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Obamacore: The substitution of propaganda for great literature in our schools
Powerline ^ | 12/6/2012 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 12/06/2012 9:57:12 AM PST by mojito

Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.”

English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. The study of literature is being downgraded in the process, but for a good cause.

Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class....

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Consider also where the Common Core comes from? The Washington Post tries to make it appear that the new curriculum percolated up from the states. But at the back end of its story we find that “the Obama administration kicked the notion into high gear when it required states to adopt the common standards — or an equivalent — in order to compete for Race to the Top grant funds.”

The Common Core, then, should be viewed, at least in part, as an attempt by the Obama administration to gain control of what is taught in public schools for the purpose of indoctrination.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; commoncore; communism; democrats; education; obama; obamacore; publicschools
Religion? Forbidden.

History? Banished.

Literature? Thought crime.

Welcome to 0bamamugabe's AmeriKa.

1 posted on 12/06/2012 9:57:14 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito
Hey Teach.....YOU VOTED FOR IT!!!

Now suck on it....for the next four years..

2 posted on 12/06/2012 10:08:24 AM PST by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
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To: mojito

If this doesn’t wake up Rick Perry and other republican governors and legislatures, nothing will.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 10:11:28 AM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: mojito; One Name; Ezekiel
Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class....

Heh. Good luck with that. I'm yawning already. All may not be lost; this new initiative will yield to all sorts of genius work from bored students.

Reminds me, One Name, was this masterpiece done in or out of class? I'm still rofl at it.

4 posted on 12/06/2012 10:12:46 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi. That says it all.)
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To: mojito

The elite schools will still teach literature, latin, greek and a host of other subjects to encourage children to think.

The left doesn’t want the rest of the children to be able to do any critical thinking whatsoever.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 10:14:45 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: mojito

Yeah, the common core tries to force informational texts than literary texts. The recommended literature is pretty much the same as the standard classroom.

The one thing I dread is the possible presence of a “Common Core adviser” appearing at my school and asking to enter my class. I’ll have to deny it as their presence would violate current FERPA laws.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 10:16:01 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: mojito
"Government is a parasite -- a cancer that by nature tries to spread deeper into society. Those who want to run others' lives won't give up and start minding their own business." -Harry Browne

"Schools have not necessarily much to do with education... they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school." -Winston Churchill

“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... " --Johann Gotlieb fitche

7 posted on 12/06/2012 10:24:00 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: mojito

Aw, they don’t read, anyway. So they won’t be reading crappy propaganda instead of not reading old white males (and Jane Austen).


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:30:54 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: mojito

***English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.***

I wonder if these same teachers were as ‘upset’ when God was taken out of the schools so long ago.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 10:33:03 AM PST by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: struggle

What is with this word, “core”? What the heck does it mean and why are educationalizers constantly saying it?


10 posted on 12/06/2012 10:33:34 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: mojito

Bookmark


11 posted on 12/06/2012 10:36:39 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: mojito; All
So-called "progressive" efforts to propagandize America's educational institutions did not begin in recent years. They have been under way for many decades.

The following excerpt from a series entitled, "Lessons on Liberty," by the co-editor of a Bicentennial of the Constitution volume entitled, "Our Ageless Constitution." It contrasts the Founders' Ideas of Liberty" which were intended by the Founders to be taught to rising generations, with the Counterfeit Ideas being promoted in the so-called "public schools" of America for decades.

IDEAS OF LIBERTY:

(from America’s Founders and Presidents)

“The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.” (Jefferson - 1774)

“Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” (John Adams - 1775)

“The Sacred Rights of Mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” (Alexander Hamilton)

“Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first and the most basic expression of Americanism. Thus the founding fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be.” (Dwight Eisenhower)

“The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe, the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” (John F. Kennedy - 1961 Inaugural)

“…it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor….”(George Washington)

“Now the virtue which had been infused into the Constitution…and was to give it…the stability and duration to which it was destined, was no other than…those abstract principles…proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence—namely, the self-evident truths of the…unalienable rights of man…the…sovereignty of the people, always subordinate to a rule of right and wrong, and always responsible to the Supreme Ruler of the universe for the rightful exercise of that sovereign…power.” (John Quincy Adams, on the occasion of The Jubilee of the Constitution - 1839)

