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Common Core making it easier for activist teachers to bring politics into their classrooms
EAG news ^ | 04 June 2013 | Ben Velderman

Posted on 06/04/2013 9:07:24 AM PDT by george76

INDIANAPOLIS – Common Core hasn’t been fully implemented yet, but it’s already making it easier for teachers to inject their political preferences into their lesson plans.

That’s the case in Indianapolis’ Cathedral High School, where English teacher Melinda Bundy ... “I didn’t want to teach the Constitution, I didn’t want to teach the Declaration of Independence,”

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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. They’re 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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Arizona; US: District of Columbia; US: Indiana; US: Michigan; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: activists; agenda; az; childabuse; common; commoncore; core; dc; education; leftwing; mi; pa; publicschools; schools; teachers

1 posted on 06/04/2013 9:07:24 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Thank God my state of Texas is one of the holdouts.


2 posted on 06/04/2013 9:09:36 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: george76; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Under discussion in Wisconsin.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


3 posted on 06/04/2013 9:10:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: george76

Commie-Core.

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.


4 posted on 06/04/2013 9:11:11 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: george76

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.


5 posted on 06/04/2013 9:12:45 AM PDT by alloysteel (If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.)
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To: george76

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.


6 posted on 06/04/2013 9:16:41 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: george76

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.


7 posted on 06/04/2013 9:19:50 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: fwdude

Is that sarcasm? Texas has a whole different brand of activist teaching called CSCOPE. Look into that one.


8 posted on 06/04/2013 9:20:37 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: george76
Common Core, my ass. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Science, History (actual, NOT Revisionist), and Geography, plus The Constitution.

That "CORE" is what America became great from; NOT from "do you own thing at someone's expense".

9 posted on 06/04/2013 9:25:07 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: alloysteel

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.

http://rense.com/general32/americ.htm


10 posted on 06/04/2013 9:29:18 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: fwdude

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.


11 posted on 06/04/2013 9:32:20 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Black Agnes

Not anymore. Texas legislature scrapped it two weeks ago.


12 posted on 06/04/2013 9:33:07 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Black Agnes

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.


13 posted on 06/04/2013 9:35:51 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

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.


14 posted on 06/04/2013 9:35:51 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: T-Bird45

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.


15 posted on 06/04/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT by wesmorgan1
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To: wesmorgan1
Well, you've stepped in it now.

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.

http://www.corestandards.org/

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.

16 posted on 06/04/2013 11:13:19 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: T-Bird45
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.

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 author’s 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/

17 posted on 06/04/2013 11:25:31 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: fwdude

Keep an eye out for Jeb Bush, He’s sure to show up in Texas pimping it.

>>The opposition’s 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<<

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3025775/posts


18 posted on 06/04/2013 3:24:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


19 posted on 06/04/2013 4:33:44 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

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.


20 posted on 06/04/2013 4:39:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah, John McCain. John "you-don't-have-to-be-scared-of-a-President-Obama" McCain.

I still have the stench of voting for this guy 4½ years ago on me.

21 posted on 06/04/2013 4:41:45 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: george76

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.


22 posted on 06/04/2013 5:37:09 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: sergeantdave

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.


23 posted on 06/04/2013 6:15:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


24 posted on 06/04/2013 6:29:23 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: sergeantdave

No need for judgements. Everybody is imperfect and all we can do is try.


25 posted on 06/04/2013 6:30:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wesmorgan1

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.”

...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...


26 posted on 06/06/2013 8:43:40 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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