(Guest post by Greg Forster)
Don’t miss Politico’s thoughtful profile of Common Core godfather E.D. Hirsch, who says of himself:
I’m practically a socialist.
Yes, he is. He understands what is really going on better than most.
Granted, in its current incarnation CC lacks the teeth to put any of its implicitly dictatorial ambitions into effect. But that does not change the nature of the ambitions; it only means CC advocates understand the limits of what is currently possible. If CC is allowed to silently redefine the basic meaning of all educational terms, delegitimize authentic parent choice, and establish the expectation that powerful people can lie and cheat and get away with it, more and more will become possible for them.
P.S. Don’t forget, “practically” can mean “in practice, in effect, de facto.”