The latest push to shove the federal Common Core Curriculum down states throats via the threat of ending federal funding to those states that do not implement it has hit Florida. The state legislature is currently in committee writing legislation to implement it and make it state law. I am not going to argue the merits of the Common Core as a viable education model because the jury is still deliberating its content and methodology. What I am going to discuss and emphasize is the effectiveness of the federal body that will gain permanent control over every level of education in America and its success rate since first taking this role in 1980.

The Dept. of Education:

Since its inception and implementation by Jimmy Carter on 05/04/1980 has been very effective at redefining and changing the overall quality and efficiency of the way our children are educated. Before the Dept. of Ed. the national high school graduation rates were around 80% (peaking at 81% in the 1970’s). More importantly the effective reading and math comprehension levels were at a 10th grade level and to get into a college or state university a minimum SAT score was 1300. (an Ivy League education required 1550)       The aggregate IQ as determined by MENSA for the average high school graduate was approximately 98, the general populace 88.

Here is a very independent white paper from 2 German scientists that show a very different trend in our education:


“For a number of reasons – poor survey design, uncounted incarcerated males, inclusion of GEDs, inclusion of immigrants, etc. – surveys commonly used by economists like the CPS provide poor measures of the US high school graduation rate. Heckman and LaFontaine attempt to fix these mistakes by comparing the CPS, decennial Census records, and annual high school surveys to create an accurate measurement of the US high school graduate rate. The current rate is around 77%, lower than the peak of 81% around 1970. Graduating rates among males are lower, and among blacks are far lower. Indeed, low education rates continue into college, with only about 25% of the current cohort graduating from college, and less than half ever attending college of any kind. This divergence in educational outcomes is likely a large driver of stagnant wages since the early 1970s, since wages among college graduates and postgrads have continued to increase. The US has fallen behind many other developed countries in the past four decades in both HS and college graduation rates. To my mind, these numbers are a national disgrace, and such low rates of human capital are absolutely drivers of future high crime rates and lower economic growth.”                                                                                                                                             For the full text: (WP – full version in ReStat May 2010)

The resultant comprehension levels are now at an all time low with 60% high school graduates reading at 8th. grade levels and math even lower. Most cannot perform simple algebra and without electronic assistance cannot perform simple math. The average IQ for grads’ is 90 and the populace average is 80. The standards for MENSA membership have always been the top 2 percentile of tested IQ’s, in 1970 it took an IQ of 150 to be considered in that percentile today it only requires an IQ of 135.

I can continue to identify and more importantly quantify the erosion of education since the federal govt. started direct oversight, but any American who has children or raised children or interacted with children in the last 40+ years can recognize the failings of the Dept. of Ed. and its devastation on our culture.

What is more frightening is why are our state govt.’s so willing to acquiesce our 9th. and 10th. Amendment rights so quickly? Why do we elect school boards and appoint administrators to over see the education of our children to see them systematically neutered by the Dept. of Ed.? Federal $$$$$!

To get the money you must get with the program whatever the current program is no matter how bad or how egregious. It is pay to play and if you don’t play then you don’t get paid.  In the first stages of the implementation of Common Core in place like Texas there have been multiple instance of push back by both teachers and more importantly parents when they have learned what their little Johnnie or Suzy are being taught.(or more importantly NOT TAUGHT) The removal of things like Algebra and Early American History in fa....

A recent article from the folks at the CATO Institute summed it up very well:

Saying Common Core Not Federal a Joke, but Joke’s on Us!          


“Last week I posted video from an American Enterprise Institute conference featuring supporters of national curriculum standards—the Common Core—dismissing concerns that implementing the standards might cost lots of taxpayer arms and legs, and laughingly brushing aside concerns that the Common Core might lead to federal control of school curricula. The latter emanated largely from Chester “Checker” Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, whose organization is a leading national standards supporter.

