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Maggie Gallagher: Sarah Palin Was a Prophet About Obama’s Education Takeover





In a piece at Townhall, Maggie Gallagher discusses Governor Palin’s prescience in instinctively opposing Obama’s federal education mandates as an encroachment on state sovereignty before it was fashionable to do so:

Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, the Common Core Standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum.

On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a "watch and wait" attitude:

"If this initiative produces useful results, Alaska will remain free to incorporate them," Gov. Palin said, adding that "high expectations are not always created by new, mandated federal standards written on paper. They are created in the home, the community and the classroom."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, to his credit, was the next to recognize a federal boondoggle when he saw one: "I will not commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests," Gov. Perry wrote in a Jan. 13, 2010, letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In the ensuing two years, it’s become clear that Perry and Palin — two core conservative figures whose intelligence is routinely mocked by liberal "sophisticates" — were brilliantly prescient, indeed prophetic.

Common Core Standards turn out to be like Obamacare — you don’t really know what’s in it until after you pass it and are mired in its tentacles.

Today, even more states are waking up to discover that they have lost control of both curriculum and costs for a program that is untested and unlikely to improve student performance. A February study by the Pioneer Institute conservatively estimates that Obama’s Common Core Standards will costs the states at least $16 billion — money that could be used to promote education in other ways (pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/120222_CCSSICost.pdf).

 

You can read Gallagher entire piece here. You’ll recall the Governor was also one of the few to oppose Obama’s Porkulus dollars on similar grounds: Loss of state sovereignty.



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  • John_Frank

    Doug, thanks for drawing this article to our attention.

  • conservativemama

    Palin and Perry were right because to their core they are conservatives, and because they are conservatives they know instinctively that the end game for all the projects/ideas/goverment programs/initiatives/whatever that come from the left have but one goal: to take power and money from the people.  If states lose sovereignty, the people lose power.  If power moves more and more to Washington the people are further and further removed from their masters.  If more money is taken from us in taxes and sent to Washington we are further impoverished and an impoverished people lose more control over their own lives.

    For the left it’s never about fixing a problem; the goal is never what they claim.  The goal is always control of the masses, control by the few.  You don’t need to know what they want or why they want it.  You only need to know that you as an individual will be diminished as the state grows more powerful.

    Palin knows this.  And those in power know she knows and that’s why they have to destroy her.

    • susiepuma

      Perry is NOT a conservative – he just plays one for the votes…………………..

    • lyndaaquarius

      you’ve just said it all ! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I continue to pray daily to someday live under a Palin presidency.  Remember Obama and Ayers and the Annenberg Project? 

  • amaze830

    If you go back to Gov. Palin’s RNC speech to her present comments, she has been prophetic on many issues such as "Death Panels" in health care to domestic energy.

  • maineteacher1

    As a teacher, who is probably more knowledgeable about Common Core that Maggie Gallagher, she is confusing the issue immensely.  Common Core’s purpose is not to take over education and mandate curriculum (although that can be its outcome) its purpose is to bridge the gap of what different states are teaching in different areas.  No matter what happens all states are judged on national tests, which can affect their funding.  ( i know shocking as it is, if a state is not teaching effectively, they can lose some of their federal dollars)  If Texas and Alaska and Maine are all teaching math in completely different ways and emphasizing different concepts to suit their needs, the outcome is that some students, will not be as prepared as they should be and National tests will reflect that.  The idea is that you can move from one state to another, to another and always receive similar quality education, with similar goals, benchmarks and outcomes.  So that " no child is left behind" …..hahah

    Though I respect Gov. Palin’s wait and see decision (which is smart and reasonable) I feel as though Maggie, is not genuine in her support for the governor and is merely attempting to court us for some other reason.  Maggie’s obsession with denying rights and protections to students and parents through her work at NOM has convinced me over the years, that her aim is more to disrupt, confuse and misuse her position of influence, than to really usher in true conservatism.  The kind of conservatism that Sarah Palin represents.

    • susiepuma

      Federal government needs to be out of the education system  – leave it to the states to run – dump the Department of Education and all the millions of trough suckers – if the public schools don’t get more money, maybe the unions will give up……………………………………..

      • maineteacher1

        I have absolutely no problem with that at all. However we would need to let go of the idea of comparing our country (ranked 25th or so)to others in terms of education. Why people get so obsessed with how we are ranked in the world is beyond me.

        Not sure where you are going with the unions? No teachers in Maine are forced to be in a union, and since its taken me almost ten years to earn a 30k living in teaching, I think you are speaking in generalizations and false memes. I don’t care for the implication that school districts are swimming in money and need to cut back. Budgets here are not bloated, at least not where I live.

