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Rep. McMillin standing firm against Common Core

Rep. Tom McMillin (R) Rochester-Hills has taken a lot of heat from both sides of the political aisle for taking a stand against the Common Core.  Many politicians would be tempted to back down under the pressure.  Instead, Rep. McMillin is doubling down in an op/ed and a live chat in an effort to educate and inform the public about the consequences of Common Core.

In an op/ed “Engler sells out Michigan’s Future” published in the  Detroit News, McMillin did not shy away from telling it like it is:

The Common Core standards were created by two private trade associations, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, financed largely by Gates and imposed on states with the lure of federal grants. Common Core creates a system of top-down education control designed to give students the minimum amount of education they need for community college or an entry-level job. The idea is to develop workers for the managed economy, not to educate citizens. Thus, companies such as Microsoft would have access to entry-level workers they wouldn’t have to train. The added benefit would be a reduced likelihood of developing independent-minded future competitors of these powerful companies. It’s 17th-century mercantilism with a modern twist.  (Emphasis added)

People are noticing his efforts.  From the comments section beneath the op/ed at the Detroit News,

Jeffrey Faber · Top Commenter

I’m not usually a fan of Rep. McMillan, but I’m glad that he’s thoroughly investigating the common core and not just casting a party line vote like so many others in Lansing.

You can read the entire editorial here.


Tomorrow (Sept. 16) at Noon (EST), Rep. McMillin will be participating in a live chat at MLive to discuss his opposition to Common Core and answer your questions.  If you can’t join the chat, MLive encourages you to leave your questions at their site and  in  and McMillin will answer them.   Do NOT leave a question here.  The chat is at MLive tomorrow at noon.