Twitchy CEO, syndicated columnist, frequent Fox News commentator and “just a blogger” Michelle Malkin has been a vocal opponent of applying the Common Core State Standards Initiative to public education in the United States.

Today, Malkin pointed her Twitter followers to an op-ed in the New York Times written by Bill Keller that refers to Malkin and Glenn Beck as Common Core opposition “soul mates”:

Unsurprisingly, Malkin was also informed that she was mentioned in an article written by Jeb Bush that appeared at National Review Online:

Malkin’s right: Those in support of Common Core are on the same page regarding what to say and write when offering a defense. Both Keller and Bush’s op-eds employ very similar strategies, one being to marginalize critics as fringe wackos.

From Keller’s op-ed in the New York Times:

The backlash began with a few of the usual right-wing suspects. Glenn Beck warned that under “this insidious menace to our children and to our families” students would be “indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology.”

(Beck also appears to believe that the plan calls for children to be fitted with bio-wristbands and little cameras so they can be monitored at all times for corporate exploitation.)

Beck’s soul mate Michelle Malkin warned that the Common Core was “about top-down control engineered through government-administered tests and left-wing textbook monopolies.”

Jeb Bush also mentions Malkin and Beck in his op-ed at National Review Online:

This is not the establishment of a national curriculum. Contrary to what Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck tell you, higher standards won’t harm parental choice, indoctrinate our children with a secret liberal agenda, or infringe on the privacy of student data.

These Common Core defenders are also both on the “it’s not Obama’s program” page.

Keller:

So let’s take a look at this fiendish federal plot to brainwash our children.

First, it is not federal. President Obama has used Race to the Top money to encourage states to embrace higher standards, but the Common Core was written under the auspices of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, an effort that began in 2007, before Obama was elected.

Bush:

And President Obama’s embrace of the standards as his idea has given the appearance that they are a Washington edict. It has politicized the issue and complicated the understanding of who initiated and led the development of these higher standards.

Federal overreach is a real concern and one I share. But states’ working together to solve a shared problem is not a violation of federalism. It was state governors and state education chiefs who started and led the Common Core State Standards initiative. And state and local leaders retain authority over the implementation and assessments.

The argument from Keller and Bush that everybody is supposed to automatically think Common Core is a good idea just because Barack Obama didn’t personally put the wheels in motion might normally offend supporters of the president, but anything to get the program implemented in all states.

Give both articles a read and it’s clear the talking points have been distributed to all Common Core supporters, but the facts speak for themselves.

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  • http://twitter.com/archaicsteam Archaic

    When even intelligent people cannot figure out your system, it is flawed at best. Children need a good foundation for learning, like building a house. Common Core is quicksand.

  • nc

    “If you’re taking flak, you’re over the target.”

  • d1comment

    MM: You must be over the target if your getting this kind of flack…
    We don’t need the federal government involved in our education!

  • V the K

    Jeb Bush; if he were any more of a RINO, African Poachers would have shot him already.

    • Clayton Grant

      And his horn would have ended up in a Shanghai market stall as a cure for enlarged prostate.

    • Saint_Zero

      Ouch. I hope they have a good burn clinic in Florida.

    • Saint_Zero

      Ouch. I hope they have a good burn clinic in Florida.

  • Clayton Grant

    Michelle, you go girl!

    .
    This has already been baked into the Public School System, right along with Federally funded pre-school. It must be stopped!

  • Zorro

    Education should be a local issue, not national. Everything the Washington beltway crowd touches turns to, well, you know.

    • Matthew Koch

      Crap?

      • Zorro

        I was going to say poop poop.

        • Clete Torres

          Drek, mierda, bok, cacha, דרעק.

          However you say it, it’s the same thing

  • $17227379

    Awesome, our future generations will love us for this. Being in last place in the world is going to be so sweet for them.

    • Clayton Grant

      Don’t tell me you’re from the “Everybody gets a ribbon” crowd.

