Common Core Reaches a New Low – Check This Out!

October 6, 2013

Take a look at these third grade Common Core worksheets [Correction: Common Core-aligned worksheets].*

The first story for third graders takes a twisted social work approach to learning. The next story is about a cheating husband and father, and, again, it’s for third grade.

Could we forego the nonsensical touchy-feely stuff and go back to actually teaching the children how to read literature and do math?

The first worksheet is the tale of Peter and Patty. It’s a terrible piece of literature (I’m using the word ‘literature’ very loosely). It’s about a father who abandons his children in the woods but wishes them well; some woman in the woods takes them in, feeds them fruits and vegetables (she must have been listening to Michelle Obama); and they all live happily ever after. Seriously???

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Here is the other age-inappropriate worksheet for third grade. This parent had the good sense to reject it. Who is making this stuff up?

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* Common Core is a set of Standards – age-inappropriate Standards – and the curricula being aligned with it is also age-inappropriate.

This is no way implies that the publishers meant the worksheets to be presented as they were. Names have been omitted to protect people. This is for discussion purposes only.

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12 Responses to Common Core Reaches a New Low – Check This Out!

  1. November 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Why was her husband holding the hairclip? Ah, sorry – he was not there. No points for the writer, proof-reader, and editor, I’m afraid… Next question: why is this rubbish being pushed at children? For this one, I have no answer…

  2. November 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Failure-by-design methodology has been attacking our kids for decades, and it’s only now getting in the news because both the deviant academic elitists, and the defenders of our children, are more organized.

    “Liberal Boob of the Week: Purveyers of the New(er) Math”

    “Math 1950-2005″

  3. Not a follower.
    November 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    First, you should check your facts. The first passage is a passage from a folktale and fairy tale section in a workbook from 2006, which is before Common Core was even thought of. Secondly, ever heard the story of Hansel and Gretel? Just curious. The 2nd passage was authored by a man on a public site with the ‘claim’ of being aligned with Common Core, but has since been changed. Who would have ever imagined that someone could create something and post it on the internet for all to see and claim it is something it is not. Oh wait….

  4. drj
    November 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    if thats real, is it appropriate for ANY grade? Dying from the new horrible math. Now we’ll catch up to Singapore and Finland…never.

  5. enness
    November 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Oh come on, nobody questions *everything*. It would be impossible to function. Even in the excerpts there are embedded assumptions. They aren’t supposed to make the students question everything. It’s what they are and aren’t supposed to question that should be the basis of the whole discussion of this curriculum.

  6. Sam
    November 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Lol that is foolishness. Michelle Obama has nothing to do with common core. W. Bush tried to destroy the education system with his no child left untested policies, yet I haven’t seen any criticism directed at him on this site.

    Educating children (and adults) about nutrition is actually a huge and very important deal. Obesity not only is directly related to many life threatening diseases that kill millions of Americans, it also is one of many factors contributing to such high medical care costs in this country. Sugar is not politically incorrect – though I highly doubt the story of Hansel and Gretel we grew up with was coated in genetically modified sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. We have a real problem in this country about food, health and nutrition. Not only is there a high percentage of children going hungry each day (which as Christians it is our OBLIGATION to do our part), the US has some of the worst food regulations and safety/labeling measures of all developed nations.

    There is a time and place for ignorant outbursts, but let’s direct them at the ones responsible and in context.

  7. DJuan
    November 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t know if the first story is any more untoward as the Hansel and Gretel story or Snow White. At least in the story presented there is no attempted homicide or cannibalism. The second story, well, I understand the need to open up a dialogue with children about some of the things that might be happening within their households that parents won’t (or can’t) talk about. I think it might be a better idea to let children bring these issues to their teachers if they want to, unfortunately, young children will never know whether or not they can actually talk about these things if they are never given a vocabulary for them. Where common core is important is in creating a nation educational standard in which every American student has a chance to be on equal footing with every other American student. We need only look at the push in Texas and other states to introduce “Intelligent Design” as scientific fact.

  8. stephenwv
    November 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Then why did you post your ignorant outburst? In England they outlawed political propaganda in public schools. Common Core institutionalizes it with the approval of both of the Obama’s.
    (will I get the security math question wrong if I just give the old math answer?)

  9. stephenwv
    November 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    WRONG These worksheets are all a part of the recommended lesson plans available on line and approved as aligning with the Common Core Standards. Our teachers are attempting to learn a new presentation to be implemented with each lesson plan every day. They have not been trained sufficiently to be able to effectivly do this on their own. They look to the only lesson plans that are available on line that have been recommended and approved by the private corporations that are the copy right owners of the Common Core Standards. Our state departments of education were forced to sign a legal contract with these private corporations to be able to get the $4.2 Billion bribe by the U.S. Department of Education. These lesson plans are full of political propaganda that the Obama’s approve of.

  10. Charie
    November 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    enness – Actually, I thought this was such bad writing it could have been entered in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

    Canadian Teacher – What I was trying to say, and apparently not saying it very well was, using “installation” in the manner of a person being installed as president of a club or a pastor being installed as a bishop.

  11. Jai
    November 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

    It was a worksheet for third graders. I saw a copy of the entire worksheet posted by a parent in a county near mine. She was livid over the content of the entire worksheet, not just this question. Soon after it was posted, the same worksheet made the news in Arizona as completely inappropriate for third graders. You could actually find this worksheet on the CC website that teachers use to find approved material for their classroom.

  12. Todd Lowenberg
    December 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Really, no seriously I mean “REALLY”…”No one, NOT ONE SINGLE TEACHER does this job because someone make us do the job”…No they don’t make you do the job, but they make you do it the way they want it done…3/4 of your diatribe was/is total bullshit.. I don’t where you teach, but if one sentence of what you said is true I’d love to have you as my daughter’s teacher..

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