All but a few states have formally adopted Common Core, the state-driven campaign to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students by meeting common academic benchmarks, particularly in math and English. But the program has faced criticism across the spectrum. The basic flaw of Common Core, according to education policy expert and Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, is that its standards are “weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional.” In recent pieces in The Beacon, she has focused on two problems with Common Core: the political overtones of some of its reading recommendations, and the program’s threat to student and family privacy.
Common Core reading recommendations, Alger contends, include material that is pro-Obamacare and pro-union; an example of the latter was woven into the civics curriculum for third graders. But Common Core even politicizes math standards. Stanford mathematics professor James Milgram, who served as a member of the Common Core validation committee, complains that scholastic rigor was “compromised for the sake of political buy-in.” The academic content of Common Core is a major worry, but not the only cause for concern.
Alger notes that civil libertarians are increasingly anxious about Common Core’s threat to student and family privacy. Under a law called FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—private contractors, consultants, and other non-government personnel may become privy to data about a student’s family income, religion, student disciplinary records, and parents’ political affiliations. Last month, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explain why, in at least one state, student Social Security numbers were given to a private data collection company. But “as interesting as any official response would be, there is still no legitimate, much less Constitutional, reason for the federal government to be spying on American citizens or their children,” Alger concludes.
I remember the seeds of this being planted in MY Fourth Grade (1961-62). Along with a universal dumbing down. Spelling words in my Eighth Grade were the same as in my THIRD! And my Fifth Grade teacher (of whom I was very fond) pooh-poohing The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights studies.
As the bumper sticker states: If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher. If you can support the proletariat’s battle over the bourgeoisie, thank a Common Core Teacher!
”I’m shocked, Shocked!”
h/t Brock Townsend, Free North Carolina, EAG News
Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…
The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (
Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.
Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.
You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile? Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR. Imagine that.
Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). A communist in California government? Now, that’s really easy to imagine.
(source - apparently a greenie web site) Why black boxes? Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did. Why not raise the gas taxes? I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption. Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior. It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.
NAW, THAT would never happen!
We defeated the communists, didn’t we?
A while back, I posted about ‘how to get out of handcuffs’. It seemed like good information, given the propensity of certain agents of government to restrain folks. Of course, this only applied to the classic metal restraints.
Then, I found THIS:
Seems appropriate information to pass on as well.
With this caveat from a commenter on Sipsey Street Irregulars:
Alex Jones’ Info Wars shares with us about the following, straight from the (Phoenix) Mayor’s mouth.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called a news conference Wednesday to suggest there was nothing otherworldly about a Police Department camera truck filming tailgaters at an Arizona State University football game over the weekend.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who was tailgating, took to his Facebook page and the media this week to express his outrage at seeing a Phoenix police truck that he said resembled alien craft from The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. DiCiccio said, “It’s just one more level of intrusion by the government looking into our personal lives.”
Apparently, Phoenix Police, with the assistance of Homeland Security (!), was filming tailgaters at an Arizona State University football game over the weekend. In Tempe, where the University and stadium are located.
Not Phoenix. Not Tempe (or ASU Police). And with the assistance of Homeland Security. You know, those federal guys.
Our tax dollars at work, people.
Good thing they don’t look into our personal records, or cell phone conversations or emails, or financial transactions!
This traffic camera, supposedly in Wicomico County, Maryland, was spray-painted over the lens and tagged with the year 1776, the year the U.S. declared its independence. (Photo via SBY News)
Now, I’m not suggesting criminal property violence is a solution to techno-fascism…
But, it warms my heart to see people taking up
arms spray paint in defense of their privacy and Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights! Other street cameras next? You didn’t hear it from me.
h/t The Blaze
Mike Vanderboegh (and a number of other bloggers) bring to our attention to a further attempted erosion of our rights. This time, Amendment the First!
Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.
Notice who the three Senators are, and who is specifically excluded as an ‘authorized journalist’ in their proposed definition of same.
(I’ll give you a hint) BLOGGERS
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. (Wikipedia entry, quoting from George Orwell’s Animal Farm)
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
Long time Guffaw in AZ readers know that, in my youth, I was a magician. Legerdemain, illusion, sleight-of-hand. Card tricks.
