Mar 12, 2015 by

“Hillary Clinton Tied to Common Core”

by Donna Garner



This is taken from my memory as I lived through this era as a classroom teacher.  I well remember that we have Hillary Clinton to blame for today’s Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI).




I started teaching in Texas in 1963, left teaching to have children and stayed home with them for 10 years, then went back to the classroom as a substitute teacher and then a full-time teacher around 1975. 



In the late 1980’s while still teaching full-time, I was appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan and re-appointed by Pres. George Herbert Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education. 



After that, I served on the TEKS writing team (Texas’ curriculum standards) for English / Language Arts / Reading (ELAR) from 1995-97.  Because we classroom teachers objected to the Type #2 philosophy behind the ELAR/TEKS, we wrote our own Type #1 document called the Texas Alternative Document (TAD).  It is the only standards document ever written by current classroom teachers before or since 1997.



Link to Type #1 vs. Type #2 Chart: https://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/



After the Type #2 ELAR/TEKS ended up being adopted by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) in 1997, I worked tirelessly in the background to help elect new Texas State Board of Education members (SBOE) and then to help them write and adopt the Type #1 TEKS beginning in 2006 and ending in 2012 (ELAR, Science, Social Studies, Math).  



I have taught in private, public, and homeschools for 33 years and also was the researcher/writer for an abstinence-only curriculum.  I also became the researcher/writer/consultant for an online tutorial to help students learn English proficiency. We had to give up the Type #1 website after four years because school administrators chose to purchase Type #2 curriculum instead.




During the early 1980’s, Hillary Clinton worked hand-in-glove with Marc Tucker, Ira Magaziner, Gov. Cuomo, and the National Committee on Education and the Economy (NCEE) to implement the School-to-Work model. It was Hillary and the NCEE that came up with the term “cradle-to-the-grave.” 



The NCEE idea was to create a three-legged stool – education, labor, and healthcare; and the federal government would direct people’s lives from the cradle-to-the-grave. 



All were to be joined together under one banner with government healthcare controlling people’s lives; school healthcare clinics providing abortions and contraceptives; classrooms emphasizing workforce development skills instead of academic knowledge; and the Dept. of Labor directing students into a career pathway at a very early age.



The government was to manipulate students into the career pathways (or career clusters) based upon whatever the labor market needed at the moment – not upon what students’ natural talents, desires, and interests were.  A certificate of mastery was to be awarded instead of a graduation diploma based on the Carnegie credits, and the last two years of high school were basically dumbed down for those going out into the workforce instead of going to college.  




The SCANS Report in 1991 (*Taken from: What Work Requires of Schools: A SCANS Report for America 2000. The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, a publication of the US Department of Labor, June 1991) is what helped to change the direction of our nation’s schools from knowledge-based, academic content (Type #1) INTO the Type #2 philosophy that is subjective; project-based; constructivist; emphasis on emotions, opinions, beliefs (i.e., affective domain); performance standards (know and be able to do); workplace competencies, etc.  Here is the link to the SCANS report:  http://www.academicinnovations.com/report.html




The U. S. Sect. of Labor Robert Reich under the Clinton administration took the SCANS report, introduced the idea of the Real World Forums (or similar names) in each state, and managed to drive the narrative that schools are meant to be for workforce development and not for students to gain a wide-and-deep liberal arts education based upon fact-based, academic content.  



To make the public think they had thought of the changes schools needed to make, the NCEE, Hillary Clinton, and Robert Reich established the Real World Forums.  These were local community meetings in which the facilitators used the Delphi Technique (psychological manipulation methods) to make the attendees think they had actual input into the final Real World Forum report.



However, what actually happened is that the final “report” had already been written by NCEE/Clinton/Reich and focused schools on collaborative learning, interpersonal relations, and the affective domain (feelings, emotions, opinions).  This took the emphasis in the public schools off deep content knowledge and individual learning and moved classrooms into group think, co-operative learning,  and outcomes based education.



Reich organized a huge survey of businessmen through the Chambers of Commerce across the country; and it was widely reported that the majority of businessmen had said something such as, “What we want our employees to have more than anything else is good interpersonal skills.  We will take care of teaching them everything else.” 




I believe this survey was bogus and that what the majority of businessmen really said was “What we want is employees who can read, write, and compute accurately and quickly.”  However, Reich reported it the NCEE way which drove classrooms from the academic to the performance-based, socio-emotional level.



As if on cue, the standards movement popped up all over the country.  Texas (similar to other states) appointed writing teams to rewrite all of the courses in K-12, and the new standards required students “to be able to know and be able to do.” 


