Common Core – Another Newspeak Definition

Common Core – Another Newspeak Definition

Without the freedom to think, all other freedoms disappear.  This was the premise behind ‘Newspeak‘ in George Orwell’s classic book 1984.  Newspeak was a modification to the language so that ‘Big Brother’ could exert greater control over what and how people think.  By modifying the language, Big Brother hoped to eliminate ‘thoughtcrime’ and the desire for freedom.  While we are fortunate to live in a society ruled more by law than by man, there is a threat of tyranny in the redefinition, misuse and manipulation of the English language by our political class and their allies in the media that is essentially our own version of Newspeak.  Today we add another entry to our page, Newspeak – A Modern Political Dictionary.

Common Core:  Newspeak for ‘centralized control’ of school curriculums.  Common Core is being promoted by its creators as a way to ensure that local school districts “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”  Additionally, “the standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”  While Common Core is a creation of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) it’s potential to be hijacked by those with a political agenda (especially if a social studies component is added) including certain senior leaders at the U.S. Department of Education makes it a troubling development.

Orwell really was prescient.  Do you have a Newspeak term you’d like us to highlight on Prepography?  If so, use Submit A Prep Tip to let us know.

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