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Not Possible in This Dimension

Follow the hot links. McCluskey has been really steaming on national curriculum standards. As contrasted with everybody else who should be alarmed--such as NCTE, IRA, NCTEM, the unions, and so on. The PTA was bought off by Bill Gates long ago.

by Neal McCluskey

Over at the Fordham Institute, Senior Fellow Peter Meyer continues the assault on logic that Fordham has insisted on perpetrating when it comes to national curriculum standards. Writing about a New York Times story on the deceptive curriculum "guidelines" manifesto released by a number of national-standards supporters earlier this week, Meyer declares that:


Contrary to popular belief (especially in some Tea Party circles), a national curriculum, done properly, does not threaten local control. As we learn in this story, plenty of folks, including Randi Weingarten and our own Checker Finn, have signed on to a "common curriculum," which its proponents say will constitute only about half of a school's "academic time."

Maybe I'm missing some very small but incredibly powerful wrinkle in the logic here, but it seems to me that by definition forcing local districts to use national standards must threaten local control. Indeed, it must not only threaten it, it must actually defeat it. And this is in no way changed by the curriculum having to account for "only about half" of a school's time: Hours formerly controlled locally are now controlled nationally, which is inescapably a major incursion on local control.

Maybe in some dimension white is black, black is white, and ants are really walruses. But in this dimension, as far as I know, the laws of reality and logic must still apply -- even to national curriculum standards.

— Neal McCluskey
Cato@Liberty
2011-03-09
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/not-possible-in-this-dimension/


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