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The Official Truth must be tailored (and re-tailored when necessary) to fit, defend, and support the Agenda.

The Govt "Screwools" are now nothing but Propaganda machines for the Progressives (= Communists). They damn sure don't want to teach kids to think or to be independent Americans, but to be "True Believers" in Progressive's "Current Truth", totally dependent on and subservient to the State in all things.
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Common Core third grade text book portrays Barack Obama as god-like figure

Doug Ross says, gee! Who could have predicted this?

On the heels of a controversial children's book about Barack Obama -- that stated "white voters would never vote for a black president" and that "Barack's former pastor" said "God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens" -- comes a new lesson that casts Obama in a messianic light. Literally.

And -- surprise -- it's Common Core-aligned.

The lesson plan and accompanying visual presentation were authored by Sherece Bennett, and is for sale on TeachersPayTeachers.com. It's all based on a book titled, "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope," by Nikki Grimes.

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...In one passage, a young Obama sees beggars and wonders, "Will I ever be able to help people like these?"

"Hope hung deep inside of him," the book adds.

Another excerpt from the book reads: "Before dawn each morning, Barry rose -- his mother's voice driving him from dream land. 'Time for learning English grammar and the Golden Rule. Be honest, be kind, be fair,' she taught him."

The story continues: "One morning, he slipped on the name he'd been born with. The name of his father, Barack. For the first time in his life, he wore it proudly -- like a coat of many colors..."

Grimes' book and Bennett's lesson plan are more fitting for an authoritarian regime in which children are taught to deify and praise their dear leader. One can almost envision teachers in Cuba, Venezuela and Iran using similar books and lessons.

Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Obama was probably high on dope when his mother urged him "to be honest, be kind, be fair."


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Outrageous!… Common Core book teaches children white voters rejected Obama because of race

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Barack Obama by Jane Sutcliffe

Fourth graders in Dupo Illinois are reading a biography of Barack Obama by author Jane Sutcliffe. The book teaches children that white voters rejected Obama because of race.
What absolute BS.
The Illinois Review reported:

The book – brought to the attention this week of those on the “Moms Against Duncan – MAD” Facebook page, goes on to say white Americans were hesitant to vote for a black president, and that Obama pushed the race issue to bring the nation together.

“But some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.

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The Bluffview Elementary students were told the book’s content would be tested for grades. That brought outrage among parents just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, one of the “MAD” moms reported.

This biography of America’s 44th president, entitled “Barack Obama,” is written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book is part of Scholastic’s “Reading Counts” program acceptable to the controversial Common Core curriculum standards.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/outrageous-common-core-book-teaches-children-white-voters-rejected-obama-because-of-race/

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Two things

First, in IL they take or property taxes to pay for schools.  This is suppose to stay locally.  It doesn't (not sure when that changed).  It now goes into a "pool" and is distributed to the most needy or population.  So guess what, my property taxes go to Chicago for their schools that are bloated with unions that are goons and really don't give 2 rats ass about the kids.

Second, our local schools are making sure that we know that because of the common core testing some kids grades are going to go down and some may go up.  It's not that our kids are bad kids and not working hard, it's because of the new way of testing...


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The contempt is revealed

Keith Koffler says Barack Obama claims his administration is all about helping the middle class. But that’s not really true. This administration is about transfer payments to the lower class. It’s about redistributing wealth. And ultimately, it’s about contempt for the hard work that it takes to make it into the middle class and stay there.

Once in awhile, the veneer drops, and the truth emerges. Obama’s justifiably infamous "you didn’t build that" tirade comes to mind.

It dropped again Friday when Education Secretary Arne Duncan said this about opposition to the new "Common Core" education standards:

It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who -- all of a sudden -- their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary. You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, "My child’s going to be prepared." That can be a punch in the gut.

Just look at the simmering contempt that has bubbled up to the surface here.

The White House likes to deny that it engages in class warfare for political purposes. Well, those who make the charge are wrong only in the sense that it’s not just for political purposes. Class warfare is how this administration thinks.

