Common Core standards have been derided as a federal takeover of state education by some conservative critics. But a poll shows support for the reforms, even among GOP primary voters. Common Core is an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which was partially implemented in 2013. Thus far, 44 states are participating. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers.
Superficially, it sounds good. It creates universal standards that supposedly educate all children for college. But along with the universal standards come a myriad of problems, which the administrators of Common Core are disingenuously denying. The American Principles Project released an analysis last year of Common Core, exposing the duplicitous language. Common Core describes itself as “internationally benchmarked,” “robust,” “aligned with college and work expectations,” “rigorous,” and “evidence-based.”
Common Core proponents claim that it is not a federal mandate, instead using language like “state-led” and “voluntary.” The Common Core website asserts, “The federal government was NOT involved in the development of the standards.” It states that Common Core is not a national curriculum, but “a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed.” Contrary to what Common Core supporters claim; that the states participated; the opposite is actually true. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states. Instead, Common Core is being driven by policymakers in D.C.
Common Core shifts away from classic literature and allows for the reading of informational texts. Now, what are informational texts? Those are handbooks from the EPA on how to make sure that your siding and your insulation is good in your house & Planned Parenthood about how birth control & abortion are good for you. Who in their right mind wants to read the government handbooks? Most kids don’t really like reading already so can you imagine how much they’ll hate it by the time they’re in high school; having spent most of their school years reading, “informational texts” instead of classics like, “Huckleberry Finn”, “The Great Gatsby” or “the Catcher in the Rye”? I would personally have missed out on a lot had I not read “Atlas Shrugged” while in High School. Can you imagine writing a book report on recycling trash instead of a hero or heroine’s journey of adventure? By the time Obama’s Federally-run education system is finished, our children will have absolutely no imagination left. They will all grow up to be “Obamabots” and just like George Orwell’s book, “1984” (another great book I read in high school), there will be tight monitoring systems placed upon them starting with “bio wristbands”!
Example; As soon as Hitler and his Nazi Party came to power in 1933, they began to mold the children of the German nation. No longer would school simply be about reading, writing, and arithmetic. Reading would be taught by telling the story of Hitler, Savior of Germany. A written essay might be about human genetics as it related to a racially pure Folk. And an arithmetic lesson might involve the number of miles one would have to travel to find Lebensraum (living room) for the exploding German population. Teachers were no longer able to use their own judgment and common sense. Their lesson plans were laid out for them by the state, and it was made clear that they had no choice but to teach Nazi propaganda.
Did you know that throughout the United States, Teacher’s Unions are filled with many members that are actually members of Communist & Socialist Political Parties and that they push their ideals on our younger teachers so that they bring it back and then pass them along to our children?
There is so much more that I can say here, but I don’t want to go on and rant any longer than I already have today. I’m already upset and it is not even 9:00 AM in the morning. So~ I leave it to the American People to decide. It is not too late for states to opt-out of Common Core. Write or call your state representatives and your Governor and voice your opinion. It is our right as Taxpaying American Citizens to do so. No defeatist attitudes here. WE are Americans & WE can do Anything we set our minds to! Our children need to grow up as free-thinking, imaginative individuals and NOT suffer through life as closed-minded, entitlement-grubbing slaves to our Federal Government & Obama’s Socialist Agenda. ~JGT
Indoctrination: Putting forth of a particular view whilst excluding, obscuring or ignoring others.