More than any other aspect of the new Common Core curriculum right now, what I fear most is its top-down control, its federal centralization of power.
Much as we are seeing with Obamacare, and in direct contradistinction to the Free Market, centralized power is not nimble: it’s clumsy and slow, and is particularly susceptible to corruption. Which means that no matter how pure its ideals or what standards are set initially, eventually a monolithic federal agency is going to be riddled with all of the graft and spectacular inefficiency of any OTHER government bureaucracy.
Personally, I’ve heard some folks argue that Common Core is largely based on what’s been so successful in Massachusetts, but that’s not true. Actually, many in the Bay State are quite worried that all of the gains they’ve seen in their schools’ results will be wiped out by signing onto Common Core.
And what if Common Core was based on one state’s excellent results? The fact that something happens to work at the state level is reason for it to be explored by other states, NOT a rationale for mandating it for EVERY state. Different states have different demographics, different backgrounds: what works in Missouri may not be appropriate or effective in California, and vice-versa.
Plus, things change. A state will always be able to react to changes and advancements far more quickly than the federal government can.
But don’t bother telling any of that to our new Educational Overlords: they’re too busy fundamentally transforming our country to bother listening to the likes of us.
Bill Whittle’s latest ‘Afterburner‘ video is less of a critique of Common Core itself, and more a criticism of the IDEA of it. Ceding control of our bodies via Obamacare is bad enough; ceding control of our children’s minds to the federal government is the final straw.
Ultimately, how well-intentioned Common Core is (or isn’t) doesn’t matter: once control is achieved, the rest is inevitable.