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About the Author

Lance Izumi is Koret Senior Fellow and senior director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute. He is the co-author of the groundbreaking book Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice and co-executive producer of the award-winning 2009 PBS-broadcast film documentary Not as Good As You Think: The Myth of the Middle Class School. He also appears in the Academy Award-winning documentary Waiting for Superman.
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  • Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 27)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594036284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594036286
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
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About a year ago, as I was revisiting math education resources to help prepare my students for the California Standards Test (CST) I ran across a reference to the "common core," set to replace the state's current math standards in 2015. Following a few links in the California Department of Education website, I found the proposed new standards along with numerous bromides about "preparing children for the 21st century workforce," promoting "critical thinking," and integrating technology. It all sounds great, until one actually reads these standards and realizes how appallingly bad they really are. To cite just a few examples, 5th grade California students are currently expected to add, subtract, multiply and divide with decimals. Beginning in 2015, they will be asked to "read and write" decimals. Really? That is the rigor our nation is demanding of children in the 21st century? Needless to add, multiplication and division of fractions are also gone, as are exponents, and even mastery of basic skills which is to be replaced by calculator usage. "How did this happen?" I wondered. Having just finished Lance Izumi's recent broadside, I now know. The common core standards are part of the educational agenda of the Obama administration which seeks to replace local and state standards with national standards. However, the creation of these standards involved a fair amount of politics and finally settled on the rather minimalistic goal of limiting the amount of remedial courses that may have to be taught on the campuses of community colleges. It is a sad and disheartening story.

In a sense, this story started before Obama, and if this little booklet has a flaw, it is that it places too much blame on the current administration for the federal takeover of education.
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While the media is busy covering the campaign and the jobs issue, almost no one is writing about Obama's education power grab. The foundation of America's school system is built on local and parental control, but like health care, Obama wants to take over education too. This is a must read for parents, educators, and school board members. If the federal government hijacks education from the hands of families and communities, the long-term decline of our education system is almost certainly assured. This little book is packed with punch -- we can't allow Obama to take over our education system too.
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This is the best introduction to the controversy over national curriculum-content standards, national tests, national curriculum frameworks, & federally-funded lesson plans. It tells how the Obama administration has induced states to adhere to the national curriculum-content standards and national test consortia through the scoring of Race to the Top grant applications and through No Child Left Behind waivers, and what it hopes to lock in place permanently through the reauthorization of the federal-aid-to education law (the Elementary & Secondary Education Act). The Obama administration's directing of curriculum is in violation, Izumi points out, of three federal statutes (Department of Education Organization Act, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, General Education Provisions Act). Izumi's book is well-written, well-organized, and remarkably complete considering its short length.
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or transform every state and local enumerated or reserved power into a federal one either. Nor is the federal government or my state or local government one of my child's parents and yet together each one limits my choice of who teaches my child or what curriculum is approved, as if she were their ward to be sent only to whatever single state or local government-run, taxpayer financed public school system there may be in my locality.

So defund the federal Department of Education and the State and local one as well. Require individual teachers to be independent contractors. Return the lending of money for college to private not public institutions. Empower parents to negotiate directly with teachers for services to be rendered beforehand and the costs of those services and or class sizes, including what actual textbooks and curricula they will use or what before and/or after school services may also be needed or wanted.

Start charging a desk or tuition tax on students attending public schools as well to bear this costs, and/or to reward those who teach their children at home instead (and not expect or burden the taxpayers with the full costs of educating them) or for sending them to private schools. Imagine what a difference this will make on disposable income especially for our seniors already on fixed incomes and tight budgets as their annual real estate taxes actually decline to require a smaller levy for local first responder services only.

Yes, America competition and private enterprise with of course certain necessary checks and balances on greed and/or with regards to other possible abuses of any system, should become once again the premier model we to educate our youth, keep parents involved and informed, and to promote a more equitable dispenser of good behavior, knowledge, skills and wisdom to our children and to paying our teachers on merit, rather than retaining the current one size fits all centralized approach.
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This book is a good start for those who are beginning to study the Common Core Curriculum Standards. It covers the political aspect well enough for the reader to get the gist of the covert way the CCCS was foisted on the public.

It's short and to the point. However, it probably should have gone into the details of the CCCS in order to give the reader a little more substance.

The book is definitely an eye-opener!
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