The Core of Common Core Exposed

This upcoming legislative session in Utah will be revealing on many fronts. Take education, for example.

I suspect it will be the same in your state legislature because education reform is nationally controlled now through the “common core” movement. So when I speak of Utah, your state is likely to be facing the same kinds of bills coming through the process. It’s likely that special interests, funded by your chambers of commerce and local think tanks that have locked arms with them are pushing for a reform that is not in the interests of parents and children.

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 6: An Education Policy Action Plan

Part 1 establishes a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or out of context misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4, dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and show what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

Part 5, illustrates how open enrollment, the hallmark of school choice/charters, has forced loss of local control and accountability to the taxpayer, and how it is feeding the consolidation of power beast. I identify the charter school as the business model, funding plan and organizational structure for the regionalization and nationalization of public schools.

Solutions: Where To Begin? Continue reading The Real War Behind Common Core Part 6: An Education Policy Action Plan

The Real War Behind Common Core Part 5: Charter Schools and Loss of Local Control

In Part I, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and begins to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4, dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and shows what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

In Part 5, I illustrate how open enrollment, the hallmark of school choice/charters, has forced loss of local control and accountability to the taxpayer, and how it is feeding the consolidation of power beast. I identify the charter school as the business model, funding plan and organizational structure for the regionalization and nationalization of public schools, which completely removes accountability to the local taxpayer.  This is taxation without representation.

School Choice, Charter Schools = Loss of Local Control

For years, parents complained about how they were stuck with one neighborhood school they didn’t like, but they couldn’t move, and they had no choices.  Back to Part 1, I explained how I ran for the school board on a “school choice/voucher” platform because I felt that same frustration.  We needed a choice of curriculum and if we couldn’t get it in the neighborhood school, then we should have the right to apply for another school.  It’s was called “open enrollment.”

How wrong I was.  But we got what we wished for.  Here’s the flaw:  Continue reading The Real War Behind Common Core Part 5: Charter Schools and Loss of Local Control

The Real War Behind Common Core Part 4: Charter Schools vs. Private Schools

In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4 dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and show what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

Choice/Charters vs. Private Schools

school choice-chartersJust as we established in the last segment (Part 3), education choice is following a parallel path as health care by establishing public-private partnerships, called P3’s.  Many of the same funders of Common Core are the same people that have set up the charter school as the “competition” in education as the “school choice” model.

Myths About Charter Schools
Here are some myths surrounding choice/charter schools. Continue reading The Real War Behind Common Core Part 4: Charter Schools vs. Private Schools

The Real War Behind Common Core Part 3: Public Private Partnerships and the Free Market

In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2 describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 here explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Comparing “Free Market Choice” in Another Context

What many did not realize when they embraced the concept of “free market-choice” is that because of Heritage Foundation’s development of that movement’s sacred cow – the North American Free Trade agreements, the U.S. would lose millions of jobs overseas, and it would be competing with socialist nations that subsidize their corporations and production. Naturally, this forced our nation to do the same, if we were to compete in this “free” global economy.  All very Friedman-esque.

But wait. I wonder, did Milton Friedman anticipate that entering the “free” market of socialist economies that subsidize and manage their private enterprises – or own them – would force the United States to subsidize our private corporations and production and become more socialist ourselves in order to compete with them? Continue reading The Real War Behind Common Core Part 3: Public Private Partnerships and the Free Market