Skip to comments.BREAKING: Feds Threaten the Entire State of Oklahoma
Posted on 06/11/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT by PoloSec
When Oklahoma asserted its Tenth Amendment rights by signing legislation making it the third state to ditch Common Core education standards, it was only a matter of time before the federal government pushed back.
Common Core standards are an attempt by the Obama administration to push further into the education system and eventually create a nationalized curriculum designed to transform children into wards of the state.
Many states have recognized the danger these standards pose both to freedom and the quality of the education their children receive and have began creating legislation that allows them to come up with their own standards.
Indiana was the first state to give Common Core the boot, followed by South Carolina, and then Oklahoma.
Now U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has unleashed a veiled threat of punishment against the state during a press briefing delivered earlier this week.
via Daily Caller:
In a press briefing at the White House on Monday, though, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan struck back by vaguely suggesting that the federal government may now punish Oklahoma.
Duncan asserted that 40 percent of high school graduates in Oklahoma have to take remedial classes when they go to college and only 25 percent of Oklahomas eighth-graders in math are proficient.
The Obama administration education chief declared that the Common Core Standards Initiative is a panacea for this problem.
We got a dropout problem we got to deal with, Duncan said. We want to make sure our high school graduates arent having to take remedial classes, burn up Pell grants, burn up student loans taking non-credit bearing. And right now, roughly 40 percent of those graduates in Oklahoma are having to do that. We dont think thats good for those young people, their families, or for the country.
Duncan had ominous words for states that buck the Common Core trend.
We partner with states whether theyre in Common Core or have their own high standards. But where we will challenge status quo is when states dummy down standards, he warned.
Its obvious that the federal government is licking its wounds at not being able to bully states into accepting their liberal education standards. The truth of the matter is that as long as Oklahoma stands its ground, there is little the White House can do.
The government needs to be reminded that its power is derived from the people, and the people have the constitutional right to take that power back, as they did so in this particular case. More states need to get on board in the fight against Common Core and send a strong message that states will not be bullied by the federal government.
Refuse to comply.
And when they come to impose their will by force (which all tyrants will) - we do what our Forbears did.
Ms Duncan...... it ain’t none of your business.
The feds frequently punish states by withholding highway funds. This is why we have a seatbelt law here. The feds said we implement it or lose funds. I understand there are a lot of laws like that. I’d imagine there are federal lunch funds or after class care and the like that would put pressure on the state from voters if suddenly people had to feed or care for their own kids.
Educated words from the Education Secretary. /sarc
Education Secretary with poor grammar. This is not a promising development.
We got a dropout problem we got to deal with,
Duncan speaking Common Core grammar.
Sorta reminds you of Obama’s threat to Roberts, saying that he’d hate to see something happen to his Supreme Court. Isn’t this enough grounds for impeachment? Threatening a SC justice to give him his desired answer, threatening force, which sounds very much like the thuggery that is Chicago. I have never seen an administration in my lifetime that was so lawless and so criminial in its actions, except for the Johnson and Clinton administration, but Obama takes it to a new level.
When did Obama say that to Roberts? Do you have a link?
“dummy down standards” What a joke. You couldn’t get dumber than Common Core if you tried. That’s the point Mr. Secretary. Sheesh.
Dear Federal Thugerment:
Perhaps, Mr. Duncan, you might consider taking a remedial course in
vocabulary selection and syntax before making pronouncements of this type.
Tactics of totalitarians.
—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
“We got a dropout problem we got to deal with,
Duncan speaking Common Core grammar.”
The Department of Education should be dismantled.
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