Apparently, the negative publicity and the voter animosity towards Common Core is completely lost on Education (Admin) Chairman Harry Brooks. How else to explain the in-your-face slap at Core opponents by inviting the “architect of Common Core,” Marc Tucker, to his committee to deliver an unchallenged lecture on the virtues of Common Core.
Oh, but wait. It gets better. Not only is Tucker a renowned advocate of top-down, centralized, federal government-run education systems, but he is also the author of the infamous “Dear Hillary” letter.
The “Dear Hillary” letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”
Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards.
Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994. These laws establish the following mechanisms to restructure the public schools:
- Bypass all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by making federal funds flow to the Governor and his appointees on workforce development boards.
- Use a computer database, a.k.a. “a labor market information system,” into which school personnel would scan all information about every schoolchild and his family, identified by the child’s social security number: academic, medical, mental, psychological, behavioral, and interrogations by counselors. The computerized data would be available to the school, the government, and future employers.
- Use “national standards” and “national testing” to cement national control of tests, assessments, school honors and rewards and financial aid.
Source: Eagle Forum
Sure sounds like Common Core to us.
Tucker is also a big fan of China and its “Commie Core” education system. Remember the fiasco of Vanderbilt using our tax money to send Tennessee public school teachers to China to see how the commies teach? Yeah, that’s Tucker’s sweet spot.
Astonishingly, Harry Brooks is using our tax dollars to provide a platform for the left-wing musings of Marc Tucker. Apparently, Harry didn’t get the memo from the governor that Common Core was a “ruined brand.”
With Comrade Harry Brooks the “Chairman” brand isn’t much better.