As PJMedia reported Sunday, Lily Tang Williams told the state board, “I do not buy into Common Core. I’m here to oppose that strongly.”
“Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China,” Williams continued. “I grew up under Mao’s regime, and we had the communist-dominated education–nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination.”
“I grew up in that system, I came to this country for freedom, and I cannot believe this is happening all over again in this country,” she said. “I don’t know what happened to America, a shining city on a hill for freedom. What’s going on in this country?”
In a blog post at FreedomWorks, Williams described further that, while a student in China, “[W]e had nationalized curriculum and tests, one of the subjects we had to study was Politics (Communist Party’s history, Karl Marxism, Mao Zedong Thought, etc.). Parents had no choice at all when it came to what we learned in school.”
Williams went on to describe the data collection under Mao’s regime:
The government used the Household Registration and Personnel File system to keep track of its citizens from birth to death. This old photo of me [pictured at FreedomWorks] in Mao’s Red Guard uniform was used in my Middle School Student File which documented everything: age, gender, parents, their jobs and political class, religion, siblings, home address, your grades, awards, punishments, politically incorrect speeches, bad behaviors, etc. Then, this file followed me to my high school, college, my first job, my future jobs, etc. It was shared by all the government agencies and employers.
“From the NSA keeping records on us in massive databases to Common Core nationalization of exams and curriculum, what is happening now is very unlike the America I came to find,” Williams wrote. “The worst, I fear, is that Common Core could be used by the government and corporations to do data collection and data mining on our children.”
“What else could come to take away more of our rights and privacy?” she asked. “Our freedom is very precious and we must fight to keep it. Without freedom, you are just a slave, no matter how much money you have.”