"Today, across our nation, we see consequences of decades of gross neglect and outright censorship of the Founders’ ideas from textbooks and from our public discourse. We have allowed counterfeit ideas to dominate the public square, and the Founders’ principles have been crowded out. Unwittingly, many teachers and other unknowing officials have participated in the agenda of an unelected mind-controlling elite whose tyrannical actions have robbed generations of Americans from reading or studying the ideas that made America free. Like termites, they have eroded our foundations as effectively as if they had burned the books. Yet, not once have they been willing to call it by its rightful name—censorship. Once, in America, stifling ideas about the Creator and Creator-endowed liberty was considered unthinkable. . . .

"The ideas of liberty must be passed on from generation to generation if liberty is to survive. These ideas, when they are allowed to be examined freely, will prevail, because their appeal is to reason and to the love for liberty that is deep in the human heart. John Adams warned: “The people of America now have the best opportunity and the greatest trust in their hands, that Providence ever committed to so small a number…if they betray their trust, their guilt will merit even greater punishment than other nations have suffered, and the indignation of Heaven.”

COUNTERFEIT IDEAS:

(from some of those whose views have dominated national educational policy)

“The idea of God is the keystone of a perverted society. The true root of liberty, equality and culture is atheism.” (Karl Marx)

Our thinking is enlightened “in the degree in which we cease to depend upon belief in the supernatural.” (John Dewey, father of ‘progressive education’ and 1st President of American Humanist Society)

“…democracy is a human faith and movement, unencumbered by supernatural preconceptions.” (John Childs, a protégé of John Dewey at Columbia)

“…the majority of our youth still hold the values of their parents, and if we do not alter this pattern, if we do not resocialize ourselves to accept change, our society may decay.” (John Goodlad, 1971 Report to President, Schooling for the Future)

“As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially a faith in the prayer-hearing God, who is assumed to love and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith.” (Humanist Manifesto II, 1973)

“…the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is sixteen tends to lead toward elimination of religious superstition.” (Paul Blanshard, The Humanist, March-April, 1976)

“It [the Nat’l. Education Association’s publication list] includes the delegitimizing of all authority save that of the state, the degradation of traditional morality and the encouragement of citizens in general and children in particular to despise the rules and customs that make their society a functional democracy. The NEA is drifting into exceedingly dangerous waters, and probably carrying more than a few teachers and pupils with it.” (Chester E. Finn, Jr., Ass’t. Sec. Of Education & Prof. Of Education & Public Policy, Vanderbilt Univ., 1982)

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“Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines which conflict with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence…let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountains whose waters spring close to the blood of the Revolution.” (Abraham Lincoln)

12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:40:30 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: mojito

“Napoleon took no interest in Snowball’s committees. He said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up. It happened that Jessie and Bluebell had both whelped soon after the hay harvest, giving birth between them to nine sturdy puppies. As soon as they were weaned, Napoleon took them away from their mothers, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took them up into a loft which could only be reached by a ladder from the harness-room, and there kept them in such seclusion that the rest of the farm soon forgot their existence.”
`Animal Farm’ chapter 3


13 posted on 12/06/2012 10:40:33 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Bump


14 posted on 12/06/2012 10:40:54 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: stylecouncilor

You’re going to have to get A into a private, or home school.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 10:41:39 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Bump


16 posted on 12/06/2012 10:42:11 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: mojito

bookmark


17 posted on 12/06/2012 10:47:54 AM PST by sport
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To: mojito

I don’t think that it is that simple. Literature has been on the way out in public schools on the west coast for twenty or thirty years.

When my daughter, now 41, was in sixth grade, I became concerned that she had never done a written book report. I got the idea to ask a new neighbor, who was a retired English professor from the University of Michigan, is she would consider tutoring my daughter in literature. She said no, the current thinking in teaching was that reading literature was not necessary and not particularly beneficial. So, that was back in the eighties.

What she really meant was that reading literature opens up a student’s mind to the thinking from another time and place, CONSERVATIVE thinking.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 10:59:21 AM PST by Eva
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To: Fedupwithit

Actually if you ask most teachers they think this is a wonderful idea. “It will make us more like China” (which, evidently, they believe is a good thing)


19 posted on 12/06/2012 11:11:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mojito

I was just reading an article on the WSJ about the fact that US students are now scoring very poorly in vocabulary and it occurred to me that the best way for students to learn vocabulary is to read good literature.

