Whenever you hear of a dubious holiday like Earth Day or May Day, or in this case, National Teachers Day, you should immediately be suspicious of the chosen date; usually it has some significance in Socialist or Communist history.
Someday, the government will declare August 4th Global Citizens Day or some such thing, not knowing that it’s the birthdate of Barrack Hussein Obama. Or March 31st will be declared National Internet Day in honor of the “inventor” of the Internet, Al Gore.
Even Wikipedia was unclear about the significance, as far as education is concerned, about the date of May 6th. But then, a general Google search on “May 6 history” turned up this interesting piece of information:
Wikipedia then tells us that: “The German Student Union (German: Deutsche Studentenschaft, abbreviated DSt) from 1919 until 1945, was the merger of the general student committees of all German universities, including Danzing, Austria and the former German universities in Czechoslovakia.
“Originally founded during the Weimar Republic period as a democratic representation of interests, the DSt experienced serious internal conflicts in the early 1920s between the Republican minority and the völkisch majority wing. It was dominated from 1931 onward by the National Socialist German Students’ League, which was merged with the DSt in 1936, played a large part in the Nazi book burnings and was eventually banned in 1945 as a Nazi organization.
“On May 6, 1933, members of the DSt made an organized attack on the Institute of Sex Research in Berlin’s Tiergarten area. A few days later, the Institute’s library and archives were publicly hauled out and burned in the streets of the Opernplatz. Around 20,000 books and journals, and 5,000 images, were destroyed.
“The defining idea that the völkisch movement revolved around was that of a Volkstum (lit. ‘folkdom,’ with a meaning similar to a combination of the terms ‘folklore’ and ‘ethnicity’), not to be confused with the Volkssturm, (‘people-storm’) a German national militia of the last months of World War II. It was set up, not by the traditional German army, but by the Nazi Party on the orders of Adolf Hitler on Oct. 18, 1944. It conscripted males between the ages of 16 to 60 years who were not already serving in some military unit as part of a German Home Guard. “Populist,” or “popular,” in this context would be volkstümlich.”
According to Wikipedia, “The völkisch ‘movement’ was not a unified movement but ‘a cauldron of beliefs, fears and hopes that found expression in various movements and were often articulated in an emotional tone,’ Petteri Pietikäinen observed in tracing völkisch influences on Carl Gustav Jung. The völkisch movement was ‘arguably the largest group’ in the Conservative Revolutionary movement in Germany. However, like ‘conservative-revolutionary’ or ‘fascist,’ völkisch is a complex term (“schillernder Begriff”). In a narrow definition it can be used to designate only groups that consider human beings essentially preformed by blood, i.e. by inherited characteristics.”
What better day to celebrate our teachers than the infamous day when the Nazis stormed a notorious sexual research institute and burned 20,000 books and journals and 5,000 images. The Nazis were also notorious for burning books on Communism.
No one can argue that the Nazis weren’t villains, except the California school district, that under the Common Core curriculum, compelled its students to read an 18-page tract on how the Holocaust was a conspiracy cooked up by the Jews to argue for a homeland of their own in the Middle East. If you can’t beat the Nazis, join them. Suppress the thousands of pictures of the ovens at Auschwitz and other death camps. Censor the texts of eyewitnesses at the time who saw the Jews being sent into the gas chambers. Not many people are inclined to actually visit one of the death camps and see the human fat still clinging to chimney walls, so the revisionists are safe on that ground.
There’s nothing new about holocaust deniers. German-American radicals were denying the Holocaust when I was still just a little girl. Friends from Holland invited a Holocaust survivor to the neighborhood party. Still, they insisted that he was a fraud and that the Holocaust was a lie. He left the party and so did we.
Common Core is the successor of Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act) ESEA), designed to redistribute the wealth from affluent school districts to poor school districts. Another of its goals was to narrow the “achievement gap” between wealthy students and students living in poverty.
With each president, ESEA was given a new name. Pres. George W. Bush renamed ESEA the No Child Left Behind Act. He was willing to redistribute federal dollars to poor school districts. But he insisted on positive results from the poorer school districts. Better grades. Higher graduation rates. Higher test scores.
The educational establishment balked. They weren’t about to give a better education, full of the virtues of Western civilization, to their minority students. The Socialists had vested too much time, money and energy in alienating these groups for the sake of their political benefactors. Without the minority votes, the Democrats would lose and the universities that trained the teachers would lose their funding, as well as pensions and health care benefits.
