Though there are still Americans who have never heard of the fight against the Common Core standards, they may want to find out about it soon if they value their freedom.
Just as Americans have been fighting to defend their Second Amendment rights whether they own a gun or not, the fight against Common Core is not just for people with kids in school; rather, it is for the future of the nation and for the preservation of parental rights, a fundamental element of the family unit that is central to American culture.
As Stephanie Simon reports at Politico, the fight to defeat the Common Core State Standards is quickly and efficiently developing into a major conservative agenda that is focused on educational freedom and the rights of parents to decide how and what their children are taught.
Simon relates what are now recognized as the “talking points” of Common Core supporters: “The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in 45 states plus the District of Columbia, are meant to guide rich and rigorous instruction in math and language arts.”
The phrase “adopted in 45 states” and similar buzzwords like “state-led” have falsely given Common Core an air of credibility, as if American citizens really voted for these standards. The fact is, not one citizen-elected legislature has had any input into the standards, their design, or development. In addition, most states agreed to implement the Common Core before the new standards were even released, without state legislative approval or public hearings. The approval process was conducted largely through state boards of education which rarely obtain media coverage.
Proponents of Common Core also like to use the word “rigorous” to describe the new standards, a word that helps them to justify why students who have taken the tests aligned with the standards have performed so poorly on them. Related to the supposed “rigor” of the standards is the phrase “college-ready.”
As Truth in American Education observes, however, even the Fordham Institute, a supporter of Common Core, has admitted that several states previously had standards superior, or more “rigorous,” to Common Core and that many states had standards at least as good.