Yesterday news came out that made clear just how serious—and unfunny—concerns about a federal takeover are. According to Education Week, the U.S. Department of Education will start a “technical review process” for the Department-selected consortia creating the national tests to go with the standards. And what will that review look at? Not compliance with accounting standards or something administrative, but test “item design and validation.” That means, most likely (in-depth information from the Department was off-line as of this writing) reviewing the specific questions that will go on the tests. And what is tested, of course, ultimately dictates what is taught, at least if the test results are to have any concrete impact, ranging from whether students advance to the next grade, to whether schools gain or lose funding. Since the ultimate point of uniform standards is to have essentially uniform accountability from state to state, they will have to have some concrete impact, rendering this a clear next step in a major Federal incursion into curricula.

Now, maybe Finn wasn’t aware of any of this last week when he blew me off with knee-slapping zingers about the U.N. taking over the Common Core, but I doubt it: according to Education Week, one of Fordham’s employees, Kathleen Porter-Magee, will be on the federal review team, as will frequent Fordham collaborator William Schmidt of Michigan State University. So either Finn is an extremely hands-off manager, or as he summoned his inner Don Rickles last week he knew very well that federal tentacles were inching even deeper into America’s schools.

Ha, ha, America. Joke’s on you.”

Neal McCluskey

The 9th. Amendment to the Constitution states: “ The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”

The 10th. Amendment states the following: “The powers NOT delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are RESERVED to the states respectively, or TO THE PEOPLE”

It is not difficult to see that once again our Rights as defined are being transgressed by the political class and govt. bureaucrats that are currently dominated by the progressive socialist ruling class elites who do not believe in the Constitution or your right's as defined by them.

I am calling my state reps. now to rip them a new one and let them know a storm is coming and it will cleanse this nation of ALL the cancerous bodies now destroying it and we will not stop until we have our Republic as founded.

In Freedom,

Dr. Keith C. Westbrook  Ph.D.


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Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on May 7, 2013 at 10:03am

Our elected have a choice, support our freedoms or let the fool Obama take them! We know he is treasonous and this has been charged by an honorable Naval Officer! The accusations are facts but out Liberal media refuses to support Americans and out rights! When any media supports tyranny we see as with Germany! We have no choice but the remove Obama by his own stupidity! Earl

Comment by Keith Walter on May 2, 2013 at 5:05am

Common Core??? Shades of Agenda 21 looking out here. This seems to fit in with the UN's behind the scenes take over..............

Comment by Carlos Ramos on May 1, 2013 at 8:34am

David FARRAR - The content is the systematic accentuation of all content that involves a communist - such as Rosa Parks, The Black Gloved Black Panther Olympians, Angela Davis a UCLA moron Commie Instructor,  Ceasar Chavez - a farm worker who would have best done well back in Mexico, and similar items that distract from the American Tradition -- Common Core?  Is this not another means to say Reading Writing and Arithmetic?  Or is Uncle Mao or Uncle Min little red book the required texts?  Commies have been in the USA since 1919 and if you are not seeing the effects of their being here one must look a bit more carefully.

Comment by Paul Plasters on April 30, 2013 at 7:54pm

I know that I am amazed at how many high school diploma holders cannot read with understanding, and do not know the meaning of words used in sentences, math seems to be a lost art.  It is really sad to meet with these people and try to explain how to read and write, forget about advanced math, it is too hard for them.  These are not stupid people that can't learn, these are graduates of a school that didn't bother to teach.

Comment by Buck Crosby on April 30, 2013 at 5:07pm

   If you look at the number of kids being harassed and intimidated by the schools staff and teachers , all of them , you will see what they are doing , kids being humiliated and sent home for wearing non-offensive patriotic messages ( except to progressive indoctrinators )   , bringing items to school like a butter knife to spread bread or pocket knife on a camping trip , or biting a sandwich to look like a pistol or even pointing their finger and saying bang . But it is okay to have them dress up like a muslim woman in a burkha while denying them dressing up like Jesus , or having two girls kiss romantically like lesbians .  Parents , do everything you can to keep your kids out of these rabidly vile indoctrination centers . 

Comment by Frank W Brown on April 30, 2013 at 4:25pm

I just noticed that twitter isn't accepting the tweets from this site, anyone else having this trouble?