That might be the point in eliminating literature from the curricula, even the outcome for “disadvantaged” students for whom English is a second language either virtually, or in reality. Without actually reading good literature that uses the English vocabulary and good grammar, students are reduced to memorizing words as if English is a foreign language. It would be the same for writing skills.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 11:27:00 AM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

I substitute in my local district and have worked with nearly everyone in the English Dept. Freshman seem to still get some work with grammar and vocabulary but for the older grades there is less reliance on spelling and grammar and more on the ability to use reasoning and deduction when reading and having that translate into other areas like science and social studies. These kids are reading Ayn Rand in addition to classics like Beowolf and To Kill a Mockingbird. Ohio is undergoing a conversion to CORE Standards and my teachers are by no means moving toward doing away with literature. That said, I am appalled at what it turned in as work. Spelling is horrible. It is like pulling teeth to get them to write with an intro, body and conclusion. Some of the older teachers will get on the kids but the two newer ones (late 20’s) let it slide if the kids can understand the work. I have seen text symbols and abbreviations appear in papers and if I see one more kid tear a sheet out of his or her notebook with all of the raggedy edges left on I will scream. Hello...loose leaf paper with your name at the top!! Grrr...


21 posted on 12/06/2012 11:50:18 AM PST by nurees (Oh...there is a NEW Mexico (Homer Simpson))
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To: mojito

I was in school during the last days when anything decent was taught, IMO, and even then we were expected to read all sorts of trash - Catcher, Flies, Slaughterhouse. I loved Latin class because we read things worth reading.


22 posted on 12/06/2012 11:55:30 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: mojito
Carter's gift to America - centralized educational authority.
23 posted on 12/06/2012 11:56:12 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: OpusatFR

Slaves don’t need it.


24 posted on 12/06/2012 12:00:28 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mojito

Welcome to the USSA, comrades.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 12:15:22 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: mojito; All; loveliberty2; nurees

5 videos

Video Series: Why The Common Core Must Be Stopped

http://americanprinciplesproject.org/preserve-innocence/2012/video-series-why-the-common-core-must-be-stopped/


26 posted on 12/06/2012 1:07:13 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: nurees

Schools in the eastern part of the country are much better than schools out west. You would also have been appalled at an algebra class where 40% is a passing grade.

The kids might be reading the books, but what are they getting out of it and how is it being taught? What kind of writing assignments are given? What kind of vocabulary building goes with the reading? Kids will take the short cut every time, if you let them.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 3:06:08 PM PST by Eva
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To: nurees

When I was in 8th grade, we had an English teacher that deducted one point for every “i” that was not dotted and every “t” that was not properly crossed in our homework. We could, however, earn back points by properly using one of the “words” of the day in a sentence in class. I still remember some of those words, like, niggardly and shote because they got quite a work out in class.

As far as the benefits of literature are concerned, I remember reading in an article about preparing for standardized tests, that one woman was able to pull her GRE English Score up 100 points by re-reading her Norton Readers from start to finish. She admitted that it might not have been exactly “re-reading”.


28 posted on 12/06/2012 3:16:38 PM PST by Eva
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mojito.
Consider that one of the "informational texts" recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is "Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management." Students would thus study government propaganda in English class... "the Obama administration kicked the notion into high gear when it required states to adopt the common standards -- or an equivalent -- in order to compete for Race to the Top grant funds.”
This is GREAT, because now our next Ronald Reagan will emerge, blah blah blah, foaming mouth, fall down...


29 posted on 12/06/2012 4:43:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cyn

I don’t recall exactly, but I’m thinking it was study hall. I could whiz thru my assignments pretty quick. Back then...


30 posted on 12/11/2012 8:36:15 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: cyn
This is the other page I found Photobucket I was quite a dork.
31 posted on 12/11/2012 9:10:28 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

Wow, “an alien being comprised of negative energy”... You predicted the wh occupier on 12/12/12. Not a dork at all, but prescient! :)

Clever students should see thru these stupid programs like they do the moochelle-inspired ill conceived lunchroom menus.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 10:33:44 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi. Egypt.)
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