It Begins… Obama’s Ministry Of Truth Replacing Great Literature With Propaganda In The Classroom

The Obama Administration has launched its newest campaign to confiscate the minds of our children.  To qualify for federal grant funds, Obama is requiring states to adopt a new program called Common Core State Standards In English.  The program would wipe great works of literature from English curriculums across the country.  And replace them with “information text”, such as “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management”, an Order, of course, favorable to the Liberal environmentalist movement.

Via Lucianne, Powerline reports,

Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.

English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. The study of literature is being downgraded in the process, but for a good cause.

Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class (this Executive Order was issued under President Bush, but it is still propaganda — a political sop to the environmental left, as Stanley Kurtz shows).

Another Common Core’s non-fiction exemplar is an excerpt from a 2009 New Yorker essay by Atul Gawande on health care. This too is propaganda – an effort to show that Obamacare is wise policy.

Proponents of downgrading the teaching of literature claim that their goal is to make sure U.S. students can read and understand complicated texts. But there are plenty of complicated texts that don’t amount to political propaganda, much less propaganda relating to current hot-button policy issues in which the Obama administration is heavily invested. If teaching students how to read such texts were the only goal here, the list of exemplar tests wouldn’t include one-sided political tracts about health care and the environment.

Consider also where the Common Core comes from? The Washington Post tries to make it appear that the new curriculum percolated up from the states. But at the back end of its story we find that “the Obama administration kicked the notion into high gear when it required states to adopt the common standards — or an equivalent — in order to compete for Race to the Top grant funds.” (emphasis added).

The Common Core, then, should be viewed, at least in part, as an attempt by the Obama administration to gain control of what is taught in public schools for the purpose of indoctrination. As Stanley Kurtz puts it, “Obama has managed to press direct support for his most cherished and controversial policy initiative onto your local school district.”

I wonder if Obama will be obvious enough to begin his order of mass removal with 1984?  This egregious scheme of Obama Think indoctrination on our current and future generations of children has English teachers furious.  The rest of the country should be, as well.  And states should refuse to participate.

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  • People will not wake up until they are afraid of their own children (1984) … this has been a long time coming… ‘Outcome Based Education’, ‘School to Work’ and multiple other ‘programs’ from our own government and the U.N.

  • BuddyG

    Long time ago when I was in HS a history teacher recommended that we read Atlas Shrugged.

    Things have changed.

  • Tim

    Unfortunately, “1984” is now non-fiction. If they’re only removing fiction, there’s nothing to worry about(tic).

  • If the goal is to have students acquire the skill to read complex text then John Stuart Mills, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, The Federalist Papers and other such writings provide a good source of complex thought greater than the rantings of liberal mush heads.

  • dba_vagabond _trader

    Its what commies do. When are Americans who care going to understand exactly what we’re facing here.

  • Beef

    The only solution to this is to allow parents to get vouchers for the cost of public school education that they can use to get their children out of these government propaganda factories.

    It is the single most important policy change possible to stop the Marxist takeover of America.

  • momtoma.y

    There is always himeschooling, until “dear leader” outlaws that as well.

  • Finncrisp

    As long as charter schools and home schooling are not compelled to adopt similar standards, there is hope a core of thinkers will emerge in each class. Having said that, the human cost of 70 years of this march to where we are now is tragic. How many lives have been thrown away by substandard education and the despair that follows?

    I have not voted for a school levy in over 20 years; it was clear then that there was bad mischief afloat. Now it is out there in the open, with no apology.

    Now that Barry is king again, he has flexibility everywhere. And the second term has not yet begun. Unlimited power to do whatever he darn well pleases…

  • Joe Blow

    Those that cannot or will not see the brainwashing of our children are foolish. This is no different than the totalitarian governments of the past. Unfortunately it starts with national programs such as Sesame Street pushing their liberal/progressive agenda. stlgretchen had an article on it last week showing examples of how they have already changed the definition of being a good citizen. An example of a “new” worksheet is also given but didn’t show up when I copied it from her blog.

