A bomb fell on school administrators in Baltimore County a few days ago. That’s because a parent named Adam Small stood up at a town-hall meeting and asked a question about Common Core. He was told to submit his question in writing. Everything was supposed to be stage-managed and harmless to the Common Core juggernaut.
Instead, Small was on his feet trying to explain his concerns. A security guard was called to remove this outspoken citizen from the room.
Small urged: “Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions, confront them. They don’t want to do it in public.”
A woman screamed, “Let him ask his question!!”
Small asked plaintively, “Is this America??”
According to local news, “Small was literally pushed and pulled out of the meeting. He was handcuffed and charged with assaulting an officer.”
This is almost funny as it was the security guard who assaulted Small. In fact, all charges were soon dropped. The school officials wanted this event forgotten.
So here’s the real news. This video has already gotten over 900,000 views on YouTube in just a few days. People can see their school officials at work, trying to suppress freedom of discussion. Some people see the face of a totalitarian America they don’t want. Is this America, indeed?
Ultimately, the deepest fear about Common Core is that it’s a government takeover of local schools. The result will be more micromanaging of education by far-off bureaucrats, more injection of politically correct opinion. In short, many fear that Common Core is just a fancy way of turning America away from its roots.
This small event is waking people up to the big overreach that is Common Core. Many groups have formed to oppose this federal grab. Arguably, the Department of Education already has far too much power.
WhatIsCommonCore, a website, recently reported that “a document put out by the NCEE (National Center on Education and the Economy)...says OUT LOUD that it’s not important under Common Core to have high educational standards in high school; that it’s silly to waste time educating all high school graduates as high as the level of Algebra II. No joke. They’re pushing for an emphasis on the lowest common denominator, while marketing Common Core as a push for ‘rigorous’ academics.”
This site has a wonderful feature called “A top ten list of American professors who speak out against Common Core...First, Dr. Anthony Esolen of Providence College in Rhode Island: ‘What appalls me most about the standards …is the cavalier contempt for great works of human art and thought, in literary form. It is a sheer ignorance of the life of the imagination. We are not programming machines. We are teaching children. We are not producing functionaries, factory-like. We are to be forming the minds and hearts of men and women… to be human beings, honoring what is good and right and cherishing what is beautiful.’”
Common Core Curriculum, like ObamaCare, is too big too fast. Both surely contain many unpleasant surprises. Both should be scaled back or repealed. Local control of public schools is an American tradition for several hundred years. Why would we want to lose that?
LATE NEWS: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has partially withdrawn from Common Core. A concession to public demand.
Also see Examiner piece giving 8 reasons why people oppose Common Core, "Common Core Conspiracy Unraveling?"