Connecting the Common Core Dots

George Will Connects the Dots…

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Compartmentalization can be an extremely useful, and even necessary skill in certain situations.  That said, one can compartmentalize to a fault…especially in the political realm, and when compartmentalization becomes a standard practice vs. a strategic one, it leads to tunnel vision that precludes the recognition of progressive policies.

Then again, a few folks can see a progressive policy coming from miles away…

Last year George Will wrote an irrefutable article about the illegality of Race to the Top/Common Core dubbed:  Those Pesky Things Called Laws.

Last week, he penned yet another poignant piece  about the “Cash for Clunkers” boondoggle, designating it as not just another defective progressive policy, but  the first of many spawned by the 2009 stimulus, which acted as a “harbinger” to what culminated in ObamaCare…and ObamaCore.

As Will details the marred nature of Cash for Clunkers, he concurrently highlights the legal, fiscal and quality violations inherent to all progressive policies, especially in aggregate, and ends with this (emphasis mine):

“The present, too, is prologue. There currently is heated debate about the Common Core, whose advocates say it merely involves national academic targets and metrics for primary and secondary education. Critics say it will inevitably lead to a centrally designed and nationally imposed curriculum — practice dictated by targets and metrics. Common Core advocates say, in effect: “If you like your local curriculum, you can keep it. Period.”

If you believe this, your credulity is impervious to evidence. And you probably are a progressive.”

…and in one tiny if/then declaration, he lassos one of the biggest hindrances to the liberty movement.  A large chunk of the electorate, including elected officials, cannot properly define progressivism let alone accurately and consistently recognize it…even in themselves.

(Chris Littleton did a solid job of addressing this argument last year).

Whether or not Mr. Will understands how ObamaCare and Race to the Top were masterfully married in 2011, remains unclear, but given that his clincher could easily be construed as a premise for future posts, perhaps he does.  Or perhaps that is just wishful thinking.

Either way, we will begin that journey here, after the hearing next week.

 ”Any fool can know.  The point is to understand.” ~Albert Einstein

Category: Academic Standards, Common Core State Standards, News, Ohio Education News, Repeal Legislation

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