    Thursday, November 29, 2012
    Common Core 3rd Grade Benchmarks for Citizenship. And You Still Believe the Standards Don’t Drive the Curriculum?
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    The new definition of being a “good citizen”? Common Core 3rd grade standards benchmarks to promote the “common good”. 

    What is your definition of a good citizen?

    Let’s travel back in time and revisit the 1954 World Book Encyclopedia’s definition of citizenship:

    Citizenship carries both rights and duties.  Each citizen owes allegiance, or loyalty, to his country.  It is his duty to obey the law, vote for officers, pay taxes for the support of government, and give military service in the defense of the country.  In turn, the country owes protection and gives privileges to each of its citizens.

    Citizenship dealt with relationship between the individual and the government.

    Fast forward to 2012.

    What is the current definition of a good citizen?  Look at this public school 3rd grade worksheet (below) on citizenship,  the vocabulary words used and the new meaning of being a good citizen.  It has moved from the relationship between the individual and the government to the relationship between individuals and the good of the community. 

    (From the teacher providing this information: this is curriculum from a school in Ohio)

    Questions:
    When did becoming a good citizen (obeying the law, voting, paying taxes, serving in the military) change into being a “good person”?  Do you have to have good character to be a good citizen to follow the law or vote?  
    Does a “weak” sense of justice make one less of a good citizen?  Whose/what sense of justice should a good citizen follow: a specific group or his/her own sense of what is right and wrong?  Is speaking up for people who have trouble speaking up for themselves a citizenship issue or a moral issue?
    Who/what agency decides exactly what is the “good of the community”?  What happens if the “good of the community” tramples on individual rights?  Is lack of cooperation then a mark of a bad citizen?
    Is the boycotting of a company to support another’s agenda a good citizenship move if the company is then forced to layoff employees and those employees have to go on public assistance?  Does a boycott really make life better for everyone or select groups?  Is a boycott a citizenship duty or a moral decision in protesting a company’s decisions/operating method?  Is learning how to boycott and petition a good benchmark of being a good citizen?   Whose benchmark is boycotting and petitioning, the school’s or the consortia’s?
    Are there different levels of heroes?  Is a person more heroic who risks his/her life vs a person who protests a perceived injustice?
    Do good citizens really make life better for everyone?  Is that the role of a “good” citizen or a “good” person?  Are the lines between political relationships (individual and government responsibilities/duties) and moral responsibilities (traditionally defined by religious institutions) being erased and redefined as a legal responsibility to a collective community?  Who/what is defining these responsibilities to a collective community?

    Do you have examples of what students are learning today in public schools about citizenship?  If you ask your administration about CCSS and it insists the standards are not driving curriculum, ask to see worksheets and benchmarks on citizenship.  See how they align with each other or not.  You’ll have your answer.

    Posted by stlgretchen at 7:24 AM
    Labels: CCSS benchmarks, citizenship, common core assessments, common curriculum, common good, curriculum formation, Education, teaching children to boycott and petition

  • Joe Blow

    Sorry that was so long.

  • Tee Dub

    Wow, and I thought “Great Expectations” was a little dry at times. “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management”, I can’t even finish the title without nodding.

    Reminds me. In grade school way back when, we got a “new” reading program. Instead of reading an assigned novel or biography, etc., we were to work at our own speed reading “modules”, approximately 500 word short stories on slick, laminated foldouts. At the end of each you completed a quiz. My teacher wondered why I was so far behind (did I tell you they were color coded and you advanced through the color levels?), since I was a voracious reader and straight A student. I told her the stories were boring and I had no interest in reading them. She looked unhappy, but I got an A in reading anyway.

  • Prosoldier

    Wake up folks. This isn’t just the takeover of Communism in America, this is a global plan. I suggest you and everyone you know familiarize yourselves with UN Agenda 21 and as far as the education part of it, familiarize yourselves with “UNESCO” and their “Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”. Go to You Tube and watch “Agenda 21 Explained” for a good source of information.

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  • dork lungfish

    Wow. A hysteria cascade.

