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Bill Ayers On Common Core: It’s “A Catastrophe For Education”

William Ayers was once the leader of a radical domestic terrorist group called the Weathermen, in the 1960s and ’70s. Ayers and the Weathermen bombed the Pentagon and the New York City Police headquarters. After the FBI began to investigate and prosecute Weathermen members, Ayers and his deadly comrades went into hiding–renaming themselves the Weather Underground.

On September 11th of 2001, Ayers told the New York Times he “had not regrets,” for carrying out those bombings and said he wished he had done more. It was at Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn’s Chicago home where President Barack Obama fundraised for and launched his political career.

Now, the still-unrepentanted Ayers has retired from his professorship at the University of Illinois in Chicago and spends most of his time giving lectures to teachers and educators at conferences around the country.

In a recent interview, TPNN.com News Director Scottie Nell Hughes asked Ayers a number of questions on Common Core.

Ayers says he’s always opposed Common Core and thinks “it’s a catastrophe for education.”

“It fits very neatly with what I think of as the ‘Corporate Reform agenda,'” Ayers said, “which has three parts: One is to reduce education to a single metric and test, test, test, and punish. Two is to undo any collective voice for the teachers. And third, it gives away the public space to private entrepreneurs.”

“Common core fits nicely with the test and punish regime,” which he says translates into “multi-millions of dollars for the Pearson Testing Corporation. . . And Common Core does nothing to support teaching and learning in the classroom.”

Bill Ayers says the “policy in each school should be developed by a local school council,” which would consist of “eight parents–elected by the parents, two teachers–elected by the teachers, and the principal–who the local school council hires.

In June, Oklahoma and South Carolina pulled out of the Common Core State Standards initiative. And there is a massive wave of anti-Common Core angst in nearly all 50 states.

Ayers’ libertarian-sounding, small government educational views are sure to raise the eyebrows of both liberals and conservatives.

h/t tpnn.com


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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