All you have to do is play “telephone” one time when you’re six-years-old to learn that no matter how old you get, facts change when they’re passed around. The game of “telephone” demonstrates that it’s not an intentional thing. It’s not always an outright lie that causes discrepancies in information sharing. It’s often miscommunication that takes an event and makes it into something else when recounted later on. Oh, how I wish that was Common Core’s excuse. I wish we lived in an America where the big news story was about a historically inaccurate oopsie – not a idealogical travesty. But, alas – this is our America and we are continuing down this terrifying path of “change” for the worse.
If you haven’t heard of it, Common Core is essentially the federal government taking over our public education system, or to put it technically – “uniform national cirriculum standards.” And hey, hey, hey, before you start throwing Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” thing in my face and saying I’m some Obama-hating contrarian, I’ll tell you right now, I think “No Child Left Behind” stunk as well.
Any conservative or libertarian in their right mind was shaking their head pessimistically when they first heard whispers about Common Core. But, I for one am surprised that things have gone downhill so quickly.
Get this – Common Core is instructing teachers to teach Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address WITHOUT MENTIONING THE CIVIL WAR.
Common Core Cirriculum states:
“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as they seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”
This isn’t just a Gettysburg-Address-Instance either. This is the Common Core philosophy. Don’t teach kids actual history. Just read them a bunch of words they don’t understand with no context because it “levels the playing field.” Can someone please explain to me what that means and how it makes any sense when teaching history?
Diana Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education blogged this week,
“What a travesty…How is it possible for any student to understand the meaning of the Gettysburg Address without knowing the historical context in which it was delivered?”
So, I have to ask – what’s next? Are we going to stop teaching about what communism leads to? Will our kids know what the Holocaust was? Will they know how to watch for signs of history repeating itself? They won’t if they don’t know real history.
Earlier this year, I wrote a reaction to reports of a textbook which used language implying that the religion of Islam is the truth and practically overlooking the history of Christianity in the world titled, “High School Textbook Literally Rewrites History.”
The scary thing is that parents are going to keep sending their kids off to school and most will have no idea what they are even being taught. Doesn’t that tell you something? Our government isn’t bullying us around. We’re asleep. There’s no way this kind of thing would be happening if the majority of parents were actively involved in their child’s education.
Liberals want a society of equals – where no one wins and no one loses – where nothing is true or false – everyone is just accepting of everything. Oh, what a utopia that would be.
It’s an impossible dream, though.
If we don’t let our kids fail and teach them about the failures of past nations and of the tragedies like the Holocaust, they are in for a very rude awakening.
Common Core promotes coddling. Julie Borowski did a video on Common Core and explained that according to Common Core standards, if a kid can explain how they got to 2 + 2 = 5, then they’re right.
I actually worked at a school that promoted Common Core-ish values for six months before I switched careers. I was a Kindergarten teacher and I was told by the principal that if Sally can spell five spelling words and Bobby can spell twenty, both can get A’s, because Sally will just be graded on a “different scale.”
This fog that our generation is stumbling around in that tells us there is no ultimate truth, doesn’t make any logical sense and is setting us up for disaster. People can’t be equals. That’s not a coldhearted statement; it’s just truth. People have to have motivation to be the best at something in order for anything to happen or get done, period. Capitalism is not evil. We need to reward success in order to motivate people to work hard.
Concerning morality, we have the gay community fighting for “equality” but they are misusing that word. Equality for them means inequality for others – like Christians who want to teach their kids a Biblical view of sexuality.
Put simply, the more we give the government control of, the more we lose ourselves. If we hand all of our rights away in the name of equality, we will lose our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion, our freedom to educate our children the way we see fit, our very history! Giving education to the federal government should be terrifying to you. Common Core is just a newborn idea and already they are omitting unbelievably significant parts of our American history.