Core of the Problem
Indiana Rejects Common Core
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  • DiogenesDespairs

    Thank you, whoever wrote this and whoever authorized it for posting, for this:

    “America is based on the idea that ordinary people should be responsible for their own lives; a mass society dilutes that necessary freedom and authority. Our democratic society will wither away if Washington tries to make all our important decisions for us. Centralization of power also tends to exaggerate and heighten political polarization.”

    Hear, hear!

    • Jim__L

      “Winner-take-all” Washington is the source of political polarization. It’s in the very nature of the beast.

  • Boritz

    “It’s designed to produce people who are good at following directions,
    coping with boredom, and sitting still for long periods of time.”

    And to produce people who are diametrically opposed to the role of government expressed in this article as are the teachers’ unions and not a few teachers.

  • LivingRock

    I’m really torn on this Common Core issue. I agree with three main points of this post being families should have as much freedom as possible to shape their children’s education; society is changing, the economy is changing, yet our educational system is still a product of the Industrial Age; and let Texas live as it pleases, and let Vermont be Vermont. But, to me perhaps Common Core could be working towards a model that helps facilitate those notions.

    Maybe I need to read up more on the specifics of the policy, but the way I envision Common Core is exchanging accountability for autonomy. I.e. Texas is autonomous to teach creationism and Vermont is free to have their kids spend half their time learning about organic dairy products, but both will be held accountable for ensuring students gain basic math a reading skills at a rate that is more competitive with the rest of world.

    Education has been under the jurisdiction of State and local gov’ts, and in many cases it’s been a failure to this point. While I see the rational that families may have better access to State and local gov’ts, this model can be just a corrupting as federal over-reach. Teacher unions take advantage of State and local gov’ts and school boards, interests (sometimes parents) use this access to fight sensible reforms like closing unnecessary failing schools and funding for Charters, and certain interests (again, sometimes parents) are more interested in political agendas like making sure the history textbooks the district purchases has “Hussien” inserted between “Barack” and “Obama” while their students fail standardized tests before their eyes.

    • Marcia foundersthink

      Please do read more about Common Core. It has little to do with more demanding standards and everything to do with producing good little progressives who will think only approved thoughts and vote to keep the elites in power. Go to and read all about it.

  • qet

    I agree enthusiastically with everything said here, especially the penultimate paragraph which I think is particularly well said. The only quibble I have is with the last sentence in said paragraph. Making a happiness claim for freedom is a dangerous business. It invites refutation by means of purported demonstrations that a mass of the people are less happy under a regime of more freedom than less. It makes freedom a matter of “fact” and a servant of other people’s definitions of utility. It moves the battle to terrain more advantageous to the enemy, as you will be inundated with all manner of “data” and “studies” and polls that are said to refute the truth of your proposition about freedom and happiness. I will quote again a statement of Isaiah Berlin that makes the necessary point: “For we are more concerned with making people free than making them happy; we would rather that they choose badly than not at all.”

  • Anthony

    There appears to be conscious/unconscious conflating of aspects of theorized constitutional democracy (federalism, tripartite governance, etc.) and role of education in a democracy (U.S.). The subsidiarity principle certainly has relevance and local governments are often the most effective provider of a public good like schools. But, it is uncontroversial that schools in a democracy have a duty to form competent citizens – common core curriculum may be an attempt to educate competent American citizens. Ought schools form Americans and if so should schools impart both superior knowledge and common ideals – Does Common Core educational standards (politics aside) pursue that purpose?

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