    Folks:

    Common Core did not originate with Obama, and its underlying concept is meant to improve learning skills. It’s not “Common Core” that’s the problem, but the government harnessing it to its own agenda. There are plenty of non-fiction texts that are not propaganda that school systems can use. But more important: I’m not sure that there is an actual requirement for schools to “dump” fiction selections to “make room” for non-fiction. As it stands now, school systems are overreacting to a national mandate. I understand the objections to a top-down approach (it is a bad idea, as usual), but “Common Core” is not the culprit. CCSS, as the acronym implies, is meant to be interpreted State-by-State, not “nationally.” That someone like Obama might hijack this process to nationalize it is a valid concern, but please aim your ire at the proper target, OK? And that goes for you too, Ms. Ryan.

  • FMB42

    I doubt if Obama read more than a sentence or two of his “Executive Order 13423.”

    Most likely he just “rubber stamped” it after some other entity, or entities, wrote it.

    Kind of like Pelosi and her “we’ll pass it and then (pretend to) read it later” statement concerning the passage of Obama Care.

    Besides, large numbers of public assistance funded students can hardly read even the simplest writings anyway.

    That’s OK, Obama can always have his favorite hip-hop “artist” sing a song named “Executive Order 13423” or “EO13423” for short. Wait a minute, that still has too many numbers and letters for the average inner-city student. Oh well, they might eventually learn it with enough “sing along” practice.

    Otherwise, these inner city “students” will have to be satisfied with knowing the numbers 1(st) and 15(th of the month) along with the terms welfare, section 8 housing, food stamp card, Obama phone, and all the other stuff they and/or their parents suck out of those who pay income taxes (better make that “parent”). Then there’s the alphabetic letter that they all know best; that’s right, the letter “D” that they select whenever they cheat vote early and often.

  • NavyMom

    The article states that teachers are upset about this. I’m confused; the vast majority of public school teachers (unionized) voted for Obama. NOW they’re upset?

  • bg

    ++

    begins my you know what,

    it’s been going on for quite a long time now..

    truth spoken, here is another example:

    ht Robert Lindsay

    Sneak Attack: Re-write of Pearl Harbor
    History Awaits Death of WW2 Veterans

    In a series of posts on Obama administration National Endowment for
    the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach, we have followed the descent of
    the NEH into political partisanship and rank buffoonery. Now we turn
    to problematic programming funded by the NEH.]

    Investigate this

    [In July 2010 the NEH sponsored a workshop for college professors at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. The title of the conference was “History and Commemoration: The Legacies of the Pacific War.” As one of the 25 American scholars chosen to attend the workshop, Professor Penelope Blake anticipated an opportunity to visit hallowed sites such as Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl Cemetery and engage with scholars who share her interest in studying this often neglected part of World War II history.]

    much more at links..

    ==

  • walknot

    Wasn’t IKEA furniture assembly instructions part of that effort?

  • airon-later

    Here’s something to chew on:

    “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.”

    Did you catch it…….state-led……..STATE LED?

    Think on that for a minute and actually read the proposed cirriculum.

  • BigRed

    “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management”,

    That’s not reading. That’s an Al Gore wet dream.

  • bg

    ++

    September 21, 2012

    Terrorist Professor Bill Ayers and
    Obama’s Federal School Curriculum

    [Three years after the Department of Education announced a contest
    called Race-to-the-Top for $4.35 billion in stimulus funds, some parents,
    teachers, governors, and citizen and public policy groups are coming to
    an awful realization about the likely outcomes:

    * A national curriculum called Common Core

    * Regionalism, or the replacement of local
    governments by federally appointed bureaucrats

    * A leveling of all schools to one, low national standard, and
    a redistribution of education funds among school districts

    * An effective federal tracking of all students

    * The loss of the option of avoiding the national curriculum
    and tests through private school and home school

    Working behind the scenes, implementing these policies and writing the
    standards are associates from President Obama’s community organizing
    days. In de facto control of the education component is Linda Darling-
    Hammond, a radical left-wing educator and close colleague of William
    “Bill” Ayers, the former leader of the communist terrorist Weather
    Underground who became a professor of education and friend of Obama’s.

