About the author
Mary Grabar
Mary Grabar, Ph.D., is founder of the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., which is committed to “resisting the re-education of America.” Sign up for “dispatches” at www.dissidentprof.com. Her other publications can be found at www.marygrabar.com and include Accuracy in Media, PJ Media, Weekly Standard, Minding the Campus, and many others. She teaches English at Emory University.
  • Linda Strawn

    This smacks of Agenda 21. It’s upsetting to realize my choice of Windows based computing is funding the likes of leftist Soros. Any time the government uses words like “common” it’s to move us closer to “communism”. You’re right about the “Common Core” being an obscure threat. I’m not in education, my kids are grown and although I am well read and think I’m aware of what’s important, this is all news to me. Add this to the ever growing and insurmountable “threat list.” Will November even matter?

  • James Dunlop

    I really wish Andrew Breitbart hadn’t gone to a dinner prepared by Bill Ayers.

  • gawxxx

    no linda it will not !!! it is over for this cesspool of a country!!! and when it finally does the rest of the world will be on fire anyway !!! , the “CREATOR” of it all has had enough of us ” arrogant ” humans and “HE” is about to teach us all a lesson in humility !!!!!!!

  • Dean

    Some people haven’t been listening for 3 years. Obama started his campaign in the Ayers home. An UNREPENTENT terrorist. C’mon people get you heads out of your backsides!

  • http://twitter.com/stevor_h steve holmes

    It’s in God’s (not “god’s”) hands now.
    Since the banksters/war mongers are now backing romney, we don’t really have a decent choice for “president”.

  • HowdyNeighbor

    This is terrifying! Obama plans to take control of the curriculum at all schools, including private (religious) schools and the homeschooled? Can you imagine the propaganda the kids will then be exposed to? Does this reek of Hitler or what?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gmallast Gary Mallast

    Something tells me they are NOT going to be encouraging critical thinking by having students studying Sister Miriam Joseph’s “The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric” (1938). The best logic book I have seen.

    Lest anyone is ignorant enough to be confused by the title, from Sr. Miriam:

    “The liberal arts denote the seven branches of knowledge that initiate the young into a life of learning. The concept is classical, but the term liberal arts and the division of the arts into the trivium and the quadrivium date from the Middle Ages.”.

    Might be interesting to compare a sixth grade reader from the “Core Curriculum” with the contents of an old McGuffey’s Sixth Reader I have (1868, Sargeant, Wilson, and Hinkle, Cincinnati.)

  • moebellini

    Welcome to North Korea. The brain washing has already started, this is just the finale. Children, bow to your leader Kin Jung Un Obama and his mentor Pisa Garbaga Ayers. Many people in this country have already been dumbed down and are to ignorant to see the threat. These people and their children can barely read or write, they only understand what their great leader tells them. They have no contact with the outside world due to their educational limitations. You see, the democratic cities and states throughout our country have become the breeding grounds for democratic votes. The fact is that each generation is dumber than the one before it. That’s why democrats are so against school choice and voucher programs that would improve education. These programs are a threat to their breeding grounds. Democrats hold their voters back by design. This is how communist governments keep their people in line. The open mind is being shut down. This country better wake up, real soon.

  • Enchanted

    During the Bush election my daughter was attending college. She had a little sign that she brought to a class not sure what the subject was, however when she held it up, her professor said, Morgan I thought you were a better person than that. Needless to say, her grade was not as good as it should have been because she chose to show her political affiliation. When she began her masters at the same university she ended up changing to finish because the profs were so liberal and her conservative (think for yourself) upbringing was not working. She has gone on to be very successful in her career because businesses actually like someone that can think for themselves, be creative and innovative and don’t follow others off the cliff. I am very proud of my daughter.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZSRESKJH6RCCL34OOFLLRVBVI RetiredKansan

    So that’s what a pile of crap looks like.