      • $17227379

        No, I demand that future generations of Americans be better educated than the rest of the world.

        • NRPax

          Then why do you support something like this?

        • Clayton Grant

          Then you have absolutely NO understanding of Common Core. A de-facto national curriculum does nothing to enhance our education system. It merely says the kid in Seatle is held to the same minimum standard as the kid in Appalachia.

          • $17227379

            You would rather have each area teaching different things? A common curriculum nationwide seems like it would help kids learn better.

          • Clete Torres

            I have a better idea: go back to teaching kids to succeed, do the best they can and if they need it, HOLD THEM BACK.

          • Clayton Grant

            DING DING DING!

          • Clayton Grant

            Have you even read about Common Core? It goes to the lowest common denominator. They are not held to a higher standard. Seriously, since you’re so pro-education, learn about it.

          • CatHerder

            That’s why my grandkids (and my money) go to a private school.

          • $17227379

            At least it’s your money and not some taxpayer funded voucher program.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Does it not occur to you that Catherder is having to pay twice, once for the private school and once again in taxes for the public school she is not using because it is of such bad quality?

          • $17227379

            I have no kids, therefore, none in school, but every time a public school tax renewal comes up, I gladly vote for it. It’s part of living in a working society.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            So you are one of the ones contributing to the problem, voting to increase everyone’s taxes, leeching money from descent society to throw down into that public education pit. I want a refund for those school tax levies and property taxes I have had to pay because of people like you. I expect you will be sending me a personal check.

          • $17227379

            If public education is so bad, what do you plan on doing to fix it? Running away from a problem isn’t the answer.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            That’s a foolish idea. If public education is so bad it should be abandoned . . . not fixed. Your supposition is that doing something bad requires you to do more to fix the bad thing. The answer is to quit doing the bad thing. If children are playing in traffic, you tell them to get out of the road, you don’t try to reroute traffic. Do you recommend to alcoholics that they need to drink better alcohol?

          • $17227379

            I suppose the clinically depressed shouldn’t be treated, they should just off themselves?

            Suppose public education is scrapped and only private schools exist. Or is that the plan? How are kids chosen, and who decides who doesn’t get an education?

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Kids would not be chosen and no one decides. Parents pay to educate their own children as they see fit, as occurred throughout the first half of this country’s history. The government gets out of the education industry.

          • $17227379

            And if parents are unable to afford the education? Scholarships and such can only help so many. Basic education is a public right, it shouldn’t be a select few who get it.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Education is not a public right. There can be no such thing as a “public” right; rights are possessed only by individuals, never collectively. There can be no “right” to demand services from your fellow man, that violates the 13th amendment, as well as the very definition of the word “right.” Try again.

          • T-Bone

            Can they afford alcohol and drugs? Gambling? Do they work? Who checks on all that to make sure they are properly managing their money?

            Maybe they are having too many kids. Who checks on that to make sure the specified number of kids per income level is met?

          • T-Bone

            Can they afford alcohol and drugs? Gambling? Do they work? Who checks on all that to make sure they are properly managing their money?

            Maybe they are having too many kids. Who checks on that to make sure the specified number of kids per income level is met?

          • $17227379

            I suppose the clinically depressed shouldn’t be treated, they should just off themselves?

            Suppose public education is scrapped and only private schools exist. Or is that the plan? How are kids chosen, and who decides who doesn’t get an education?

          • Stephen L. Hall

            That’s a foolish idea. If public education is so bad it should be abandoned . . . not fixed. Your supposition is that doing something bad requires you to do more to fix the bad thing. The answer is to quit doing the bad thing. If children are playing in traffic, you tell them to get out of the road, you don’t try to reroute traffic. Do you recommend to alcoholics that they need to drink better alcohol?

          • Stephen L. Hall

            So you are one of the ones contributing to the problem, voting to increase everyone’s taxes, leeching money from descent society to throw down into that public education pit. I want a refund for those school tax levies and property taxes I have had to pay because of people like you. I expect you will be sending me a personal check.