    When these dangerous initiatives are implemented, there will be no
    escaping bad schools and a radical curriculum by moving to a good
    suburb, or by home schooling, or by enrolling your children in private
    schools.

    How was it that 48 governors entered Race
    -to-the-Top without knowing outcomes?]

    more at link, and scroll for more..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    re: Joe Blow #9 December 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Common Core 3rd Grade Benchmarks for Citizenship. And
    You Still Believe the Standards Don’t Drive the Curriculum?

    link..

    ==

  • I have been aware and in the fight against such programs since 1995… what they do is, when a programs name gets familiar and is protested against, they change the name. So, what was once ‘OBE’ may now be something else. When I started homescooling in ’97, I was no longer a vocal advocate (in media and such) but focused my attention on educating my children. But we belonged to our local homeschooling organization, so, we were always aware of the ‘news’ and such coming from HSLDA, Eagle Forum, etc… My point is, there are MANY ‘programs’ and if they get negative attention (many run ‘under the radar’), they just change the name of such program. It is VERY deep and very hard to keep up with.

  • bg

    ++

    that is how the Islamists discovered everything under the Sun,
    including the Sun, oh wait, perhaps that’s the moon, go figure..

    ==

  • ALL_IS_LOST

    Ah the smell of a once great republic dying.

  • I have been writing since early May explaining that what is called the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a huge case of bait and switch to move American classrooms away from the transmission of knowledge to making social interaction and engagement to point of school. Massive levelling as a result, equity of credentials, and no more Axemaker Minds (Minds capable of abstract, logical thought).

    Glad to see this ruse is starting to gain traction. Also includes changing the nature of higher ed dramatically to same template.

    http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/didnt-the-president-just-admit-ccssi-was-a-ruse-to-change-classroom-interactions/ is a good place to start. Plus you get to see how Whole Language, Bill Ayers, and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge all tie in.

  • #23 is right on the money. As much as I’d love to pin this on Obama completely, that would be intellectually dishonest. This movement pre-dates his administration but he did fast track it through Race for the Top. And more disapppointing, this is a BI-PARTISAN initiative that will eventually lead to national testing and curriculum.

    What is tested is what is taught. What is taught is what is thought. Liberty and the free expression of thought is the biggest loser in this scheme. As a homeschool mom of six, with four now graduated, I’ve been fighting this battle since the early 90’s but with very little success. Conservative parents will be outraged but continue to enroll their children in this government saying they have “no choice.” I am certainly sympathetic to the financial and logistical hardships that require a parent to refuse the “free public” education in favor of private or homeschooling. We’ve experienced many of them ourselves in the nearly 20 years of home schooling. But freedom is worth the sacrifice.

  • bg

    ++

    TeachX3 #23 December 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    yes..

    like Al Qaeda to Muslim Brotherhood..

    only we know that Al- Qaedaet et al (brawn) is the military wing
    of the Muslim Brotherhood (brain), and that they have infiltrated
    our government (as well as every other gov on the planet), just
    as the communists did, not only that, but with the new breed of
    Marxist assist, they are taking US over from within..

    ==

  • JoyO

    Conservatives need to run for local Boards of Education and make sure that the schools have to teach the Conservative perspective also — we cannot afford to let our young students only hear Progressive propaganda. We see what has happened after our schools stopped teaching American history. Jay Leno actually interviewed a college professor who actually did not know what we were celebrating on July 4th! Most of the other folks he interviewed didn’t know who we fought for our independence, when or why we fought. It was really depressing to watch!

  • #27 Robin, I’ve been writing about this and speaking about it since the 90’s. It’s a battle that has largely been lost because the state legislators have all voted individually to adopt these standards. Democrat and Republican Governors have signed the bills and begun implementing them in their respective states.

    Is the battle lost? No. With one single action we can demonstrate that the parents will NOT tolerate the nationalizing of our educational system. It is actually easier to fight than ObamaCare. I understand most parents will not pull their children out of school completely as we have and home or privately educate them. But that is not the only solution nor the easiest to implement.

