Monday, September 16, 2013

Op-ed:
Common Core...stealth jihad directed at America's children
By: Diane Sori

While we're all focused on the Middle East right now, especially on Syria, a form of stealth jihad is sneaking into our country...a form of which affects all states...all schools...and all our children...and it's name is Common Core.

Forced on the states by the Obama administration ...enabled by Obama's federal stimulus law... Common Core is starting to be implemented this school year in the 46 states that have adopted it, thus eliminating local control over the kindergarten through12th grade curriculum in those states.  The adoption of Common Core means that teaching becomes a one-size-fits-all affair that will NOT address the needs of the 'special needs child'...neither the gifted child nor the slow learner...because NO deviation from the standard norm in teaching is allowed.

And there will be NO escaping Common Core as its curriculum and teaching methods will also apply to private schools and the home schooled. In fact, many Catholic and other private schools are adopting Common Core in preparation for college-entrance exams...exams that will be based on Common Core criteria.

Simply put...the truth about Common Core is that it will revamp America's public educational system and NOT for the better as Common Core also allows for a rewriting of American history, with the new curriculum and accompanying textbooks showing a definite slant and bias towards islam, while at the same time mocking or ignoring America's Judeo-Christian roots and values.

And with one of its most in-your-face leftist agenda aspects, the Common Core curriculum has, for example, replaced the world's great literary works with what's called 'informational texts'...another name for government propaganda. Shakespeare, Hemingway, and the other literary giants will be replaced by 'informational texts' extolling the virtues of same-sex marriage, abortion, drug use, and the all-important acceptance of all things islam.  Students in the lower grades will now divide their time between literature and these leftist writings until high school, when literary works will make up a mere 30% of English/Language Arts instruction.

And the teaching of math under Common Core guidelines means getting the right answer just does NOT matter anymore as long as the student can explain the faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.  2 + 2 = 5 is OK...just explain how you got that answer.  And Common Core puts many students mathematically two years behind those of many high-achieving countries. For example, Algebra 1 would be taught in 9th grade NOT 8th grade as previously taught, making calculus inaccessible to them in high school, and this would affect top-tier college entrance requirements.

Also, contrary to the traditional American belief that justice is based on individual rights, Common Core teaches 'Social Justice' meaning teachers must teach that America is an unjust and oppressive society that should be changed.

And the most unbelievable of all is that Common Core is using our public schools, Catholic schools, and private schools to indoctrinate our children into islam.  'The Five Pillars of Islam' are an integral part of Common Core teaching beginning in pre-k and lasting through the12th grade.  For example, students have muslim beliefs lessons where they must watch videos, research pre-selected web sites, complete worksheets, and create posters about the duties of muslims. 

I wonder if that includes a muslim's duty to wage jihad...as written in the qur'an.

And even with all this, Common Core still self-promotes itself as a fair and just universal set of educational standards that will unite all students under a common learning system...under common leftist political beliefs...with a curriculum in place that proponents say is designed so that every student graduating from high school is prepared to either enter college or the workforce.  But what proponents do NOT tell you is that Common Core actually lowers school standards negating the very thing they promote themselves as doing.

And Common Core is far from the educational panacea that most dissatisfied with our public system of education hoped for as Common Core remains...NO matter how it's packaged and sold...a one size fits all form of education that ignores the fact that each child is unique...each child's learning skills or lack thereof is unique...and each state's educational guidelines are unique. 

In fact, Common Core is actually 'dumbed-down' education with less teacher responsibility than ever before as there is NO incentive to reach for higher standards, as all states will be judged by the same mediocre national benchmark enforced by the federal government...the Obama federal government.

So while Common Core proponents are in total support of the already 'too much in control' federal government setting even more educational standards than they already do, they fail to accept the fact that the federal government should NOT be involved in public education at all nor should they be setting any educational standards as public schools should be under state, county, and local auspices with standards set within each school district to meet the needs of the students going to school in said district. 

