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Sandra Stotsky Review: New Book Tells Some of the Story of How Common Core Infiltrated Education, Took Over, and Lowered Standards

February 24, 2018

Bill Gates somehow managed to get the U.S. Department of Education not only to buy into Common Core but also foist it on local school districts all over the land — in less than five years.

Joyce Pullman’s book The Education Invasion:  How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids “describes how the Gates Foundation promoted and continues to promote one extremely wealthy couple’s uninformed, unsupported, and unsupportable ideas on education for other people’s children, even while their own children are enrolled in a non–Common Cored private school,” writes Sandra Stotsky, a columnist for New Boston Post, in an article about the book in The Independent Review.

But there are still some pieces of the puzzle missing, Stotsky says:

1.  How inferior the academic quality of Common Core standards are

2.  Why state boards of education went along with Common Core

3.  Why state legislatures seem unable to replace low Common Core academic standards with higher ones

4.  How school choice will help students and parents if all the public schools they can choose from “are trapped in Common Core’s spider web”

5.  Why governors and state boards of education are allowing local school boards to be accountable not to local parents and not to state government officials but rather to Congress and federal bureaucrats



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