In Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads, I dig deep into the early history of American jurisprudence to unearth the original blueprints for standardized learning. While we all try to fathom how American education has deteriorated to its current condition, it is irresponsible to address the engineered rise of the Common Core without first digging into the fascinating history of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
In 1819, after decades of virulent hatred between the original benefactors of Dartmouth and the State of New Hampshire, a toxic mix of economics, religion, ecology, and governance led to a watershed decision that gave Constitutional credence to the unrelenting power of legal and social contracts.
The resulting Supreme Court case Dartmouth College v. Woodward (17 U. S. 518, 1819) rendered one of the most formative decisions in American history. In the fertile grounds of early American capitalism, seeds that were grafted from maturing branches of American Constitutionality soon sprouted into a Brave New World of industrial-controlled learning.