a mission closer to success than ever as the Obama administration works relentlessly to nationalize K-12 schooling with Common Core. The whole-word method of teaching children to read introduced by John Dewey and colleagues in the early twentieth century and which permeates Common Core is a significant cause of dyslexia among students. Public education’s war against religion, the great American math disaster; promotion of death education, and the government’s plan to lower standards for all so; no one is left behind; is destroying the logic, reasoning, and overall educational prowess of America’s next generation. According to the Program for International Student Assessment, which collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings. In reading, students in 19 other locales scored higher than U.S. students. In science, 22 education systems scored above the U.S. In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States. Journalist Henry Mencken said it best in 1924 when he wrote that the aim of public education is to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. It is time to hold the Department of Education accountable for the crimes of the educators.
A former Common Core insider and current public school teacher, Brad McQueen, delivers a compelling firsthand account of coming face to face with the inner workings of the Common Core. When he discovers what it has in store for our children’s minds and our country’s exceptionalism, he decides to work towards the destruction of the Common Core beast. Written in a concise, easy-to-read style, The Cult of Common Core will inform you, alarm you, but it will also arm you with the necessary facts to intelligently and forcefully fight for your children and your country before school boards or arrogant politicians who voted it into your life. Using humor, and plain, mostly acronym-free language, Brad takes you with him to Chicago as he works with the Common Core high command. Brad takes you through a history of the Common Core and identifies all the key players, as well as warns you of the Common Core’s true intentions for your child and our education delivery system. Brad takes down each of the Common Core’s talking points one by one. Common Core is more “rigorous”….no. Common Core has overwhelming support of teachers?…..no. Common Core was a “state-led” initiative?….no. The federal government has no role in Common Core?….hell no. Brad also details the intimidation from his State Department of Education as his anti-Common Core message became public. Just as we are moving from theory to implementation with Obamacare and discovering its true goals with healthcare, so too shall America begin discovering Common Core’s goals for education. Don’t be on the sidelines in the fight for your children’s minds and our country’s exceptionalism! This is the anti-Common Core movement’s “little red book” to fight the Common Core’s “big red agenda”.
From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools.
In a chapter-by-chapter breakdown she puts forth a plan for what can be done to preserve and improve our public schools. She makes clear what is right about U.S. education, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and how we can fix it.