        If you cut off the federal money completely, cities around the country will be raising property taxes like crazy to make up at least part of the difference. If we want a decent education system in this country, whether it be run by the city or state, the money still needs to come from somewhere.

        • palmerguy

          I would rather pay my taxes to the local government that to DC and allow them to squander the dollars.

          • dave7777

            You get more bang for the buck at the local level. Less waste and fraud. Also, if you try to try to make all education the same in all states, you end up dumbing down to the lowest denominator. I find it repulsive  that the Federal Government can threaten to withhold funds unless…(fill in the blank). Obama has proven that his contributors, voter friendly states, and unions get preferred treatment. This is the Chicago way and it is permeating out government.

    • MaMcGriz

      As I’ve said before:

      Your posts are so rife with poor grammar and bad spelling that it makes one shudder to think you may actually BE a teacher.

      There is no better demonstration of the drastic need of returning our schools to local control than your posts.

      Have you ever heard of writing in complete sentences? Those are sentences with subjects…predicates…and so forth…

       

      • maineteacher1

        I’ll attempt not to respond to your reply, with the same bitter, caustic and downright rude tone you used, though it might be difficult.

        As far as grammar, spelling and sentence structure goes, I will apologize, I do not often have the time edit these posts.  Though it sounds as if your faith in teachers was probably lost long ago, I can assure you most teachers, including myself are completely capable of proper writing.  Not only do we teach this subject, but we also try and instill respect for others.  Something in which you seem to be completely lacking.

        I shudder to think you and I have posted or written to each other on this board.  As I don’t believe I would entertain a back and forth with someone like you.  And while I could say that I shudder to think you may actually BE a mother, I won’t.  That sort of talk is better left to discussion boards on the websites like MSNBC.

        My intention on this site, is not only to support Gov. Palin, but to throw in my two cents, only on subjects and articles, in which I have actually working knowledge on.  Your intention appears to simply be to cause trouble, without ever advancing the discussion.

        As far as my past two posts are concerned on this article, I stand by them, grammar and spelling mistakes and all.  Being a teacher and a conservative, I am caught in the middle of our poor current education system (wanting change, but not wanting to lose my career in the process).  And as far as Maggie Gallagher goes,  I sense she has a hidden agenda by praising Gov. Palin.  I don’t need a woman like that informing me that Gov. Palin was correct all along.

  • Leroy Whitby

    I didn’t like Perry because of the Trans Texas Corridor, his admitted attendance at a Bilderberg conference, the Spanish company he contracted with to build the TTC. I actively attacked him as a matter of fact. Since leaving the race I find out things like this, and he endorsed Newt, etc. 

    Was I wrong about him?

    • susiepuma

      no – he’s an opportunitist ……………………… trying to fit in with everything but he likes the power and perks of big government too……………………… look at his record of cronyism – plus, Texas Governors do not have the power that Alaska Governors do…………….. Governor Palin is way over ricky’s head…………………..

      • Leroy Whitby

        Nobody is at Palin’s level in terms of Presidential prospects, politics, and needed policies. That’s part of the farce of 2012 . . .

  • Guest

    Obama very much likes China’s education system. Here’s why: the kids are taught Marxism-Leninism from young all the way through post graduate university work. To advance and gt into the schools of their choice, they must take a class in Politics, which is Mao-Marx-Lenin. This guarantees that they are on the plantation. They don’t think very well, but they are good at memorizing stuff, and they sing the praises of Mao. Yeah, there are rebels in the mix. However, there are lots of true believers, and they have the victimhood and class warfare lines down pat.

    That’s what he really wants to bring to American schools. Not learning, just the plantation.

    • alien4palin

      Totally agree!!! 

      What is the most effective vehicle to use than the education system for massive systemic uniform conformity. Catch them young when they enter the classrooms. Those who can still think for themselves will be work on when they enter the institutions of higher learning. The same method use in Islam with their Madrassas

      From the pool of graduates, they will have new recruits of future educators who will carry on the work. It is mass assembly line production of Cookie Cutter citizens ( black humour) who learn enough to consume and follow the leader without the ability for thoughts provocation.They have been highly successful in inner cities schools.

      You don’t see them sending their children through the public system.They go to the private system. Potential leaders of the future, taking over from their parents or leadership positions from their parents era. Dynasty.The world has not change much when it comes to
      power structure. It remains much the same, the only difference is that the Mandarins change their coats.

    • conservativemama

      You are so right, maybe even more than you know.  I’m in a position to know and I’m just saying, you’ve nailed it.

  • ljmesq

    One should not forget that centralized control of the education system and curriculum, is one of the pet agendas of Obama crony, Bill Ayers.  Ayers has been an adviser to Hugo Chavez on Venezuela’s education system.  The education of our children should be kept as local as possible.