    All that needs to happen is for parents to keep their children home from school during “testing week.” Testing is the engine that drives the engine in the accountability movement. Without this data, states are in non-compliance and lose their funding because their students haven’t taken the test. There is a small risk to the parent in that their child may be “punished” for not taking the test but with a critical mass not participating that risk is largely mitigated.

    During testing week they can wear t-shirts that say “I’m not pro-testing I just want to learn” and either choose not to fill out the test or just stay home. It’s simple and gets the attention of the educators and the message is Parents are in charge not the state.

  • #29 Joy O said, “Conservatives need to run for local Boards of Education and make sure that the schools have to teach the Conservative perspective also”

    In Michigan, the local school board has become largely irrelevant. In fact, we have legislation in our state that creates one “super district” known as the Education Achievement Authority that bypasses local school boards completely in favor of an “appointed chancellor” with less oversight than before. All this is being done under the guise of helping poorer districts but the ultimate goal is nationalized education divided by regional authorities appointed at the federal level.

  • shadow

    Here’s the 11th-CCR example reading list.
    Grades 11–CCR Text Exemplars………………………………………………………………………… 140
    Stories……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 140
    Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales……………………………………………………….. 140
    de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote………………………………………………………………….. 140
    Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice……………………………………………………………………..142
    Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.”………………………………………………….143
    Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre……………………………………………………………………………… 144
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter…………………………………………………………145
    Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment………………………………………………….. 146
    Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron.”……………………………………………………………… 146
    Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor……………………………………………………………………147
    Chekhov, Anton. “Home.”…………………………………………………………………………………….148
    Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby……………………………………………………………… 149
    Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying………………………………………………………………………. 149
    Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to …………………………………………………………………… 150
    Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God…………………………………… 150
    Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths.”……………………………………… 150
    Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March…………………………………………………..151
    Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye…………………………………………………………………………….152
    Common Core State Standards for english language arts & literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects
    appendix B | 12
    Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban………………………………………………………………….152
    Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake……………………………………………………………………………152
    Drama………………………………………………………………………………………………………………153
    Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet…………………………………………………153
    Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe…………………………………………………………153
    Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest………………………………………………154
    Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three Acts…………………………………………..156
    Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman…………………………………………………………………….156
    Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun……………………………………………………………156
    Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play…………………………………157
    Poetry………………………………………………………………………………………………………………157
    Li Po. “A Poem of Changgan.”…………………………………………………………………………….157
    Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”………………………………………157
    Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America.”………………….158
    Keats, John. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”………………………………………………………………..158
    Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.”………………………………………………………………………159
    Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”…………………………….. 160
    Tagore, Rabindranath. “Song VII.”…………………………………………………………………….. 160
    Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”………………………………………….. 160
    Pound, Ezra. “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.”……………………………………… 160
    Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.”…………………………………………………………………………….161
    Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit.”……………………………………………………………………….162
    Bishop, Elizabeth. “Sestina.”………………………………………………………………………………..162
    Ortiz Cofer, Judith. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica.”……………………………………..162
    Dove, Rita. “Demeter’s Prayer to Hades.”…………………………………………………………163
    Collins, Billy. “Man Listening to Disc.”………………………………………………………………..163
    Sample Performance Tasks for Stories, Drama, and Poetry…………………………..163
    Informational Texts: English Language Arts…………………………………………………. 164
    Paine, Thomas. Common Sense………………………………………………………………………… 164
    Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence………………………………….. 164
    United States. The Bill of Rights (Amendments One through Ten
    of the United States Constitution)……………………………………………………………….166
    Thoreau, Henry David. Walden……………………………………………………………………………167
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Society and Solitude.”……………………………………………..167
    Porter, Horace. “Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 9th, 1865.”…………………………..168
    Chesterton, G. K. “The Fallacy of Success.”………………………………………………………169
    Mencken, H. L. The American Language, 4th Edition……………………………………..169
    Wright, Richard. Black Boy………………………………………………………………………………….170
    Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.”…………………………………….170
    Hofstadter, Richard. “Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth.”……………….170
    Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.”………………………………………………………………………………..170
    Anaya, Rudolfo. “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry.”………………………………..171

