Monday, December 2, 2013

Common Core Has Gettysburg Address Taught Sans Historical Context

-Yet another example of how the creators of the Common Core have determined to permanently mire the minds of our youth in ignorance:

"The Common Core State Standards reportedly may suggest high school instructors teach students about President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address without mentioning the Civil War.
According to a blog post published earlier this month in the Washington Post, three main architects of the controversial standards may think this is the best way for students to first learn of the famous 272-word text.

“Imagine learning about the Gettysburg Address without a mention of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, or why President Abraham Lincoln had traveled to Pennsylvania to make the speech,” the post stated. “That’s the way a Common Core State Standards ‘exemplar for instruction’ — from a company founded by three main Core authors — says it should be taught to ninth and 10th graders.”

According to the Post, “A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” explains in 29 pages how teachers can instruct students on Lincoln’s historic address without mentioning the context it was delivered in.

“The idea here is to plunge students into an independent encounter with this short text,” the instructional unit reportedly says. “Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset.”

“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset.”

“This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text instead of privileging background knowledge, and levels the playing field for all students as they seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address,” it adds.

[The following remark from The Blaze should be noted but not acceptedHistorians do not in any way advocate or practice studying texts without taking the respective context into account and they certainly do not recommend that students should be taught in this manner. Doing so is simply not a work of an historian, and the act of teaching without context - the mindsets people at the time, the events surrounding the event, and what preceded it, is not an act of teaching history. The writer may have unintentionally taken into account the work of modern Leftist academicians who do engage in such practices so that they can marginalize great events or label them as selfish acts of those solely desiring power for their own; the horrific modern-day treatment of the Magna Carta is just one example of this widespread abuse. The immense importance of Magna Carta, one of the greatest documents ever produced - that guaranteed the rights even of non-noble freemen, is today made out to be merely a power grab by the nobility.]

It should be noted, however, it is not uncommon for historians to examine famous texts in isolation from their historical context."

In order to create a society that will accept the Socialist agenda, the Left needs the People fully unaware of what made their nation what it is. The People cannot be allowed to be aware of the sacrifices made by so many. Even worse, they must be denied the ability to feel, to experience emotion, or to be uplifted by the act of any one individual or group. 

In Leftist thought [sic], history is nothing but a sequence of events leading up to the inevitable, which is Socialism. No person or group can change that, so no act or omission can be said to have altered the course of history. You read that correctly - you can try it on one of them yourself. A Leftist, or one taught well by the former, will assert that Charles Martel's victory at Poitiers/Tours did nothing to stop the Islamic onslaught into the rest of Western Europe. He will insist that the forces of  Islam were not able to make any further conquests by that point. He will also refuse to admit that the death of Genghis Khan had any effect on Europe, Again, he will tell you with a straight face that the Mongols did not have the ability to conquer or ravage any more of Eastern, let alone Western, Europe than they already had prior to the expiration of the Khan. Even more shameful are the claims that the against-all-odds victories of the Greek city-states against the Persians had no effect whatsoever in the later development of Greece, Rome, and the rest of Western Europe. The Leftists feels no shame in stating that the sacrifices at Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea were of no value nor any importance. Again, Magna Carta had no good purpose nor any long-term effect.

Uncle Tom's Cabin? - Of course not, you silly naive American, the Civil War was bound to happen even if the abolition movement had not gained so much support after that great work.

Only by understanding how the sick mind of  Leftist works can one be able to appreciate is being done to our youth. The latter are being raped of their cultural identity and taught that nothing (unless it is the environment or one of their other pet issues)  is worth any effort or sacrifice.  

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