White House suburban moms are, demographically speaking, the cornerstone of the middle class. Obama wants their vote. But that’s really all he wants to do with them.

I have news for you, Mr. Duncan. I know some of these suburban moms, white and otherwise. They are working their asses off, making sacrifices, juggling myriad obligations, and enduring limitless doses of stress to make it all work.

Criticism of the Common Core educational standards centers on their emphasis on “critical thinking,” which evens the playing field between these women’s hardworking children and the slackers. Critical thinking is subjective. Memorizing historical facts and learning your multiplication tables is not. The latter takes a lot more studying.

Mr. Duncan came out of Chicago with Obama. They’re friends. They are of the same mind.

And at bottom, they despise the very middle class moms whose tax dollars, culled from the fruit of hard work, are funding their schemes.

But in the end -- and this is the problem with Socialism -- they will kill the goose laying the golden eggs.

Race! Race! Race! Race!

In a single word, that's what Barack Obama and his team are all about.  They are beneath contempt.


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High school senior blows away central planning mentality behind Common Core

At a Knox County School Board meeting in Tennessee earlier in the month, high school senior Ethan Young made the case against the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to producing ideologically homogeneous tax slaves for the welfare state known as Common Core:

The approach didn’t work in manufacturing in the Soviet Union; it isn’t going to work in education in the USA.


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Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

Perry Chiaramonte says it's exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.

Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as "(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair," "The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation" and "the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all." The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to teach children how to streamline bulky writing.

 "Parents should insist on reviewing their children’s school assignments," said Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum, a think tank that opposes implementation of Common Core. "Many parents will be shocked to find that some ‘Common Core-approved’ curriculum is full of inappropriate left-wing notions, disinformation, and fails to teach the truth of American exceptionalism and opportunity."

The politically charged lesson appears in a worksheet titled "Hold the Flag High," in which students are taught about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The assignment asks students to make examples of sentences; "less wordy by replacing the underlined words with a possessive noun phrase." They are then presented with a half-dozen sentences describing the job duties of a U.S. president.

But if the lessons are meant as a primer on the Constitution, there's another problem, note critics. The job of making sure laws are fair is not the president's, but the judicial branch's. The executive branch's duty is to administer laws. And the example that places the well-being of the nation above the "wants of an individual" appears to run counter to the basic principles of the Bill of Rights.

"We are doing a terrible disservice to this generation and the next if we only present them with one side of the argument and bombard them with ideas contrary to the American ideal," Wright said. "In doing so, we allow our children to be indoctrinated instead of educated."

A Pearson spokesperson told FoxNews.com the "Hold the Flag High" worksheet will undergo some editing of its own, based on issues raised by critics, including Education Action Group Foundation.

"These particular questions appear in a fifth-grade unit of Pearson’s Reading Street, an English Language Arts program," the Pearson official said. "They accompany a selection about soldiers during the Civil War, and they attempt to make a connection between that passage and language skills. As with all our curricular materials, they underwent a thorough development and review process. Still, we are always open to improving our work … Based on this feedback, we will be modifying the worksheet to clarify these questions."

The official adds that while they are currently being used as common core material, versions of this worksheet including the questions of the Possessive Nouns section have been around and copyrighted since 2007.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was devised by an association of the nation's governors and backed by the Obama administration in 2009 with the goal of setting a uniform standard for grades K-12 nationwide. Some 45 states, in many cases enticed by federal grants, have signed on and testing of students in grades 3-8 and once in high school is scheduled to begin next year.

Critics of the initiative say that school districts will devise curriculums to maximize their students' performance on the national exams; some in fact, have already done so. The same critics also claim that Common Core math standards barely cover basic geometry or second-year algebra and that the classics are all but ignored in English classes.

While Common Core has plenty of defenders -- and may prove beneficial -- critics maintain that it is not the federal government's job to impose educational standards.


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Second-graders to be indoctrinated with Common Core propaganda

Fox News is reporting that a textbook company contracted to produce materials under the Common Core State Standards is trying to teach students as young as second grade about economic fairness by praising unions, protests and labor leader Cesar Chavez, according to an education watchdog group.

