The EyeOpener Report- Core of the Problem: The Real Agenda behind Common Core

Everything you have been told about Common Core is a lie. It is not a state initiative. It was not developed by educators. It is not going to better prepare students for college or real world applications. It is part of a century-long process of using the education system to mould students into more obedient workers and tax cattle. And it is promoted by billionaires with hidden agendas of their own.

Find out more about what Common Core really is and who is behind it in this week's EyeOpener Report with James Corbett.

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  1. Hi James,

    Such a good show!


    Dun, dun, dun!…

    Common Core = Statism!


    Too bad the next statement is that Common Core “…is not a state initiative.” and “…is funded by billionaires.”

    This issue affects me and my family. I’m involving myself at the ground level. I appreciate the information. Why, oh, why must you twist this into an individualism issue. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, that’s the hammer of the voluntaryist.


    Disappointed on the Internet
    AKA Xicha

    • The oligarchy have coopted the state. That means we don’t have a state any more, James. We have private overlords. The oligarchy, you said yourself, is behind this POS, Common Core.

      It’s really just a sucker punch that you would put that anti-state rhetoric in this video. A state is exactly what we need to fight this oligarchy. They’re playing you like a fiddle and have you chasing your own tail. Which it looks like you are doing voluntarily.

  2. I feel like you just used an issue which affects me personally for your bullshit anti-state, individualism crusade and it pisses me off. I’ll stop now.

    • tonywicher says:

      James and all the other anarchists posting here (God bless ’em) do not seem to appreciate the fact that the issue is not government or no government, nor big government versus small government, but representative government versus non-representative government. The Constitution was supposed to create a government that is both strong and representative. I think it still stands as the best effort to create such a government, and it has functioned wonderfully, benefitting all the people and the nation as a whole at times when it has really functioned as intended by its founders, particularly Alexander Hamilton. The First National Bank of Hamilton, the Second National Bank of Monroe and John Quincy Adams, the Greenback program of Lincoln, New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Frontier of John Kennedy were all examples of the Constitution functioning as it was originally intended. Under these institutions enormous economic and social progress was made, making the U.S. the envy of the world. Now our Constitution has been subverted over the course of many years by the same oligarchy against which we originally revolted. The problem is not “the state”, it’s the oligarchy that now controls the state. That is indeed the problem with anarchism. Decommission the Federal Reserve, bankrupt Wall Street by restoring Glass-Steagall, and bring back the National Bank as a public bank that provides zero-interest credit for infrastructure development, and we will be in great shape!

  3. Thank you, James. However, where did the undermining of our educational system begin? Well, if we were to ask the late congressional investigator Normon Dodd who was tasked during the Reece Committee hearings at looking at tax-exempt foundations relative to our educational system, well, take a look….

    • tonywicher says:

      Wow, they even took their stable of young historians to London, to be schooled in the British version of American history! It’s so Orwellian! He who controls the past controls the present, and here we are a British colony again! This explains everything! It’s like hearing the pure truth coming from the horse’s mouth! Thanks for posting this wonderfully educational video!

      • Your welcome, Tonywicher. By the way, I sent a VHS tape copy of this interview to the late colonel Donn de Grand Pre. It is my understanding that colonel Grand Pre showed this tape to selected military personnel, one of which was Karen Kwiatkowski, at this ranch. I would very much like to talk with Karen to confirm if in fact she viewed this tape. Perhaps any of the BFP members who know Karen can confirm this for me and BFP members.

    • I wonder if Norman Dodd, with his eye toward investigating the subversion of the public good and the American constitution, by private foundations and individuals who aimed for monopoly, would, himself, be called a collectivist, by our current anti-state individualists.

      • tonywicher says:

        Norman Dodd’s advocacy of “sound banking” makes him sound like a Glass-Steagall supporter who believed in strong banking regulation by the government. That would be enough to get him called an evil “socialist” by the likes of Carnegie and Rockefeller and today’s libertarians. Perhaps by “collectivism” these oligarchs mean not socialism as progressives like you and I understand it but a monopoly of economic and political power by a collective oligarchy or ruling class.