  • LeRoyDaniels

    This is all part of Obama’s (and Ayers’ and Soros’) plan to “level the playing field” by dumbing everyone down to the level of the lowest achievers. In this way, the lowest achievers do not have to feel “left out.” As you may recall, not long ago Obama explained his desire to end trditional “testing” in schools. He wants there to be occasional overall testing to gauge student progress as a group, but no individual test results are to be distributed to students.

    The reason for the far left’s position on education is clear. For years, it has been the contention of the far left that the only thing that was keeping minorities back was the inherent racism of the system. Now that there is very little racism, and in fact minorities receive preferential treatment in almost all spheres of society, it is very hard for the far left to keep banging on the drum of racism to prove their thesis. Their new approach is an alternative strategy. If equality of opportunity is not enough to achieve overall “equality” (i.e., everyone has the same “stuff”), we will just lower the standards to a level that all can achieve. Problem is, this kind of psychotic left wing thought is what destroys societies. Societies that promote and foster people to operate at their highest capabilities thrive and grow (i.e., the traditional US model). Societies that promote mediocity typically turn into cesspools (Cuba, USSR, Greece, etc.).

    The funny thing is, the very people that are most likely to vote for Obama and the far left, are the ones that have the most to lose. No one ever questions aid to the poor when the economy is rocking. When we have Obamalaise (i.e., Jimmy Carter malaise on steroids) on the other hand, aid to the poor begins to be questioned as there is no money to pay for it (even if we tax all of the evil 1%ers at 100%).

    It’s time for Americans to grow up, become mature, and recognize the poisoned pablum they are being fed by the far left. If not we are doomed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mclellan.39 James Mclellan

    But gee “he’s only someone he knew from the neighborhood” lol what a joke.If only the media would have done it’s job then we would’nt have this problem like being down graded twice with our credit rating losig millions in useless companys like solyndra and others having the fast and furious scandel with a dead agent no jobs in america except in the admin. and d.c. politics them just printing money to make up for bad economy real unemployment rate of upwards 11% national debt 16 TRILLION AND CLIMBING owing the bank of china untold amounts for the next eon WAKE UP AMERICA STAND UP AND BE PROUD OF AMERICA AGAIN.peace through strength not weakness don’t let any walk on us again or our flag.

  • YouDidntBuildThat

    And to think my grandparents escaped both Nazism in Poland/ Hungary and then communism in Cuba. They had a dream to come to a free America. Now they must be rolling in their graves over Obama and his dictatorial leadership. Lets make sure this election counts. Its for our American freedom. Amen.

  • Guest

    “It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. … to be evidence of the state’s goodness and concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those … They fasten the chains to their own ankles.”–Lew Rockwell

  • Chauncey Freeman

    “It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They’ll fasten the chains to their own ankles.”–Lew Rockwell

  • Chauncey Freeman

    The ONLY way we can take America back is by having a better GET OUT THE VOTE apparatus than the kleptocrats. We don’t. Democrats have an army of people who don’t work and have all the time in the world and a goverenment check to go to nursing homes, welfare shelters etc…threaten them all that the evil republicans want to take away all their freebies and get the 47% dependent folk to vote straight party line. UNTIL THE REST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAKE A SACRIFICE OF THEIR TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY the democrat neo-Bolsheviks will win and get closer to their dreams of forsaking elections altogether. Have you volunteered your time, energy and money to the Romney/Ryan campaign? Election day it the only day that counts. Can we count on all of you to spend at least as much time as you do on these mostly meaningless forums toward the victory effort? VICTORY WILL NOT HAPPEN ANY OTHER WAY!

  • Chauncey Freeman

    PS: It is WAY past time that ALL conservatives and libertarians read and study Bill Ayer’s mentor Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. What is good for the Marxit pig is good for the righteous American eagle. We need to employ the tactics of the left but unlike the left do it peaceably and within the law and WITHOUT blowing up anyone or anything. (See Bill Ayers/B Dohrn)

  • angelccorr

    I can’t stand these old radical yippies that never grew up. They have been a bain on society since the 60′s. I am on the lower end of the baby boomer generation, and as a kid and teenager, watched these idiots cause all kinds of trouble in our society. Some of them had communist parents who brought them up this way, and the rest were spoiled rich kids. The working-class “boomers’ served their country in the military and became hard-working adults. Now that they (we) are getting to retirement age, the radical part of our generation, who got into the White House, has made sure we have nothing to retire on!