          • tommcgtx

            Right, because you really shouldn’t have a choice where your kids are “educated”.

          • $17227379

            You should have a choice, but don’t expect my tax dollars to pay for that choice.

          • tommcgtx

            Yes, your tax dollars should be made to go to failing public schools, results be damned.

          • $17227379

            Then do something to fix them. Throwing money at another venture isn’t helpful, either.

          • tommcgtx

            That’s the point, don’t you see. If I can take the money to educate my child to a school that WORKS, I think the school down the street that doesn’t will either have to reform, or close down. Public schools are not the problem, per se. My children both go to wonderful public schools in our area, with wonderful teachers, for the most part. But when you have schools that children are forced to attend when they learn nothing, it is a waste of everyone’s resources.

          • $17227379

            Instead of running away from the problems, contact your school board, your representatives, anyone with the authority, to get them to work on the problem.

            I have no problems with private schools, but to use public money to fund them, especially religious ones, I just don’t think it’s right.

          • tommcgtx

            As I said, the schools here are fine. Well, not exactly, as many school districts here have had standardized test cheating scandals (teachers and administrators, not students). I’m talking about failed “urban” public schools that protect incompetent teachers, and absolutely will not reform due to unions, etc. The funding is for students, not for schools. If a parent believes it is in the best interest of their child to get a “religious” education, then so be it, and they shouldn’t have to also pay taxes for something they aren’t using.

          • Me

            Religious schools are not what they used to be. I’ve been to them and many, if not the majority, of the teachers are not nuns or priests*, and though you are taught what the values of the school’s religion are, having a different opinion is not forbidden at all.
            *nothing wrong with being a nun or priest, but there are fewer of them now of course.

          • $17227379

            Instead of running away from the problems, contact your school board, your representatives, anyone with the authority, to get them to work on the problem.

            I have no problems with private schools, but to use public money to fund them, especially religious ones, I just don’t think it’s right.

          • tommcgtx

            That’s the point, don’t you see. If I can take the money to educate my child to a school that WORKS, I think the school down the street that doesn’t will either have to reform, or close down. Public schools are not the problem, per se. My children both go to wonderful public schools in our area, with wonderful teachers, for the most part. But when you have schools that children are forced to attend when they learn nothing, it is a waste of everyone’s resources.

          • $17227379

            Then do something to fix them. Throwing money at another venture isn’t helpful, either.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            “don’t expect my tax dollars to pay for that choice” but then you expect everyone else to pay for your choice: “but every time a public school tax renewal comes up, I gladly vote for it.”

            hypocrisy in action.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            “don’t expect my tax dollars to pay for that choice” but then you expect everyone else to pay for your choice: “but every time a public school tax renewal comes up, I gladly vote for it.”

            hypocrisy in action.

          • tommcgtx

            Yes, but your money also goes to the system, whether you kids go there or not.

          • Jim

            The best way to lower quality of anything is to require uniformity. Allowing states to do different things allows us to see different approaches and all adjust over time to improve. We do not need a single standard/indoctrination from the federal government.

          • walterc

            No I want them to all teach the three “R”s and leave all this liberal bullsh&t on the curb. I have a 17 yo grand daughter yesterday ask me if I knew that a praying manits is a carnivore. When I told her that I’ve known that since the 4th or 5th grade, she accused me of being a show off. I responded that I wasn’t being a showoff, I was just making the point that my grade school education was more focused on the real world and less on multiculturalism and everyone gets a trophy for participating.

          • walterc

            Actually what is relevant for a child to know (in addition to the three “R”s, in rural America is different than what a child in NYC needs to know. In Rural America a child needs to know how to grow things, repair things and build things, in NYC they need to know how to . . . well living in Rural America I have no idea what they need to know in NYC.

          • Stephen L. Hall

            Being in Appalachia, I’d hate to be held to such a low standard as they use in Seattle, those people are clueless.

