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Book Review: The Cult of Common Core

June 22, 2014

I wrote the following review on  I gave the book a 4 star review.  It documents yet another reason to reject government education.

There is nothing in this book that surprised me, but I want those who think the government is benign and those who know nothing of common core to read this. The American education system is modeled after the Prussian system of education who according to Wikipedia was established “to instill social obedience in the citizens through indoctrination”, and “loyalty to the Crown and to train young men for the military and the bureaucracy.” Today, the progressive goals are no different and through the government school system this is a fait accompli, but to cement this fact for the foreseeable future, we have the Cult of Common Core.

What this book reveals is the surreptitious means by which Progressives in the appearance of angels of light, or wolves in sheep’s clothing, are really after the mind and soul of our children. Their goal, if successful, will mean a complete take over society inculcating and breeding sheeple who cannot think for themselves, but will be socially obedient to the intelligentsia who just know better. These children, after all, are their future voters. What better way to indoctrinate than through compulsory education in which they remove children from the influence of the home and place them in 30-40 hour per week indoctrination camps run by government bureaucrats who write the curriculum. Ever wonder why the progressive intelligentsia is hostile to home-schoolers?

The opportunity: “Never let a crisis go to waste”. So Progressives such as the Obama/Chicago apparatchik (viz. Arne Duncan) dangled “Stimulus moneys” for “shovel ready jobs” before states, not to preserve education, but rather to adopt Common Core standards, and establish data mining systems so Big Brother may watch your child and teacher to make sure they do not stray too far from the fold (standards of indoctrination)….after all, they know better.

Enter stage right: Big money Bill Gates. You wouldn’t be complete without fascism: the collaboration of Big Business with Big Brother…. capitalism provides the financial means. One of the classic lines of the book: “The ultimate irony is that Bill Gates dropped out of college so that he could put his originality and his individual talent to work to make his fortune, yet he wants the rest of us to make sure our kids are “college and career ready” by using a one-size-fits-all, homogenized, dumb-downed program that is centrally controlled”. Boy, ain’t that the truth. And the book further notes how Gates’ kids are private schooled as additional irony. I would note too, that silver-spoon Bill Gates didn’t grow up in the public education system of Seattle, either (I did, however). I am quite familiar with the high-brow superiority complex Lakeside Highschool graduates have. I actually witnessed one of their graduation ceremonies in 1983. In a nutshell, we have is the elite class ruling over the homogenized sheeple.

Enter stage left– More Big money: Trust fund baby and Weather Underground Terrorist Bill Ayers. Like many progressives, this guy works clandestinely, behind the scenes because so much of what he stands for has been repudiated. This guy helped establish the Chicago Annenburg Challenge, then headed up by Senator Obama (selected by Ayers, of course, who, according to Obama, was just some dude who lived around the block)….funded by Walter Annenburg. Obama led the CAC from 1995 to 1999 and remained on the board until 2001. The foundation funneled more than $100 million into community organizations and radical education activists. Fundamentally, the Chicago Appartachik (google Arne Duncan) runs the department of education today. So public education is in good hands.

So I didn’t give this book 5 stars. It’s pretty close to a five star book. There are lots of foot notes to read up on in the back of the book. Do not get me wrong, I would prefer footnotes throughout the text on which to refer, which there are none. For this I take away one star. However, it doesn’t take much while reading this to google facts stated, for confirmation.

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