The emphasis in the classroom changed from students’ “knowing” to students’ being able to do; and it was this aspect that changed our curriculum into subjective assessments where the verbs used in the standards documents directed teachers into subjective evaluations.  The typical person would not have thought that verbs would make such a difference in standards, but let’s consider this partial list of verbs and the way they direct teachers’ lesson plans and testing:


Type #1 (right-or-wrong answers):  omit, label, choose, recite, describe, select, identify, list, locate, match, memorize, name, recognize, state. 


Type #2 (subjective, fuzzy, values-and-opinion based):  dramatize, generalize, paint, prepare, sketch, survey, construct, design, make up, role play, hypothesize



Up until this time, the U. S. Department of Education’s laws had required schools to offer students equal opportunities; but under the Clintons, there began to be a shift toward equal outcomes.  In other words, teachers were pressured to grade subjectively to make sure that the “outcomes” were the same for all students…that all students passed and felt good about themselves.



No more red pens were to be used on students’ papers because it would hurt their self-esteem. This soon degenerated into not grading students’ compositions at all for both grammar/usage and for content but instead grading them holistically with a number score of 1, 2, 3, 4.  



Holistic scoring was tied to whole language where students no longer had to go through the step-by-step process to learn phonics but instead were supposed to be surrounded by big, colorful books with lots of pictures.  This was supposed to help emergent readers to predict what the text was, and this whole-language method eventually raised up students who could not tell the difference between “horse” and “house.”  (Not much difference, right? Not so…) 



[I also believe the effort to dumb down students through whole language was an intended consequence by those who deliberately manipulated the educational system to make sure that students could not read well since the Bible is the WRITTEN word of God.]





When Pres. George W. Bush was elected in 2000, there was a legitimate effort made to implement the National Institutes of Health’s empirical reading research which emphasizes phonemic awareness and decoding skills (phonics).  Reading academies were set up all over the country to train teachers in these methods, and actual improvements in students’ reading skills (particularly among the low-income children) were recorded and became a part of the reading research.



However, the Type #2 people desperately did not want students to learn to read because then they could not be so easily manipulated at the ballot box; and these Type #2 people set out to destroy Pres. Geroge W. Bush’s efforts.



Where Pres. George W. Bush and his administration went astray is when they set up No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its “impossible” goals based upon states’ showing average yearly progress (AYP).  



[At least NCLB still left the states in charge of their curriculum and tests.  Under Obama, the Common Core Standards Initiative completely takes that state control away and puts the federal government in charge.]



To get AYP under NCLB, the states quickly figured out that they needed to set up state-mandated tests that could be subjectively scored so that students’ scores could start out very low and then be raised artificially and at will to show AYP!  In other words, schools learned how to “rig the game.”  



Texas and the other states set up Type #2 standards with Type #2 subjectively scored assessments that were steeped in multiculturalism and political correctness. This then drove the day-to-day curriculum to follow the same Type #2 philosophy of education.



I believe the main reason Pres. George W. Bush’s (GWB) administration collapsed in the last two years of his second term was a direct result of Karl Rove’s bad counsel to GWB throughout his Presidency.  Rove believed that the end justifies the means, and I believe he was capable of instigating almost anything to accomplish his goal. 



After GWB was vilified and his administration collapsed when the House and Senate both fell into the Democrats’ hands (the last two years of his second term), the reading academies vanished; and the idea of nationalizing education went into full gear.  Of course, GWB and his family are all globalists; and they set in motion many of the foundational pieces that allowed the Common Core Standards Initiative to blossom.





Obama was exactly the person to resurrect School-to-Work, NCEE, Marc Tucker, Achieve, Inc., and Hillary Clinton’s scheme.  However, Obama brought something more to the table.  He brought the social justice ideology that fitted perfectly into the Common Core Standards Initiative, and his ruthless administration (followers of Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Marzano, Arne Duncan, David Coleman, Marc Tucker, Hillary Clinton, etc.) understood full well that:



National standards lead to national curriculum which leads to national assessments which lead to teachers teaching the national curriculum each day because their own teacher evaluations depend upon their individual students’ scores.  The end game is the national database in which personally identifiable information can be gathered on every student, family, and teacher in America; and everything can be sent to the NSA.  



Obama’s social justice ideology also includes a heavy emphasis not just on tolerance for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) lifestyle but also on a total acceptance and promotion of the LGBT lifestyle as normal. 



Obama’s ideology also includes a heavy emphasis on victimization, white supremacy, pro-Islam/anti-Christian/anti-Judeo, fake climate change, race baiting, redistribution of wealth, multiculturalism, and political correctness.






We have Hillary Clinton (et al.) to thank for the mess our country’s schools are in today.  It is because of her Type #2 philosophy of education as birthed by the NCEE that we now have the Common Core Standards Initiative pouring into our nation’s schools, capturing the College Board and its products (AP, SAT, PSAT), and making billions of dollars in profits for Bill Gates, Pearson, Jeb Bush, and others.  Even PISA, the international test, is being rewritten to align with Common Core.



