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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  • TeachX3

    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).

  • IOpian

    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)

    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.


    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.