  • SandyLester

    This has got to be a joke. Ok, it’s not, but very typical of leftest to teach to the lowest common denominator instead of the highest. Never fear, their children and grandchildren will be education in the best private schools.

  • http://twitter.com/educatt Bruce Deitrick Price

    RE: “We are left, however, wondering about the precise nature of the role that Ayers is playing in the development of this federal education plan.” Not at all. He will be working for more mediocre education in the name of fairness. If they had 2 Obama terms, all this dreck would be locked in place.
    Mary Grabar should start drawing up Romney’s withdrawal plan: Retreat From Dumb.

  • SJ

    Teachers will be the new patriots.

  • exleftist.com

    The silent majority remained silent allowing Leftists control of
    everything. You yawned as Leftists seized the schools, universities and
    the media. You only cared about the big game or your vacations.
    It wasn’t until Obama eyed your retirement and
    healthcare did the Right speak up. Complaining now is
    absurd. You’re old and raised pornographic, illiterate children.
    You’ll stand in line at the free clinic with everyone else. You’ll face
    a death panel. Socialized medicine is the new apple pie and it falls
    squarely on your shoulders. You’re wimps.

    None of you stood up when it mattered.

    Conservatives allowed the defeat in
    Vietnam, open borders and an affirmative-action President. Had conservatives
    fought back decades ago, perhaps a good black man would be President.
    Not the bitter Obama. The Left controlled whitey with PC language
    and you surrendered. History will identify all of you as willing accomplices.
    Together you’ve allowed the destruction of our country. Everyone here
    will get theirs.

  • James Dunlop

    The only thing that is apparent is these guys Obama, Ayers, Soros don’t like America or Americans. This has been the mantra of the left which has taken over our Education system, the Democrat party, the News media and the entertainment industry. Those three and many others don’t care about minorites, they use them along with idiots and Useful Idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ace.boogie.142 Ace Boogie

    1984.

  • Bernecky

    What kind of communist could Ayers have been, if he never bombed the business with which he was most familiar, and to which he’d have had the greatest access: his father’s. Commonwealth Edison.

  • concerned educator

    I think bob needs to be sent to one of these re-education camps for the way he writes about others.. I for one will spend some of my retirement years educating parents to these agendas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Thompson/1701622313 Mark Thompson

    You fail to mention that Ayers holds the highest position of influence in curriculum today. He is the VP of Curriculum Studies of the American Education Research Association, the AERA. He influences professors and researchers, 25,000 of them belong to this organization, the largest of it’s kind. In other words; a radical, revolutionary, secular, communist, terrorist, bomber, has the highest position in curriculum that is of the greatest influence from pre K to post grad in the United States of America. How insane is this? For more information on Ayers and my effort to have him investigated for academic misconduct, visit campconservatism.net. This site has a wealth of knowledge on Ayers. If you want a cheap thrill, utube Bill Ayers meets the new activist. Watch it all the way through, the end is a very fond memory of mine. To know Ayers is to know Obama. Ayers is a political pedophile, and he rapes the minds of our students and idealistic teachers. One other thing, he and his ilk planned on killing 25 million in their failed coup. He is a violent revolutionary, prepare for the worst, it is more than likely going to happen as history repeats itself. It can happen here, it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Thompson/1701622313 Mark Thompson

    You might also enjoy the demand for an investigation given to the University of Illinois board of trustees. Google this with my name on utube. Ayers should hang for treason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Thompson/1701622313 Mark Thompson

    Nice article, always love to see his name in the limelight, as he is Royalty in his circles. A foundational player that needs to be fully exposed for what he truly is, a declared enemy to our Republic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Thompson/1701622313 Mark Thompson

    It seems I have seen your name with Cliff Kincaid a number of time’s. Thanks for all the work you do.