And when you add in the specific negatives in how Common Core was implemented 'red flags' should be waving in the faces of every parent with school age children...'red flags' waving because Common Core was pushed through state legislatures by unelected bureaucrats who created the Common Core 'standards' using monies garnered from special interests groups...meaning there was NO legislative vote by elected officials reflecting the will of the people or the will of the parents.  

And in addition to all the educational negatives, schools that have implemented Common Core have government permission to collect private data on each student including religion, medical, and psychological info, and to do so WITHOUT parental consent.  WITHOUT parental consent... meaning once again the federal government is butting into our personal lives and doing so without a warrant or just cause...doing so simply because they can.

Also, Common Core does NOTHING to address how teachers actually teach for even with Common Core standards in place teachers will still be teaching to the test...maybe NOT the same tests that are now in effect...but standardized tests nevertheless...with the end result being that parents and teachers will have even less control over their child's education than they do now.     
                                    
So with a curriculum so deviated from the much needed basics...reading, writing, and arithmetic... with a curriculum that reeks of the leftist liberal political agenda...and with a curriculum that smells of Agenda 21 indoctrination....Common Core should be rejected by all school districts for the sake of our children...for Common Core is rotten to its very core.

20 comments:

  1. Parochrial schools and home schools should not be infringed upon. Islam is a disease and a vile disease at that.

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    1. Both Parochial and home schools still must abide by certain educational standards that's why Common Core affects them also. And yes...islam IS a vile disease...more vile than most can imagine.

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  2. ALL religion is a DISEASE!

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  3. There is much more wrong with common core than just the infringement of religion and personal information. More to the point the curriculum that has been chosen is already making headlines regarding some of the literary text selected. It is to say the least pornographic in nature and would make college aged girls blush. I doubt that males would be willing to read this stuff aloud in class without laughing and making smart remarks.
    Very sick and perverted minds went into making the selections of the material distributed to teen age kids and common core should be challenged by every person that has any say about it at all.

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    1. Every aspect of Common Core is set-up to indoctrinate America's children to the 'leftist liberal' agenda. This affects every one of us whether we have children in the school system or NOT as it is a means of 'dumbing down' our future generations. Common Core is as big a danger to our country as both 'the enemy within' and the enemies outside our borders.

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    2. Stop Common Core, stop it before the children start believing it as truth, and start celebrating death to christians here.

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  4. I am leading a campaign to eliminate Common Core in my area and done massive amounts of research on this topic, but I must ask where you got your information regarding pushing Islam in the curriculum. I am not necessarily doubting you, however I would like you to substantiate that claim. Please provide evidence to back this up. it is imperative that we get our facts right, lest we be looked upon as just a bunch of kooks who just repeat what we are told. We MUST get this right or we will not be successful in getting this disease out of our schools.

    Thanks

    Sean

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    1. Sean, this information can be found on all the Common Core websites on the internet including on the national anti-Common Core site. Google it...you'll find it as easily as I did.

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    2. And thank you for standing strong against this abomination.

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  6. "In fact, Common Core is actually 'dumbed-down' education with less teacher responsibility than ever before as there is NO incentive to reach for higher standards, as all states will be judged by the same mediocre national benchmark enforced by the federal government...the Obama federal government."

    As an educator, I take issue with this statement for it is incorrect.

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    1. NO it is correct. Obama has NOT only 'dumbed down' our educational system, he has 'dumbed' down the American public as well. It really is quite simple, read the title...'Common Core'...common as in mundane...America's educational system...America's children...are anything but common nor should they ever be. Common Core takes away th striving to reach higher goals and replaces it with a one size fits all system of education and our children deserve better than one size fits all.

      Did you know that the textbooks used try to water-down our Constitution...they completely eliminate America's greatest achievement...the moon landing...they cater and pander to muslims and islam instead of standing strong with America's Judeo-Christian roots.

