Today I focus on a timeline of events that led up to the development of Common Core, so like Paul Harvey said in his old radio spots, “Here’s the rest of the story.”
The original visions of education reform that led to Common Core include those of Julian Huxley, the first director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In 1947, Huxley expressed his vision of an international education model and sought ways for UNESCO to advance his goals. Fifty-seven years later, multibillionaire chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates stepped forward, signing an alliance with UNESCO. Many of Huxley’s visions sound much like those of Common Core.
Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative political activist and constitutional attorney, wrote an article in 2005 that sums up the Gates-UNESCO alliance and vision; her timeline, plus other events pertinent to Common Core’s history, include:
1946: Huxley wrote a book about UNESCO’s task where he spoke of helping create a single-world culture by reconciling individualism vs. collectivism; American vs. the Russian way of life; capitalism vs. communism; Christianity vs. Marxism.
1960s-70s: UNESCO tried repeatedly to influence U.S. school curricula, but failed.
1984: President Ronald Reagan withdrew the U.S. from UNESCO for its “corruption, anti-Western and far-left propaganda.”
1992: A turning point occurred when Marc Tucker sent Hillary Clinton a letter suggesting America re-mold and expand its education system using the same system for everyone. Tucker proposed using curriculum and counselors to job-match students based on labor market boards at local, state and federal levels. He also proposed: “adopting internationally benchmarked standards for educating our students and workers.”
1994: Many of Tucker’s ideas were implemented in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the School-to-Work Act signed by President Bill Clinton. These laws established “national standards” and “national testing” to cement national control, and are they today considered the blueprint for the Common Core plan. This is another crack putting federalism in jeopardy. Tucker is now advising the Obama administration’s department of education about how to implement the Common Core standards and Race to the Top programs.
2003: President George W. Bush reinstated America’s membership in UNESCO. In October in a UNESCO speech, U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said: “Education for all is consistent with our recent education legislation, the No Child Left Behind Act,” Bush’s initiative. Paige also said the United States and UNESCO were pursuing a “common strategy” and were “implementing joint action” in education policy. (Weren’t we told Common Core was a state-led initiative?)
Nov. 2004: The Bill Gates/UNESCO agreement called for Microsoft to develop a “master curriculum” for teacher training in information technologies based on standards, guidelines, benchmarks and assessment techniques.
Dec. 2004: The National Governors Association published a report showing they were onboard with the agreement immediately after it was signed. That report referred to “using schools to feed workers into selected corporations,” and “integrating a common agenda for education, economic and workforce development policies.”
Sept. 2009: The National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers announced the names of the members of the Validation Committee for Common Core. They stated after the committee validated the standards and process, the NGA/CCSSO would begin developing the K-12 standards. (That development was actually outsourced to Achieve Inc.)
June 2010: South Carolina, without public review, adopted a massive education initiative supposedly developed and “advertised” as being “internationally” benchmarked and field-tested in less than nine months. (Internationally is supposed to have been dropped from the claims.)
Do you trust that UNESCO has had no influence on the development of Common Core? Do you think Gates would fund any aspect of Common Core that did not reflect his and UNESCO’s common goals?
Gates’ explanation of his support of UNESCO’s objectives is quite disconcerting: “Common Core does not emphasize student acquisition of knowledge and development skills.”
Since 2000, Gates has given $5 billion to organizations and companies involved in Common Core.
Need more convincing? Visit breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/03/Common-Core-101-What-Is-It-And-How-Does-It-Affect-Our-Children.
Kay Bivens of Lake Wylie is a former science teacher with more than 12 years teaching experience. After retiring, she began leading a series of U.S. Army Family Support Group in the Carolinas, which led to her planning, developing curriculum and teaching classes at several FSG Leadership Training Academies in Florida, Texas and South Carolina.