When Rick Womick was elected in 2010 and started representing the people of his Rutherford County district in 2011, one of the first things that happened was his initial introduction to Common Core, the education standards at the center of the biggest fight in the Tennessee legislature this year, and very possibly the biggest fight since the people of Tennessee defeated Gov. Sundquist’s proposed income tax.
When Womick, a retired USAF fighter pilot, learned that the sales pitch he got was a lie (there’s no polite way to accurately describe it) – he started investigating. He was assured in the sales pitch that the standards were being developed by Tennesseans, with some guidance from neighboring states. When local activists created enough doubt that he decided to investigate further, Womick found things that shocked him – as they have shocked his fellow lawmakers who have taken 30 minutes for Womick to lay out just the outline of the results of his investigation. His discovery of proof that he had been lied to was just the tip of a very big iceberg – bigger than even most of its critics are aware – maybe bigger than they imagined.
I know why those who take the time are shocked. After just skimming through the evidence, I found enough to yell “stop.” Stop Common Core now. Maybe this isn’t what it appears to be, but maybe it is. At least hit pause on Common Core.
Womick told me that Democrat and Republican members alike admit to being shaken by the picture of an education machine that will make Obamacare look like child’s play – and is fraught with the possibility, if not the likelihood, of being used to educate America’s children – from now on - with a decidedly liberal twist, to put it mildly.
Over the years, starting (at least) in 2000 under the Clinton administration, an elite clique of global political and business partners, with a pair of “Bill’s” at the center (Clinton and Gates, in that order) have produced a complex education system that will control textbook production and selection, testing, teaching methods, teacher performance and evaluation, teacher and student grading, even administrative control of individual schools - that gives a few connected people ultimate control over the success of both students and teachers based on how well they conform to the uniform instructional material.
It is the ultimate “comprehensive government reform” with central planning led by Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama, and UNESCO, among a plethora of middle layer players like Arne Duncan, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his education commissioner, Kevin Huffman, who has already funneled millions of Tennessee tax dollars back to his former organization, Teach for America – even prior to the implementation of Common Core.
The machine already has so many business and not-for-profit partners that if it is unplugged, thousands of careers will vanish in the process and hundreds of billions of dollars will be pulled out of the education industrial complex, so it’s working hard to defend itself against the pesky mothers of Williamson and Rutherford County, Tennessee and still too few, but a growing number of legislators like Rick Womick.
That number needs to grow – right now.
As government machines go, once is starts running in full, it will be nearly impossible to dismantle. Anyone who doesn’t cooperate will be tagged as a bad administrator, teacher or student, and for once, teachers will be able to be fired – an ironic nod to conservatives who have long demanded more accountability for teachers.
Only the most morally pristine board could possible run a company to educate more than 90 percent of the next generation. That’s why there are so many separate education centers – school districts. None of the characters I have mentioned, let alone the whole of them, nor anyone who will replace them in the future, are morally pristine.
When you take the time to look at even a small portion of Womick’s evidence, I believe you will join me in demanding that the legislature – right now –stop Common Core and all associated programs in their tracks. Either cancel it altogether, or - at the very least - hit the pause button for a year and take time to reinvestigate what Womick found. It’s not secret, undocumented material. It’s all public information.
Just stop and look at the evidence. That should not be too much to ask of the Tennessee legislature, which stupidly accepted money twice, and with it, what might be a permanent link to the most corrupt and powerful machine in history, controlling the most important thing in the world, the education of the next generation.
Womick could trace the trail as far back as the “School to Work Act of 2000,” passed under the Clinton administration. In 2004, Bill Gates entered into a cooperative agreement with UNESCO (the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to create what would eventually be called Common Core State Standards. The Bush administration wove much of Clinton’s work into “No child left behind,” which - among other things - offered waivers for acceptance of Common Core State Standards. And – and in 2008 and 2009 – states including Tennessee started coming on board, some enticed by federal “race to the top grants.”
That’s the very short version of a much more complicated and frightening story. Lawmakers willing to listen are getting a longer version. I will be shocked if there are not books written about it soon – perhaps Womick should do that. Right now, he’s got something more important to do – stop Common Core.
Womick is mad as hell and he is not going to take it anymore. He is giving his reluctant leaders only days – or shorter - before he starts a revolution on the House floor. He sounds like a man hell-bent on stopping the beast – and with a little support from his friends – he will.
If I find out that Womick has duped me, I will condemn him to the hottest fire of hell, but when I looked into that retired Air Force pilot’s eyes when he was telling me this twisted tale and laying out the documentation to back it up, I think I also got a glimpse of a heart that I could trust to at least believe he believed what he’s saying.
I don’t do this often, but I think it’s worthy. It’s time to light em’ up!
They can do this the easy way – or they can do it the hard way – but they are going to give Womick’s bills a hearing – in time to override any gubernatorial veto – or you and I will make their electronic communications devices impossible to live with for as long as it takes.