Welcome once again to another year of the Common Core curriculum, a program developed and implemented by private sector companies where crony-capitalist relationships between educational business and government interests has hijacked the life of your children's academics. But there is hope out there.
Opt Out groups have been formed all over the country, sharing information and strategies as they try to defeat a nationally centralized curriculum system which has taken most authority away from the classroom. The program builds a huge data base managed by the Department of Labor and matches it with projected employment needs to determine what kind of skills are needed for the job market. It is a huge data mining effort where the students come second and the program sponsors seek to control career development on this basis.
While on the surface that might not sound so bad, as the American economy is more and more relegated to service oriented jobs, the future of our children becomes one of filling the low skilled spaces as opposed to meeting their hopes, personal abilities and dreams. It is clearly another Big Brother on steroids program with parents having little input as the educational system works largely under veiled secrecy. The teachers, however, are in the same boat as the students and are, accordingly, losing their love for the teaching occupation. Theirs becomes a job of standardization and measurement, destroying their creativity and stifling their talents.
Tonight we will talk about this program on North Florida Writer Live. Cindy Hamilton, a leader in Opt Out Orlando will be my guest and will tell us about what is ongoing here in Florida and what those who are opposed to Common Core can do to help. Cindy is a concerned parent and program activist who has learned how the system works and how it can be most effectively challenged. If you have children in public schools the information she will provide will be very beneficial to you in learning what today's education system is doing to your child and what needs to be changed. The show starts at 9:02 pm and here's the link:
One final note: Breitbart reported the latest annual poll of teachers as prepared by Education Net and found that today both the teachers and voters are turning solidly against the Common Core program, desiring a more localized control of the education process. Part of a general trend we are noticing today as government assumes more control of our lives, it is becoming clear that Op Out is is another strike against overly powerful and conrolling centralized government. Returning the education process to a position where students, teachers and parents are the driving force in its operation is an effort that should be applauded. Local school officials need to realize they represent their community, not the federal government. Open it up and allow creativity to flow in the best interests of the children.