Rich Gibson On The Common Core

The 4th Ghost Dance of the last decade is going on now, but it’s the smallest one. The first, the massive outpouring for immigrant rights that involved more than a million people marching on Mayday, 2006–perhaps the biggest one day strike in US history–was quickly demolished by nationalism, religion, Democrats, and unionites and later, the demagogue Obama. The second was Occupy Wall Street, a mindless adventure that claimed no strategy—meaning the strategy became the dumbest low denominator of whatever bozo shouted loudest in the “people’s” mike–and no leaders when the leaders were easily spotted by the police, and pretended that it occupied something when it was always swept away with ease. That was destroyed by unionites, Dems (hand in hand) and some Obama led violence. Then, the anti-tuition fights, mostly in California and NY state, but all over (note each Ghost Dance grows smaller). That was again destroyed by unionites, Dems, and a little state violence. And now, as the resistance decays even more, we see the counterfeit “test resistance” movement led by the likes of the vacillating reactionary (and probably police agent) Diane Ravitch, a god-blessing patriot in her own words, and now the unionite tops who helped write the NCLB, Ratt, and Common Core, like the $465,000 a year NEA boss Dennis van Roekel, who wants the CC and tests repaired, and all those liberal grouplets (Fairtest come to mind) who refuse to critique the source of the necessity of greater regimentation of the curriculum (always regimented by textbooks)–the source being capitalism in crisis and an empire evaporating– who want less testing (finally caught on to merit pay–the most grotesque opportunism) and who insist they want to “defend public schools,” which really means, “save my job–I already proved I will conduct child abuse to keep it”) when capitalist schooling has never been public but always segregated by class and race. What will come of this last Ghost Dance? They will lose, just like their 3 predecessors (and the 19th century tragedy that gave rise to the term) and the people they misled will learn nothing significant about grand strategy, strategy, tactics, nor even the most rudimentary methods of doing criticism. Here is the last half wit to lead the test resistance crowd, part of which is now claiming the “Patriotic” banner and calling the Common Core “socialistic” (not National Socialism).

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