#WeHateMath #TheMelvinProject Common Core Conspiracies

There’s a awful lot of hoo-ha going on about the Common Core Standards for Math and English. A lot of people, rightly or otherwise, seem pretty upset.

I thought I’d take a look at some of their complaints and see if I could help. (I’m caring nurturer.)

First up is Conservative Teachers of America. I had never heard of this organization so I took a look at their About page to see if they had a mission statement or something.

It was blank. This is never a good sign.

I searched on “Common Core” and pulled up two entries. Just for giggles, I also looked for posts tagged “Common Core” and filed under “National Standards: Common Core” and both came up blank, even though the two posts I initially found are tagged as “Common Core”.

Fine. Moving on.

Okay, both of the posts I found are also coming up blank. This has gone beyond comedy at this point. Is it some kind of post-modern deconstruction thing that I’m not getting? Okay, if they don’t want me to read their posts, I’ll just look somewhere else.

The Daily Caller – Common Core again threatens to make little kids pee their pants – Apparently bathroom breaks are strictly monitored and measured by our new Common Core Overlords. Or maybe it’s just some jerk-face petty bureaucrat at the single Chicago school where this rule was enacted. We may never know.

The Blaze – Dictatorship 101 – Apparently the Education Overlords are threatening violence against free-thinking citizens who dare to speak out against injustice and…um…I don’t know, algebra?. Oh, wait, it was just some guy being a jerk and disrupting a public forum before being asked to leave by security. Darn it, I was hoping for something dramatic, like Arne Duncan tearing up the Constitution, wiping himself with it and then setting it on fire.

Okay, this one is promising. Town Hall – Common Core Teaches Kids to Hate the Constitution. Now we’re getting somewhere! Let me check those dastardly Language Arts standards:

(Grades 11-12)

Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.

Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).

I seem to be missing the whole ‘make sure the kids learn to hate our founding documents’ thing. Clearly I’m a bit rusty in my ‘reading for understanding’ skills. Well spotted, Townhall guy!

Okay, this is getting silly. As I’ve said before, there are legitimate concerns with how Common Core is being rolled out but these kinds of stories just strengthen the case for improved education standards.

“A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so will it be the latest, of all the public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest.”  – Thomas Jefferson, 1818.



2 thoughts on “#WeHateMath #TheMelvinProject Common Core Conspiracies

  1. Love your in depth analysis of conservative opposition to Common Core. I especially like your over-generalizations, those are ALWAYS productive. I will agree some of the opposition to the Common Core by conservatives can be misinformed, but not all. This post was a complete waste of time.

    And maybe you landed on the About page of Conservative Teachers of America on a day that they were having some website trouble? Because it’s clearly up…and copied below for you.

    “Education takes on many forms in America; private, home school, and public education. The American public, especially those of conservative political ideology, continue to buy into the stereotype that all teachers are liberals. Conservatives exist in every form of education delivery. Conservative teachers often feel marginalized in the profession. Believing that they are in the minority or that they do not have a voice, they often remain silent and do not speak out. Conservative Teachers of America is a place for conservatives, both teachers and concerned citizens, to gather and speak out on education related issues.

    What does it mean to be a conservative?

    Conservative is a word with a lot of definitions. The media and the American political left enjoys folding us up into this little envelope, but the reality is there is a huge difference among conservatives in thought and beliefs. As a whole, we undoubtedly encompass 40% of the American people, and realistically 50-60% of the American people have conservative tendencies.

    Conservatives are accused of being closed-minded, hating those that are not like us, and not believing in any positive change or “progress.” This perception is completely inaccurate.

    What really matters is the core of American conservatism. For us, that is love of country, love of the constitution, an understanding of our history (both good and bad), support of republicanism, support of the rule of law, a belief in smaller government, and a preservation of the revolutionary spirit that completely changed the Western world.

    Areas of Focus:
    Become the official gathering place of conservatives in education online
    Give conservative teachers a voice.
    Publish articles from conservatives in education
    Encourage dialogue, think American Thinker for conservatives about education, not all conservatives are going to agree, but they can disagree respectfully.
    Review and promote great books for children, tweens, and young adults.
    Encourage teachers to question the unions that often claim to speak for them.
    Promote quality professional development in the classroom.
    Encourage conservatives to be informed on and involved with public education.
    Promote history education that demonstrates the truth about America, both good and bad.
    Promote freedom of conscience inside of our schools”
    – See more at: http://conservativeteachersofamerica.com/about/#sthash.LwnhxcsW.dpuf

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