These are our weekly picks of bad Common Core lessons. I will leave it to you to decide how alarming they are.
Instead of exposing children to information and letting them find their way, we are indoctrinating them.
EngageNY, the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda, is propagandizing our children from an early age. The indoctrination permeates every lesson.
The following is from one lesson taught at a local school. The lesson teaches the child that human rights are rights articulated by the government. Apparently, we need the government to tell us our rights.
EngageNY coordinates with a number of curriculum companies. One such curricula is called Expeditionary Learning. It is replete with lessons meant to indoctrinate and it includes the one above.
As one example, their lessons define human rights as those rights articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is the UN’s Marxist version of a bill of human rights. It usurps the US Bill of Rights and furthers a globalist world without borders or sovereignty (Article 13-14). It redefines values sacred to American ideals.
Worst of all, the UDHR promotes the Marxist welfare state.
Check out Articles 23 -25 of the UDHR which defines the welfare state as everyone is entitled to everything, something which can only be done at the expense of the producers.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Now check out an excerpt from the lesson in Engage NY which defines human rights, not in accordance with the US Bill of Rights, but in accordance with the UN’s Marxist Bill of Rights:
Children are told to post the words ‘human rights’ on their whiteboard and the teacher is then directed to say ‘We have talked for the last several days about this phrase. What are human rights?’
After allowing the students to respond and clarify if needed, the teacher is told to say: ‘Human rights are the things that the authors of the UDHR believe should be true for all people.’ (http://www.engageny.org/…/resource/attachments/5m1.1l5.pdf)
Here is another example of indoctrination by rewriting history:
They are teaching that Cesar Chavez was a hero of the downtrodden. The truth is somewhat different.
Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta, both leftists. Chavez used the rhetoric and tactics of Marxist class warfare. His legacy is to have made no difference whatsoever in the lives of farm workers.
The following is some government indoctrination in a supposed math lesson.
The subtle message is that the government is the answer and you should eat as they tell you to eat:
This next lesson is more of an aside. It teaches inferences and predictions at 4th grade without giving enough information.
If only this little girl had read the Iliad:
Common Core makes me sick. How about you?