Bill Whittle is my Federalism hero. Don’t worry about the Common Core details, you just need to know one. The federal government’s Department of Education is creating common guidelines and standards for every school that gets federal dollars. They must follow that curriculum or funding levels are cut.
Before it was “No Child Left Behind” which implemented a pay-out system based on student scores from standardized tests. If schools preformed well, they got money in the future. Schools with low test scores could be closed. Well, that was no good, so now we have “Common Core.” Since teachers and administrators couldn’t get it right, the overlords and know-it-alls in Washington, D.C. at the Department of
Redundancy Education will now write the curriculum for the schools. They will take care of it. They will get everyone on the “same page.”
Watch the full video report below, but here’s a taste from the video, Whittle writes…
Let’s scrap the Department of Education so that kids can get, you know, an education. So instead of one centralized curriculum written by the same best and brightest that brought you the Affordable Care Act website – stupid.gov – let’s imagine 14,000 Departments of Education, one for each school district in America. Let’s imagine that each one of them were trying different approaches. One bad idea didn’t ruin the entire country for a generation, and good ideas could be copied and modified and improved even more.
Competition in education! We have local schools with Department of Educations. We have towns and counties with Department of Educations. We have states with Department of Educations. Why the hell do we need a federal Department of Education? The “federalism way” dictates each individual school, each individual teacher, is on their own to show parents how great they are. That’s a lot of pressure, but in the cookie-cutter way of Common Core, all of that pressure is alleviated by the federal standards. There is little accountability. Getting bad results in the classroom? Blame the curriculum and let parents know you’re waiting to hear back from Washington for the updated version. Remember, funding is cut if you don’t follow the overlord’s way!
Please do watch the full video from Whittle. You can access the full transcript at the link above.