It seems like the new Common Core educational standards suddenly
appeared out of nowhere, doesn’t it? All of a sudden, every kid was
getting a Common Core education. The whole thing just materialized
before we got a chance to think about it!
It seems that way, right? Well, that’s because it is that way. By design.
a combination of lavish spending by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and swift
movement by the Obama administration, the Common Core standards that
have now become so controversial were instituted pretty much before
anyone knew what was happening. And of course – this is the Obama
administration we’re talking about – without the cumbersome, annoying
intrusion of democratic processes.
That’s the point of a superb article published recently in the Washington Post. Here’s what happened, according to the Post:
ThePresident Obama seized the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development
of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million,
the foundation also built political support across the country,
persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes . . .
flowed to policy groups on the right and left, funding research by
scholars of varying political persuasions who promoted the idea of
common standards . . .
opportunity to push something through without congressional
input. Gates’ influence permeated the administration.
the Gates Foundation created the burst of momentum behind the Common
Core, the Obama administration picked up the cause and helped push
states to act quickly . . .
Several top players in Obama’s
Education Department who shaped the administration’s policies came
either straight from the Gates Foundation in 2009 or from organizations
that received heavy funding from the foundation.
education secretary in 2009, Arne Duncan was chief executive of the
Chicago Public Schools, which received $20 million from Gates to break
up several large high schools and create smaller versions, a move aimed
at stemming the dropout rate.
As secretary, Duncan named as his chief of staff Margot Rogers, a top Gates official he got to know through that grant
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