CHICAGO – The cult of Common Core had its crude beginnings in Chicago. The central players shaping the cult of Common Core, President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, David Coleman, and Jason Zimba all burnished their “education reform” credentials in Chicago before inflicting this failed model upon the rest of the nation.
One of the major criticisms of candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential election was that he had no leadership credentials either in the private or public sector. From 1995 to 1999, however, Illinois state Sen. Obama was the Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on its board until 2001.
Why didn’t Obama celebrate this example of leadership in either of his autobiographies or use it in response to his election year critics?
If President Obama did boast of his leadership role at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge he would also have to acknowledge his close relationship with the unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers, in whose house Obama launched his political career. Obama spent his entire 2008 presidential campaign downplaying his relationship with Ayers, whom he described as just a “guy in his neighborhood” that he never knew very well.
Wealthy philanthropist Walter Annenberg funded a national education initiative in the mid-1990’s to reform education. Bill Ayers, domestic terrorist and founder of the Weather Underground that bombed the Pentagon, was the key force behind attracting Annenberg’s millions to Chicago to create the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.