Zaner-Bloser, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is distributing a lesson plan aimed at teaching second-graders about "equality" by highlighting labor issues, according to Education Action Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization that looks to promote education reform.

As part of the plan, students spend a week reading "Harvesting Hope," a book about Chavez written by children's author Kathleen Krull, and then discuss what the lesson plan calls "scales of fairness," which compare the living conditions of farm workers to that of land owners.

"Fairness and equality exist when the scales are balanced," teachers are prompted to instruct the students. They are then supposed to ask the students whether both sides, as presented in the plan, are equal, providing a correct answer of "no" in the teachers' guides.

"Why are we teaching organized labor lessons to young children?" asked Kyle Olson, the publisher of the group's website. "Isn't there a simpler way to teach about fairness, like saying it's not fair if Johnny works all day and gets one piece of candy while Jimmy plays video games all day and gets the same piece of candy?"

It was not immediately clear how many districts are using Zaner-Bloser's materials. But the company on Wednesday evening defended the Common Core standards and said Education Action Group was targeting one lesson plan instead of viewing the program as a whole.

"Education Action Group has chosen to focus on one book out of the 174 books that accompany the program," the company said in a statement. "These books are written by independent authors and have been widely published by major children's publishing houses."

Chavez, who died in 1993, is considered an icon of the American labor movement and Latino community for his efforts to unionize field workers across the country.  Last year, the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument was dedicated in Keene, California, an event at which President Obama spoke.

This isn't the first time Olson has taken issue with Zaner-Bloser's materials. Earlier this month, Olson ripped the company for teaching third-graders about organizing protests, a lesson plan that cited the 1985 SEIU-led janitors strike in Los Angeles.


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Whites are inherently privileged according to Common Core lesson plan

The Western Center for Journalism is reporting that the federal public school curriculum known as Common Core has come under constant fire from conservative groups who feel its lessons contain either latent or direct leftist ideals. One organization, EAGnews, has kept a close eye on associated course materials, and recently found something disturbing tucked away in a literature textbook meant for fourth grade classes.

Teachers using the resources are expected to assign a two-week lesson on a particular book, “The Jacket,” that paints racial relations in a damaging light, the group claims.

Telling the story of a white child who falsely claims a black child took his brother’s coat, the book by Andrew Clements has been either praised or criticized -- depending on the source’s viewpoint -- for its embrace of white privilege rhetoric.

Such lessons teach students that society intrinsically bestows more favor on white citizens than minorities. As such, the belief concludes, all non-whites are at a permanent and insurmountable disadvantage.

According to a review of the book, the white protagonist “has to ask himself the question: Would he have made the same assumption if the boy wearing the jacket hadn’t been African American?”

Students are supposed to study the book’s story as part of an overall lesson dealing with “Meeting Challenges,” though the book itself seems to present some challenges of its own.

With racial tension already at a fever pitch thanks largely to race hustlers in the media who profit from such discord, discussions of white privilege will only stoke the existing animosity. While minorities could likely view whites as an enemy, the constant barrage will make the majority feel either guilt or bitterness.

Instead of teaching students that they all have the potential for great success, the message of race and class warfare more accurately mesh with the prevailing leftist sentiment.

This example is just one of many Common Core lessons designed to indoctrinate students with an ideology many parents would find wholly inappropriate. Though diligent media sources are able to root out a percentage of these outrageous plans, parents must remain active in the next generation’s education.

Now, more than ever before, essential skills are taking a backseat to leftist propaganda.

Related:  Common Core -- the Marxist brainwashing of America's schoolchildren


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NYC Principals pull sexually explicit novel from Common Core curriculum

Dr. Susan Berry is reporting that the New York City principals union has pulled a sexually explicit novel from its middle school curriculum that was recommended by the city's Department of Education as part of its transition to the new Common Core State Standards.

According to Phillissa Cramer writing at the blog GothamSchools, the novel, Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff, alarmed members of the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) who reviewed it. Union officials said the novel contained sexually explicit language and content.

