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Federal Education Or No Money

March 12, 2013 by  

Federal Education Or No Money

“Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don’t think people didn’t know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites. Emerson once said something about how we’re educating them to keep them from our throats. If you don’t educate them, what we call ‘education,’ they’re going to take control — ‘they’ being what Alexander Hamilton called the ‘great beast,’ namely the people. The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.” — Noam Chomsky in Class Warfare, 1995

In 2009, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers announced an effort that would create a national curriculum for American K-12 students; the standards apply mostly in math and English classes. Quickly, all but four States — Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia — signed on to these Common Core standards, which will be implemented by 2014. Some States, however, are re-thinking the decision.

The decision of State lawmakers throughout the Nation was based largely on President Barack Obama’s policy of tying Federal grant money heavily to “college and career ready standards.” Common Core is not a Federal program; but because it requires every State to adopt similar education standards, it essentially creates a national educational mandate. Furthermore, Obama all but made Common Core mandatory by requiring that States adopt the program in order to receive Federal waivers from No Child Left Behind, the cumbersome 2002 George W. Bush mandate.

While Common Core supporters believe national standards will ensure that each student graduates with the skills he needs to be more competitive in the college or workforce environment, its opponents recognize the program as a masterfully disguised move toward further Federal control over education.

A group of education experts write in a column for The Hill in 2011:

But today the Obama Administration is funding the development of national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national teaching materials and national tests, using the Common Core national academic-content standards as the basis for these efforts. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the Department’s grants to the testing groups on September 2, 2010, he pointed enthusiastically to one group “developing curriculum frameworks and ways to share great lesson plans” and the other group developing “instructional modules.”

These efforts to gather the reins of America’s K-12 course of study at the Federal level are likely to harm America’s public schools, our teachers and our children. Officials inside the Beltway cannot design a curriculum that is suitable and effective in every classroom across our large country. When mistakes and misjudgments are made in Washington, D.C., as is inevitable, they will affect the entire system and be hard to fix in the classroom.

Top Administration officials have decried any criticism of Core Curriculum as paranoia, but opponents point out the power of the program to dictate every aspect of educational requirements through grants even more so than the Federal government currently does. Currently, the Core Curriculum governance structure is provided through leadership from Governors, chief State school officers and other State policymakers, but opponents also believe this could change and lead to a Federal takeover.

A growing number of States, led by Alabama, are considering legislation to repeal Core standards to ensure that the Federal government does not intrude on State education rights.

A Senate bill currently being considered in that State, according to, would:

  • Require legislative approval for “any statewide school standard” passed by the Alabama State Board of Education,
  • Overturn the board’s 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards,
  • Forbid the establishment of a statewide data system to track student and teacher information “beyond what is necessary for basic administrative needs” or to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations,
  • And bar state agencies from sharing individual student and teacher data with entities outside the state.

In Alabama, the biggest point of contention over the Core standards is the Federal government’s threat to withhold education grant money to States that have not yet adopted and begun implementing the standards.

“The standards were written essentially by private interest in Washington, D.C., behind closed doors and without transparency,” Jane Robbins, an attorney with the American Principles Project, said during a rally.

“Common core is about having centralized, top-down control, and it’s not something that I think people in Alabama want.”

Others worry about the impact a national set of education standards could have on individuality and regional diversity.

*Truth in American Education has produced a Common Core opt-out form for parents who do not wish to subject their children to the nationalized education scheme. You can exercise your parental right to express your concern to your child’s school by filling out the form below and sending it to your local school officials.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    “The standards were written essentially by private interest in Washington, D.C., behind closed doors and without transparency,” Jane Robbins, an attorney with the American Principles Project, said during a rally.
    “Common core is about having centralized, top-down control, and it’s not something that I think people in Alabama want.”

    “the dumberg principle”.

    • Robert Smith

      Oh my….!!!!! A revolt against the right wing “No Child Left Behind.”

      I love it.

      Control should not only be at state levels, but at each school district, and with each teacher.

      Only THAT way can each kid be addressed in such a way that their educational needs are met.


      • phideaux

        A couple of small problems with your snarky remark;

        “Oh my….!!!!! A revolt against the right wing “No Child Left Behind.”

        One of your liberal heroes, Ted Kennedy, was a major contributor to the act and another of your heroes, obama, fully supports it.

  • Michele

    Just one more reason to homeschool. In the large, well off, Midwestern, college town that I live in, school after school has received failing marks. When I vote I walk the halls of the school that my children would attend if I allowed them to go, I see the kids work. I would be ashamed if I were the teacher (coming from a former teacher). No, if you want your kids to actually be educated I would say find a good private school, or homeschool. Good luck if you send them to a public school…

    • Jacobite

      Another failure of the US Constitution. The basic rule is that whatever the federal Government cannot Constitutionally do directly, it cannot do indirectly (i.e., by conditioning release of Fed funds on specific actions by the States). A real Supreme Court would’cve cut this cr*p off in the 19th century, but the American elite began to become less and less Americsan over time. And only Americans are going to abide by the American Constitution..

