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Common core: Common crud

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Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

An unapologetic defender of top-down Common Core school standards says the federal government's latest fix for public education is no overreach; it's the government's right.

After all, reasons Paul Reville, a Harvard professor and former education secretary for Massachusetts, “Why should some towns and cities and states have no (academic) standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move (to different states in their educational lives)?”

Of course, Mr. Reville wasn't appealing to common sensibilities. He was addressing the liberal Center for American Progress, whose founder, former President Clinton lefty John Podesta, now advises President Obama.

Reville was responding to growing public criticism of Common Core, which takes the government's long-failed one-size-fits-all approach to education and locks it down through fiscal coercion. States are free to choose to accept Common Core — if they want to retain their federal funding.

And make no mistake: The primary beneficiaries of this common crud aren't children — not when some standards are lowered to the point of absurdity, critics charge. No, the reward goes to various enterprises and educrats who will prosper within Common Core's food chain.

Common Core should be the last straw. And contrary to Reville's reasoning, our children don't belong to the government. They belong to their parents.

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