  4. Correction: That’s Norman Dodd of the 1953 Reece Committee.

  5. Dear BFP, I noticed that my first post with the Norman Dodd interview has been tagged – “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
    Is this normal operating procedure for BFP? And if it is who decides on the “moderation?”

  6. Hi Pick,

    I think your comment was flagged for moderation because it had a link to a video. That’s a guess – we could use some clarification on this.

  7. Thanks, Xicha. Understandable with videos, however, clarification should be respected for BFP members. The video I posted is indeed relevant to the discussion of education. This is clarified roughly about half way through and is quite prescient to what James has produced. It is important to look at precedent and the money behind education.

    • Hi Pick,

      Sorry, let me clarify what I meant. I think that we, as members, could use clarification about BFP ‘s policy on automatic moderation flagging. I agree with your stance on trusting members, but I imagine there may be bandwidth considerations as well. In any case, it would be good to know what the policy is,so that we can cchoose to alternately describe how to find a video, if we want our comment to be posted in a timely manner.

  8. Again, thanks, Xicha. If it’s an issue with bandwidth considerations I would like to know as to not tie up the moderator[s] nor the forum itself. Moreover, my purpose for putting up the Dodd interview is to reinforce James’ instructional video on education. By no means do I wish to commandeer one video over another. Not my intent whatsoever.

  9. One of the first things that drew me to James’ work prior to BFP was the link on his site to ‘The Ultimate History Lesson’ featuring John Taylor Gatto. I had already discovered Gatto and James’ interest I took as a very positive sign. I was oddly more distressed to learn and realize that our compulsory education system was DESIGNED to throttle my full potential via education than I was when I figured out that 9/11 was a fraud. My reason was a selfish one in that it more directly affected my life than the horrors that took place in NYC, etc.. In brief, I realized that there were people and institutions who had spent more time thinking about my life than I had! And their intentions were clearly venal.

    This knowledge came too late for me. Too late for my son in his early years. But my grand children’s education is getting far more attention. Great information, James!

  10. Great Eyeopener on Common Core. I’d like to add that while Corbett uses an excellent extraction from a 2 hour Dr. Duke Pesta talk, the entire Pesta talk is definitely worth watching, exploring more of the who/what/how/why, and its implications:

  11. Bill Gates is disturbingly sick. I just watched the video of his TED talk yesterday, “Innovating to Zero”. He says at one point, if we do a “really good job” with new vaccines, health care, and reproductive health care, we can reduce that (number of people in the world) by about fifteen percent. I replayed it a few times because I thought I must have heard it wrong, but I didn’t. I just recorded an excerpt from the video on my phone so I can play it for people if he comes up in discussion. It’s rare to get such a concise statement from the horse’s mouth which says so much.

    When he talks about “innovating” he’s essentially saying, if we try something unconventional, in this case, with your child’s education, it might not work, but if we come up with a new method that revolutionizes (dumbing down children so they’ll be happy to compete with third world countries at third world salaries), it will be worth any adverse effects.

    Human beings are not XBoxes or word processing applications. Who is he to decide who’s worth sacrificing for “progress”? Especially when we have a pretty good idea what his idea of progress would look like.

  12. Agha Reza Ali Khan says:

    How can large corporate funded foundations funding think tanks that infect our national dialogue and now even the education system be properly combated?

    • Good question. I had a conversation this weekend with someone who had a favorable view of Bill Gates. I’ve already expressed my opinion of Gates in my previous comment, but for practical purposes I limited my critique to cover his role in pushing charter schools and of course, Common Core. I was able to present some pretty strong arguments to support my overall opinion. However, there were details and talking points which, despite their logical flaws, I was less effective in deconstructing.

      Overall I’d say it was a positive exchange and I think there’s something to be said for engaging and hopefully providing a bit of food for thought to impact the overall dialogue. None of the arguments in favor of Bill Gates’ methods of “innovation” impacted my own opinion, but it reminded me that being aware of the talking points used to dismiss the legitimacy of challenges to popular assumptions and/or propaganda is important.

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