    Informational Texts: History/Social Studies……………………………………………………172
    Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America…………………………………………………172
    Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference………………………….172
    Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?:
    An Address Delivered in Rochester, New York, on 5 July 1852.”……………..173
    An American Primer. Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin………………………………………….175
    Lagemann, Ellen Condliffe. “Education.”…………………………………………………………..175
    McPherson, James M. What They Fought For 1861–1865……………………………….175
    The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation, 2nd Edition………………….175
    Amar, Akhil Reed. America’s Constitution: A Biography………………………………..176
    McCullough, David. 1776………………………………………………………………………………………176
    Bell, Julian. Mirror of the World: A New History of Art…………………………………..176
    FedViews by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco……………………………..177
    Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects…………….179
    Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy:
    Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences……………………………………………179
    Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things
    Can Make a Big Difference……………………………………………………………………………..179
    Tyson, Neil deGrasse. “Gravity in Reverse:
    The Tale of Albert Einstein’s ‘Greatest Blunder.’”……………………………………….179
    Calishain, Tara, and Rael Dornfest. Google Hacks:
    Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching, 2nd Edition………………………………………. 180
    Kane, Gordon. “The Mysteries of Mass.”………………………………………………………….. 180
    Fischetti, Mark. “Working Knowledge: Electronic Stability Control.”……………181
    U.S. General Services Administration. Executive Order 13423:
    Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy,
    and Transportation Management…………………………………………………………………..181
    Kurzweil, Ray. “The Coming Merger of Mind and Machine.”………………………….182
    Gibbs, W. Wayt. “Untangling the Roots of Cancer.”………………………………………..182
    Gawande, Atul. “The Cost Conundrum:
    Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.”………………………………………………………….183

  • The specific reading list is largely irrelevant to this argument. It can changed and will likely change as we move forward toward international benchmarks to prepare students for global economy and citizen. In fact, initially i would expect the list of books to be largely palatable to most people. But that misses the point. We now have ONE reading list for ALL students at a certain grade in our nation. Conformity of thought is the obvious outcome as this becomes implemented through one set of curriculum and standards. Publishers will align texts to accomodate the standards and there will be little room to study anything outside these parameters. Liberty is lost in favor of conformity. Education has become a means to prepare children for a job in the global economy according to the needs of the state not the dreams of the child.

  • As a side note, David Coleman, the designer of the English/literature standards has actually spent very little time in teaching. Coleman took on a new job this fall as head of the College Board. College Board is the organization that controls SAT and AP testing. Any guesses how that test will now be changed and what standards the test will be aligned? Common Core State Standards. This will lead to a national test similar to what is done in Europe. In fact, the NY times wrote in 2010 about the new high school coursework.

    “The new system of high school coursework with the accompanying board examinations is modeled largely on systems in high-performing nations including Denmark, England, Finland, France and Singapore.”

  • bg

    ++

    The Children’s Story – by James Clavell

    [Johnny sat back contentedly, resolved to work hard
    and listen and not to have wrong thoughts like Dad.

    The teacher waited for them to finish their candy. This was what she
    had been trained for, and she knew that she would teach her children
    well and that they would grow up to be good citizens. She looked out
    of the window, at the sun over the land. It was a good land, and vast.
    A land to breathe in. But she was warmed not by the sun but by the
    thought that throughout the school and throughout the land all children,
    all men and all women were being taught with the same faith, with
    variations of the same procedures. Each according to his age group.
    Each according to his need.

    She glanced at her watch….

    It was 9:23.]

