education-spendingThe government is planning to spend about 16 BILLION dollars to implement programs that are basically the same as those paid for in the 1950s. Many have been given the false impression that Common Core State Standards and the International Baccalaureate programs will reform and improve education. However, these two newest educational policies are an extension of old policies that weakened the American educational system and destroyed its international reputation for excellence.

Serious concerns about the decline of academic standards began in the 1970s. California Assemblyman Robert H. Burke noted that innovations in education required high school graduates to meet academic standards that were little more than those previously required to graduate from eighth grade, but much time had been spent “educating the whole child.” Those innovations and Bloom’s “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives” were identified as the culprits undermining academic progress for our children.

During the 1950s, educational expert Benjamin S. Bloom claimed that educators are responsible for influencing the ways in which individuals should act, think, or feel. Bloom’s Handbooks explain that the purpose of education is to control much of the individual’s behavior and to integrate “beliefs, ideas, and attitudes into a total philosophy or world view.” Academics became secondary.

In the 1960s, B.F. Skinner incorporated operant conditioning methods with Bloom’s taxonomy and tried to involve these philosophies in all education. When the program (behavior modification) was rejected by teachers and parents, progressives simply changed the name to Behavioral Objectives and increased an emphasis on altering the social and political values of American students. International Baccalaureate and Common Core State Standards share the mission to create a world community. A Continuum of International Education written by the IBO describes their educational goals. Like Bloom and Skinner, CCSS and IB focus on changing the social and political views of students altering the intended purpose of educating children.

According to experts in English and math, the skills as presented in the Common Core curricula are “soft”. Requirements for a math program for students in third grade are now delayed until fourth grade. Another lowering of academic standards! Experts want more time to focus on encouraging American students to exchange their Constitution and national sovereignty for a submissive role in a world community.

To create a more compassionate population, the IBO document explains that world citizenship needs to begin early through development of an understanding of the nature and value of one’s own culture. The result has been a NEW understanding of American culture through a rewriting of history—one that belittles or denies those values that encourage Americans to achieve their dreams. Bloom’s goal of developing a “world view” is being aggressively implemented through CCSS and IB to prepare students for social and political change determined by federal goals.

Those who see school choice as an escape from these ideologies are often misled. Bob Jones University Press, a main resource for educational materials used in Christian and home school settings, prepares text books and tests that incorporate CCSS.

Parents from across the United States send Advocates for Academic Freedom examples of lessons imposed upon their children that undermine American values and traditions. American Pageant by Kennedy and Cohen is used in a Catholic school. The text does identify America as a republic, but it provides a definition for republic and republicanism that actually describes collectivism.

Public School teachers express concern that their texts do not mention that America is a republic with God-given freedoms. Parents and teachers complain that the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other founding documents have been omitted because they are “too religious”. Have Americans surrendered their republic without shedding a drop of blood?

Citizens must commit time and energy to their demand that federal dollars spent on education be reallocated to the state and that local control of schools be reinstated. States must reclaim their right to shape a curriculum that meets the academic needs of their students.

Advocates for Academic Freedom, an education consulting firm, has begun a grassroots effort to stop the federalization of education. Log onto the AAF home page, click on the PETITION FOR PROGRESS button, electronically sign the petition and become part of the grassroots movement that will eliminate the federal Department of Education and CCSS.


Handbook I: Cognitive Domain by Benjamin S. Bloom

Handbook II: Affective Domain by Benjamin S. Bloom

B.F. Skinner: The Man and His Ideas by Richard I. Evans, 1968 · PDF file

There are hundreds of text books that pose the problems identified in the article. Some used in Wisconsin include but are not limited to:

U.S. History A- Units 1 through 5 by National PASS Center,  2003, distributed by Wisconsin PASS Cooperative Education Service Agency #8

Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics, & You by Glencoe McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2010

Mapping Wisconsin History from the Teacher’s Guide ISBN: 978-0-07020-508-8

American Pageant by David M. Kennedy,

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  1. Great article, but it may be way more than 16 million that is being wasted.. if you add in International Baccalaureate that’s about $338Billion Nation Wide and that’s only for those schools who admit they are IB. Schools are in the application and candidacy are subjected to the same costs. It seems usually that if a HS is an IB World School then so are the feeder schools. That means the cost could actually be 3 to 4 times that $338Billion. Common Core is basically the same thing as IB. It was written by the same people with the same worlddview. Even if your student is not an IB student the worldview and curriculum is intertwined in every subject matter in every grade.. There really is no opt out.. just like Common Core.

  2. Thank you so much for exposing the Blood/Skinner agenda within the CC. I friend of mine works within the public school system and gave me a copy of some of the CC info given to her in her office. It includes the “new” Bloom’s Taxonomy (same old stuff under a new name).
    Though the standards may be soft, it is the teaching method, or rather, the dialectical thinking process, that is the true culprit here. Of course, the outcomes or standards are predetermined and the curricula will reflect the politically-correct agenda, however, the manner of reasoning dialectically will brainwash this generation into accepting any group-think as correct and moral.

    I hope all who read these posts are familiar with Charlotte Iserbyt’s Deliberate Dumbdown, and Dean Gotcher’s expose` of the dialectic methods.
    God bless all involved in this battle for the hearts and souls of our children!

  3. This is exactly where we’ve been over the last 25 years. Our children were given Mastery Learning and “Effective Schools” through Bloom’s Taxonomy. Now we have the same programs through Common Core with computer testing as the Skinner box.
    Thank you for your adept observations.

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