Hillary Clinton is much in the news right now because of her possible run for the Presidency in 2016, for her probable felonious conduct with her e-mails, and for her questionable Foundation with its ties to foreign countries.



We also need to lay the blame for the Common Core Standards Initiative right at Hillary’s door.  It was birthed at the NCEE and partially implemented under Bill Clinton and Hillary.  Then under Obama, this germ of an idea has turned into the complete takeover of our nation’s school system by the federal government and the indoctrination of a nation of children into Obama’s social justice agenda. 



We have Hillary to blame for a nation of adult non-readers who get most of their news from their social media gadgets; and it is for that reason that I have used my institutional memory to try to educate those people who have no knowledge of Hillary Clinton. If she is to be a serious candidate for the Presidency, we must warn the public.



Whatever happens in the classroom eventually controls what happens at the ballot box.



Hopefully a large majority of people have now realized that terrible elections have terrible consequences.  Electing the wrong man – Obama – has put not just America in danger but the whole world.  When America stopped leading the world under Obama’s administration, the terrorist Islamists including Iran and ISIS have stepped in to fill the vacuum. 



I pray that in this next Presidential election, the voters will have learned from their past mistakes and will cast aside any candidates who try to dumb down and indoctrinate our precious school children to hate America.  




2.13.14 – PODCAST – Starting at marker 7:20 [technical difficulties before that marker], Donna Garner gives the historical background on Hillary Clinton, NCEE, Common Core, English Success Standards (curriculum standards written by teachers for teachers), inexpensive tools parents can use to teach their children to read/spell/write/compute — https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-radio-choice



*In giving a personal example in the interview, I failed to go on to say that through much hard work my husband successfully completed his master’s degree, mid-management certification, and taught for 36 years.  Our two sons successfully learned to read/spell/write/compute and graduated with solid GPA’s from Texas A&M University, College Station.





2.14.14 — POSTED BY TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION – “English Success Standards” –


This is the only curriculum standards document (K-12) ever written by current classroom teachers who were working with real students in real classrooms each day. 



Originally the document was called the Texas Alternative Document (TAD) but was updated in recent years.



The English Success Standards can be adopted by any state or any individuals in full or in part because the writers claim no copyright or attribution privileges. The English Success Standards are free for the taking.



To see what a Type #1 curriculum standards document looks like, please go to this link:  http://truthinamericaneducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/English.Success.Standards.doc





Donna Garner


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  1. S M Andrade

    Again another opinion piece to attack Clinton. If this were true why do the Bushes take credit for common core? Sounds like Texan thinking

  2. Derron

    Hillary seems to be tied to a lot of bad things.

  3. everyonesfacts

    And this is the insanity, or is it ignorance, that passes for analysis on Education News.
    Garner makes up some false division of types of education:
    Type #1 (right-or-wrong answers): omit, label, choose, recite, describe, select, identify, list, locate, match, memorize, name, recognize, state.
    And then clearly shows she has not looked at what skills CC is asking students for.
    See http://www.solution-tree.com/products/available-in-canada/teach-thinking-skills-cc.html
    Page 12 of the text [Look Inside] shows the words used in the CC standards. FYI: Most used word is “analyze.” Garner deplores CC, but needs those same skills for herself. Oh, the irony.
    I suggest Garner read the list and then NOT get back to us on what she learns.

  4. Dee

    So true. Texas parents must WAKE UP. We must all stand up inform and demand that every single aspect of Common Core be removed not only in Texas but in every state.

    Good old Hillary …. showing her “Takes a Village to Raise a Child” and her socialist/marxist mirroring of her mentor Saul Alinski “Rules For Radicals”…….. including all of her other socialist deviant behavioral ideology!

    Thank you Donna Garner for all your educational experience and vast knowledge; you are a true leader.

  5. Donna Garner

    The problem with writing a book is that because of the dumbing down of America led by Hillary and others, the people who really need to read the book will not.

  6. judy

    Thanks for insight

  7. Teachervet

    I’ve been a public school teacher since 1987 and this is one of the most succinct and revealing pieces on how we got to where we are now. This is frightening stuff; 98% of the population has no idea this is going on behind the scenes. Someone needs to write a book about this.

  8. ken gjersvik

    I have heard Hillary is a devout follower of Saul Allinski’s teachings,,, would she be a Socio/communist at heart????

    • Donna Garner

      Hillary’s writings from her college years indicate that she was a Socialist, and her NCEE plan is nothing but Socialism.

    • Chris

      Hillary learned under Alinsky side by side as a young woman. She was infatuated with his ideas. She is at best a Sociology-Communist.