But one of my childhood heroes was Harry Houdini. Not only was he a master magician, but he was an escapologist. Famous for escaping anything. Especially handcuffs.
I thought it would be so cool to learn how to do this. And the straightjacket. Sadly, when my disability developed at age 12, my thoughts of more physical pursuits went away.
But later, when I got involved with law-enforcement related vocations (P.I. work, process serving, private security) I did acquire some handcuffs. Not even the industry standards (Peerless or S&W) but a cheap Japanese copy. Of course, my first take was to learn how to get out of them!
In the real world, escaping from handcuffs is difficult. Not because they are so difficult to master, but because they are intended for monitored temporary detention of suspects or criminals. The cops are supposed to be watching the miscreants in transit. Cuffs are NOT a portable cell, wherein the suspect is to be left alone!
This is how escapologists get away with slipping the cuffs. No one is allowed to watch what they do.
Mental Floss gives us a method of escaping from handcuffs, at this link. Of course, bobbie pins aren’t as prevalent as they once were.
But, it just might be a survival skill worth knowing in a police state.
You didn’t hear this from me.
In 1972 P.P.S. (pre-Police State) my libertarian/anarchistic friends and I used to wax rhapsodic with regard to going ‘off the grid’, that is, if not actually living off-the-grid, having access to one or more alternative identities and addresses, just in case things got bad in the real world. This came from watching too many spy movies and TV shows.
Of course, things are currently much worse than we ever dreamt in our worst nightmares.
In addition to getting (and renewing) State-issued driver licenses and passports, we though of birth certificates and credit cards, in the alternative identities.
We dreamt a lot.
Not that we were anticipating committing any felonies (in the early 70s, false identities usually were misdemeanors) but we had a healthy respect for the ever-encroaching power of government. This was a just-in-case sort of thing.
But, we were young, and mostly stupid, and didn’t have the financial means to accomplish this. And didn’t want to even commit misdemeanors.
Borepatch recently enlightened us about yet another chink in our alternative identity armor. It seems the ubiquitous mail drop (public or private postal box address) has become more difficult to obtain, maintain and acquire, without giving one’s life away.
Seems the almighty government doesn’t like persons with truly private addresses…
I’m certain the smugglers, drug dealers and thieves who also utilize such services are obeying the law, much as the users of stolen firearms get all their proper documentation ducks in a row. So, this added level of bureaucratic nonsense is about protecting us.
MaddMedic poses this and many other serious questions.
When will enough be enough?
At what point does our so-called government cease to be legitimate? At what point do we declare it to be a criminal entity?
We think we should start making this declaration NOW. We will launch a new campaign for exactly this purpose starting tomorrow.
The hardwired message to Congress will read …
I no longer consider the federal “government” to have any legitimate authority. A long train of abuses and usurpations persuades my conscience that it has become a criminal enterprise. In the future I will submit to it out of fear rather than allegiance.
Please go and read the whole thing, then respond. I’ve written this blog for well over two years now, daily, and made many similar appeals. How much is too much? Is the frog now fully boiled? I am not suggesting insurrection nor revolution. I am not suggesting anything.
I AM asking you go. read and consider the above link. Didn’t the Declaration of Independance enumerate the crimes of the executive with which 56 American Patriots refused to stand? They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor by affixing their ‘John Hancocks’ to the treasonous paper.
Congress seems uninterested in addressing any of these issues. They’re making too much money on the side and passing legislation making certain they don’t have to use the Obamacare they passed for us. The ‘heroes’ of the Tea Party, like Chris Christie have been defrocked as RINOS (or worse). The border continues to be porous, and the so-called ‘Drug War’ unwinnable. And were being incessantly taxed and spied upon.
Free North Carolina (via avordvet) shares with us an ARIZONA story, of statists versus freemen.
To press the point, a free man, legally carrying a pistol openly, tried to photograph a Phoenix federal courthouse.
Not of the freeman photographer, but of the authorities, who promptly dispatched police helicopters and ground personnel to stop the
terrorist attack legally-armed photographer from photographing a public building.
(visit the link above for the video and post)
Seriously, don’t they have better things to do? Like catching real bad guys? I can see watching, and perhaps even tracking such an individual for security intel, but confronting, attempting to disarm?
This used to be a relatively free State, at least when compared to places like Massachusetts.