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Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

One of the many falsehoods of Common Core national school standards is that this latest “fix” for what ails public education is entirely state-directed, as the states themselves, including Pennsylvania, have opted in. Just pay no attention to the edtocracy that developed and is now instituting these standards across the country.

That includes President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who met with 40 CEOs at the recent Business Roundtable to “boost” Common Core, according to Education Week.

The Obama administration has been pushing Common Core from the get-go. Now pitching it to America's business leaders as the means by which “every young person” will gain the “opportunity to get prepared for the kinds of jobs that are going to exist in the 21st century” — in Mr. Obama's words — is duplicitous.

Common Core, with its top-down approach to education, is the antithesis of a free-market, competitive system in which businesses, and the individuals they employ, succeed, writes Lindsey Burke for The Heritage Foundation.

It has gained momentum not because of any public mandate. Based on the most recent PDK-Gallup poll, 62 percent of Americans still don't even know what Common Core is.

And rather than offer anything new or innovative, Common Core school standards amount to the same old centralization that, ultimately, removes parents, teachers and school districts from any decision-making in children's education.

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