NCLB was soundly thrashed. Obama came along and declared that he would return to Johnson’s original intent with ESEA – redistributing wealth and widening the achievement gap. That’s right, “widening it” not narrowing it. Every book on the subject of educational reform written by the Progressives, from John A. Dewey to William Ayers, insists that methods such as rote memorization and reading books is a disadvantage to poor students. Especially books written by white, Western male authors.
Ayers’ books, “The Handbook of Social Justice” and “Teaching for Social Justice” cite anecdotal teacher experiences of “guilting” white student privilege. Students in these classes were made to apologize for being white and affluent and oppressing the minority masses.
Supporters of Common Core claim that there is no federal mandate; states aren’t required to teach the Common Core curriculum in preparation for the PARCC – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
According to the website, PARCC “is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high-quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
“PARCC is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They will also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help. Learn more about PARCC in our PARCC FAQs.
“PARCC is made up of: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The states in PARCC educate more than 15 million elementary, middle and high school students across the country. In addition, Pennsylvania, is a “participating state.” Learn more about the PARCC states.
PARCC is state led with a subset of PARCC states making up its Governing Board. States represented on this Board are considered “Governing States,” and have made the strongest commitment to PARCC and its activities and, therefore, have the most decision-making authority. A subset of the Governing Board states serves on the PARCC Steering Committee to provide guidance on time-sensitive issues as they arise. Maryland serves as the Fiscal Agent for the PARCC consortium.
Governing states also have one representative on the PARCC K-12 Leadership Team. The K-12 Leadership Team is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the development of PARCC assessments. It directs all of PARCC’s operational programs and serves as the conduit to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Governing Board. The K-12 Leadership Team holds a weekly call. There are a wide range of committees, working groups and teams of education leaders tasked with specific advisory, technical and operational goals. These committees will be responsible for structuring, leading, and contextualizing the major assessment design and development activities. Achieve was selected as the Project Management Partner for the PARCC consortium to facilitate the activities of the Partnership and help ensure the PARCC vision is fully realized.
Understand this: the term “college and career” is a misleading phrase. Common Core supporters don’t mean to prepare every student for college and a career. The correct interpretation is college or career. Students will be separated into two categories: 1) students who will go onto college and then pursue a career (obviously, making ‘college-and-career’ redundant) and 2) students who will be trained in a vocation, or “career.”
When my older brother was in the 5th grade, the teacher told my mother that he wasn’t suited for college and that he didn’t need to learn anything beyond the basics; that he would be going to work in the local factory, just like the rest of the blue-collar students in our district.
My mother didn’t sit still for this pronouncement. Not for her son and not for the other students, either. She asked the teacher who she thought she was, playing God, deciding the students’ fate for them. The teacher, my mother warned, was going to teach her son and every other student in that class everything, or there would be another teacher in her place the next fall.
My older brother not only went on to college but got a master’s in business administration.
The educational establishment has been playing this game for a long time. The movement, which began as far back as the turn of the 20th Century, picked up momentum in the 1960s with ESEA and grew to be a monster. During Jimmy Carter’s administration, it became an official government entity with the creation of the Department of Education, an unconstitutional cabinet position.
There’s actually nothing all that new about Common Core, except its name – and the PARCC test, of which parents are still unaware. They’ll find out next year. Right now, the official test in New Jersey is the NJASK (Assessment of Skills and Knowledge). This is the last year for ASK; it will be replaced by the PARCC test next year.
You know about Common Core. Common Core has many tentacles: Bill Gates and the computers for schools deal; Pearson Publishing, the book publishing company that has, over the decades, bought up just about every major textbook publisher and is now the official Common Core text publisher; the pre-Common Core indoctrination of teachers; the mining of database information about your children and your family; the books and materials parents are not allowed to see or review.
Now you need to find out all you can about PARCC. PARCC is the finishing line for Common Core. While there’s certainly nothing new about it, it will determine whether your child will go to college or vocational school, whether they want to or not. In fact, most businesses would rather your child have a college degree in business. Many kids don’t even want to go to college. But that degree can mean the difference between their advancing in their career or remaining in a low-paying job for their entire lives.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that a democracy cannot survive without an educated people. Clearly, that is just what the Progressives intend. To them, “success” is a dirty word. Common Core is just another way for the elite to eliminate their competition.