About a year ago, Senator Margaret Dayton invited me to a meeting with a top member of the Utah state administration. One of the first things out of his mouth when we entered the room was “I’ve read the Common Core standards and there’s no Marxist indoctrination in them.”
It was clear what had happened. The Utah state office of education had set up a straw man argument telling this official that “these extremists fighting Common Core think these standards are going to indoctrinate children into Marxism.” Then they give them a copy of the standards and say, “here, read it for yourself,” thus proving their false allegations to be true.
I replied and said, “nobody has ever said that. It’s not the standards that are going to indoctrinate our children and we’ve never said that. However, the people pushing Common Core nationally have an agenda behind them.” We had a good discussion and he took lots of notes and was concerned that we protect Utah from federal intrusion. He asked Senator Dayton to run a bill to protect Utah and she did, but that bill was ultimately rendered toothless after the state office of education pressured senators to change the language on the bill from “shall exit” to “may exit” if one of several triggers occurred.
Unfortunately, this state official now travels around telling people that Common Core is great and there’s nothing to worry about. I share this story now because there appears to be a true cause for concern regarding indoctrination.
Last December, Glenn Beck’s site theblaze.com posted a very important article regarding terrorist turned educator Bill Ayers. Ayers spoke at a conference in December and openly talked about using the absolute access the leftists in America have in the school system.
“If we want change to come, we would do well not to look at the sites of power we have no access to; the White House, the Congress, the Pentagon,” Ayers added. “We have absolute access to the community, the school, the neighborhood, the street, the classroom, the workplace, the shop, the farm.” – Bill Ayers
Why did Ayers say this? He knows as well as anyone that the US Department of Education is a socialist factory. Charlotte Iserbyt documented this in her excellent work “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.”
Ayers also knows people like Linda Darling-Hammond are in positions of power in education. Ayers recommended her to President Obama as a choice for secretary of education.
Ms. Darling-Hammond is a Marxist who wrote the book “Learning to Teach for Social Justice.” She is the senior researcher with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium which Utah signed onto as a governing member as part of our Race to the Top application. Last year we got the state board to vote to exit from SBAC’s assessments on our students.
An informant inside the state office of education told us that the state was writing an RFP for the assessments in such a way that they would only choose a provider using SBAC’s assessments, and sure enough, out of about 13 applications, the state office chose AIR, the official partner of SBAC to deliver our assessments. AIR is an organization with an extreme agenda which you can read about here.
What else has Ms. Darling-Hammond been involved in? CSCOPE, a program forced on Texas for their curriculum. CSCOPE was based on the research and beliefs of Linda Darling-Hammond. This past week Glenn Beck exposed CSCOPE as a subversive curriculum that completely turns American history on its head and straight out indoctrinates our children.
Here’s the kicker and I wish we had full knowledge on this. Susie Schnell pointed out in the Blaze article that it said Common Core tried to purchase CSCOPE but it was turned down. It appears that during hearings on CSCOPE in Texas, a retired science teacher made this statement that at some point, Common Core Standards tried to purchase CSCOPE. This is interesting because Common Core is just a set of standards, not an organization. The National Governor’s Association and Council of Chief State Superintendents Organization are the two non-governmental entities that created and copyrighted Common Core with funding from the Gates Foundation. CSCOPE is a curriculum. If this statement is correct, then there is a possibility that the people behind the Common Core standards were looking for a curriculum that could be used in all the states to finish out the national education takeover and globalization that Gates agreed to do with UNESCO in 2004.
So Common Core set de facto national standards. The federal government funded national assessments with SBAC and PARCC. And CSCOPE may just be the pilot program for national curriculum..
Listen to Glenn Beck’s monolog from Friday. I don’t think he fully understands Common Core yet, but he’s at least starting to dig in and I’m sure more will be forthcoming. He also talks about something they are working on in the field of education.