Comment by davidfarrar on April 30, 2013 at 4:22pm

Speaking of Common Core, as it happens, I am reading one right now that is pretty close to our own Common Core:

"The Natural Right to Vote is the same Right as the Right to be President of the United States of America.

"They are both just the natural right of voluntary consent to be a Representative of the People for the benefit of society in order to secure Political Liberty for the society by preventing a monarchy or King."

Click here for the entire text.

ex animo


Comment by Frank W Brown on April 30, 2013 at 4:21pm

Homeschool your children or the STATE will indoctrinate them for you and you won't like what that indoctrination entails!!!! I'll start off with the fact that the 3Rs won't be high on the list.

Comment by al pambuena on April 30, 2013 at 3:10pm

this is the problem when the feds develope a one for all program...then dangle our tax money in front of everybody..with a take this or nothing option......thats called bribary, socialism, marxism and soft tyranny. what ever happened to the states developing curriculums for themselves....common core is just another obamacare...and i have never seen my reps in washington talk about it, never seen this on any ballot, and was never in any recent school budget that was sent to parents.

Comment by davidfarrar on April 30, 2013 at 2:20pm

Okay, but tell me Dr. Westbrook....where is the marxist ideology content?  I, too, have publicly called for a Congressional investigation into this allegation over the Florida incident (over the Constitution). If you have any direct evidence, or even anecdotal evidence; please share it with us. 

ex animo




Reporter Kicked Out Of Michelle Obama
Conference For Violating ‘Black Girl Code’

The Black Entertainment Television channel recently hosted a conference in south Florida for black women known as “Leading Women Defined,” which featured a casual conversation between former first lady Michelle Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

But according to the New York Post’s Page Six, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in attendance was booted from the remainder of the conference after she wrote an article about some of the comments Obama had made during the discussion.

Robin Givhan, a fashion critic and staff writer for The Washington Post, documented the highlights of the friendly chat between Obama and Jarrett.

Some of the highlights of the conversation included the former first lady’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the Obamas prepared to leave the White House, the role she played during the 2008 election, her difficulty settling in as “the spouse” to the president, how she described her White House garden as a “subversive act” to garner trust with the public and her upcoming memoir. Of course Givhan also wrote about what Obama was wearing … after all, she is a fashion critic.

But following the publication of the article, according to Page Six, BET demanded Givhan leave the conference early amid claims that she had violated a “sacred space” by publishing the content of the conversation.

They also canceled a panel discussion that Givhan initially had been asked to moderate.

However, Page Six noted that BET’s claim that Obama’s discussion was “private” and not intended to be shared with anyone else outside the small gathering in attendance didn’t hold up to scrutiny given the fact that BET itself posted clips from the discussion on its site.

Furthermore, Jarrett also posted those clips on social media and told everyone to “tune in” to the network so they could hear what Obama had to say.

Shortly thereafter, the dispute descended into a sharp back-and-forth on social media between Givhan and others who were irked at what she had done, as can be seen on Givhan’s Twitter feed.

Several of her critics asserted that the conversation had been “off-the-record” — an assertion Givhan flatly denied — and one user claimed the reporter had “violated a sacred trust” between black women.

Another said what she had done was a “complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code, all at once,” while still another asserted through a hashtag that Givhan was “#notoneofus,” as if she were being banished from the exclusive realm of accepted professional black women.

For their part, a BET representative told Page Six that Givhan had been “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and noted that her travel and lodging expenses had been paid for by the network.

“She was made aware that it was an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship,” the rep added.

Neither Givhan nor representatives for Obama responded to requests for comment on the report from Page Six.

If the WaPo reporter really was instructed ahead of time that the conversation between Obama and Jarrett was “off the record” and a private affair, but published anyway, then BET was justified in booting her from the remainder of the conference — though the mean-spirited commentary she received on social media still crossed the line.

But if Givhan received no prior warning on the matter — and given the fact that BET itself published the conversation later — then this is just a major display of hypocrisy and unnecessary infighting.

What do you think?


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