Without any input from Congress, the Obama administration is implementing “Common Core” a new national public school curriculum championed by domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Both of my sons’ teachers complained about it last fall when we went to curriculum night. Their beef was more over how the new curriculum put the kids behind in some areas while forcing them to re-teach other subjects the children learned in earlier grades. If the problems ended there it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but like everything with progressives, the more we get to know their policies, the worse they get.
Did you know that Common Core includes a national data mining racket? Michelle Malkin wrote about it in her latest column.
But it gets worse. Research fellow Joy Pullmann at The Heartland Institute points to a February Department of Education report on its data-mining plans that contemplates the use of creepy student monitoring techniques such as “functional magnetic resonance imaging” and “using cameras to judge facial expressions, an electronic seat that judges posture, a pressure-sensitive computer mouse and a biometric wrap on kids’ wrists.”
The DOE report exposes the big lie that Common Core is about raising academic standards by revealing its progressive designs to measure and track children’s “competencies” in “recognizing bias in sources,” “flexibility,” “cultural awareness and competence,” “appreciation for diversity,” “empathy,” “perspective taking, trust (and) service orientation.”
That’s right. School districts and state governments are pimping out highly personal data on children’s feelings, beliefs, “biases” and “flexibility” instead of doing their own jobs imparting knowledge – or minding their own business. And yes, Republicans such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bushcontinue to falsely defend the centralized Common Core regime as locally driven and non-coercive, while ignoring the database system’s circumvention of federal student privacy laws.
Why? Edu-tech nosy-bodies are using the Common Core assessment boondoggle as a Trojan horse to collect and crunch massive amounts of personal student data for their own social justice or moneymaking ends. Reminder: Nine states have entered into contracts with inBloom: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Louisiana and New York. Countless other vendors are salivating at the business possibilities in exploiting public school students.
Please be sure to read the whole thing, there is much more information to digest, even thought it’s sure to cause stomach upset for any right thinking parents who read it. But the article does note that in Oklahoma the state legislature has already passed a bill prohibiting the schools from releasing any student data without written permission from parents. I have already written to my own state senator requesting similar legislation here in New York and encourage anyone reading this to do the same with your own state representatives.
Also, be sure to go to The Blaze to watch the recent Glenn Beck show that was devoted to this topic. In addition to the data mining, this new curriculum will most likely make our kids dumber.
Update: Linked by The Con Mom – thanks!