          • T-Bone

            Only because they are stoned.

        • T-Bone

          You demand?

      • Me

        I know this is slightly off the subject but is there anything wrong with everyone participating in something getting a small “participation” award, while the winners are awarded bigger ones?

    • TomJB

      Maybe you weren’t educated so well yourself. Do a little research and investigate just when US schools started falling. You will find a curious point at the establishment of the DOE

      • $17227379

        Schools have been failing since 1953 when Eisenhower, a Republican, set it up?

        • Guest

          There has been some form of ED since the Civil War, but it was Jimmy Carter who made it a cabinet post in 1979.

          • $17227379

            US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. 1953. Eisenhower.

          • Guest

            That’s now HHS, silly.

          • Guest

            That’s now HHS, silly.

  • TJ

    3×4=11 Is not wrong because if you can convince them that it is true and how you got to that answer it will be true.

    • Elaine

      Remember this? 2+2=5 , 2+2=5 , 2+2=5….knew this was coming? Why yes, we did.

      • TexSizzle

        Only for very large values of 2 and/or very small values of 5.

    • Emily B

      In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you
      would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that
      claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not
      merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external
      reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies
      was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill
      you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after
      all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of
      gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and
      the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is
      controllable—what then? (~1984, George Orwell)

    • TomJB

      It worked for Tim Geithner

  • Clete Torres

    The only thing that will become common if this standard is upheld, is common stupidity.

  • AlmaAlma

    I think many people would trust Michelle Malkin over them any day

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Un-Nationalize (Re-Privitize) the Education Industry.

    • Guest

      just go back to every child being homeschooled or privately schooled. Get rid of all Departments of “Education” and give the responsibility back to the parents and to private schools of the parents choosing

  • kateorjane

    Sometimes you have to wonder if people like Bill Keller & Jeb Bush work at being arrogant AHs or if it just comes naturally.

  • descolada9

    I am solidly behind Michelle on this one, Common Core looks like another step towards hell for our children in terms of dumbing them down. It is also another sign that Jeb Bush has no business being anywhere near the White House or the Presidency in the future.

    • T-Bone

      Then why do Keller and Bush think not having it will dumb us down? Why do they believe common core will make us smarter?

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

     
    Soon, America’s transformation to a 3rd World cesspit will be complete.

  • Magnifico

    Let’s hope Hillary Clinton gets to face off against Jeb Bush. As long as a Clinton or a Bush are in office, we’re still the good ole US of A.

    • sharinite

      You know what assume makes us?

  • sharinite

    Heard Harvey Weinstein and the author of The Butler, Lee Daniels, this morning…both have young daughters…none had ever heard of the struggles of the blacks back in the day…they were totally unaware…now, what is common core: indoctrination completed!

  • David S JD

    Bill Keller should not be writing about diminishing the level of intelligence or knowledge in America’s children. The Jason Blair New York Times is the last place to go for objective, honest, FACTUAL information. Education should be left in the hands of local school boards and parent teacher committees – that is not of course in the left’s world view – all Americans have to be brainwashed into the great socialist future. How many children have to dress up like Muslims (burquas and all), read the Koran (but just try to have them read the Hebrew or Christian Bible!). We do not need Groupthink.

  • David S JD

    Bill Keller should not be writing about diminishing the level of intelligence or knowledge in America’s children. The Jason Blair New York Times is the last place to go for objective, honest, FACTUAL information. Education should be left in the hands of local school boards and parent teacher committees – that is not of course in the left’s world view – all Americans have to be brainwashed into the great socialist future. How many children have to dress up like Muslims (burquas and all), read the Koran (but just try to have them read the Hebrew or Christian Bible!). We do not need Groupthink.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    They are so afraid MM. The are cats…Scare-dy cats!

  • hatsylady

    Can someone please explain to me what happened to the Bush family? I always liked and respected them. When did they become leftist shills?