A lot of people have asked me my thoughts on Common Core. I wish I could just answer, drink plenty of fluid and get rest, and it will go away in a few days.
I don’t pretend to be an educational expert, so I refer the inquisitive to the numerous articles I’ve read about how disastrous Common Core will be when finally, fully implemented (and how bad it already is). I’ve done a number of segments on my radio show, illustrating the essence of Common Core but I have yet to write about them. Here goes…
1. There is the case of the UN rights video, the core of an eight week study unit, shown to enlighten fifth-graders on the “accepted” opinion about human rights – never mind that those rights – to food, shelter, clothing, a job, reasonable wages, medicine, etc. – are granted and guaranteed by…? They never say, and of course children don’t question. At the end of the video, they ask the kids to sign a declaration of agreement. That’s right, put it in writing, baby! But that’s not enough. There are 30 more videos to permanently cement in the kids’ minds this insanity about human “rights,” (an idea hijacked from our own Constitution and predictably perverted). They do also have a three week course on the original version of our “inalienable rights,” “endowed by our creator,” of life, “liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Notice, please, that our founders determined our rights not to be dependent on anyone else, and also notice how little attention this unit gets in comparison to the UN’s dependent ones. Children inevitably pick up on these small but distinct slights. To add insult to injury, the videos are all produced by the Church of Scientology. (Whatever happened to separation of church and state?)
2. Common Core insists on teaching several more complicated ways to solve the multiplication problems traditionally executed with a simple algorithm. They postpone the traditional method until later grades. The only explanation I can imagine is to confuse children to the extent they give up on math entirely. (That will inevitably be the result, especially because none of the parents can understand the new forms: lattice method and partial product.) Why else postpone teaching algebra from eighth to ninth grade, for all students?
3. Now that they’ve established the standards, they’ve declared them immutable and disbanded the organizing body. That means that when a problem is encountered (and you know it will be), there is no redress. There is no way to modify the standards without falling out of compliance.
“Compliance” has a nice ring to it, don’t it?
4. What possessed anyone to vote to accept standards before they are written? Would you pay a contractor before he completed the project? Worse, would you pay him before he even submitted drawings for the project? Of course not! And yet, that’s what has happened here. With your tax dollars!
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s Dr. Sandra Stotsky’s opinion (emphasis mine):
The development of the standards violated almost every civic procedure that I have been familiar with in my life and and I have been in the MA dept. of Ed in charge of the public process for the development of our standards so I know what the public process is like from a Dept. of education point of view…
Why would the creators of Common Core want to dumb down our children? Yes, people ask, and this is the terrifying and difficult question, which I have to answer, “Job security.”
Smarter customers demand better service. Let’s make everyone “common” so there is no excellence, no one ahead of anybody else, no greater achievement, and everyone gets an equal outcome (with their equal “rights”). The best way to do that is to dumb everyone down, so no one suspects what they are missing out on – i.e. freedom. The freedom to pursue their God-given rights to life, liberty, and virtue.
The only cure for the Common Core is education – of the parents, so they will take more interest in what the government is teaching their children. Well, that, and home schooling, of course.
Here are some other articles about the disaster that is the Common Core.