    • Carlucci

      I was thinking the same thing. I don’t have kids, but the children who live next door to me (they are all now in college) were home schooled and they are three of the sweetest, smartest, and well-mannered kids I have ever met. They are all three voracious readers as well. There is a huge difference between them and the kids from public schools who appear to be ill mannered dimwits for the most part. Because of this, I weep for the future…..

      • Jibbs

        I could not agree more with what you said, glad to see you are still here. I hope all has been well for you.

  • ibcamn

    Sounds like they want to teach kids what the gov’t believes them to learn!did the unions come up with this?!i have my daughter in a school that follows the charter type system,but last year and this year they have started some wierd thing,they said it’s because they are still considered a public school,where they started telling the parents what their child will be”good for in the future!”.they are aiming my daughter in a certain instead of letting a child be got at one thing,but yet have an option to do something else!not helping the child be good at all things(if the child wants to)it’s like they are already putting the kids into a line and saying”you have to stay on this path,you have no other option!”.and that is creeping into this school now!they told me this is a manditory thing in all schools!somehow i don’t see this in all the charter schools or private schools!it’s a bad thing people,watch out for it!if it got to this school,it will get into all of them!(and the lady the school board put in charge of this thing,gives me the willys!)

    • john811c

      Don’t you already know that it is not you or the student who will determine what is best for the them , by sending them to public school you agree that they not you or the student has the right to choose what profession they will be assigned to based on the needs of society. The Government is all knowing and knows what is best for them they relieve you of the responsibility to raise or teach your own children. Now the Stae will decide what is best for them

    • Westy

      ibcamn, This has been going on for years in some States and/or at Community level. My son was going to be put in to a no college category going from middle school into High school. He was lazy and just got the C’s & B’s he needed without studying too much. He also had ADAH and mild dyslexia. We fought tooth and nail to change their minds and let him take a College Prep route. We ended up having him take a test to get into a Private school. He passed the test, completed the private High school and went on to University of Vermont. There he proudly graduated even though skiing was his primary reason for going there. Short story you have to stay close to what officials are trying to do to your kids. You need to fight them for what is right for you, your child and how they can have a positive impact on our Country.

      • Wil

        Remember Huxley’s novel Brave New World? In it, the ‘slave class’ for the elite were bred specifically for a particular service job, and received only the education necessary to carry it out. We do seem to be going in that direction.

  • FreedomFighter

    The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.” — Noam Chomsky in Class Warfare, 1995


    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Wil

    Good to know that Texas was one of the states that refused.It refutes some of the favorite rhetoric of the class warriors, all of us being uneducated and on welfare,the state taking more federal money than it provides in revenue (yet they seem unable to grasp the fact that the fed money is going to the large fed military bases in the state),etc.

  • STEVE E.

    The No Child Left Behind program is really funny, since public education has created Everyone Left Behind.

    • Michael Shreve

      Back in the day when the three R’s were the focus of education, education was exceptional. Once the liberal, progressive, communists got involved it began spiraling downward. Now we have a U..S. Department of (mis) Education, a failed educational system that leaves student ever further behind world standards and curriculum designed to indoctrinate rather than educate.

    • old hillbilly


  • s c

    America needs a daily slap in the face when it comes to ‘education.’ Public education is Uncle Scam’s version of mass indoctrination. WHAT don’t you get, America?
    Homeschooling is the only way to go – if you care, that is. You do NOT have to be a state-sanctioned, licensed and “qualified” teacher to educate your kids!
    Do you really think Obummer put his kids in a private school because he couldn’t find them a place in a PUBLIC school? Peanuts Carter was the ONLY recent utopian prez who had the GUTS to put his daughter in a public school. When someone like Carter manages to do something right (without an act of God or Kongress), it should be OBVIOUS that Obummer is a loser’s loser and a hypocrite’s hypocrite. W H A T don’t you understand, America?
    We can only hope that Obummer’s kids become hardcore conservatives. Now THAT’S poetic and social justice!

  • Chuck S

    It’s been observed that the more expensive schools tend to do a worse job. I think the more liberal the school, the worse job it does, and the more expensive it is. AND the worse job it does, the more money they say they need.

    Another theory – to get more dumbocrats, dumb down the schools. Dumb down the teacher’s schools to help dumb down the other schools.

    Another theory – to brainwash a country, brainwash the top teacher’s and journalist’s schools. Then use them to brainwash the other teacher’s and journalist’s schools. Then most teachers and journalists will be ready to brainwash everybody else.

  • sonja

    I too had a child with ADHD and did all I could to help him grad from HS . He is successful and happy. My other child was “determined” to have a learning problem bec. there was more than a 10 point gap between subjects in their test scores. I argued! They were tested and admitted to the gifted program in 4th grade. They graduated HS in the gifted program, in the top 10% of their class and is in college studying Mechanical Engineering in the Honors Program!! Parents need to be their childs advocate!! My 2nd child had every bad teacher until 4th grade. I spent summers getting them up to grade level in preparation for the next school year. It is hard work but well worth it. Schools are broken but parents can make a difference.

    • Michael Shreve

      Home school!

  • old hillbilly

    Drug program format will work – “just say no!”, I prefer “HELL NO TO ANY FEDERAL PROGRAM!!!” Really hate to say it, but reality says you can’t trust anything they say or do – literally pathological liars – all except a very few… & thatnk God for them.


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