Common Core: The Progressive Assault on Education
Report by Betty Sakai
Much has been written about Common Core as a federal education curriculum. Half of the fifty states in the U.S. have blocked Common Core’s implementation as the federal government by promoting this curriculum has usurped states’ Constitutional responsibility to provide for education. Written by various Progressives on the pretense of creating uniform testing standards throughout the United States, the Common Core curriculum has produced anxiety, has dumbed-down graduates (19% of high school graduates are illiterate), and has generally promoted the acceptance of mediocrity to the exclusion of morals and religious education.
Because of Common Core, America’s public schools are today ranked #65 in literacy in the world. Untested educational methods and methodology are being used that have never worked anywhere in the world. Addressing over 400 groups each year, historian David Barton (www.wallbuilders.com) presented many facts about Common Core. He answered questions from the Forum audience on how parents can rid their school of these federal controls. His answer: Use personal relationships. Gather teachers and parents, contact School Board Members, call State Representatives personally. Ask them to help you rid your school of the Common Core curriculum.
Originally funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation up until last year when polling showed a high disapproval rate, Common Core detailed by David Barton is an open and overt indoctrination of students away from self-confidence, personal achievement, and Christian morality. Touted initially by some as free money, states and schools find themselves burdened financially after the initial implementation period. In the Common Core curriculum, the student loses their individual identity and becomes part of an affirmative action group. Eliminated from the curriculum are facts about American history and the stories of great statesman and American heroes. Removed are references to historical battles and wars. Gone is any reference to Hitler’s extermination of the European culture by murdering millions of intellectual dissidents and Jews in the Holocaust. To help children fight daily programming from Common Core, Barton suggests parents should ask their children every day about what they have learned in school. Then reteach them at home the facts they have missed about American History and World History. Make history come alive with colorful biographical stories.
In Common Core, facts are replaced by distortions, innuendos, and questions about America’s value systems. One such question concerns the decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan. Not discussed is the fact that over 300,000 lives of American servicemen in the Pacific were spared by ending the war, even though 14,000 lives were lost in Japan.
Barton pointed out that high stakes testing (teacher’s salaries linked to successful test scores) causes teachers to teach to the test instead of teaching students how to think. Although not required for charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, and home-schooled children, Common Core influences the curriculum of all schools by means of the testing criterion (SATs). To eliminate the influence of Common Core entirely, some states are working on a replacement test for the SAT test.
David Barton discussed how America’s students were taught many years ago to think through problems and issues. Each student developed confidence by participating in this process. Students were asked to take a position on one side or the other. Then they researched and argued that position, debating facts with others. Students did not simply regurgitate information. During the early years of America, students as young as eleven (11) or thirteen (13) years of age entered college. By age fourteen (14), some had graduated from medical school. Students studied Latin and Greek and read the classics of literature.
David Barton then said, “If you hate America, you will love Common Core.” This statement made many wonder who wrote the curriculum. David’s comments emanate from knowledge gained from his unique library-museum collection of thousands of original artifacts, writings, and documents from early America. Having written numerous best-selling books largely drawn from this extensive library that feature America’s forgotten history and heroes, Barton emphasizes factual history and paints colorful biographies. America’s moral, Christian, and Constitutional heritage is not what Common Core implants in the minds of our school children today.
Barton is a well-known for his research and expertise on historical and Constitutional issues. He heads the national pro-family organization Wall Builders and serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators. Participating in several cases at the Supreme Court, David has contributed to the development of social studies standards for numerous states helping to produce some popular history textbooks used in schools today throughout the nation.
Introduced to the Forum audience as “America’s Historian” according to one news organization, David Barton has been called by Time Magazine as a hero to millions, including some powerful politicians, and one of America’s twenty-five most influential evangelicals. Having received numerous national and international awards, including “Who’s Who In Education”, DAR’s Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, his work in the media has earned him several awards, including the Telly Award, the Angel Award, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. David and his wife Cheryl reside in Aledo, Texas, and they have three grown children.
Of great significance in this age of forced compliance and ignorance, of oblique non-transparency and unresponsive power structures, was David Barton’s disclosure that in the Federalist Papers, the Northwest Ordinance, Article 3, it states that schools must teach religion, morality, and knowledge. The Christian religion’s Ten Commandments are not being taught in schools. Like Paul Revere, Barton calls for Americans to cast off attacks from within. Barton then added that Abraham Lincoln was aware that the philosophy taught in the school room would become the philosophy of the government within just one generation.
Expanding on David Barton’s thoughts, history tells this writer that the Christian founders of this Republic fled oppression from a church in Europe to gain religious and economic freedom here in the new world. They wanted to read the Bible, to freely worship God and His Son Jesus Christ in their own way. So, the United States was founded by Christians. The United States is based upon Christian principals. The Christian religion has always been part of who Americans are, of what America is -- current mind-controls notwithstanding. Evidence of this morality and ethics, of knowing what is right and wrong, can be seen adorning a place in the Supreme Court building where God’s Ten Commandments are shown.
Expanding on Barton’s comments, from the Left’s attacks on Christianity and Christian teachings in our schools, it should be noted that many judges and politicians have erroneously or by design chosen to make ‘church’ and ‘religion’ synonymous. Discussions of religion have been removed from classrooms, except for discussions about Islam. The founders of this nation separated “church from the state” but not “religion from the state”. It is important to understand this difference.
Expanding his thoughts a bit more, a church is Man’s interpretation of religion -- the reason there are so many different Christian churches in America. In Europe, only men who were members of the one church were privileged to achieve economic power. Here in America our founders refused to make membership in a church a requisite for holding elective office. Long ago in school classrooms, every man and woman was schooled in Christian ethics and morality, so our founders assumed those elected to office would exhibit statesmanship, morality and ethics, regardless of their church affiliation. Today due to the work of Progressives who are verbal acrobats unrestricted by morality and ethics, architects of changing the U.S. Constitution by judicial decree instead legally by the Amendment process, promoters of cult ideologies that feign a relationship with God for power, and haters of Christian family values and traditions have taken advantage of the media, folks’ ignorance and apathy and lack of knowledge about U.S. History and the U.S. Constitution. America’s primary identity, the stabilizing religion of Christianity has been attacked. All references to the Christian religion in America’s public school classrooms have been removed.
David Barton referred parents and educators to the website www.haltcommoncore.com where information is updated regularly. From this website he outlined eight areas of concern concerning Common Core: (1) Mediocrity – Common Core standardizes mediocrity and lacks academic rigor, (2) Common Core undermines federalism, state and local controls and accountability, and parental rights, (3) The implementation of this federal curriculum is costly for states and schools, (4) Common Core is unproven – uses untested methods and methodology, (5) Common Core data-mines, and is particularly intrusive and dangerous of a student’s and their parent’s Constitutional rights, (6) Common Core indoctrinates – openly and overtly promotes Islam excluding Christianity and teaches racial hatred, making public education worse, (7) encourages dark offensive supplementary reading as a means of normalizing pedophilia, rape, incest, graphic sex pornography, etc., (8) and reshapes all types of schooling by means of the testing criteria.
The attack on America, on our strength, our moral and ethical values, continues. Average folks are forced to do more than they otherwise would. More than anywhere else, the attack on America’s education is an attack on America’s future. The children are critical because they are America’s tomorrows. David Barton was indeed a breath of intelligence and insight. The Forum audience showed appreciation for his expertise and information with a standing ovation. A book signing completed the session.
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