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Rotten to the Core: Reader feedback from the frontlines
Michelle ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 02/01/2013 12:58:20 PM PST by Academiadotorg

From a history teacher:

I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in your Rotten to the Core series. As a history teacher, the Common Core Standards don’t have much of an impact on my teaching (yet – and to my understanding). The whole of this program seems to be shrouded in edu-speak and double talk (which are mostly the same).

In addition to the Common Core, we were given an intro to another change coming to my district… and from what I’ve seen, it is spreading to districts across the country. The new model for teaching is Strategic Planning Strategies (based on Cambridge Strategies), which include Applied Learning (seems similar to problem based learning – students focus on and develop a solution to a problem facing their community). We were shown a video, which listed beliefs held by my district. There were immediately a some statements that stood out, including a belief that “cultural proficiency leads to equity and removes barriers to opportunity” – especially troubling was when a teacher asked for clarification on what was meant by “cultural proficiency”, we were told by our administrator that she didn’t know.

Another statement that stood out, was that we were going to educate students “from cradle to career”. I’ve looked up the keywords of this program and found this website ( that seeks to use this model to form a “framework for civic infrastructure” that is based on this program…

… I see this as another path of indoctrination “from cradle to career”.


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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; Government; History
KEYWORDS: commoncore; culture; learning; proficiency; reading; schools; teaching

1 posted on 02/01/2013 12:58:28 PM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

My family homeschools our kids and they’ve homeschooled ME since I married into the family. I can’t even begin to tell how many things were a mystery to me four years ago and now I’m a different person.

I memorized my multiplication tables (which horrifies liberals, I’m sure).

I’ve had to learn to read classic stories from the early 1900’s so I could catch up with the ‘kids’.

I’ve had to learn division, algebra, trignometry, and geometry.

I’ve had to learn spelling. (still working on that, too!)

The big one I had to learn was US history. What I was told in school about US history is far, far different from the truth.

& etc.

Public education anymore is just public indoctrination. The elites know that and this is why they don’t send THEIR kids to public schools!!!

2 posted on 02/01/2013 1:13:51 PM PST by MeganC (“Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!”)
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To: Academiadotorg

Them strategic strategies, they’re the very best kind.

3 posted on 02/01/2013 2:12:30 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: MeganC
"history...far different"

What were you told that's different from the truth?

4 posted on 02/01/2013 3:02:01 PM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Shoot. Where to start? The first thing is the way independence was taught to us they made it seem that Britain was a foreign country occupying the USA. They skipped the whole part that the USA was part of Britain and that the revolution overthrew our own government.

The Constitutional Convention discussion focused on slavery and the rights of white men over everyone else and it skipped the Bill of Rights and etc.

The War of 1812 was an act of imperialism when the USA tried to annex Canada.

The Mexican American War was totally unjust and the Mexicans should get back all that they lost.

The three most important things we needed to know about the Industrial Revolution were the Triangle Shirt Waist fire, the Triangle Shirt Waist fire, and the Triangle Shirt Waist fire.

In World War Two the USA dropped atomic bombs on innocent people in Japan.

We fought against the Vietnamese who just wanted to be free.

Ronald Reagan nearly started WW3.

The Seneca Falls Declaration was the most important event of the 1800’s. We spent like a month on that.

At the end of it all you just feel that the USA is a sucky, evil country.

Then you get out of school and find out that the teachers lied. That’s why my kids will never go to public school. They don’t have Social Security numbers so we do not take them as tax deductions but that also means we don’t worry about public school social workers bothering us about them. It’s worth the tax deductions to be left alone.

5 posted on 02/01/2013 4:18:23 PM PST by MeganC (“Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!”)
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To: MeganC

I guess I graduated from high school before we became an evil country. I went to Catholic schools where I had teachers who were concerned about “creeping socialism.” They were agin it. But that was back in the sixties.

6 posted on 02/01/2013 4:47:47 PM PST by driftless2
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