The Common Core Deception and the Invisible Nature of the Serf’s Collar

This morning I was greeted with a link to yet another story on the changes in content and grades of coverage that will become effective in next fall’s school classrooms in Georgia. All in the name of higher academic standards of course. To be internationally competitive in the new global knowledge economy of the 21st century.

That does sound wonderful, doesn’t it? Finally to have our schools and classrooms and teachers all moving towards a common vision of what American students need to know and be able to do in the 21st Century. Why am I so skeptical?

That’s what this blog will be about. Monitoring and describing this summer before the official rollout what’s really going to happen to your child and your community and your state in the name of Common Core. We are going to try to get a handle on which states are aggressively implementing outcomes based education (OBE) under the banner of Common Core. And which type of OBE. Yes, there is more than one. Thanks for asking. We are also going to talk about why OBE in its various forms just keeps coming back. New names but always the same dangerous function.

Dangerous to the student and his prospects as an adult. Dangerous to this country and the core assumptions that have served it well for more than two centuries. Absolutely lethal to our prosperity and our economy generally. Intentionally so. At least in the aims of the original designers of what has come to be known all over the world as OBE.

It’s going to be an interesting summer. Welcome aboard.






3 thoughts on “The Common Core Deception and the Invisible Nature of the Serf’s Collar

  1. Welcome to the blogosphere, looking forward to seeing you flesh out the interesting comments you make at JOM 🙂

  2. I have enjoyed going through your blog this rainy afternoon down here in Brazil. I’ll be heading back to the states in a couple of weeks. I am working on a rather feisty tome on public education while down here. Please email me when you get a chance. I’d like to pick your brain, if you would so indulge me. I promise not to “out” you, if you are — unlike me — anonymous in your writings.


    John Trotter.

    • No John, I ceased to be anonymous when I started this blog.

      The about me in the header describes who I am. And I am an attorney applying her due diligence skills to figuring out what is really going on in education and where it is all going. Or trying to get to.

      I will email you but probably not today. I am still a mom with a high schooler and it’s a dance class carpool night.

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