While we focus on our glorious leader’s follies (Syria’s poison gas, for example), the power grab continues. Unless we can pressure Congress to stand and fight, the thieves we have elected will permanently cripple our republic. They will teach our children to accept tyranny as both normal and appropriate.
What is most precious to us? Is it not our children? Yet so many would trust people they don’t know, people they have no substantive reason to believe, to run the education of their children.
Consider these two posts from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog.
From 13 Sep 2013
My homeschool peeps alerted me to a New Bill in the Senate. It is purported to be a Big Bad Bill that creates a new (and bad, but I repeat myself) National School Board.
It appears that federal meddling into the local issue of education came to fruition with an “Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.” I have no idea what that law entailed.
The next big thing to hit the federal landscape was Dubya’s No Child Left Behind. Which. Can I just say? That is every bit as Orwellian doublespeak of a title as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
So then Obama topped Dubya’s concern for the children with his own “Race to the Top” law embedded in the Stimulus Package of 2009. This law incentivized the adoption of Common Core.
Now, we have step four (or maybe step four thousand nine hundred eighty-four, if considering the Gramscian March approach to politics) in the transformation of education from a local issue to a federally overseen “right.”
All I’ve done in this post is digest and regurgitate the table of contents of this proposed law. Pretty thick stuff, even so. Further translation of this bill will follow in later posts.
Without further ado, I introduce to you the table of contents for this education bill, as annotated by yours truly:
From 17 Sep 2013.
The following is my rewording, summarizing, and annotating of a section of the proposed education bill S. 1094. My version is better, but if you must see the original text, it’s here.
Strengthening America’s Schools Act
Title I: College and Career Readiness For All Students
Sec. 1001: The purpose of Title I. The purpose of this new Title I is ensure every child has a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to get a high-quality education. That was the purpose of the 1965 education law’s Title I too, but that law didn’t quite reach the goal. So we’re just tweaking it now. Totally gonna get it right this time. After we pass this law, education is going to be All Fixed. Really.
The old law listed 12 ways to accomplish our totally immeasurable and unobtainable goal.
#1 was all about making sure state standards were challenging and making sure the parents, teachers, and administrators were able to measure progress.
Our new #1 way to accomplish Title I’s purpose:
“setting high expectations for children to develop deep content knowledge and the ability to use knowledge to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others, in order to graduate, from high school, college and career ready;” (continued here)
The politicians will, of course, make the bill sound wonderful. They will gush with words. They will explain all the problems with our education system. They will tell us how much they care for the children. But they will not explain how much this legislation empowers them, and they will ignore the fact they have to break their oath of office to vote for its passage. Nevertheless, in spite of their broken oath, these liars will expect us to trust them.