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Published On: Wed, Apr 10th, 2013

Bill Gates funding push for Common Core as critics target educational centralization and hidden agendas

Common Core Standards are being rushed into implementation in many school districts and critics are calling for more scrutiny and transparency.

Common Core logo: ednewscolorado.org

Common Core logo: ednewscolorado.org

Described as “the latest bandwagon in a series of nationalization drives based on the assumption that educational centralization and “sameness” are better than individual states’ developing approaches to meet the needs of their citizens” by National Review writer John Griffing.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been integral in financing and pushing CCS into schools.

A SeaCoastOnline article notes that the foundation gave the New Hampshire “National Governor’s Association $30,679,116 and the Council of Chief State School Officers $71,302,833 to develop the Common Core” as part of the push into implementation.

In Missouri, the Foundation reportedly rolled out “its Shifting into High Gear: Accelerating the Common Core Through Teacher Networks initiative, the foundation will award grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 to organizations working to accelerate implementation of the Common Core across a robust teacher network.

 Back to National Review: “The major bone of contention in the discourse surrounding Common Core appears to be a disagreement over the extent to which Common Core represents an actual “curriculum” that schools in adopting states must follow. But the new federally mandated national teacher evaluation, wherein teachers will be assessed based on conformity with CCS, combined with required testing synchronization, makes Common Core more than a benchmark.

The critics’ basic thrust is that Common Core is invasive and in many cases replaces state oversight and teacher direction with federal authority, violating the constitutional division of power. It is incontrovertible that Common Core directly affects classrooms and drastically reduces teacher discretion and district flexibility. Quibbling over the word “curriculum” is a waste of time.”

 

The Blaze reported on a Common Core video which praises the economics of the Chinese regime – get more on that coverage here

 

 

 

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