Last year we spent a lot of time talking about “Common Core.” This new standardized, national takeover of public education is changing traditional education in many ways. It has not been tested for success, nor did the curriculum receive public review.
In a recent conversation I had with a local teacher it was revealed that they are giving the school kids historical documents to read, but they are instructed not to give any of the “contextual” background for why things happened, or were written. Fine historical documents like “The Gettysburg Address,” are approved for reading but not to spend time instructing on what happened that spawned its publication?
Well, around the nation common core is not receiving positive review from the parents of students who believe that public schools have been transformed from vessels of learning and teaching. Public schools were created to be the structure of teaching to learn how to read, write, cipher and create personal conclusions. They are being transformed into “International Baccalaureate Centers of indoctrination that reject the notion that you are an individual. That it matters more how your actions affect a fig leaf half way around the world than the fig leaf in your own backyard.
Is this happening in public education to improve student outcomes and their ability to be independent, responsible beings capable of having an independent thought? Independent thinkers capable of problem solving for themselves and using this ability to help themselves and others as an act of free will? Or, are we facilitating generations of United States citizen’s who never learn about their natural, constitutional rights?
Common Core has developed it’s own acronym…from ObamaCare we now have ObamaCore … the nationalization of our public education has been rooted into all schools and is now a requirement for graduation. Must we all think-alike, dress-alike, read, write and cipher-alike to become, what? Where are the incubators of new thoughts going to come from if we are all molded into Stepford Children? ~ Kris Halterman
‘YOU CAN’T DO THIS!’ PARENTS REVOLT AGAINST ‘OBAMACORE’
‘It’s truly a grassroots effort. It is extraordinary’ President Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, GA., on Feb. 14, 2013.
By Karen VanTil Gushta
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about Common Core, the controversial new educational agenda aimed at imposing federal government standards on every aspect of public and private education in America, which some are even calling “ObamaCore.” The first part examined the high stakes for parents, students and education. The second followed the money trail behind Common Core. The third revealed who is fighting back.
The battle over Common Core is far from over. More and more people are joining the fight against it, even in states where it is considered a done deal. Parents and concerned citizens now realize what’s at stake is the complete makeover of America’s schools in the image of Common Core. And in all likelihood, home schools and private schools will eventually be required to follow the national standards, too.
Kids participate in silent protest outside Bossier Parish School Board office in Bossier City, La. (Photo: KTBS-TV 3)
“There are a lot of organizations that have sprung up for the express purpose of fighting Common Core,” said Jane Robbins, senior fellow at the American Principles Project.
She has spoken to Republican, tea-party and 9/12 groups and people who’ve started Facebook pages against Common Core.
“It’s truly a grassroots effort. It is extraordinary,” Robbins said, explaining that no one thought the movement would get this big. “The whole point was the way they treated this was that it would be a done deal before anyone found out. They thought people would be sheep and roll over and accept what the ‘experts’ told them to do. But it hasn’t turned out that way.”
She doesn’t think the opposition to Common Core is going to fade away.