I’d like to have anyone explain to me how great this Common Core System is for strengthening the individual and not the collective, for the gifted teachers with creativity and not those wanting tenure and a check, for the taxpayers and not the tax collectors and for the American culture and it’s future and not the new world society and it’s global citizens.
In Delta, I spent 3-hours looking through the ten newly proposed math books not yet approved by the school board. These textbooks are 100% Common Core. I was not looking for anything specific. I was perusing through the pages allowing something to jump out at me that seemed odd. I’ll begin by noting that these books are huge at approximately 9 x 11 inches and 1.5 inches thick. Also about 50% of the material in these books may not be necessary. If ones goal is electronic textbooks; it would make sense to drive up the costs of paper textbooks by filling them with needless data and making them big, bully and heavy where the children do not want to lug them around. As for the needless information, it’s either filler for the cause or a funnel for the brains.
By the way, nothing I’m going to share with you has a thing to do with math. The most visual and obvious thing that stood out was the Common Core State Standard’s “CCSS” stamp. It is a circle with CCSS in the center and it reminds me of a burger king hamburger wrapper. It is everywhere! It indicates that this is the common core standard you must know and will be tested on; therefore it must be important. Imagine seeing this logo your entire childhood.
The next noticeable item was “21st Century Careers; 21st Century Skills. This is at the beginning of most chapters if not all. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s repetitive and it coincides with the United Nation’s Agenda21, SD21, MAP21, and CSC21, and these are just the ones I know about. This is not a conspiracy, this is fact; please look it up if you do not believe me. So what are these careers and skills they are recommending? My guess, those needed to serve the new global economy.
The math book “Business and Personal Finance,” we had numerous issues with. On page 253 the student is asked to “Write a paragraph explaining whether you would prefer paying an added on sales tax or the value added tax (VAT) used in European Union Countries.” VAT is an “invisible” tax that is included in prices.” Is this a leading question? Are we telling a child there is no other option and to pick the least of two evils? If a child says “none of the above” and explains how this infringes on personal liberty do they get it wrong? Also, who is collecting this data to get the pulse of the future mindset? You realize data collection is an important part of Common Core. If it’s not here yet, it is coming.
Here was the final straw for me and with my limited time to assess the material I’m surprised I found this. The book is “Math in our World,” page 91 – The Art of Persuasion. The instructions were to “Determine which of the arguments is valid.” There was a list of bulletized statements. Bullet #4 read, “Scripture is the word of God. I know this because it says so in the Bible.” The answer is: “The forth is invalid because it is circular reasoning.” Are you serious? Of all the examples that could be used for circular reasoning they used this? First they throw God out of the schools, now they bring Him back in to further destroy Him. Parents, where is the outrage against Common Core?
I am reminded by our district that good teachers are good teachers and that is what counts in the end. That is not all together true. Children do not fully understand theories and opinions. They do not understand why anything is in a textbook if it is not the truth; especially if they are to be tested on it. A child depends on adults to protect them, and teach them well, and to do the right thing. They expect adults to teach the truth, speak the truth and lead by example.
Governor Parnell welcomed this into our state and partnered us into the Smarter Balance Consortium in 2013. Many of us anti-common core activists diligently pressured the legislature and Parnell into removing Alaska from the consortium. This was a huge victory but Common Core still remains in our state and local school system and is on the rise. The local school board has the final approval on curriculums. If you are opposed to Common Core, please contact your local school board and legislators and let them know how you feel. If you are not familiar with common core please do your homework. This is about your children and our future.
By Pamela Goode