Friday, November 15, 2013

Common Core - Even Uglier Than You Thought

This post is a follow-up to the link below:


Main post-

While school administrators run about panic-stricken, trying to persuade concerned parents that the Common Core should be "given a chance to succeed", Americans across the nation are responding to the nationwide system that guarantees that pathetically few students who do not attend private schools (or home schooled) will be prepared by their K-12 education for little more than junior colleges.

The Leftist elite have done their homework well. Tired of dealing with annoying young adults who have learned enough to challenge the establishment (witness the shocking amounts of college students who have even recently flocked to Ron Paul's message), they have created a system that locks the vast majority of primary school students into a tracking program that makes functional illiterates, has them counting Stone Age-like on their fingers, teaches them that Westerners are the cause of all the evils in the world, has them reading works that are sexually explicit in nature, and contains material blatantly  designed to make them think highly of the now Socialist-driven Democratic party.

-and much of this came even before the Common Core, the creators of the new program just no longer make any attempt to hide their intentions and have entrenched it across the nation. 

Recall the reason behind the book-burning system of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Reading material that allows people to learn things and develop their own understanding, excites the intellect and helps one understand his sense of indentity, causes one to question what one is being told by the establishment, and enhances creativity must be destroyed. As Leftist thought is itself utterly unimaginative* and reliant on a hyper-exaggerated and often patently  false version of world history, the People must be rendered either unable read on learn on their own or made to be so hateful of their past that they will not want to read about it.

*Note that Marx looked at the problems of the industrial revolution, which was a short blip on the radar in the big picture of world history, and from there decided that the only response to this was the creation of a world system that eliminated any real rights to property (land or earnings), the family (women were to have children with multiple men and the latter were to have no appreciable involvement  as fathers), the societal brake of religion, and virtually anything else that has proven to work far better than any attempt at Socialism.
Pope Leo XIII treated this phenomena with far more common sense and imagination than did Marx, but his message is ignored by almost everyone:

In a recent Long Island, NY, district meeting, administrators pleaded with the outraged parents to "act like adults" and give the program a chance. Well, when a year or more of a child's youth education is at stake, one does not have time for putting on rose-colored glasses and waiting to see how things turn out. The really sad part about the patronizing remark made by the administrator is that, if the school officials had themselves acted like adults and did their jobs in the first place, they would not have to deal with parents who want this monstrosity stopped - now.

Leftists are fond of telling us how school programs in the industrial age were designed to teach students only by rote memorization (still a very valuable and, such as with multiplication tables- a necessary tool), and that these systems were created with the intention of teaching students to accept the authority of their "betters" once they reached adulthood. Well, at least those students learned how to read and do arithmetic and did not hate everything that went into making their nation. What the Left is doing to our youth today is exactly the same at during the maligned industrial age, but this time they are indoctrinating  these students to accept the wisdom of the Leftist elite. The one big big difference is that at least those poor children of factory workers learned to read and such.

Check out this chilling comment from an advocate of the Common Core:

“Our teachers would tell you math is more challenging this year than it was a year ago,” Rian Petrick, principal of Evergreen Middle School, told the station.

Petrick said he’s not surprised some students are struggling, as Common Core math standards call for fewer numbers and formulas and more word problems and real-world scenarios, along with more group work."

God help us.

The following link an excerpts are from a letter signed by well mover one hundred Catholic professors:

"In fact, we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not
be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it, and that those schools
which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal no

....But we find persuasive the critiques of educational experts (such as James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, and Sandra Stotsky, professor emerita of education at the University of Arkansas) who have studied Common Core, and who judge it to be a step backwards. We endorse their judgment that this “reform” is really a radical shift in emphasis, goals, and expectations for K-12 education, with the result that Common Core-educated children will not be prepared to do authentic college work. Even supporters of Common Core admit that it is geared to prepare children only for community-college-level studies........
Promoters of Common Core say that it is designed to make America’s children
“college and career ready.” We instead judge Common Core to be a recipe for
standardized workforce preparation. Common Core shortchanges the central goals of all sound education....
Common Core adopts a bottom-line, pragmatic approach to education. The heart of its philosophy is, as far as we can see, that it is a waste of resources to “over-educate” people. 

[In this paragraph one must note that the letter characterizes the Common Core philosophy] The basic goal of K-12 schools is to provide everyone with a modest skill set; after that, people can specialize in college – if they end up there. Truck-drivers do not need to know Huck Finn. Physicians have no use for the humanities. Only those destined to major in literature need to worry about Ulysses. 

Perhaps a truck-driver needs no acquaintance with Paradise Lost to do his or her day’s work. But everyone is better off knowing Shakespeare and Euclidean geometry, and everyone is capable of it. Everyone bears the responsibility of growing in wisdom and grace and in deliberating with fellow-citizens about how we should all live together. A sound education helps each of us to do so.

The sad facts about Common Core are most visible in its reduction in the study of classic, narrative fiction in favor of “informational texts.” This is a dramatic change. It is contrary to tradition and academic studies on reading and human formation. Proponents of Common Core do not disguise their intention to transform “literacy” into a “critical” skill set, at the expense of sustained and heartfelt encounters with great works of literature......

These new standards will very likely lower expectations for students, just as the Common Core math and English standards have done. ........"


Yet another high school student recently tore apart the Common Core:
(Video in link)

"Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

“The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee,” Young said. “And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.”

“If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received,” he added........

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”.......

Government bureaucrats will never be able to measure “creativity, appreciation, inquisitiveness” but they are the “purpose of education,” he lectured.

“Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves — pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally"

Please do what you can to get involved to put a stop to the Common Core.

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