  • Beverly G.

    Can’t believe this only got 4 “likes”!! LOL!

  • Sharon Sewell

    I have just read this article for the first time and I want to thank you for your hard work in putting this information together. It is excellent. I knew about some of the information, but the more I read, the more I realized how little I knew. I am fighting Common Core here in Alabama and it is so hard to help people understand what this Initiative is. Many teachers see it only as standards that need to be taught. Vendors see it as one person wrote me “education is the currency of the 21st Century.” I fought Hillary Clinton and Marc Tucker’s Goals 2000 and it was a piece of cake compared to this. The Ayers crowd has had 20 years to perfect their plan. It just breaks my heart to see people buying into this hook, line, and sinker. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

    I taught school for 32 years. I would not recommend any young person go into teaching right now, at least not in a government run school. Anyone with conviction could not teach in the atmosphere that is being prepared and perpetrated on the American classroom.

    Again thank you for putting into words so effectively what is happening to education in America.

  • Interesting

    Why would someone who has gone against the U.S. Government for most of their life (Ayers) buddy up with the president?
    Is it a change of heart, a card up the sleeve, or perhaps … something else?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ace.boogie.142 Ace Boogie

    Eat a dick fag

  • http://www.facebook.com/grammyapples Sheila Squires

    Core is “EVIL” and this, as well as other propaganda programs have been poisoning the minds of our children for years. The Government took control of our children when parents Did Not Object to these “so called groups” who decided they were more able to Parent our Children than WE were! And so it began~~~~It does NOT take a village to raise a child, it takes Moral, Dedicated Parents!!!

  • NU Chemist

    How much energy have you expended on this page defending Bill Ayers? Get a fucking life.

  • Max

    Wow. While the Common Core may be bad policy (see Diane Ravitch’s concerns: http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/26/why-i-cannot-support-the-common-core-standards/), this stuff is complete and utter, absolute whack-job, conspiracy theory bullshit. Ms. Grabar’s Ph.D. obviously came as a prize in a packet of Red Scare Kool-Aid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenan.walker.1 Kenan Walker

    So Mikey, you sound like a union,hippy, racist union thug who’s an advocate for BHO’s race/civil war. Better watch what you ask for hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenan.walker.1 Kenan Walker

    So you also sound like a union,hippy, racist union thug who’s an advocate for BHO’s race/civil war. Better watch what you ask for hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenan.walker.1 Kenan Walker

    And, you sound like a union,hippy, racist union thug who’s an advocate for BHO’s race/civil war. Better watch what you ask for hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenan.walker.1 Kenan Walker

    They are doing it all on purpose, so when the country is finally destroyed, they can step in and make it in their own image, you know, like the Lord did, except they aren’t God, but they think they can be.

  • concerned teen

    Yes, yes it does. And I would know because I just researched his entire career and use of the Hitler Youth movement.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    We need to get off Obama’s back.

    He knows what’s best for us. He will change everything and make this into a great country. Our Founders didn’t have a clue. Marx and Lenin and Mao…now there’s something to aspire to.

    http://lcmarchives.wordpress.com

    Thanks.

  • Katie Bell

    Excellent article. Common Core is receiving much more attention than its UN predecessor the International Baccalaureate (IB) which was also funded by Ayers and Obama via the Annenberg Challenge back in 1998, expanding IB in Chicago through Arne Duncan from one to 26 public schools.

    “Are these higher standards or dumbing down? Will Common Core produce well-educated Americans or indoctrinated pacifist global citizens?”

    IB’s goal is to create “global citizens”. Common Core and IB are nothing more than national and international educational BS. Wake up people!

    http://www.truthaboutib.com

  • pookieamos

    Although you won’t read this , you are one fucked up dude just like all leftist, freak.

