This article on Common Core, originally written on September 3, 2011 just two weeks after I launched Mississippi PEP, is still the most linked and referenced post on the site nearly seven years later.
What I didn’t know at the time I was writing the article I had just researched was that I had uncovered the first promotions in Mississippi of the most controversial government education scheme by the federal bureaucracy since the creation of compulsory education and the rise of government monopolized school standards.
Less than a year later I would be a regular guest speaker to groups across the state and sought for comments and quotes frequently in the media over Common Core. I would also be working to spearhead a communications and PR effort for a conservative coalition of legislators in the state senate led by a guy not yet known by the general public as well outside of his home district as he would become.
Senator Chris McDaniel was at that time just beginning his second term to elected office.
Meanwhile, the article has continued to be linked by online news and educational freedom organization websites across the country.
In my nearly twenty-years of doing this I have never ceased to be amazed by the clear mountain of evidence that proves how inept government planning usually is, and how politicians take advantage of a disengaged public to fulfill their personal ambitions and to enrich themselves and their friends. My amazement is only rivaled by the sadness and anger I sometimes feel towards a largely disengaged public that allows this type of thing to continue.
Such is the case with Common Core and the Mississippi Department of Education and government educationalists attempts to hide as much as possible from the public behind a wall of bureaucracy. The article begins below.
September 3, 2011–Controversial author Marc Tucker is slated to be the speaker at a Mississippi Department of Education Forum on September 14. the event will be held at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College from 2-4 PM.
Tucker is the CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy and author of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. He also has a new book scheduled for release in November.
Tucker went to both Brown and Yale on academic scholarships. His bachelor’s degree was in philosophy and American literature. He was involved with the drama department at Yale until he dropped out of his graduate program there. His masters at George Washington University was in telecommunications policy. However, he has no education degree, has never taught or been directly involved in K-12, and only for a brief two-year stint taught a college course.
Tucker worked as a lighting technician at a PBS TV station in Boston and then began to work at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland, Oregon.
On Sept. 25, 1998, Rep. Bob Schaffer placed in the Congressional Record an 18-page letter that has become famous as Marc Tucker’s “Dear Hillary” letter. It lays out the master plan of the Clinton Administration to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that it can serve national economic planning of the workforce.
Tucker and the Clintons
The “Dear Hillary” letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”
Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Nothing in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching schoolchildren how to read, write, or calculate.
Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994: the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These laws establish the following mechanisms to restructure the public schools:
Bypass all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by making federal funds flow to the Governor and his appointees on workforce development boards.
Use a computer database, a.k.a. “a labor market information system,” into which school personnel would scan all information about every schoolchild and his family, identified by the child’s social security number: academic, medical, mental, psychological, behavioral, and interrogations by counselors. The computerized data would be available to the school, the government, and future employers.
Use “national standards” and “national testing” to cement national control of tests, assessments, school honors and rewards, financial aid, and the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM), which is designed to replace the high school diploma.
Designed on the German system, the Tucker plan is to train children in specific jobs to serve the workforce and the global economy instead of to educate them so they can make their own life choices.
Tucker and Obama
In 1988, Tucker became the president of the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) where he joined up with Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Ira Magaziner to get states to move away from local control of their schools and migrate to national standards.
In 1991, Marc Tucker and Lauren Resnick created New Standards that pushed standards-based reform. In 1998, he and Judy Codding created America’s Choice that made sure the national standards were further implemented into the schools; and in 2005, Tucker created the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.
Tucker’s whole plan has been to require public school teachers to quit focusing on knowledge-based, academic content that emphasizes mostly objective testing with right-or-wrong answers. Instead Tucker and his cohorts have managed to restructure completely the public schools, leading to the dumbing down of America’s school students.
This effort has been given a new level of control under Obama and Arne Duncan who have added federal”teeth” by creating Common Core Standards and the millions of federal dollars available through Race to the Top funding.
Now 48 states (except for Alaska and Texas) have committed to Tucker’s school”reform” model whereby the federal takeover of the public schools will be completed with national standards, national curriculum, national assessments, and a national database that ties students’ scores back to individual teachers to determine their salaries/tenure/evaluations. Teachers will be forced to teach daily whatever is on the national assessments in order to keep their jobs.
Tucker has teamed up with Obama, Arne Duncan, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Linda Darling-Hammond, David Driscoll, Gene Wilhoit, Phil Daro, and others to move public school classrooms in 48 states into social engineering through subjective assessments that emphasize feelings, opinions, beliefs, multiculturalism, political correctness, diversity, global warming, homosexuality, and “social justice.”