At 12:00 p.m. CST the HSLDA documentary “Building The Machine” will be available for viewing on-line. The movie provides the story of the Common Core State Standards that proponents have been unwilling to share. Regular readers of our blog will probably not find a whole lot new in this movie. We have been writing about most of these things for over a year now, but it is always nice to be validated, unlike the common core math and ELA standards.

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Breitbart News picked up our story and interviewed Ian Reid, director of the HSLDA documentary who had this to say about the movie. “These people are combative and war-mongering in talking about this film, that what we have said is all lies and misinformation. In fact, this film is probably the most bipartisan, nonpolitical film.”

If they were so great, the standards would be promoting themselves. Teachers and education experts who were involved in their development would have been out there speaking at every chance they could, trying hard to demonstrate how great they are. Instead, they have steadfastly refused to address the public. The Governors are only now beginning to weakly pick up the talking points which, sadly, had to be developed by a few paid agencies for everyone else. Even CCSSO can’t develop their own talking points.

Common Core is not about partisanship, left or right, urban or rural. It is about the rule of law and the form of governance. If private interests can so directly influence government and drastically limit our representation in government on something as universally important and personal as education, what can’t they change? For legislators the question is not “are the standards good or bad,” but rather are you willing to hold agencies, public and private, to the stipulations of the law, even when it is not politically expedient to do so? I hope they consider this question carefully because it has profound consequences for the stability of our society.

The challenge for the public is not to do better at implementing what the elite have chosen for us, but rather to find a spine, stand up and say ENOUGH! We will not sell our sovereignty for your unsupported promises of “new and improved.” We will not take the bait of seed money that will lock us in to higher and higher spending on education that does not actually educate our children, but rather provides private companies with free market research for their products.

Watch Building The Machine  12:00 p.m. CST today.


When you’re done watching the movie, feel free to join the proponents’ twitter campaign. Adopt and Adapt. Here are some examples.

Tweet: Questions about #CommonCore and what it means for students in [STATE] addresses common misconceptions  [insert link to story re:harm experienced by students taught common core]

Tweet: Handy resource from [e.g. Pioneer] clarifies what #CCSS are and are not, and tackles these myths head-on [new link] #edu



Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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