Skip to comments.Common Core making it easier for activist teachers to bring politics into their classrooms
Posted on 06/04/2013 9:07:24 AM PDT by george76
INDIANAPOLIS Common Core hasnt been fully implemented yet, but its already making it easier for teachers to inject their political preferences into their lesson plans.
Thats the case in Indianapolis Cathedral High School, where English teacher Melinda Bundy ... I didnt want to teach the Constitution, I didnt want to teach the Declaration of Independence,
teachers who use their classrooms to promote (usually) left-wing political causes.
But under Common Core, those activist teachers will be able to excuse their behavior by simply saying, Common Core made me do it.
Indiana lawmakers have prudently hit the pause button on further implementation of Common Core. Theyre going to take the next year or so to examine these obvious flaws in the new learning standards.
Legislators in Wisconsin have followed suit, and Michigan lawmakers are expected to de-fund Common Core until an impact study can be completed.
(Excerpt) Read more at eagnews.org ...
Thank God my state of Texas is one of the holdouts.
Under discussion in Wisconsin.
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Children can’t read, can’t write, they can’t add or subtract without a calculator, but they’ll be good little worker bees for the communists.
Their futures have been stolen from them.
The real reason for the “new” curriculum to begin with.
Suppression of the actual history of the United States, or emphasis on the policy failures and collapses, is the real agenda. The territory once known as “the United States of America” is being given, if not Third World status, at least a much diminished role in world politics going forward.
We are being made over into Argentina.
I’m going to research further but my understanding of CC was it covered reading and math. I’ve not heard of a standard/criterion related to any social sciences. Of course, reading applies universally across every course so that may be the route used by these classroom socialists.
I got an E-Mail from Jeff Flake (R?-AZ) saying he supported CC and how great it was. Looks like he’s McCain lite.
Is that sarcasm? Texas has a whole different brand of activist teaching called CSCOPE. Look into that one.
That "CORE" is what America became great from; NOT from "do you own thing at someone's expense".
Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record—Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963
#31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
Thank God I teach the constitution and correct history at home on top of whatever they learn elsewhere. Luckily our private school is faith based and does a quit nice job.
Not anymore. Texas legislature scrapped it two weeks ago.
It was ushered in like NObamacare (in the backroom deals) and the citizens never wanted it. Since our legislature only meets every two years for only 4-6 months (by law, wished the US did something like that) it takes a while to undo some stuff.
Be vigilent. I’ve suspected for a while the move to wireless devices for textbooks wasn’t necessarily an expense saving means. Merely a means to keep parents mostly blissfully unaware of the content their kids are studying.
And you know the yankees making the money in CSCOPE aren’t going to sit idly by while their income is cut.
The example given was an English class. CC requires those classes to integrate other topics into classroom work, including ‘historical documents.’
Given that the kids are already studying the Constitution and Declaration in history class (or should be - my kids read both under our implementation of CC), I can’t blame an English teacher for wanting to choose something else; the students will only pay so much attention to things the 2nd/3rd/4th time they’re covered. The article made it a point to mention that the teacher did NOT inject her policial beliefs into the classroom work.
In fact, the article doesn’t provide a single example of teachers using CC to inject their personal views - it only says “you know they will.” It’s pretty weak sauce in that respect, because it happens with regularity on both sides of the policial debate with or without Common Core. Go after teachers who DO such things—regardless of their political leanings—but random indictments without evidence are just an attempt to manufacture outrage.
The reality is that every school, and every teacher, differs significantly. Our job as parents is to be involved, to know what’s going on in our kids’ classrooms, and to raise concerns if/when they arise - but NOT to make mountains out of molehills or buy into manufactured outrage with no supporting evidence.
On several threads, I've tried to inject rational discussion of Common Core based on evidence, and it's never worked out.
I challenge any Freeper to examine the actual Common Core Standards, and find a SINGLE ideological objection. Just one.
Yes, there are real problems with teachers/districts injecting political bias into their curriculum. This is not new. It happened before Common Core, and it will happen after.
The problem is that these teachers/districts are never held accountable, because conservatives are always chasing the nameless, faceless Boogie Man. We don't want to believe that our own neighbors are responsible.
You already know more about Common Core than most. The standards cover Reading/Language Arts and Math. However, in Grades 6-12 the Literacy Standards which are part of R/LA do expand to Social Studies, Science and Technology, and Writing.
Here are some particularly "inflammatory" Social Studies literacy standards for grades 6-8:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an authors point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Yeah... we don't want kids to learn how to do that.
Source cited in another post, but repeated here: http://www.corestandards.org/
Keep an eye out for Jeb Bush, He’s sure to show up in Texas pimping it.
>>The oppositions momentum was evident this week in Michigan, where Republican lawmakers moved toward delaying Common Core despite entreaties from former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a respected voice within the party on education and one of the most vocal GOP champions of the new standards. Bush, who is considering a run for president in 2016, defended Common Core during a closed-door lunch on Tuesday with state House Republicans in Lansing, then reiterated his arguments Wednesday in appearances with Snyder during a policy conference on Mackinac Island. Do not pull back. Please do not pull back from high, lofty standards, Bush said in a pleading tone. He described Common Core as a clear and straightforward strategy<<
In a way, Jeb Bush is more dangerous than Obama. At least we KNOW Obama is an open, proud Marxist and can resist him accordingly.
The problem with RINOs is the lack of opposition from our own side of the aisle which is on display from the FReepers who throw a fit about us slapping John McCain around.
I still have the stench of voting for this guy 4½ years ago on me.
Conservatives need to stop worshipping mammon, stop barbecuing ribs and stop remodeling their kitchens.
Get a clue that your money and property will be taken from you if you don’t get involved.
That money you’re saving in an educational account? Gone.
Your 401 K retirement account? Gone.
You got to get off your fat, lazy butts and attack schoolboards.
Attack the fascists on your county board.
If you don’t get that, you deserve every misery visited on you.
We definitely need a serious get out the vote campaign at the lowest levels. Hell, I don’t even have kids and I vote in every single school election.
I think of the many Michgandars that I’ve met, you’re among the top 17%.
Since I judged you, feel free to judge me. And remember that I’m deeply flawed.
No need for judgements. Everybody is imperfect and all we can do is try.
In fact, the article doesnt provide a single example of teachers using CC to inject their personal views - it only says you know they will.
...yeah, it’s a pretty bad article from that standpoint, and if the intent of the author was to use the cited teacher as some sort of example, well, a job poorly done indeed...no meat at all in this little snippet of non-news...