The award-winning young adult novel, which focuses on two teens who face significant challenges as they travel the path to college and careers, is part of the eighth grade Scholastic CODEX curriculum that some New York City schools adopted this year as part of the Common Core standards.

Antoinette Isable-Jones, a spokeswoman for CSA, sent an email to reporters Friday that cited several passages that concerned council members, including discussions about sex and drugs.

"Nobody is questioning the literary merit of the book, just its age-appropriateness," said Isable-Jones. She added that some schools are trying to return the book and assign others instead.

Isable-Jones, however, also said the principals union wanted to know how the city vetted the materials it recommended earlier this year. The city had recommended multiple programs for schools that were transitioning to the Common Core, and "simplified" the ordering process for those programs.

Regarding Wolff's novel, Department of Education officials reportedly said Make Lemonade is part of a series that was named the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In addition, they indicated that no schools are required to ask students to read the book even if they are using the CODEX curriculum.

"The novel has been highly recommended for middle school grades and is just one of many novels that teachers can choose among for reading material," said Erin Hughes, NYC Department of Education spokeswoman. "All schools choose their own Common Core-aligned curricula and are free to select among different books."

In September, Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona also pulled from its reading list a sexually explicit novel, Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, that is recommended as an "exemplar text" in the Common Core Standards.

Related: Common Core approved child pornography (Politichicks)


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Common Core assignment -- revising the Bill of Rights

Allison Martinez says welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an "outdated" document?  The worksheet says:

You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and  editing the Bill of Rights. .. You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.

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Students are not being taught what the documents means, or any kind of appreciation for the document. The underlying assumption of the assignment is that the U. S. Constitution is outdated and needs to be changed. Another underlying assumption is that this can be done by a citizen task force which ignores  the actual procedure for amending the constitution.

The worksheet was handed out to Sixth grade students in a History class in Bryant School District in Arkansas. The assignment required students to select two bill of rights to throw out, and put together persuasive speeches to market the idea.

Lela Spears the child's mother, was interviewed by Justin King of Digital Media. Mrs. Spears was asked how the  the assignment made her feel about the type of education your child was receiving?

After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught. Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting. When I asked my child what the assignment was to teach her she had no idea. Only that she was TOLD to do it. She didn't even understand what the Amendments meant. How can she make an informed decision when she doesn't understand what she is "throwing out"? That was new to me. I also did not like the fact her teacher used, "you have been selected to help a special committee" bullshit.

Mrs. Spears continued:

Funny thing, she was never told how the Bill of Rights is amended; I do not believe that amended was even used in the class language, only "changed." I read through the handouts she was given (they do not use a book for this class, nor take one home to study from, only handouts that are put in a box for their table to share and place in their binders), around 6 in total, and nothing about how an Amendment is ratified. I believe that, with the wording of the assignment, many children will think that the Bill of Rights is amended and can be changed by a "special" committee instead of an act of Congress. I know that my child will not think this is true since I have made it my mission to be very much involved in her education.

It is a good thing that Mrs. Spears is paying attention to explain this to her daughter. One wonders how many parents are not paying attention?

Parents around the country need to be diligent about what is going on in their child's classroom. While Common Core establishes standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the literacy standards apply to content areas in addition to English. Therefore, the standards apply to other content areas. While parents may be expecting to see changes in the English and Math coursework, it is just as likely they will see radical changes in other content areas.

Common Core has come under fire for its English Language Arts Standards. They are regarded as being focused on writing, which is contradicts a century of research in teaching reading. The focus away from literature and on content areas has had many activists concerned about the possibility of propaganda being taught in the classroom.


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Feds: Don’t back off affirmative action

Libby A. Nelson is reporting that the Education Department has sent a strong message to colleges on the Supreme Court’s recent decision about race in college admissions: Keep doing what you’re doing.

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The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in June in Fisher v. Texas to send a challenge to the University of Texas’s use of race in admissions back to a lower court for further review, and both supporters and opponents of affirmative action declared victory. Officials from the Education and Justice departments weighed in Friday, saying colleges should continue to consider race in admissions as long as they do so carefully.