  • alien4palin

    Doug, thank you for consistently and diligently posting great articles. Maggie Gallagher, thank you for putting the records straight and giving credits where credit is due. America needs more truth teller like you. The LSM continues to bury the truth and elites continue to steal Sarah’s visions and talking points, albeit almost verbatim as if they are the originator of the visions and talking points.

    It does not bother Sarah for people to take her visions and solutions for America as long as they implement them. Talk the talk and walk the walk. The danger and sacrilege is when they talk the talk for the votes with no intention of ever implementing anything.

    Sarah is light years ahead of the establishments and their talking heads. They are going to continue to try and silent her voice.

  • mder4thegov

    What else is new…regarding Gov. Palin’s common sense foresight?
    Everything she said in her 2008 RNC speech–has come true.

  • ConservativeCanadian

    This is an example of what Governor Palin talked about in her CPAC speech:  when confronted with a decision about which direction to take, she INSTINCTIVELY turns right.

    Conservatives believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and know that local decision-making is the best way to ensure that parents retain their rights.  Guidelines from a federal jurisdiction are the antithesis of this.

    The Core Curriculum legislation is also terribly dated.  Good teachers don’t teach subjects, they teach students, and students learn in individual ways and through varying methods.  One size does not fit all.  As well, today’s education is no longer focused on cramming a set body of information into little noggins; it is about forming literate and numerate minds, inculcating a love of learning, and teaching the methods to find the information needed in any situation. 

    Like the bill proposing to ban kids from farm work, this education bill seriously underestimates the desire of parents to inculcate values and knowledge; most care about and want as much input as possible into their kids’ education.  This education bill proposes socialist solutions to an area easily handled by conservative methods.

  • alien4palin

    What is the most effective vehicle to use than the education system for massive systemic uniform conformity. Catch them young when they enter the classrooms. Those who can still think for themselves will be work on when they enter the institutions of higher learning.
    The same method use in Islam with their Madrassas

    From the pool of graduates, they will have new recruits of future educators who will carry on the work. It is mass assembly line production of Cookie Cutter citizens ( black humour) who learn enough to consume and follow the leader without the ability for thoughts provocation.
    They have been highly successful in inner cities schools.

    You don’t see them sending their children through the public system.They go to the private system. Potential leaders of the future, taking over from their parents or leadership positions from their parents era. Dynasty.The world has not change much when it comes to power structure. It remains much the same, the only difference is that the Mandarins change their coats.

    • Freempg

      "[Bill Ayers] sought to embed himself in a position of influence within the education
      establishment. In 1984 Ayers earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood
      Education from Bank Street College. Three years later he received a doctorate in
      Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University’s Teachers College."

      Source:http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2169

      • alien4palin

        Precisely!!! Full of people like Ayers in the institutions of higher learning and the Early Childhood Learning through to high schools. They have infiltrated the educational system and governmental system for a long,long time and the results had been visible for decades.

        The reason Ayers loomed large is because of his infamy but there are many who shared his agenda working away at it.

        The division of voters pattern in the USA and majority of the industrialized countries precisely reflects the infiltration and high jack of the education and legislative institutions that once upon a time provided a real education of the highest standards. In the mix, one can always depends on the UN’s having a major role to help bring their agendas to fruition. The UN, successor to the League of Nations have not serve the purpose for their existence for decades but serves as a tool to the left. By looking at those who sit around the UN’s table speaks for itself.

        Can one have a reasonable discussion or debate with a left inclined individuals based on facts, sound reasoning and common sense? Of course not, it is truncated at early childhood and never allow to develop.

        Why such extreme despicable vilification of Sarah? Not just in America but from some corners from afar. Until Sarah’s appearance, the people are confused and went into sleep mode or resignation being caught in the same "Catch 22″ every fixed election cycle. Like sheep being led to the slaughter house. Everything going according to plan until Sarah woken up the sleeping people and reminding them of the values and principles of America’s founding and her exceptionalism which has become blur due to deliberate erosion over time and beaten with a Political Correct Stick constantly.

        Here’s quote from Baroness Thatcher:
        "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left."
        This somewhat reflects how Sarah survive (albeit with some sadness for the sake of humanity) the
        despicable onslaught of personal destruction.

        Americans have not fully fathom how lucky and fortuitous to have Sarah Palin appearing at the time that she did on the National stage.

  • carltonwest

    Obama’s gang want indoctrination, not education. Gov. Palin foresaw this, and spoke out bravely.

  • nkthgreek

    If he gets reelected, the question will be, "What WON’T he take over?"

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