Wyoming Liberty Group
Guest Blog: Common Core Fails Diversity Test
Guest Blog by Jason Gay, Wyoming Liberty Group
Diversity has become a significant goal in the administration from preschool to postgraduate. The University of Wyoming, Wyoming school districts, and private schools proudly announce their efforts and successes in this area. This is, of course, not unique to Wyoming, but is a predominant national trend. But how far does this focus on diversity go?
Just this week, students attempting to hand out Constitutions were confronted by a school official. As is typical, the school points to a “free speech zone” and uses this as an excuse to silence speech elsewhere on campus. Although the legality of a free speech zone is dubious at best, we could assume that the policy is legally enforceable for the purpose of the following discussion: against whom are these limitations enforced?
It is well documented that our education system, especially at the higher levels, is largely staffed by people with a liberal ideology. If these individuals were truly interested in diversity, they would find great value in the diversity of thought that comes from people who disagree with their personal ideology.
As it turns out, our education system has long held a focus on preventing free speech on campus. Whether it comes in the form of public schools telling students that the U.S. flag is offensive, or a University seeking to prevent their adult students from communicating their ideas with other adult students through the use of free speech zones, we see a concerted effort to limit speech in our schools.
These policies do not only affect behavior in common areas of the campus, they affect the behavior in class. We see college professors like Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Ward Churchill that preach to their students the evil of America, while universities will simultaneously prevent the dissemination of the U.S. Constitution.
And, it should be noted, these efforts are largely successful. Time and again, we see students engage in behavior designed to limit speech and prevent a free and open debate. Through protesting commencement speakers, interrupting events, or attacking fellow students we see far too many examples of students who are unwilling to allow a discussion of ideas that do not conform to their ideology.
Enter Common Core. In the environment described above, we now see an effort to make our public school systems conform to nationwide standards. Will these standards include standardized tests that tell students the U.S. is an inherently evil force in the world, or limit the notion of American exceptionalism? Will the influence of the U.S. be minimized in order to advance a particular ideology?
One of the founding principles of this nation is embodied in the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech”. The principle here is that freedom of speech and diversity of opinion is foundational to the nation our Constitution inspired to create. By seeking diversity in everything but thought, our education system is failing our youth.