DeVos opposes “FEDERALIZED Common Core.” (video)

| December 10, 2016 | 1 Reply

DeVos’s nomination as Secretary of Education is getting scrutinized.  Rightly so.  Parents, educators, and grassroots activists across the state of Michigan know exactly who DeVos is and her position on Common Core.   We’re not fooled by a single carefully parsed statement on a webpage that she is “not a supporter – period.”   We know the truth.  We experienced it first hand.   So have many Michigan lawmakers but for some reason they continue to stay silent and give DeVos a complete pass.   Loyalty to DeVos trumps loyalty to the truth, apparently.

DeVos’s parsing on Common Core is going to become harder to maintain the more she speaks on education. She isn’t giving interviews right now but at President-elect Trump’s “Thank You” rally in Grand Rapids DeVos asserted that she is for letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the “federalized Common Core.”

DeVos use of the qualifier “federalized” is telling.  DeVos likely believes Common Core is a high standard and a quality choice for states; otherwise she would be with us at Stop Common Core in Michigan, fighting it to get it out, and replacing it with the pre-Common Core Massachusetts standards.  She’s not. Neither is GLEP.  GLEP opposes SB 826 through their partnership with the Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards.

In a DeVos system of “choice” parents will choose WHERE their child is educated but  not WHAT they are taught. That was said directly in an American Federation for Children report,

“Through educational choice, parents are empowered with the ability to choose the environment—whether it is a traditional public school, charter school, private school, virtual school, home school or blended learning—that best suits their children’s needs.”

That’s not true choice and will result in the destruction of educational freedom for all parents.  It’s time for parents, educators, AND lawmakers who know the truth about DeVos and her version of choice which includes implementation of Common Core (or a rebrand) to speak up and let President-elect Trump know it’s time to “drain the swamp.”

Her part of the rally begins at the 1:24 mark.

For a more detailed analysis of DeVos’s School Choice plan please read:

The DeVos Choice Means NO Real Choice for Parents, Students, and Educators

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Karen Braun is a writer and conference speaker on issues related education and family life. Her work has appeared in the American Thinker, Crosswalk, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, WatchDog Wire, and various other websites and magazines. She has also appeared on TV and radio venues. Along with blogging, Karen also enjoys homeschooling, running marathons, and spending time with her husband, their six children, and two grand children. For more information please contact Karen at spunkyhomeschool at gmail dot com
  • TheTimeIsNow

    Thank you for telling the truth when so many are reluctant to at this critical juncture.
    You don’t threaten to sue those fighting what what you (never did) believe in or support. You don’t treat them like red-headed step-children or second class citizens when meeting with those in power on this very matter or exclude them (period). Obviously, SCCM is composed of principled individuals. Otherwise, a good share of you would have been (wink/wink) granted this ‘non-profit’ NGO “opportunity” or that by now and our children’s future educational needs/rights selfishly cast aside.

    I have never been prouder of a group of individuals in my entire life.

    SCCM is showing our children, in no uncertain terms, what it will indeed take to secure their future. If any of them believe that this road is any less perilous or difficult?
    Then we have failed to teach them who actually runs this state or the effective strategies needed to at the very least confront them for the sake of ‘their’ children.

    This is David vs Goliath and no less a good vs evil story. You can’t play both sides of the Bible or what is best for our kids. The recent historic passage this week of mind-robbing bills such as SB33/510 by the Goliaths of this world was bad enough.The utter silence by literally everybody else only cemented SCCM’s status as our children’s sole savior here on this earth (David).

    Please support them as they not only take on the giant that is private/public education in this state but as they (hopefully) take down many more who fancy themselves as such in so many corrupt corners.

    We need to start teaching our kids who their heroes are as they have no problems recognizing the villains every single day, what their message is or how literally sharing their souls with others is not necessarily a good idea.