Dear Readers: This Thursday (April 18), we will be chatting with SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition President/California Tea Party Coordinator Dawn Wildman on Canto Talk. The topic will be the Common Core Standards being proposed for our educational system (click HERE for podcast, and the program will be live at 8 pm PST/10 pm CT/11 pm EST).
Here is what she says about the standards:
I have been reflecting on this because I am now working with a coalition of women to stop the Common Core Standards from ruining the education system that kids experience now and will experience tomorrow. All the women I work with come from different backgrounds, but the one thing they have in common is the willingness to sacrifice for not just their kids but the children of the future.
The Common Core Standards are about to take the agenda of a few and spread it across this country at an alarming rate through the educational system. The worst part is it will make our kids more vulnerable to the socialist agenda that we see pervading American colleges and schools now. So each one of these 70 ladies is giving up their time with her children, husband, and friends so they can make sure that the current state of education is the best we can give our kids. And I know how the sacrifice effects them.
I hear the panic in their voices as they watch a government take over of the education system and leave them with no say about it. I read their emails where they share the stories of the things their children say about America having heard that the Boston Tea Party participants were domestic terrorists. I listen to them when they feel like there is no hope but they fight anyway. And I laugh with them when they share what they have read about feminism.
You see these women truly are the product of feminism, they have learned how to work in a man’s world and do it better, faster and with absolute grace. And like men who have gone before them to fight for freedom these women fight for liberty every day, in their homes, on the school grounds and in the Capitols of every state. For them the fight is about the truest expression of love, they fight for liberties they have enjoyed as Americans not just for their kids but the ones that will come after them. Not for the country now but the one they leave behind, not to better themselves but to better the Nation. So in the very definition of feminism they are walking in the footsteps of men doing a herculean task of bringing fairness, truth and equality to our kids now and forever.
Will Estrada, the director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, says classics are being abandoned in the standards of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
“We’ve started seeing what is in this Common Core curriculum, and it’s not good, Ginni,” the 29-year-old told The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas.
“I mean, you have the classics being abandoned for instead reading executive orders from President Obama. What is up with this? Why are we leaving ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and, you know, ’1984′ to instead read executive orders from the president.”
The Common Core State Standards Initiative was an effort initiated in 2009 by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers to create national curriculum standards for K-12 education. Subsequently, the U.S. Department of Education incentivized the adoption of Common Core Standards through its Race to the Top program. To date, all but five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Estrada says the Common Core curriculum allows for the teaching of a worldview which places the United Nations above the American Constitution.
“You know the worldview that’s being taught in the Common Core? It is the United Nations is better than our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence,” he said.
But what alarms him the most is that the federal government won’t simply stop with advocating for national curriculum standards.
“It never stops at standards,” he said. “You next have national curriculum, national testing and national databases and that’s where the real controversy is coming.”
Finding each other on Facebook and other social media, activists across the country are organizing to repeal their state’s adoption of Common Core, however.
Throughout the week, TheDC will present more of Thomas’s interview with Estrada, one of America’s leading homeschooling advocates. In the interview segments, Estrada discusses looming UN Treaties that he says pack more than their titles suggest, provides his reaction to MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry challenging the primacy of parental responsibility of children and more.
A universal set of educational standards that challenges students to become better critical thinkers sounds great, right? As a college instructor I would frankly welcome just about anything that would help my students come into college as life-long critical thinkers-note that I said “just about anything”. The one thing I cannot, and will not, welcome is what is being called the Common Core standards. It sounds great when you look at their website, it is filled with top-notch marketing copy that would make most parents grin from ear to ear (and keep in mind I say this as a marketing professional). Here is some of that copy:
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”
That sounds amazing, right? Standards that will help parents understand what their kids are studying in order to help them-anyone remember the “new math” our parents struggled with? Who doesn’t want their children to be better prepared and positioned to gain employment after college? The problem with common core, as with so many other things, lies beneath all that shiny, slick marketing copy and brand messaging.
Recently, The Blaze has broken stories that involve assignments taken from Common Core curricula across the country. In Albany, NY, students were actually asked to write a persuasive essay that would convince the reader that “Jews are evil” and “using solid rationale from government propaganda, convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”. Let me pause for a moment, ask you to re-read that last sentence and let it sink in.
If that isn’t shocking enough for you-wait there’s more! There is another brilliant (and I use that term sarcastically) idea floating around out there in the educational stratosphere called CSCOPE. Some examples of assignments in this “instructional system” that is supposed to allow teachers across state lines line up their instructional standards by year has an assignment which asks students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and there is a history lesson which likens the Boston Tea Party-widely viewed as a bold movement of American patriots toward freedom-to an act of terrorism. These were both found by an independent watchdog group from Texas called the CSCOPE Review .
As an instructor, these types of assignments are distressing enough, but as a parent they are downright chilling. If you think, as I did (for about five minutes) that your child is safe if they attend private or parochial schools-not so fast. There is something called the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative which is creeping through our nation as we speak, trying to ensure that the Common Core standards are adopted by all Catholic schools in our nation. Frighteningly enough they want to target the K-8 kids first.
I urge you, do not rest on this-call your school’s principal first thing in the morning and schedule a meeting to find out where YOUR child’s school stands on these standards. Talk to other parents, or contact groups like Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in your area and ask if they have groups opposing this in your district, city or state.
No to sound too alarmist, but remember the Hitler youth. Indoctrination of children is the one of the steps in the takeover of free nations. And if you think “That can’t happen here”, remember there are many German’s who thought the same thing-until it was too late.