Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: 'The Children Belong to All of Us'

Penny Starr
CNSNews
2/3/2014

In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.”

The CAP was founded by John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and now an adviser to President Barack Obama. At a CAP event to promote Common Core on Friday, CNSNews.com asked about the critics who say federal monetary incentives attached to Common Core is driving the states to implement the standards.

Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, said, “To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified.”…

…“Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?”

“And the same logic applies to the nation,” Reville said. “And it makes sense to educators. It makes sense to policymakers, and it’s why people have voluntarily entered into this agreement.”…

…Jennifer Davis, co-founder and president of the National Center on Time and Learning who moderated the panel at CAP, told CNSNews.com that teachers are “truly embracing” Common Core.

“On the teacher side, I mean, all of the work were doing all over the country we’re finding teachers truly embracing and knowing that Common Core is important for their children and for their future in their schools,” Davis said, adding at one point, “It takes a village” to get this kind of education reform accomplished…

 

 

The entire article, with video, is at CNSNews.com

 

Related:    At The Blaze:

…Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) this week is expected to introduce a Senate resolution critical of the Common Core state standards, and objecting to the use of $4.3 billion in Department of Education “Race to the Top” grants to promote its adoption…

 

 

Video: Susan Knowles on the Child Psyops of Telos Group & Common Core

On the threat to America’s children, starting with what it is about us that allows it to go on…

 

 

Video: Common Core Architect Brings in OFA Workers to Target ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

…Coleman admitted, as former Obama adviser David Axelrod did as well, that the Common Core standards were not “state-led,” as supporters of the initiative still assert.

“When I was involved in convincing governors and others around this country to adopt these standards,” Coleman stated, “it was not ‘Obama likes them’ – do you think that would have gone well with the Republican crowd?”

Second, Coleman welcomed to the Common Core data collection initiative Barack Obama’s re-election team to develop its economic justice project, the Access to Rigor Campaign, aimed at profiling students he referred to as “low-hanging fruit,” or low-income and Latino K-12 students…

 

 

 

Common Core: How ‘Nonprofits’ Reaped Millions

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) proponents frequently use the talking point that the standards initiative was “state-led.” A group of governors (National Governors Association Center) and state school officers are often said to have coordinated the standards.

A closer look, however, reveals that several “nonprofit” education companies drove the Common Core initiative while being flooded with millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…

 

 

 

Disturbing testimony at hearing reveals what is at the core of Common Core support.

…In one flash of anger, Madison summed up what drives too many supporters of Common Core: the believe that the unexceptional children of the United States are nothing more than servants of industry to be educated only to the extent that industry requires…

 

 

An op-ed by John Stossel: Common Core and educational freedom

… when the federal government imposes a single teaching plan on 15,000 school districts across the country, that’s even more central planning, and central planning rarely works. It brings stagnation…

 

 

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