      Common Core belongs in 3rd world countries if even there...and it needs to be dumped from our educational system

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    2. Please give proof to your assertions. I teach 8th grade American history so I know quite a bit about this matter. Common Core does NOT "dumb" anything down. I challenge you to find a Common Core standard and let me know how it actually "dumbs" down the topic. I have read our text book numerous times and I can assure you it does NOT water anything down. I can also assure you that my students are pushed to strive "to reach higher goals" daily in my class and I teach under the Common Core State Standards.

      Here is the list of Common Core standards that I teach with. Please read and let me know what is so diabolical about them. Thanks.

      http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8

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    3. I have seen the textbooks used...you know the ones where NO mention of us going to the moon...the ones that gloss over our Constitution and Bill of Rights...the one's were American exceptionalism is removed...there's many more omissions. I stand by everything I said. And again, our children are anythng but 'common' and one size does NOT fit all.

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    4. There is no more teaching of US or World History. One can forget Civics and Social Studies. Any American mention is also given a counter argument so it looks as if ALL of the US is evil. Language Arts is given way to vocabulary words that would be met with parental revolt just 20 years ago. Now, the parents of Elem. students are part of the beginning of the erasure of anything generation that shows America in a good light. They don't even get that their children are being manipulated and indoctrinated more than they were. They have no clue who Presidents were, Can't tell you what a Preamble is, forget learning the first line of the Gettysburg Address and don't ask them the 3 branches of Government. They can 't tell you. They also have no idea of the importance of Bunker Hill, Paul Revere's Ride, Kings Mountain, The Cowpens or even who Lewis and Clark were. They can tell you all about Caeser Chavez and what he did. 7 year olds need to learn other things before tackling that. Why would a 7 year old need to know about boycotts, unions, strikes, borders, illegals before they even learned how many states there are?

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  7. Which textbook? I spend more time on the Constitution and Bill of Rights than I do on anything else throughout the year. Not only do my students have to do an extensive project on the Bill of Rights, but they must know the main theme in all 7 articles as well as the main arguments at the Convention. With this said, please understand that the Constitution is not "glossed over." I am still an individual teaching individual students under Common Core. I believe you have a gross misunderstanding as to what Common Core is. It is obvious that you are educated and well read (based on your writings), but I believe you are heavily influence by your extreme distaste for the current presidential administration that your view on Common Core is a bit skewed. CCSS is NOT a "one size fits all" indoctrination of children that is being perpetuated by Glenn Beck and the Tea Party. What is being taught in school essentially falls on the individual teacher, NOT the standards or curriculum (which are in fact two different things).

    Also, I have had numerous conversation like this and so far, not one person has ever looked at the actual standards and given me one that can back up their claim that CCSS is in fact diabolical. If you could be the first, that would be great.

    Thanks and have a great day.

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  8. And by the way...

    I am not a fan of a couple of aspects of Common Core. I think that it is too expensive to grade subjective, essay exams. Also, I am not a huge fan of subjective essay exams, especially when my pay, job and licensure may be based on it.

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  9. Were you able to find the title of that textbook?

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    1. While your question is not addressed to me and is possibly on another grade level than what I deal with but I can give you some info. I wish I could provide a scanned copy of a couple of pages. One from the student text and one from the TE. Also, it is for 2nd grade. 7 year olds who should be given information out this nations founding at the very least. The lessons come from the textbook offered by Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson. A combination of those 3 are used in Fl. The Fl. Kindergarten "Go Math" editions has "Common Core Edition" on the front cover. The teachers are having a difficult time coming to grips with the drastic changes that go against their own training and instincts. Pushing this does not come from the Teachers.

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  10. Common Core goes against everything our great USA was built on. If Common Core continues in our schools, it will be the beginning to our end of who we are as American citizens. Schools should NOT be nationalized. Education should be done on the local level...and YES, it will dumb our children down. Have you seen the sex-ed books that will be given to 4th graders? It is HORRIBLE to say the least!
    The 2 teachers that did vote on it is now regretting it and have gone public. That speaks volumes! I hope they appeal it sooner than later. For all the people who are fighting it, don't give up the hope!

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