Meet one concerned mom who is fighting tooth and nail against Common Core

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan may claim Common Core is not the first step toward a nationalized curriculum, but the evidence says otherwise. On radio this morning, Glenn was joined by Heidi Huber of Ohioans Against Common Core to discuss the work her organization is doing to combat these standards.

“We have Heidi Huber on. She’s the head of OhioansAgainstCommonCore.com. And I heard her last week on the Doc and Skip show on Blaze Radio in the morning,” Glenn said. “I learned more from her in a half-hour of listening on Common Core than I knew. I just think [she is] really well spoken. [She’s] approaching this in such a way that is really simple to understand.”

To begin, Glenn asked Heidi to explain the involvement of the National Governor’s Association in the Common Core standards.

“Well, I think the timing of us talking is incredible – the morning after the [National Governors Association] event,” Heidi said. “The gifts from the devil never come without a price, and that is exactly what we’re experiencing. This idea that this is not a national curriculum – they have put in place every punitive punishment to suffer under if you don’t do things exactly according to their plan, which results in a national curriculum.”

As Heidi explained, the concept actually dates all the way back to 2005, and the state involvement we are now seeing is a direct result of the 2009 stimulus package. Heidi laid out all the players involved:

Dial it back to the NGA conference in 2005, which was the NGA conference that incorporated the education summit of Achieve, Inc. That is where Bill Gates came in and was redesigning the American high school – the initiative for action. Governor Huckabee at the time was a chairman of the NGA… The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, basically partnered with Achieve, Inc., which begin with to come up with the national standards. They don’t call it that. They call it ‘the common goal’. The common set of standards among the states just for the objective of getting everybody at a minimum standard.

But they devised, with funding through the federal government, with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates, these have become now the pretense of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund… This is tied to the Race to the Top… And it is the blueprint in detail of how to feed this into the states. The big bucks go back to the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, and if I can read to you the statement from the American Association of School Administrators. These people are parts of the machines, so to speak: “Any school district whose state applies for accepted funds under the recent American Restoration Reinvestment Act is now required to submit to the state new and comprehensive information, with identifying information on every student and every teacher in their school district. This regulation applies to all U.S. school districts.”

“We banged this drum when the stimulus package was coming out,” Glenn said. “I said, ‘Do not take this money… You are going to be trapped in this national nightmare.’ All of the states said, ‘No, no.’ And here we are now.”

It is important to remember that Common Core is a set of standards, not a curriculum. And people like Arne Duncan are able to get away with claims that this is not a nationalized education system for that very reason. Heidi, however, has a different interpretation.

“How do you respond, Heidi, to the people who continually say, ‘There’s no curriculum tied to this,’” Pat asked. “I don’t know where these people are coming from.”

“Well, there’s two-fold, but to me the most obvious answer to that is: Why do these textbooks have to be aligned,” Heidi asked. “We’ve never had to have textbooks aligned to a set of standards before now. Even with No Child Left Behind – that didn’t involve national standards.”

Common Core supporters also claim the standards necessarily increase the rigor of American education, as to allow our children to compete on a global stage. The United States continues to dump billions of dollars in education, and the results are just not there.

“This is supposed to be so unbelievably rigorous, and this will put us on par with the rest of the world,” Pat said. “What have you found concerning that?”

“This is untested and unproven. I asked my legislator: Who has this ruse built? What happens when 50 million children fail simultaneously? What are you going to do? How dare you do this,” Heidi said. “We started going downhill when we enforced state level standards from the Clinton Administration… We’ve doubled our appropriations for education in since 2000, and we still have a crisis. We’ve gone from $6.8 billion, now we’re up over $12 billion in 2015.”

You can learn more about Heidi’s work with Ohioans Against Common Core HERE.

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  • landofaahs

    Yet another reason for a divorce.

  • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

    Why, in all this discussion by education experts, is there NO mention of the responsibility of the student to learn? The experts have thrown money and more administrators at the problem, blamed teachers for the problem, but who has made standards for students to reach with consequences if the standards are not met? I have not voted for a school levy in so many years, I cannot remember. After the last time I voted for the levy and found out that students cannot be held back if they do not pass the term with and acceptable grade…I could not longer vote more money for a bad idea. I am appalled at the pretentious ego of the educational experts. Trophy kids all over again. My father told me about the Campus school when I was in elementary school in Brockport, New York back in the 1950′s. Their teaching method was called “progressive education”. Little restraint and discipline and “free thinking” were encouraged. This school was on the campus of Brockport State Teacher’s College, now SUNY Brockport.
    I have to look up Ms. Huber here in Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    I suggest folks read “MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD GROUP TO CONNECT ALL U.S.
    SCHOOLS’ – Partners with State, Education departments on international
    initiative,_ Published: 01/23/2013

    JERUSALEM – A Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization has partnered
    with the U.S. Department of Education and the State Department to facilitate an
    online program aiming to connect all U.S. schools with classrooms abroad by
    2016.

    Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the organization, the Qatar
    Foundation International, was appointed in 2009 to President Obama’s White
    House Fellowships Commission.

    WND previously exposed that Gregorian served as a point man in
    granting $49.2 million in startup capital to an education-reform project
    founded by former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and chaired by
    Obama. http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/muslim-brotherhood-group-to-connect-all-u-s-schools

    Documentation shows Gregorian was central in Ayers’ recruitment of
    Obama to serve as the first chairman of the project, the Chicago Annenberg
    Challenge – a job in which Obama worked closely on a regular basis with
    Ayers…..[SNIP]

    Connecting schools to fulfill Obama pledge

    The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, in 2011 partnered with
    the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate
    matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through
    something called the “Connect All Schools” project.

    QFI, funded by the Qatari government, explains on its website the
    initiative was founded in response to Obama’s call in his June 2009 speech to
    the Arab world in Cairo, Egypt, to “create a new online network, so a young
    person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.”

    QFI relates how more than 100 U.S. schools and organizations have
    already connected on the interactive website.

    …..[SNIP]

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/muslim-brotherhood-group-to-connect-all-u-s-schools

  • Mike Nelson

    The short answer is that there is no need for the student to learn in the system that we are moving to, which is one of mundane, servile, destitution.

    When students hold useless certifications and cannot provide for themselves, they go to the gov’t for everything, and somewhere deep down know that they deserve better, but are impotent to achieve anything more than the pussified asking for permission that is taught on every playground and in every classroom.

    Kids can’t even go retrieve a lost baseball without permission and supervision, let alone create rules for a new game that has no adult overseer, which is training for the workforce we are being modeled after: do this THIS way, do that THAT way, don’t do anything if you’re not told to do.

    God help us.

  • http://hankrutland.mynikken.net. Fior Gael

    I agree. What an evil plan. The con continues. I subscribed to Ms. Huber’s newsletter. I am in Ohio and need to fight this. Yes, God help us all.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunate that the labels were transposed on two clips, but both have a common thread, as Glenn mentions in both clips. This one is more specific, whereas the other one was more general, but more all-inclusive of the problems we are facing today.

    See my extended comments on the other clip, which talks about who Glenn had dinner with. And this problem is one that needs to be worked on, at the local level, then include county and state levels in your correctional efforts, if possible. (This was my suggestion for solving our problems, in the other clip.)

    Laus Deo

  • Defend Liberty

    While the state can temporarily help the poor by handing them the fruits of others’ labor, plunder rapidly undermines peace and prosperity.

  • Christian Palmer

    This story is a bit weird. Okay, here’s how I see it… States got together to develop a common set of standards so their testing data could actually be compared validly. The federal government had nothing to do with it. Are the standards becoming national? Almost. Are they coming from the federal government? No.

    I don’t have anything against the concept of the Common Core standards, but the content does indeed need to be vetted. Now, as for the treatment of Islam, I believe that each religion should be consulted on how its beliefs are presented. I wouldn’t go to Alec Baldwin for an honest assessment of what the Tea Party stands for — I’d go to the Tea Party. Nobody should come to me asking what Obama’s private thoughts and feelings are because I’m biased. Let the religion speak for itself, then present validated historical fact as history. Islam was originally spread by conquest; that’s historical fact. Most Muslims practice jihad as a personal battle against evil and temptation, just as most Jews don’t sacrifice animals anymore but make sacrifices in other aspects of their lives. That said, you can’t leave out violent jihad or animal sacrifice as aspects of these religions and be historically accurate. However, it’s important to allow each belief-system explain its credo for itself.

    There are a lot of articles about this kind of stuff on theuseofreason.blogspot.com.
    Personally, I’m not against the Common Core as a concept, but we have to be vigilant about what the specific standards are. It’s one solution to a real problem. How do we compare Indiana and Illinois test results? Illinois math standards at the elementary level are 1-2 years behind Indiana’s, or at least they were before Common Core. Comparing their test results tells us nothing.