    James Clavell – The Children’s story (part 1)

    James Clavell – The Children’s story (part 2)

    James Clavell – The Children’s story (part 3)

    ==

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    POS Rising

  • Much of the modern iteration of these “reforms” were outlined in a letter Marc Tucker sent to Hillary Clinton shortly after Bill Clinton was elected to his first term in office. Back then it was known as outcome based education. Marc Tucker is still actively involved but the strategy and names were changed when implementation at the federal level failed. The new strategy was to move this through each state and methodically implement a national education standard by getting the Governor’s to adopt the same set of standards. These many years later, that’s exactly where we are. Here’s the letter written in 1998.

    http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/marc_tucker/

  • Please see truthinAmericaneducation, a Texas-based site devoted to fighting CCC.

    Romney was going to roll it back. That’s what we need to do.

    (I have a short article called “The Case Against Common Core Curriculum” on VeracityVoice.)

  • dwdude

    …but evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
    II Timothy 3:13. if you believe, you will not be surprised.

  • its time to demand the right to chose what educational system gets your education tax dollars. there is no reason why it should automatically go to the public school system.

    isn’t the democratic party the party of choice.

  • bg

    ++

    OT.. related:

    ht BCPA

    Senseless push for ’emergency contraception’

    hey, what’s the big deal, they’re just prepping them for
    when pedophilia goes the way of same sex marriage..

    ==

  • pagar

    Repeating the Link Robin posted at Comment # 26,

    It’s the best info on the push by the Obama regime to dumb down the education of all American students, IMO.

    http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/didnt-the-president-just-admit-ccssi-was-a-ruse-to-change-classroom-interactions/

    You need to read all the articles posted there.

  • Spunky–David Coleman’s mother, Elizabeth Coleman, the President of Bennington College gave a TED talk where she waxes on about implementing John Dewey’s vision for education. That would be his Social Reconstruction vision. Which is exactly what is happening.

    David was a lead speaker in Tucson this summer at Camp Snowball pushing Systems Thinking and Sustainability in the actual Common Core implementation. I wrote about that here http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/do-you-live-in-a-district-piloting-deep-and-continual-personal-change-in-the-individual-student/

    The College Board had already begun radically restructuring its AP courses toward propaganda. The AP World Frameworks were so blatant they had to be pulled. The new AP science courses are based on what is called Constructivism.

    You are right that CCSSI is what was known as Outcomes Based Education in the 90s. This time they put the alternative forms of measuring the “results” in place upfront. That was part of the 2009 ARRA. It is also more broken up this time. Split between the feds and the states with the accreditation agencies playing the parts of the poison enforcers.

    This is important because the accreditors simply threaten the school boards who object with losing property values if accreditation is revoked.

    Works the same in higher ed except there the threat is expulsion from the federal student loan program.

  • Arius

    This is terrible, totalitarian, Stalinist. The America we believe in, were born in, is ceasing to exist. The Marxists that have taken control of the Democrat party, and now the US Government, are determined to bury the American Republic. What is to stop them, if they can indoctrinate the young? Look at what they have accomplished since 1964? If what is left of those in the US that believe in the America of liberty and freedom do not soon riot I will have to assume that the old republic is DEAD.

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  • SwMP321

    This is what Hitler did to the youth. He thought, “win the hearts and minds of youth and they will follow any where”.
    The same is true here. Our country is no longer “ours”. It has been turned into some socialist utopia.

    Those of us who lived before the liberal take over of society should revolt and take back our country before it is to late. Our biggest problem is just over 50% is as stupid as a rock. If we are able to reeducate them, which I doubt we could do, only then can we take back the country.

    Lets start with the children.

  • bg

    ++

    December 7, 2012

    We Don’t Need Public Schools: They Need Us

    By Mychal Massie

    Well, it is Christmas, the time of year we Christians celebrate the miraculous Virgin Birth of Jesus our Lord. And, like clockwork, lawsuits and threats of same abound. After all, how dare we openly celebrate?

    Nowhere is what I am saying better exampled than Moanalua High School in Honolulu. It seems that a concert that had been held for the past six years, featuring the school’s award-winning orchestra and volunteers from the New Hope Church, was more than Mitch Kahle could bear. He threatened the school district based on a separation of church and state and his threat brought an abrupt end to the concert.

