On Thursday, April 25, 2013, approximately 150 Hoosiers created a historic moment by coming together at the Indiana Statehouse to show support for HB1427. The bill, introduced by Indiana State Representative Rhonda Rhoads, almost collapsed as interest groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce pressed for the full implementation of the Common Core program in Indiana. With the support of State Senators Scott Schneider and Dennis Kruse, HB1427 shall now have the opportunity to procure a vote on Friday.
Speaking at the rally on Thursday, Heather Crossin, one of the founders of Hoosiers Against Common Core, emphasized the duty and obligation of all Hoosiers (and Americans) to scrutinize legislation, particularly those pieces of legislation that are passed without the consent of the governed. Common Core, originally accepted in Indiana in 2010 under the pen of then Governor Mitch Daniels has recently come under fire for several reasons. Amongst others, perhaps the testiest of these is the underhanded maneuverings of the federal government in promoting the Common Core agenda that seeks to nationalize education for American children in grades K-12. Although, the federal government, the Common Core “engineers” and their supporters continue to point out that the program is “state driven” and that every state has the “choice” to “opt-out,” the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top Program promoted to extend federal grants to states that cooperate with implementing Common Core belies this argument.
In Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has diligently voiced its disdain towards all Hoosiers who are against the Common Core agenda. According to the Chamber, “Two moms from Indianapolis, a handful of their friends and a couple dozen small but vocal Tea Party groups. That’s the entire Indiana movement that is advocating for a halt to the Common Core State Standards. No educational backgrounds. No track record of supporting education reforms or any other past education issues. And worst of all: A demonstrated willingness to say just about anything, no matter how unsubstantiated or blatantly false, to advocate their cause.” Their argument is laughable at best when one considers the Chamber’s own position on de-emphasizing the truth about Common Core. For example, how can Common Core be a state driven program when the federal government holds the purse strings and continues to dangle the carrot in front of every state that is clearly in need of financial reprieve under the current administration’s oppressive economic plans?
As to the emphasis on "no educational backgrounds" has the Chamber verified this information about every individual who is against Common Core in Indiana? Are we to assume all those against Common Core are illiterate and thereby unable to decipher the best form of education for their children? It is miraculous indeed that so many Americans managed to survive and gain an adequate education before the existence of bureaucrats and the federal government. Surely, the Chamber does not mean that a fraction of Indiana's citizenry, many who own businesses in Indiana that support the Chamber itself, are mere illiterate buffoons. Why, that would indeed be a preposterous assessment! What bears noting in this case is that the Chamber is guilty of its own accusation against others because they are "saying just about anything, no matter how unsubstantiated or blatantly false, to advocate their cause."
The bigger question of course is who gave the Chamber of Commerce the authority to make decisions about education? According to the Chamber's mission statement, "The Indiana Chamber of Commerce will cultivate a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity for the people of Indiana and their enterprises." Precisely where does education fit in the mix of the Chamber's mission? Yet, cultivating a "world-class environment" for Hoosiers lines up well with Common Core's agenda to nationalize education for American children. Of course, there is no legitimate connection here and the fight against Common Core in Indiana is simply an outgrowth of "hysterical," uneducated country bumpkins headed by "two moms" from Indianapolis. Right.
In most cases, parents are the first teachers of their children and are indeed better qualified in knowing what form of education is best for their child instead of an out of touch bureaucracy, interest group or worse the government. Amongst other things, it is the parents who teach their child to walk, talk, behave, handle emotions, make friends, respect others, read, write, fish, swim, play sports, and become a stable member of society. By discrediting the role of parents and positioning the government in their place, the Chamber and the federal government tread on dangerous grounds. Indeed, it is because of the People that America still has a chance to keep the government in check: a Constitutional principle that seems lost on bureaucrats and the government. Therefore, if anything, we ought to salute the “two moms” and many other moms, dads, grandparents, friends, and relatives for taking it upon themselves to oppose such attacks on the family by those who claim to know better than us. What Hoosiers accomplished by standing together in the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday is a victory for every freedom loving American that should be celebrated and repeated often, with gusto.