The issue of Common Core has been making rounds in many conservative circles lately. It was common talk at CPAC. I know many who have campaigned against it. I’m not necessarily in disagreement with you all. But what you should know is that your efforts aren’t likely to do much good.
To some extent, Common Core does dictate standards to states. Whether good or bad, there is only so much that an educational standard like Common Core can do. The truly problematic part of Common Core isn’t the educational standards themselves. The real problem is that the move to Common Core gave all of the publishers an excuse to rewrite all of their textbooks.
Think back with me to 1999 and the Y2K bug. Yes, there was a Y2K bug, but it was not nearly as problematic as people had indicated. However, IT managers across the country used the Y2K bug as a justification to budget for the revamp of their entire network and database infrastructure. The same thing has happened with Common Core. Publishing companies have used Common Core as an excuse to rewrite their textbooks to pull in the insane leftist propaganda that they’ve always wanted to include but never had the justification to do previously.
So, the problem is this – let’s say you are successful in repealing Common Core. What then? The textbooks are already rewritten. If Common Core goes away, the textbooks stay. They can just remove the Common Core logo on the front, and stay as-is.
The problem is deeper than Common Core and must be dealt with at a deeper level than Common Core. What Common Core did was give everyone an excuse to put their every dreamy imaginative spin on education. Removing Common Core won’t fix that.
What conservatives really need is an education plan. We need conservatives writing textbooks. We need conservatives leading education forward. We need private schools run by conservatives, producing great students, and telling people how and why they are successful.
To some extent this is already happening in the homeschool movement.
If the present trend continues, I think that in 25 years the bedrock of our country will be today’s homeschoolers. The question for everyone else is, are you ready and willing to do what it takes to keep the rest of the children of this country from falling behind the homeschoolers?
By the way, if you are interested in a well-thought-out curriculum, you should check out what they do at Classical Conversations.