Why the Chamber is Involved in Common Core

Credit: http://www.kychamber.com/
Credit: http://www.kychamber.com/

Written by KACC writer, R. Guadagni

Those involved in the fight against Common Core do not need rhetoric or advocacy disguised as research to further convince them of the academic and societal dangers inherent in this so-called set of standards. The Chamber of Commerce, however, does. Despite the lack of tangible results, loss of parental control and huge gaps in curriculum, the National Chamber—as well several state and local chapters—have thrown their support behind this program in what can only be described as a manipulative and backward business move. But why?

In her June 2014 Federalist article “Is the Chamber of Commerce Jumping the Shark on Common Core”, Joy Pullman addresses the reasons behind the chamber’s support. Citing an interview with Dr. Milton Freidman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp2eqQ8Msbs) where he suggests the real enemies of free markets are businesses themselves, she expands on his analysis and ties it to the chamber’s love of the government-driven Common Core. “Businesses are all too comfy acting like the protected class, of which government education is a prime example. So they have a natural sympathy for bureaucratic non-solutions to social and political problems.” Adding, “But, second, it shows that the businesses of today want workers fit for the business they have today, so they don’t have to bear the pressure of shifting their business to fit tomorrow’s economy. If they can lock in tomorrow’s labor force
to their current structure, they can ensure their survival through labor force capture rather than shifting continually and rapidly to serve consumers and their employees.”

Common Core is designed to keep students at a particular educational and vocational level, rather than equipping them with the necessary skills and challenges that will respect them as individuals and open up a world of career possibilities. As Dr. Friedman suggests in his interview, most of the seemingly endless bureaucratic regulations that stifle business come from the business community itself. Their pleas for government intervention are motivated by profit, or rather the hope of limiting of their competitors’ profits, and rallying behind what amounts to a top-down government controlled curriculum does little more than perpetuate their economic status quo. A practice, according to
Pullman, which will ultimately backfire. “The danger to the Chamber of reflexively following this pattern, though, is finding itself in ten years a has-been that serves old companies, but not that moment’s new economic constellation. That makes it likely new companies will spurn the Chamber because it doesn’t protect their interests, ensuring the Chamber’s current actions equal slow suicide.”

From Bill Gates to local Chambers of Commerce, money is clearly the motivating factor here.

Products and services all tied to an educational program that is devoid of results, diminishes parental involvement and smacks of a backroom deal will ensure that the “business” of American education becomes truly that.

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