Skip to comments.Peonage for the Twenty-First Century
Posted on 01/03/2014 7:37:04 PM PST by annalex
The Common Core exists only because we have forgotten that parents have a right to educate their children. The state has no educational authority of its own apart from what parents delegate to it.
A young man and woman arrive at the office of the town clerk to procure a marriage license. They're all smiles, until the secretary hands them a document to sign, wherein they read this remarkable sentence: The State, conceding to the parents the making of their children's bodies, asserts its primacy in the making of their minds.
I've lately been involved in the fight against the latest move to nationalize public education, this one called the Common Core. It is a bag of rotten old ideas doused with disinfectant; its assumptions are hostile to classical and Christian approaches to education; it is starkly utilitarian; its self-promotion is sludged up with edu-lingo, thick with verbiage and thin in thought; its drafters have forgotten, if they ever knew, what it is to be a child.
But my point here is not that the Common Core is dreadful. It is this: that there should even be a Common Core proves how far we have fallen into peonage to the State.
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One of the things Abraham Lincoln pushed was public education.
I will have to admit when I was in public schools in the 50s and 60s we had no really bad indoctrination. We had Bible reading every morning and said the pledge of allegiance. We were taught patriotism, decency etc.
The problem tho is that they have your children for a good part of their lives and if they want to they can and now do, try to turn them into little communists.
First time I was really aware of indoctrination was 8th grade, in 1973. That year they got rid of “History” and replaced it with “Social Studies” and we learned about class warfare and situational ethics. They didn’t use those terms, but I knew they were up to something, and I eventually figured out precisely what.
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I think this is a natural development from having established teachers as a specially-credentialed “profession,” rather than simply as people who know more than the students. Remember Laura Ingalls’s state teaching exam? It was all about knowledge of math, history, and grammar. She hadn’t even graduated high school at the time.
Just as lawyers have taken over the government and proliferated laws, the educationally-credentialed have taken over schooling for their own benefit.
There is a difference between “public education” in its classical American sense of locally controlled, publicly funded education and indoctrination centers wholly run by the federal government.
The argument is that the Common Core is something worse than even education done by educators and accountable only to educators. Common Core is a system designed by bureaucrats entirely. Hence its emphasis on standardization, utilitarianism and tests.
I worked in several large organizations (for-profit high tech corporations all). Invariably there is a dynamic that kicks in when a project goes off-schedule: the corporate bureaucracy takes over. Now, the engineer’s time is no longer consumed by engineering: most of the time he is reporting on his work in a way a corporate bureaucrat can understand. Books can be written on that, and probably have been: schedule items that only exist to justify late milestone delivery; tighter and tighter time granularity of reports, so that in the end you produce one or more reports per day. In short, a productive atmosphere is replaced by socialist make-work and the project that had difficulty even before is hopelessly late and barely inching along. Now, that is in a for-profit business where top management is directly invested by their jobs in the product success. The bureaucratic spreadsheet-pusher component in a for-profit business is limited: there are also entrepreneurs and engineers, both determined to bracket the corporate bureaucrats. Imagine the nightmare that results when everyone is either a professional bureaucrat or a politician with 4-year time horizon, or, at the bottom, a teacher on a union job. That nightmare is Common Core.
Excellent observations! I’m reminded of something in “The Black Swan,” the book about probability, not the dance movie. The author said that once a project is running late and/or over cost, it will continue to grow later and later, more and more costly. The Sydney Opera House was an example.
I always wanted to read The Black Swan, but probably won’t find time. Everything I read in articles excerpted from that author was insightful.
I read it in the last couple of months. It took me the whole 3-week library checkout period, but it was very informative.