More Fun With Common Core

Written by Steve Bowers on May 22, 2014

Maybe Little Johnny really is a genius. Fear not. Common Core will thwart him.

And if Common Core doesn’t mess his future up, those clowns conspiring around the water cooler will.

And as a transplant from Indiana (whose leaders rejected Common Core), living in Utah (whose leaders embraced Common Core), I somehow feel smarter. At least, I feel better about Indiana in general.

The Department of Education, a huge faceless bureaucracy (another, one of many), an outfit ready to tell the rest of us how our children should be educated, yet it 1) has no classrooms, 2) no teachers (sure there are probably some retired teachers employed there…double-dipping at our expense…but if they were such good teachers, why did they quit?), 3) no school administrators monitoring their performance, 4) no parents who show up at “parent-teacher” night to chew them out over their poor performance, 5) no fears that, if their students’ academic acheiement is ever compared with other students, they will be “weighed in the balances and found wanting” and … of course…6) they have absolutely NO STUDENTS!

So, why are they designing, authorizing, administering or requiring any materials or curriculum for our children? As some one pointed out, tongue in cheek, recently, “Legislators are not smarter than the rest of us.” That goes for the executive branch also. And it goes doubly for bureaucrats. Is “tripley” a word?


Steve Bowers
Steve Bowers grew up on a farm in Indiana, attended Indiana University and went into the construction business. While working on a construction project at a law school he was appalled at how lawyers could screw stuff up on a simple building project. Thinking he could do better, Steve went to law school. He’s pretty naive.