“Voluntary” Standards

I am shocked – shocked! – to discover that political manipulation of education is going on in here!

Your NCLB and RTTT grants for supporting national standards, monsieur.

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Over on NRO, Heritage’s Lindsey Burke and Jennifer Marshall warn that the Obama administration is finding even more ways to use federal influence to push “voluntary” national standards on the states.

So much for Checker’s apparently serious assertion that the standards “emerged not from the federal government but from a voluntary coming together of (most) states, and the states’ decision whether or not to adopt them will remain voluntary.” Bwa ha ha!

9 Responses to “Voluntary” Standards

  1. Patrick says:

    Oh come on, they volunteered to have their arm twisted! 🙂

  2. Student of History says:

    Reading through the math standards, it appears that the adopting states will also be enacting the 1989 NCTM process standards that were so controversial.

    CCSSI incorporates them by reference into the enacted standards.

    It also incorporates Adding It Up and mandates the inclusive classroom for math.

    So will an adopting state that offers acceleration and ability grouping in math and/or traditional instruction with worked examples and explained sequential steps be deemed to be violating its CCSSI commitment?

    Especially if they are an RTT winner or Title 1 is linked to adoption?

    It’s hard not to read the Standards for Mathematical Practice component of the math CCSSI as not mandating the inductive, problem solving first approach.

  3. concerned says:

    Student of History is exactly right! CCSSI will absolutely kill advancement in math and science and drastically diminish our ability to compete.

    All Americans need to wake up and resist this advancement of mediocrity!

    From the article:
    National standards and tests [will] keep us from enacting the real reforms that are needed in public schools to put more power in parents’ hands.

    Great old song linked on site above…

    The days grow shorter and the nights are getting long
    Feels like we’re running out of time
    Every day it seems much harder tellin’ right from wrong
    You got to read it between the lines

    Don’t get discouraged, don’t be afraid, we can
    Make it through another day
    Make it worth the price we pay

    Fight the Good Fight!

  4. concerned says:

    Thanks for the post Jay!

    Student of History is exactly right!

    From the article:
    National standards and tests [will] keep us from enacting the real reforms that are needed in public schools to put more power in parents’ hands.

    Fight The Good Fight! (great song from 1987)

  5. Student of History says:


    Is anyone in the US looking at the question of whether CCCSI will be a stalking horse for the Education for Sustainable Development agenda in K-12?

    That’s what happened in the UK in the late 1990s with similar reforms and its chief architect, Sir Michael Barber, has recently hires Ga’s Ed Super to be the face person for his reform agenda in the US.

    Many people, including Georgia officials such as Cox and its Governor Sonny Perdue, have claimed that Ga is the model for CCSSI.

  6. Greg Forster says:

    It really doesn’t matter whether they’re currently a stalking horse for this or that agenda. Eventually national standards will become a stalking horse for everything. Just give it time.

    Oh, and “Ga’s Ed Super” sounds a lot like some kind of distant cousin of Ra’s Al Ghul. Be afraid!

  7. concerned says:

    College math faculty – beware!!

    Common Core says rational expressions and functions is stem only – not college prep for all.

    p. 57 The high school standards specify the mathematics that all students should study in order to be college and career ready. Additional mathematics that students should learn in order to take advanced courses such as calculus, advanced statistics, or discrete mathematics is indicated by (+).

    All standards without a (+) symbol should be in the common mathematics curriculum for all college and career ready students. Standards without a (+) symbol may also appear in courses intended for all students.

    High School Algebra –
    7. (+) Understand that rational expressions form a system analogous to the rational numbers, closed under addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division by a nonzero rational expression; add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions.

    High School Analyzing Functions –
    7. Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.

    (+) Graph rational functions, identifying zeros and asymptotes when suitable factorizations are available, and showing end behavior.

  8. Student of History says:


    Sounds like you’ve met her.

    She was the one who won on “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and promised to donate the money.

    Her creditors went after it as part of the bankruptcy estate. She is the perfect spokesperson for a spurious agenda where the public rhetoric and the intended agenda are mismatched. She simply will not notice the mismatch.

  9. […] lieu of an outright establishment of national curriculum, the Department has spent the past year pressuring states to “voluntarily” adopt the education standards promoted by the private organization Common […]

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