    Four days before the concert, the concert was cancelled. The fact that the concert has raised more $200,000 for a charity that treats poor people in Africa meant nothing to Kahle.

    It once again provides transpicuous proof that liberals and haters do not care about the good something does and/or care about the people who benefit from same. They are consumed by hatred.

    Which brings me to my point. Why even bother with the public school system? The New Hope Church involvement was to handle ticket sales and to sell tickets at its services. Why not have the church participate as it always has, and arrange to have the orchestra members perform at another venue and identify themselves as volunteering their time as an act of community service?

    This is precisely why I advocate that Christian parents withdraw their children from public schools and homeschool them and/or place their children in private Christian schools. I have long argued that it is poor stewardship for Christians to spend millions of dollars to have their children wear tee-shirts that says “Jesus loves you” or to openly give thanks for their food on school property.

    The monies used to fight those battles could better be spent to provide need-based financial aid to help families provide quality education for their children — free of homosexual indoctrination and godless, revisionist instruction.

    It is a senseless exercise to file lawsuits for Christian children to exercise their First Amendment rights in an environment designed to inculcate base commonalities.

    It’s time we picked our battles more wisely. The public school system needs us; we do not need them. And it is beyond time we drive that point home.

    If we were to view public schools as mission fields to liberate the minds and souls of children from revisionist history, homosexual indoctrination, and pandering to Planned Parenthood we would be doing the work of the Lord, increasing church attendance, and preparing a people for the future who actually stood for something moral. And we accomplish this by providing a safe educational and spiritual environment for the children to learn.

    One more thought: If the scripture says we should come out from among them, why are we fighting to keep our children and other children confined to be a part of that which is among the most base in the world?

    I am aware of some who are working to bring about that very thing. Mennonite and Baptist private schools abound, in addition to private Catholic schools. We must make it our business to support them. My son attended private Christian schools and not only did the academic expectations far exceed those of public schools, but also the teachers themselves viewed their work as ministry not a place to go for cheap health insurance and a pension.

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  • billntwrk

    From each according to his ability, to each according to his need

  • rpc

    #6 December 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm Beef comment:

    Quit waiting on the government for your solution. Vouchers won’t solve anything. Love your children, want them removed from the Marxist camp, want them to receive a good education? Homeschool them.

    #8 December 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm Finncrisp commented:

    Even if home schoolers are compelled to adopt similar standards, think I am going to listen? You think the state can compel me to indoctrinate my children? They are my children, not property of the state.

  • James McEnanly

    This seems to be a program to discourage reading altogether. If a student is presented with government reports for breakfast, lunch and dinner , he is going to always associate reading with an unpleasant task. I am thankful that there is the Kindle™Fire™ and similar readers and the availability of Public Domain material

  • LeftStanding

    This gross misrepresentation of facts is not a story but yet another example of baseless, anti-Obama propaganda. The core material for informational texts also includes such works as The Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s Farewell Address, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address as well as Ronald Reagan’s speech to Moscow students. I must presume those are all Obamist propaganda as well? Oh, and your standard issue literary classics are there as well. The idea, of course, is that students must learn to read and interpret different kinds of texts. You can get more info at the CoreStandards.org website but the exemplar material can be found here: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf. Take a look and see what facts look like instead of relying on aparachniks for right like this website.

  • Michael Kilburg

    You want complex, try reading “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy or “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

  • Michael Kilburg

    Laws shouldn’t be complex or complicated. They should be written in plain English and be easy to understand. That won’t happen, though, because politicians would feel less important and the citizens might actually know what was going on instead of reading a law and scratching their heads wondering what it means.

  • DaotienOutahea

    OMG what a bunch of dopes. The Common Core State Standards were a state led initiative by the National Governors Association with collaboration from teachers and school officials.

    The federal government was NOT involved with this initiative and not all states have adopted them yet. However, it doesn’t dictate what or how school should be taught rather goals of where students should be.

    Again, this was developed at the state level and was led by teachers, parents, school officials and the NGO.

    How is it people are so quick to believe the dumbest stuff they read or hear when it takes seconds to disprove.

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