Magazine article The New American

SPLC Launches Attack on Common Core Critics: The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Self-Proclaimed Civil-Rights Organization, Lashed out Because Common Core Opponents Are Finding Success in Explaining the Plan's Flaws

Magazine article The New American

SPLC Launches Attack on Common Core Critics: The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Self-Proclaimed Civil-Rights Organization, Lashed out Because Common Core Opponents Are Finding Success in Explaining the Plan's Flaws

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As the tsunami of opposition continues to grow, proponents of the Obama administration-pushed Common Core nationalization of K-12 schooling are getting nervous that their controversial scheme is on the verge of coming undone. At least that is the message of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a self-styled "civil-rights" outfit with links to various government agencies, in a report released in early May denouncing critics of Obama's education agenda. Already, though, the ultra-left group is being ridiculed for its factually challenged rants, lies, name-calling, and deception.

From Fox News, Glenn Beck, and Alex Jones to prominent politicians and political donors, and to the The John Birch Society and "Patriot" groups, the SPLC's campaign takes aim at vast swaths of the opposition to Common Core. (Contrary to most Americans, SPLC uses the tenn "Patriot" as a derogatory word, rather than a compliment). The outfit acknowledges that there are "legitimate" concerns about the scheme being foisted on more than 40 states by billionaire Bill Gates and his allies in the White House. However, it claims that much of the criticism is actually based on "propaganda" put out by "extremists."

It is clear from the report that the opposition is making big gains. Indeed, U.S. Program boss Allan Golston, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which bankrolls Planned Parenthood, the United Nations, population control, and Common Core, made that explicit in comments to the SPLC. "It's causing political leaders to question this, with hearings across the country," Golston complained, referring to the efforts of critics. "There are indications some political leaders are feeling pressure to back away from Common Core." It was not immediately clear why the Gates Foundation would oppose questions or public hearings into national education standards being foisted on tens of millions of children.

The SPLC report, packed with factual errors and conspiracy theories, follows another recent document from the organization attacking critics of the United Nations Agenda 21 "sustainability" plot using similar hysteria. Like its previous report, though, it appears that the latest screed has largely fallen on deaf ears as the discredited Alabama-based group increasingly fades into irrelevance. Other than a handful of leftist blogs and this report, it appears that the SPLC's attacks have gone virtually unnoticed in the press thus far.

There is good reason for that. Critics of the SPLC argue that the radical outfit is akin to an "anti-Christian hate group." In fact, many of its strongest critics come from the "progressive" end of the political spectrum. In 2012, SPLC propaganda against Christian and pro-family groups was even cited by a now-convicted terrorist and would-be mass murderer who sought to gun down employees of a nonprofit organization targeted by the SPLC. Authorities across America have also been quietly distancing themselves from the group in recent years, but the outfit still retains links to extremist officials with similar agendas.

Common Claims

One of the most ludicrous conspiracy theories throughout the latest SPLC piece is the suggestion that opposition to Common Core is somehow being orchestrated by a vast right-wing conspiracy opposed to all government education. Considering the outrage among parents, government-school teachers, Democrats, and even labor unions, though, the claim is so preposterous it's hard to believe such a claim would even be made --much less taken seriously. Ironically, the Chicago Teachers Union joined New York State's educators' union in opposing the "deeply flawed" Common Core on the same day the SPLC report was released.

Indeed, pro-public-school educators from across the political spectrum have become some of the fiercest critics in the battle against Common Core. "Never have I found myself finding so much common ground with people who call themselves conservative and libertarians--we all agreed public schools were going to be ruined by this," Fordham University Professor Dr. …

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