But some argued the department’s message of “full speed ahead” was misguided and could lead to even more legal challenges down the line, especially since the Texas case is still in play at the appeals court.

That case dealt with the university’s policy of granting admission to the top 10 percent of graduating classes from state high schools, then using race as one of several factors to admit students who didn’t make the 10 percent cutoff. Abigail Fisher, a white student who didn’t meet the 10 percent threshold and was denied admission, sued over the policy.

Justices said the appeals court hadn’t applied a high enough standard in considering the case, sending it back for further review.

That leaves affirmative action safe — for now. The Texas case could return to the Supreme Court in future years. The court will consider a challenge to a ban on affirmative action at public universities in Michigan next month. And some saw the Supreme Court’s decision not as an embrace of the status quo but as an invitation to future legal challenges.

Still, officials said they’re not looking over their shoulder for the next decision.

The court sent “a very clear signal that 40 years of precedent still stands,” said Catherine Lhamon, who heads the Education Department’s office for civil rights at a discussion about the ruling Friday. “I read that as good news.”

Colleges legally can continue to use race in college admissions, as long as they can prove their policies are narrowly tailored and necessary, the Education and Justice departments said in their first policy guidance since the Supreme Court decision. And they should continue to follow policy guidance issued in 2011, which encouraged colleges to use all legally available means to create a diverse student body, including policies that consider race and those that do not.

“The Departments of Education and Justice stand ready to support colleges and universities in pursuing a racially and ethnically diverse student body in a lawful manner,” wrote Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice, in a letter also signed by Lhamon.

In a 5-4 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, justices decided that race can be considered as one of several factors when admitting students if a college can’t use other means to diversify its student body. At the time, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in the majority opinion that the court should consider the matter settled for 25 years, when such considerations would no longer be necessary.

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Dismal SAT scores are an indictment of public education

The Western Center for Journalism is reporting that for the fifth consecutive year, less than half of all high school students who took the SAT college aptitude test are deemed "college-ready." With a possible score of 2400, the SAT Report on College and Career Readiness indicated that just 43 percent of 2013 test-takers achieved a score of at least 1550. That number is considered the threshold at which a student will likely attend and excel in higher education.

According to the report, the College Board considers these results "a call to action," noting that persistently low scores "can and must change."

As public schools continue to water down the basic core knowledge every student should learn in favor of promulgating a leftist agenda, it only makes sense that college aptitude tests would reflect that shift. In fact, the report showed that those who performed at or above the 1550 score level did so after taking the initiative to enroll in advanced placement courses.

While the availability of these elective classes is important, educators across curriculum lines should make it their mission to prepare students for the future. College is not for everyone, but a large percentage of the nearly 2 million students who took the SAT this year obviously had such aspirations.

Leftist politicians constantly call for more education spending, despite the fact results have plummeted in recent years while funding has remained comparatively high. Teachers -- and the unions that represent them -- demonstrate for more money and fewer hours, even as many refuse to perform the basic duties of the job.

There are and will continue to be stellar educators within the public school system whose mission it is to provide an environment conducive to learning. Unfortunately, these individuals are perpetually overshadowed by those with a secure job and no incentive to work harder.

There are many indicators of a flawed educational system; few, however, are as readily identifiable as the bleak SAT scores identified in this report.


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Obama spent his first four years telling anyone who would listen what he was going to do and now he will spend his second four years telling everyone why he didn't do it!
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Obama State University

The Wall Street Journal says Barack Obama is blaming colleges for the result of government subsidies.

Barack Obama recently concluded a five-year campus speaking tour in which he explained to students how his financing programs were making college more affordable. Then on Thursday he kicked off a new campus speaking tour to tell students that college is unaffordable, and that the financing program he has championed faces increasing defaults.

