The increasingly vocal campaign to stop an Obama administration-backed set of national education standards known as “Common Core” from being forced on state governments and local schools just got a major boost on Friday. Meeting in Los Angeles last week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) unanimously adopted a resolution blasting the “one size fits all” educational scheme as “an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived ‘normal.’”
Instead of the “Common Core State Standards” being pushed by the Obama administration using taxpayer-funded bribes, the RNC, echoing the 2012 Republican Party Platform, said it believed in providing “broad education choices” to parents and children at the state and local level. A free market-based approach to education is best, the resolution continues, adding that it would help students to achieve individual excellence.
Among the many complaints against Common Core outlined by the GOP is the fact that the organizations responsible for developing the deeply controversial standards did so through a secretive process that was not subject to Freedom of Information laws. Also on the list of grievances was the scheme’s federally funded testing and data collection, as well as the sharing of “massive amounts of personal student and teacher data.”
The centralization of education and the accompanying loss of choices is one of the most common themes found throughout the strongly worded RNC resolution. “The CCSS effectively removes educational choice and competition since all schools and all districts must use Common Core ‘assessments’ based on the Common Core standards to allow all students to advance in the school system and to advance to higher education pursuits,” the document explains.
Federal law, the resolution goes on, prohibits federalizing school curricula. Despite that clear prohibition, however, the Obama administration accepted Common Core and even used so-called “stimulus” money to reward state governments that were most committed to advancing the president’s controversial education agenda, Republican leaders said. According to the resolution and numerous experts, the executive branch also failed to give states, legislatures, and citizens enough time to review the national standards before having to commit to them.