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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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.