Now perhaps the most revealing passage: “The question is how to get from where we are to where we want to be. Trying to ram it down everyone’s throat would engender overwhelming opposition. Our idea is to draft legislation that…would require the executive branch to establish a competitive grant program for these states and cities and to engage a group of organizations to offer technical assistance to the expanding set of states and cities engaged in designing and implementing the new system.”
This is precisely how Common Core became the reigning structure of the U.S. education system. In fact, education nationalizers disappointed at the incomplete success of Tucker and Hillary’s schemes, after a newly Republican Congress dispatched major parts of the plan in Bill’s first term, recommended following this strategy yet again, with modifications.
In 2000, two researchers published a case study of the Clintons’ Goals 2000 efforts to “nationalize” American education. It concluded that, to be effective, “a national education strategy has to be driven by the states, working in conjunction with a wide variety of nongovernmental national organizations.” The way to centralize education was by pretending that was precisely not what you were doing—just like the first Bush and Clinton administrations had, by giving states grants to do its bidding rather than just directly making them do things.
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