Now that Common Core is implemented we can see what’s in it. Ask yourself as you read over the assignments, are your children merely vessels to be filled by the government?
Check out the 3rd grade math problem given to my friend’s learning disabled child:
Next is a 4th grade math assignment. How are parents supposed to help their children with math?
Check out this letter from the mrsmomblog blog which I have excerpted here:
…Today, things got really personal. Today I saw just how this Common Core business is affecting kids. Not my kids in my classroom; I know how it’s affecting them and I am doing the best that I can to make this as painless as possible on them. Today, my third grade son came home an angry, discouraged kid because of school. On the contrary, my oldest son is doing pretty well with the Common Core. He’s had some difficulties, but for the most part he’s just rolling with it and we’re doing OK. But my younger son is not my older son; which just proves that this one-size-fits-all curriculum that you are throwing at these elementary kids is bull.
That’s right, NYS, I call bull. When my eight year old boy, who loves to read to his little sister and is excited to go to back to school come July of every summer, calls himself dumb because he is bringing home failing test grades, then this has turned personal. My son isn’t dumb, Commissioner King. He works hard to learn, he writes stories and songs, builds entire football stadiums out of Legos in record time, and he can explain how to divide in his own words. He. Is. Not. Dumb. But when he gets consistently failing grades on the module assessments, what message do you think he’s getting? These module assessments, sir, that have words like ‘boughten’ on them and the children have to infer what ‘boughten’ means. Did you know that boughten is no longer used as a form of the verb to buy?…
So, when my son is faced with answering questions on outdated language, on topics such as a ‘sorrel mare’ and the reading passages take place in foreign war-torn lands, when these children haven’t even mastered the basics of their own country yet, what do expect him to feel like? Do you expect him to feel like he’s just on the road to become college and career ready, which is the basis of the common core, and these challenges will only make him stronger?
No, sir, I’ll tell you what it does. It beats him down. It discourages him. It exhausts him. It makes him dread going to school and then lash out in anger at the nightly homework that is associated with these common core modules. It is turning him off of school and if this trend continues, he will be far from college and career ready because he will want nothing to do with college…
If you didn’t know this yet, you must know it now. Common Core is based on NO research, NONE, Nada, ZERO research! The ideas behind Common Core have been around for decades but they were known to be far-out and absurd in the past.
Check out the following 5th grade history assignment in which the child gets a 3 out of 3 for stating that the government ‘articulates’ our rights. Most of us believe that human rights are natural rights which we are entitled to because we exist. That is what our Constitution already ‘articulated’ and it’s all we need ‘articulated’. The government does not dole out these right or get to ‘articulate’ what we can or cannot have as a right. The government is supposed to work for us not work us over. This assignment spells out a not so subtle change in the way youth will be taught to think about their government.
Part of Common Core is to sort out the wheat from the chaff at a very early age and that is to be decided by the government not by the child. The next lesson on ‘Theme Schools’ is part of the effort to push children towards a career path at an early age instead of giving them a well-rounded education first.
It is done like this in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The children are sorted out and sent off to schools the government has pigeon-holed them into. It means late bloomers are often out of luck. It means children like my handicapped niece will never become environmental scientists as she has. Children are not given the chance to make their own educated decisions under this kind of pigeon-holing system. We are headed towards indoctrination – an assembly line of mass produced pupils.
I will digress here to give you a little recent history on Common Core’s worst mistakes.
In April of this year one Common Core homework assignment was sent home by an English teacher in Albany, New York which told the students to ‘think like a Nazi.’
The assignment read: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”
Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.
The school superintendent has since apologized.
In February, a Manhattan teacher caused an uproar after fourth-graders were given a math problem based on how many daily whippings a slave received.
In January, Georgia educators attempted to teach division to elementary school students by asking how many beatings per day former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass received.
There is more of course. These are not isolated incidents. These are good representations of the Common Core.