There is something rotten in American education. It is called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which claims it is “preparing America’s students for success.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. This snide lie hides the fact that the average person in the US is becoming increasingly ignorant, rather than knowledgeable, with a weak grasp of history, no basic math skills, and no ability to apply simple reason or logic. This trend in education is termed “dumbing down” by some critics.
On the surface, having a national education program for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) that has a unified curriculum and measurable standards (metrics) sounds like a good idea. And it is. Just look at European countries like France and Germany which have had effective national standards for decades.
The Common Core website explains:
“The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs.”
So far, so good. But does Common Core deliver the goods it promises? The answer, unquestionably, is NO. Research reported in June 2016 by ACT (which administers the ACT career and college pre-admission test in schools every year) “points to certain discrepancies between portions of the Common Core State Standards and skills some educators believe are most important for college readiness.”
Is there more evidence that Common Core does not prepare students to continue successfully in the pursuit of quality higher education, as it purports to do? Why yes. Yes, there is.
The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal quotes Common Core advocate Professor Jason Zimba as saying that the national academic standards program does not prepare students for acceptance by “selective” (read: good) institutions of higher education. Instead, it gets them ready “for the colleges most kids go to, but not for the college most parents aspire to.”
In other words, forget Harvard and Yale. Say hello to your local community college, dummy. (Hey, it’s not your fault you were robbed of a decent education. Please do learn how to read so you can vote out the bums who initiated this debilitating scheme to “improve” public education.)
One major short-coming of Common Core is preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Denver Post reported both in 2013 and 2016 that the state’s math standards do not include pre-calculus “and that high school graduates taught only to Common Core’s mathematics standards won’t be prepared to pursue a four-year degree in STEM.”
The Denver Post article cites James Milgram, a mathematics professor at Stanford University in California who wrote an article whose title says it all:
“Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM”
But Common Core claims that:
“The mathematics standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.”
Here is a sample math problem posted on Facebook. The question is to “make 10 when adding 8 + 5” which is, in itself, perplexing. Why would one want to “make 10” for simple addition? The student explains, quite reasonably, “You can not make 10 with 8 + 5.” The teacher reproves:
“Yes you can. Take 2 from 5 and add it to 8 (8 + 2 = 10), then add 3.”
Is your head spinning from subtracting in order to add? If so, you are not alone. Concerned father Josh Crittenden commented on the above example of the Common Core approach to math:
“My son has come home with a lot of work like this. It is more confusing than anything.”
The fact is that failure to teach rote memorization of the multiplication table has led to the inability for younger folks to do math “in their heads” – which also means they can’t evaluate an answer to see if it is reasonable.
Have you ever met a sales cashier who could not make change for a cash sale when the register wasn’t working? Again, you are not alone.
Academic shortcomings aside, Common Core uses online testing – which failed due to technical glitches in March 2016, affecting scores for the Monroe County Schools in Tennessee. U.S. News reported that ” the testing technology was breaking down.”
The technical failures which plagued the Monroe County school system got so bad that “the online test was canceled and the entire state would instead administer a paper test to be given on a yet-to-be-determined date.”
Every student, teacher, and administrator in the entire state of Tennessee was stressed out and inconvenienced by this enforced “volatile testing atmosphere.”
The real culprit behind the travesty of education that publicly schooled Americans must suffer today is former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan from Chicago, Illinois who held this vital position from 2009-2015 under President Barack Obama.
After drafting the new national standards that would be responsible for the continued dumbing down of American youth, Duncan actually told Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon (who was concerned about this “federal takeover of curriculum”), in May 2013 during a budget presentation:
“It is not a black helicopter ploy. We’re not trying to get inside people’s minds and brains.”
Say whaaaaat? Given that we know that the federal government regularly uses denial/ridicule/distraction techniques to propel their propaganda machine, was Duncan really indicating that Common Core is, in fact, a CIA mind control program?
Here’s how Duncan defended Common Core by ridiculing the opposition after the national education standards program was first introduced in 2009:
“It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.”
So now the fault lies with the parents, the “white suburban moms” – taxpayers all, who fund the very program that has failed the nation so miserably? Really?
Whose fault is it, then, that US history books are being rewritten to present downright falsehoods like this, also posted on Facebook:
“When the European settlers arrived, they needed land to live on. The First Nations people [native American Indians] agreed to move to different areas to make room for the new settlements.”
No, in point of fact, they didn’t agree to anything of the sort. The United States federal government set about systematically and with malice aforethought, to kill great numbers of innocent indigenous people with pestilent blankets and forced them off their lands. We must NEVER FORGET the brutal forced march of the Cherokee Nation known as the TRAIL OF TEARS!
Noted author and critical social analyst George Orwell summed up the current situation in American education like this:
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
Albert Einstein, one of the smartest people in recent history, said:
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
Why parents allow these dumbing-down programs to go on is beyond understanding – unless the parents, too, were victims of the dumbing down of American education.