  • pookieamos

    UN AGENDA 21 , better be prepared to be told where you will live , what you will eat , how much you’ll eat. Better prepare to be forced into tiny Eco apartments. Where you will work will be controlled. There will not be air conditioning and reliable heating as we have known in modern times. They will dictate whether you may have a baby or even a family. This is a complete and utter destruction of the United States of America and their end goal. Depopulation is high on the agenda by 5 billion people. Doubt me ?All one must do is read their past statements , especially George H.W. Bush and Maurice Strong. Doubt Agenda 21 is true , find it at United Nations.You can find Nancy Pelosi speaking of Agenda 21 on the floors of Congress in 1992 in the CSPAN Library. BUT FIRST THEY MUST DISARM US !

  • airboss1

    Bob, Most people know nothing about Common Core. That doesn’t make them “morons.” Common Core was purposely launched with low fanfare purposely to slide it in under our noses. Personally I’ve been very concerned about this for years and I’ve been trying to make as many people as possible aware of this insidious program. But it does no good to be so nasty. Let’s try to keep up an intelligent conversation.

  • little emmie

    No one knows what goes on behind (bo’s) closed doors.

  • http://rationalmathed.blogspot.com Michael Paul Goldenberg

    Any of the geniuses here, including the author, care that Ayers wrote an open letter to Obama after the 2012 election criticizing every aspect of the latter’s educational policy? Just another clever commie tactic, of course. http://www.good.is/posts/an-open-letter-to-president-obama-from-bill-ayers

  • http://rationalmathed.blogspot.com Michael Paul Goldenberg

    The playing field could never be leveled enough so that morons like you would have a fighting chance to get the facts straight.

  • http://rationalmathed.blogspot.com Michael Paul Goldenberg

    Bob has you nailed. So “Boston Commons” was named that in anticipation of Karl Marx. . . ? I will bet you have never read a single word of any book about communism, because if you did, you’d have a clue that Obama is so far from being a communist that it’s laughable to suggest otherwise. He’s part of the neoconservative/neoliberal alliance that has been buying the country and the government for a long time. They’re not socialists. They’re not communists. They’re just rich, powerful, and greedy. Get a clue.

  • Steven Butterbaugh

    Reading through the comments, I must say, you do not know a thing about Obama and Ayres relationship. Your assertions that they barely know each other is so unprovable it isn’t funny. They worked together on the Annenburg Trust education project for one.

  • Steven Butterbaugh

    Further, I notice that you offer no information. You only deride and undermine. So, I declare you a fraud – acting like you have something valuable to say. Get lost, bully.

  • http://rationalmathed.blogspot.com Michael Paul Goldenberg

    “leftest”

  • Randall

    There is nothing “liberal” about the Left. They usurped the term after people caught on to the true fascist mission of the “progressives”. The only true liberals are the conservatives.

  • Randall

    Actually the Nazis were left wing socialists. Obama is starting off just as Hitler did with a nationalized healthcare plan, corporatism, gun control, a private army and verbal slander of opponents

  • Nate Whilk

    “He’s part of the neoconservative/neoliberal alliance that has been buying the country and the government for a long time.”

    You spout this BS, and YOU tell US to get a clue?

  • Patrick Ray

    That’s the first time I have seen “conservative” and “think for yourself” used to describe the same thing. Of course, they were used by a person whose grammar is worse than a third-grader’s.

  • Al47

    Oh, you’re so self-righteous.

  • Al47

    Even if there’s school choice, vouchers, etc, it wouldn’t matter since all will be taught the same.

  • Barbara

    You chose to miss the point.

  • jma

    They sat on multiple discussion groups together, O wrote blurbs on Ayres’ book, and most unfortunately wasted over $1 million on the Annenberg Challenge to reform Chicago schools. The U. of Chicago evaluation noted not one wit of difference for all their effort.

  • jma

    Social justice.

  • dfrank

    Hiding individual ability serves to conceal the stupidity of those on the left — of course,only until they speak their minds.

  • dfrank

    Guest, They invision no remaking of America. A destroyed America IS their image.

  • Proofreader

    And “biggoted”