In case you missed it, Mission: Readiness and North Carolina military leaders are back out pushing Common Core again.
Excerpt from the FayObserver:
RALEIGH – Retired military leaders met in the state capital Thursday with a warning to North Carolina leaders looking to change education standards: Without those standards, the state’s military installations are at risk.
Mission: Readiness – a nonprofit national security organization of more than 500 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders – unveiled a report on education concerns at the North Carolina Museum of History.
The report is titled “Keeping Our Families and Our Country Strong: Why North Carolina’s Education Standards and Aligned Assessments Are Crucial for Our Military.”
Two retired flag officers – Navy Rear Adm. Walter Cantrell and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Ratti – urged the state’s Academic Standards Review Commission to maintain career and college-ready standards, also known as Common Core.
The report states those standards are vital for “ensuring there will be well-educated individuals who are prepared to defend the nation.”
“There is a national security imperative,” Ratti said.
Got that? Common Core is a national security imperative.
PLEASE, give us a break.
I debunked this Mission:Readiness group once before — they are nothing but a Common Core consortium:
These Generals and military leaders are from a group called Mission:Readiness, which is a 501(c)3 located at 1212 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005.
Go back to the first one on the list, Council for a Strong America. They are the anchor at that address. They also seem to have a strong anchor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Council for a Strong America received $1.7 million last year alone to promote Common Core. By the way, you might have figured it out already by checking out the “Members in Action” drop down menu on the Council for a Strong America site that all the others on the above list are offshoots of Council for a Strong America. This includes Mission: Readiness.
One more point to add, Mission: Readiness bases their support on their own ‘report‘ which which drew on an analysis of 2013 NC Public Schools data as conducted by WestEd. The same WestEd who just sent a speaker to talk to the NC Common Core Commission.
The same WestEd which is funded by the federal Department of Education, the Department of the Army, and also the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a “non-profit” to deliver pro-Common Core propaganda, including $3.5 million in 2014.
On one of the last pages of the Mission: Readiness report, you will find a long list those funding this endeavor – which is a who’s who of groups who funded Common Core.