"We've got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt," said Obama, without a trace of irony at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The same man who three years ago forced through a plan to add $1 trillion in student loans to the federal balance sheet over a decade said on Thursday, "Our economy can't afford the trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt, much of which may not get repaid because students don't have the capacity to pay it."

Naturally, Obama blamed somebody else and demanded more authority over higher education.

Obama specifically blamed colleges and universities for charging too much. "Not enough colleges have been working to figure out how do we control costs, how do we cut back on costs," he said. His solution is for the federal government to rate colleges on their effectiveness and efficiency, and then to allocate federal subsidies to the schools that Washington believes are providing the best education at the lowest cost.

Particularly jarring for Obama's fans in the faculty lounge, he talked about them on Thursday in the same disrespectful manner that he normally reserves for entrepreneurs. "And I've got to tell you ahead of time, these reforms won't be popular with everybody, especially those who are making out just fine under the current system. But my main concern is not with those institutions; my main concern is the students those institutions are there to serve," said the President.

Conservative readers may be tempted to chuckle here. And we concede that this latest Obama regulatory onslaught couldn't happen to a nicer bunch than the university elite who did so much to elect him. But while shifting control of universities from lefty professors to the U.S. Department of Education may seem like a transition between six and a half-dozen, it is not.

As maddening as it can be to see how liberal academics spend the wealth created by hard-working citizens, Americans should think long and hard before allowing the federal government to dominate a system of higher education that is still by all accounts the envy of the world. If the feds are deciding what a quality education is in order to dole out billions in annual aid -- in an era when most students can't afford to matriculate without some form of aid -- Washington will certainly dominate. Tying aid to whatever the bureaucrats decide is the right tuition is a back-door form of price controls. Even more disturbing is the idea that a federal political authority will decide which curricula at which institutions represent a good educational value.

Lest taxpayers think that Obama is simply going to protect their investment in education by demanding more accountability from schools, he made it clear on Thursday that he is not driven by a desire to protect the public fisc. He also called for an expansion of his "Pay as You Earn" program, which caps student-loan payments at 10% of a borrower's discretionary income, and then forgives the balance in 10 years if the borrower pursues a Beltway-approved job in government or a nonprofit.

Obama is trodding a well-worn political path. Politicians subsidize the purchase of a good or service, prices inevitably rise in response to this pumped-up demand, and then the pols blame the provider of the good or service for responding to the incentives the politicians created. Think housing finance and medical care. Now President Obama is attacking colleges for rationally raising tuitions and padding their payrolls in response to a subsidy machine that began in 1965.

That's when the feds launched a program to make college "affordable" by offering a taxpayer guarantee on student loans. Federal grants and loans have been expanding ever since and it's no coincidence that tuition prices have been rising faster than inflation for decades. This week the White House noted that since the academic year ending in 1983 tuition and fees at four-year public colleges have risen by 257%, while typical family incomes have advanced 16%.

The better answer is to stop the increases in grants and subsidized loans that Obama has so greatly accelerated. Let educators, students and their parents decide which courses and campus amenities provide the most educational value. As fervently as many professors abhor the idea of free people operating in a free market, they may decide it's better than federal politicians running their universities.


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To fundamentally rethink and reshape higher education, like he did the economy?

What? The Obama Corp modeled on the Hitler Youth and The Young Pioneers?  Total brainwashing and Labor Brigade service in pushing his policies to graduate?

Must be a card-carrying Party Member to attend any college or get financial help?

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Obama looking "to fundamentally rethink and reshape" higher education

Terence P. Jeffrey is reporting that White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the White House briefing on Tuesday that Barack Obama believes America needs "to fundamentally rethink and reshape" its higher education system and the he will be going on a bus tour on Thursday and Friday to make some proposals Earnest said “are not going to be popular with everybody.”

After noting that average college tuition costs have risen dramatically in recent decades, Earnest said: "So what the President believes that we need to do is we need to fundamentally rethink and reshape the college -- the higher education system, and we need to find a way to build on innovation."

“So the president on this bus tour will lay out some fundamental reforms that would bring real change to the way that we pay for college education in this country,” said Earnest.

