Thanks to Verity on another post, I’ve been introduced to ‘Fascinating Aida’. Aida is a very proper English matronly sort, who seems to like ribald songs suited to sailors… Just my kind of person ;-)
Turns out that one of the songs is about the changes in education in the UK and the OFSTED (Office of Standards in Education) screwing things up. Reading between the lines of the song, it sure looks like “Common Core” by yet another label being pushed in the UK.
So I played this for a certain teacher I know (my spouse) who is un-fond of Common Core (to put it lightly). Having gotten her to smile, I think it would be nice to share a bit more broadly.
Be Advised: It has some swearing in it toward the end, so not for play in places where that would be undesired.
On a more serious note; this implies that Common Core (or something like it) is being pushed by some entity above the national level ( Agenda 21? ) and that it’s being used broadly. Given that it doesn’t work very well, I have to think that this is just Yet Another Power Grab and not interested in actually educating children. Oh, and it doesn’t seem to matter if you are talking “conservatives” or “liberals”; they both seem to push this Centralized Authority trash.
I’m glad to see that some counties in Florida are dumping Common Core, and that some States (like Indiana ) are looking to dump it wholesale. Perhaps a few videos like this one for the US version would help…
At one point they refer to Jeremy Hunt, and I had to figure out who that was. Seems he’s a politician with some shady behaviours and a tendency to some controversies: