Building the Machine

Building the Machine is a well-done documentary about Common Core standards produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Common Core standards flew “under the radar” for years because the press didn’t perform “due dilegence,” writes Rick Hess.

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  1. Stacy in NJ says:

    This is another example of how institutions in this country have been co-opted and rendered unable to meet their core responsibilities, and how policy makers have resorted to rank manipulation in order to work around what they perceive as the problems instead of actually addressing the issues in a straightforward manner. They intentionally miss identify the problems and then offer solutions that are authoritarian and damaging in their panic. K-12 policy at the federal and in some states is a mess. We see failure, particularly for the poor, constantly and persistently. To solve these problems we need to bust apart the cartels who most benefit from the status quo. The Common Core was an attempt to both co-opt and undermine those cartels. It’s the wrong tool used poorly. The instinct in policy makers and self-appointed know-it-alls like Bill Gates is to distrust the public. The concept of Common Core as a completely VOLUNTARY model is wonderful, but, as usual, the instinct in our betters is always to coerce instead of persuade.

    Unpack funding from local districts. Allow funding to follow the child from local public, charter, private, or home school. Let parents and later teens choose the right schools for their needs. Allow schools with varying models (from highly competitive academic to vocational and skills based) to open up (and close quickly if they fail).

    • Stacy in NJ says:

      Obamacare is another example of the same process – and outcome.

      1. A problem exist due in large part to powerful, entrenched and inflexible interests.

      2. Politicians are cowards and are unwilling to directly approach the problem because they fear backlash.

      3. They suggest a complicated “solution” that doesn’t address the fundamental problem but instead seeks to work around those interests. They look for the win-win while being dishonest about potential problems.

      4. Their solution fails because they’ve built a Rube Goldberg and the unknown unknowns blow up in their face.

      5. Blame someone else (the poor, the rich, or corporations) for the failure. Return to step 1 because we have an existing problem that only more government can solve.