“Now, the proposals that the president is going to lay out are not going to be popular with everybody, but they are going to be in the best interest of middle-class families,” he said. “And the president is looking forward to having that discussion over the course of Thursday and Friday in addition riding on a bus.”

In 2010, when Congress passed ObamaCare, language buried in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, one of the two bills comprising the health-care reform plan, terminated the federal government’s program that guaranteed student loans made by private lenders, leaving just the Federal Direct Student Loan (DL) program.

"Under the DL program, the federal government essentially serves as the banker--it provides the loans to students and their families using federal capital (i.e., funds from the U.S. Treasury), and it owns the loans,” the Congressional Research Service later explained.

At the end of March 2010, the month Obama signed ObamaCare and gave the Treasury a monopoly over federally guaranteed student loans, the outstanding balance on federal direct student loans was $169.526 billion, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for that month. At the end of July 2013, the outstanding balance was $618.508 billion.

Since Obama signed the ObamaCare law, the outstanding balance on direct student loans -- money students and former students owe to the taxpayers—has increased by 265 percent.


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Bill Ayers explains the left's power is in schools and classrooms

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ObamaCore: The substitution of propaganda for great literature in our schools

Paul Mirengoff says controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.”

English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. The study of literature is being downgraded in the process, but for a good cause.

Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class (this Executive Order was issued under President Bush, but it is still propaganda — a political sop to the environmental left, as Stanley Kurtz shows).

Another Common Core’s non-fiction exemplar is an excerpt from a 2009 New Yorker essay by Atul Gawande on health care. This too is propaganda – an effort to show that Obamacare is wise policy.

Proponents of downgrading the teaching of literature claim that their goal is to make sure U.S. students can read and understand complicated texts. But there are plenty of complicated texts that don’t amount to political propaganda, much less propaganda relating to current hot-button policy issues in which the Obama administration is heavily invested. If teaching students how to read such texts were the only goal here, the list of exemplar tests wouldn’t include one-sided political tracts about health care and the environment.

Consider also where the Common Core comes from? The Washington Post tries to make it appear that the new curriculum percolated up from the states. But at the back end of its story we find that “the Obama administration kicked the notion into high gear when it required states to adopt the common standards — or an equivalent — in order to compete for Race to the Top grant funds.” (emphasis added).

The Common Core, then, should be viewed, at least in part, as an attempt by the Obama administration to gain control of what is taught in public schools for the purpose of indoctrination. As Stanley Kurtz puts it, “Obama has managed to press direct support for his most cherished and controversial policy initiative onto your local school district.”

Kurtz warned about this move in Spreading The Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For the Cites. And he documented the central role in the development of the Common Core being played by Linda Darling-Hammond.

A long-time proponent of a politicized curriculum, Darling-Hammod was Obama’s education adviser during the 2008 campaign. She was on track to be nominated Secretary of Education until her leftism alienated many Democrats. Bill Ayers — domestic terrorist and former Obama associate on educational matters — expressed disappointment that Darling-Hammond was not nominated, adding that he would also have picked Noam Chomsky for Secretary of State, fellow terrorist Bernadine Dohrn for Attorney General, and Paul Krugman for Secretary of Treasury.

But, as Kurtz explains, Darling-Hammond may be more useful in her role as the leading presence at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two private groups involved in designing the Common Core. And Darling-Hammond isn’t just a prime force behind the common curriculum; she’s also working on standardized testing. Kurtz shows that Darling-Hammond is actually opposed to such testing and that her mission is to dumb testing down.

The shrewdest aspect of Obama’s education power play is the relative absence of his fingerprints. As noted, Common Core is being presented as having been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia. In reality, though, most of them hadn’t even seen the new standards. They were induced to agree to adopt whatever curriculum leftists like Darling-Hammond came up with as a condition of receiving federal funds.

As I said in my review of Kurtz’s book the modern left is cleverer than the rest of us.

The rest of us can fight back, though. Indiana and Utah already have popular rebellions in progress against the Common Core. If you want help with this fight in your area, contact the American Principles Project.


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