So the Associated Press finally broke down and did a story on Common Core, but didn't name it. They focused in on just standardized testing and not on standardized curriculum. According to a former Bush operative who helped write No Child Left Behind, Sandy Kress, the problem is in 'overtesting.' After the Associated Press adds a couple of columns to muddy the issue and not address standardized 'education' and data collection, Kress wraps up the article in phony concern for the children. Here's the quote: "This is about way more than testing," Kress said. "The question is whether we're (she means 'Society' here) willing to hold ourselves accountable. The question is whether there are consequences for adults and whether we're serous about all children meeting standards. This is a test of our culture and whether we're prepared to see these aspirations to reality. I worry that we're not going to pass this test."
She's worried that society won't be able to pull off the most massive, comprehensive social manipulation since Nazi Germany, Maoist China, and Soviet Russia. Worried.
Now I want to read you something from a book called The Gulag Archipelago. This book was written by a man who was a prisoner in Soviet Russia during the years of Lenin and Stalin. The book covers the years 1918-1956, and it's painful reading. The passage I'm going to share with you will answer your question: How can people do these things? Do they actually believe that they're doing the right thing? Why can't they listen to us?
"Ideology--that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. .. Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist?...Yes, a human being hesitates and bobs back and forth between good and evil all his life. He slips, falls back, clambers up, repents, things begin to darken again. But just so long as the threshold of evildoing is not crossed, the possibility of returning remains, and he himself is still within reach of our hope. But when, through the density of evil actions, the result either of their own extreme degree or of the absoluteness of his power, he suddenly crosses that threshold, he has left humanity behind, and without, perhaps, the possibility of return." From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago.
According to the Associated Press article, students all over the United States are refusing to take standardized tests. Opt-outs, boycotts, protests, and moratoriums are spreading.
REFUSE TO COLLABORATE. FIGHT COMMON CORE. DIRECT INSTRUCTION. VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS. OUTCOME BASED EDUCATION. LIFELONG LEARNING. WHOLE CHILD TRAINING. INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE. WORKFORCE TRAINING.
IT'S ABOUT TRAINING YOU TO BE AN OBEDIENT GLOBAL CITIZEN.
COMMON CORE IS AGENDA 21.