"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 accepted. Historians 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."