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June 5, 2019

The intent of these articles is not to introduce a set of educational standards different from Common Core Standards. It is to bring to light what many see as the underlying purpose of this government supported system. That purpose would be to use Common Core Standards as a means to centralize the United States’ educational system. Totalitarian leaders like Stalin and Hitler sought to centralize and control education. Karl Marx noted in his Communist Manifesto, government-controlled schooling is essential to achieving the goals of socialism. The reasoning is that whoever molds the minds of the young, even if it takes a couple of generations, will dominate the society.   
Now You Know:  It could be argued that the following statements would better serve as a conclusion to this article. However, we may need to be reminded up front that something alluded to in 1956 could be slipping in under the guise of improving education, whether it’s called Common Core or some other name containing the same message.  In 1956 Russia’s Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev supposedly said, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within....”.  It is claimed that in 1959 Nikita Khrushchev said, “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism until one day they will awaken to find they have communism.”  
Now You Know:  Alex Newman of The New American on August 8, 2013, wrote concerning Common Core Standards, “Aside from the blatant propaganda and the obvious political agenda in the standards, however, critics say the real problem is in the centralization”. “If something is not done soon, the vast majority of American K-12 school children will be taught using dubious, federally backed national education ‘standards’ that have come under fire from across the political spectrum. America’s kids, as well as their parents, will also be monitored and tracked in unprecedented ways from early childhood into the workforce. Opposition is growing by leaps and bounds, but government officials are not yet backing down”.  
Now You Know:  Common Core Standards were copyrighted by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) based in Washington, D.C. and were released in mid-2010.  Mary Black, a veteran educator, also wrote in Alex Newman’s article, “Because Common Core is copyrighted; it cannot be altered by anyone other than the owners of the copyright. As such, any special interest group that finds favor with those in charge will be able to gain instant access to America’s students. Concerned parents, meanwhile, will be left with few-to-no options to prevent it”.  
An article written on October 8, 2014, entitled “RealClearEducation spoke with CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich to discuss the Common Core’s copyright and how much power states really have in editing the standards”. 
Now You Know:  The answer Minnich gave to one interview question will tie Common Core to the statements in the opening paragraphs and the intent to centralize America’s educational system by teaching the same thing in all states.  
 The interviewer asked, “What are examples of things that are permissible? Are there any limitations to what the states can or cannot do?”
Minnich said, “States have full control over their own standards. The benefit to the states, though, is that they wrote it together and there is a real benefit to commonality. That’s the piece I think states are still holding on to, is that having the same academic standards from state to state really is pretty important to them. That’s something that I think is being missed in this copyright discussion. There’s some real benefits of not changing standards: you can use materials that are not just created for your state only. You should see some economic benefit, you should also see the ability to use assessments and compare how your students are doing comparably outside your state. If I were sitting in a state agency right now I’d really be thinking about what I was doing before I make changes to the standards.”
The above referenced interview can be read in its entirety on www.realcleareducation.com. Read it and draw your own conclusions to the underlying purpose of Common Core. 
Is Catahoula Parish willing to start a grassroots movement to oust Common Core?