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:
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.