A News Consumer Politics — 06 October 2014

If you’re a parent, you’ve heard of Common Core. It’s supposed to be the national set of educational standards that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each academic year.

The problem is, Common Core is driving parents, students and teachers crazy for many different reasons.

“Common Core is an overreach of the federal government into state educational autonomy,” said Janet Stanek, a New York mother who like many other New Yorkers supports a “Stop Common Core” ballot line for the November elections.

Others are against Common Core because the content being taught to students carries political undertones and seemingly rewrites the U.S. Constitution.

Common Core-approved textbooks teach children that the Second Amendment is defined this way:

“This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”

Clearly the founding fathers did not restrict the type of arms, nor did they require registration of arms.

An AP History textbook oddly groups the Second and Third Amendments together, stating:

“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime.”

This definition infers that one has the right to bear arms when they are part of a militia of citizen-soldiers who have the purpose of preventing the government from housing troops in private homes.

That’s vastly different than the Second Amendment, which states, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

And, it’s not just the rewriting of history that’s driving everyone mad, it’s the lessons themselves.

Take this lesson, which went viral after Glenn Beck talked to the father who answered a math problem for his child.

The lesson is as follows:  Fictional student, “Jack”, did not calculate the subtraction problem, 427-316 correctly using a number line. The student taking the lesson is asked to write a letter to Jack explaining what he did wrong.

The student’s father, Jeff Severt, who holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering, was stumped when trying to solve the problem using the Common Core method.  See his response to fictional Jack.

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Here are other examples of why people are so frustrated.  As Severt said, “the process is ridiculous.”


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In New York, the state teacher’s union, which represents 600,000 teachers, unanimously voted to withdraw its support of Common Core State Standards and has declared no confidence in John King, Jr., the state’s education commissioner.

Parents, teachers and concerned citizens from the left, the right and everywhere in-between are pushing back against Common Core, and taking their opinions to the ballot box this November.



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Doug Lynch

Doug is a career communications professional and writer. He enjoys writing about technology (he holds 6 US Patents), politics and sports.

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