What is Common Core?
The answer to this question has been a carefully guarded secret by those who created the Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards came about when Bill and Melinda Gates first began funding their vision for national educational standards with a grant to the James B. Hunt Institute. To date, the contribution of the Gates’ to this project is estimated at 27 million dollars and counting. This seed money led to the development of the Common Core Standards State Initiative by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (NCSSO), two Washington, D.C. based trade organizations, working in conjunction with Achieve, Incorporated, a D.C. based contractor, and the James B. Hunt Institute, a private lobbying group. Despite the participation of the NGA and NCSSO, the Common Core standards are NOT state-led initiatives, as proponents of Common Core would have you believe.
Why should Americans be concerned about these standards?
It would take many pages to lay out all of the dangers to our liberty and educational freedoms contained in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In brief, each of the fifty states has been bribed by the Federal Government to accept the copyrighted and thus unalterable Common Core standards—even though most Americans have no idea what they entail—by offering those states millions in so-called “Race to the Top” money or exemptions from the failed No Child Left Behind program. To date, forty-six states have accepted Common Core money, ceding curricular control to the Federal government and taking it away from parents, teachers, and local school boards. Beyond the educational mediocrity that Common Core standards will further enshrine in public schools, there are elaborate plans to use the required national assessments within the Common Core Standards as a tool to institute massive data collection about American school children that has nothing to do with education, and everything to do about Government intrusion and control.
We urge you to read FPE’s policy about Common Core, watch our Webcasts on the subject, and commit to joining our efforts to defeat Common Core.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a leading authority on English Language Arts standards and member of the Common Core validation committee who refused to sign-off on the ELA standards, testified in Fond du Lac, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
FreedomProject Education's Academic Director testified in Fond du Lac, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
FreedomProject Education's Executive Director Mr. Alan Scholl testified in Madison, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
FreedomProject Education's Student Development Director Mrs. Mary Black testified in Madison, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
FreedomProject Education's Executive Director Mr. Alan Scholl testified in Eau Claire, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
Dr. James Milgram, a leading authority on Math standards from Stanford University and member of the Common Core validation committee who refused to sign-off on the Math standards, testified in Eau Claire, WI.
Dr. Gary Thompson of the Early Life Child Psychology and Education Center, (earlylifepsych.com/) testified in Eau Claire, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
Mr. Ze'ev Wurman, a U.S. Department of Education official under George W. Bush and co-author of the book “Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade,” testified in Wausau, WI against the implementation of Common Core.
Theodor Rebarber, CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks, (accountabilityworks.org) testified in Wausau, WI against the implementation of Common Core.