SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California State Board of Education has approved common national academic standards in a move that should also bolster the state's chances of getting federal school reform dollars.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the board's unanimous vote Monday saying the standard's "maintain California's high expectations and our belief that every student is capable of success in the classroom."The Obama administration has pushed for common standards. States that adopt them score higher in the battle for "Race to the Top" grant money. California is currently a finalist in that competition.
In other words, the goal is to force our kids to spend their time memorizing "politically correct" garbage. The problem is that it might so stunt their mental development that they can no longer think for themselves by the time they graduate - an aspect of Orwell's "obliteration of the self." Not surprisingly, the Governator, not known for his mental prowess, didn't raise the specter of "big government" in this case, perhaps because it wasn't in his script.