What’s so rotten about Common Core Curriculum?

CorePart of the government’s economic stimulus program will poke, prod and train your children. And on top of that, it will datamine your children through many different measuring tools including wireless skin sensors, facial expression cameras and even MRIs. Think we’re kidding?

It’s all part of something called the Common Core Standards.  We’re just going to call it Common Core, and today you’re going to hear why many people are concerned. Where does Common Core come from, and what is its end game? We want to provide you with as many resources as we can about this topic.

Someone who has been sounding the alarm about Common Core is Kyle Olson, publisher and founder of EAGnews.org dedicated to education reform. Kyle is a contributor to TownHall.Com and has written a book titled, Indoctrination: How Useful Idiots Are Using Our Schools To Subvert American Exceptionalism.


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If you would like to explore homeschooling for your children, there are many great curricula available including one we highly recommend: Freedom Education Project.

If you want to get even deeper into the national concerns about Common Core and what parents can expect in the years ahead, we are sharing three short videos from Blaze TV that will help:

http://www.video.theblaze.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=25885781&width=400&height=224&property=theblaze

http://www.video.theblaze.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=25886205&width=400&height=224&property=theblaze

And finally, this one connecting the dots between Common Core, government, food, global corporations and education. It’s all about intelligence gathering and control.

http://www.video.theblaze.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=25886183&width=400&height=224&property=theblaze

 

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6 Responses to What’s so rotten about Common Core Curriculum?

  1. Dave Mosher says:

    Greetings Amy and Mike!

    Thanks for the above blog on this shocking situation. I have been researching public schools ("government schools") and homeschooling. The above situation is one more reason to take our kids out of public schools and homeschool them. Thank you also for all the informative links below the blog.

    Just one correction. You stated: "It’s all part of something called the Common Core Standards and Curriculum, also referred to by educators as CSCOPE."

    Actually Common Core and CSCOPE are two different programs. Common Core is a national program, while CSCOPE is based in Texas.

    Common CORE (CCSSI, Common Core State Standards Initiative): http://www.commoncore.org/

    CSCOPE: http://www.cscope.us/index.html

    Despite denials by educators, Common Core and CSCOPE are related: http://www.redhotconservative.com/cscope-linked-t

    And here is an article with many links detailing how to fight Common Core and CSCOPE: http://www.txcscopereview.com/2013/action-against

    I also found this article describing Common Core and CSCOPE lesson plans: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/02/want-t

    God bless you Amy and Mike – Dave

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  2. Dave Mosher says:

    Amy and Mike –

    To put it another way, each state's public educators are fighting for state standards (in Texas this involves the controversial CSCOPE curriculum). These state standards will fall under federal standards (Common Core). And federal U.S. standards of course will fall under a third tier of standards – global education standards of the coming One World government of the Antichrist.

    Here is an article by Carl Teichrib, summarizing some articles Berit Kjos has written about the global control of education. It's a good starting point for researching how state standards and federal U.S. standards fit under the global umbrella: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/forcing-change/

    God bless you – Dave

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  3. Laura Young says:

    Thank you for posting this. I have family members that I will definitely be sharing it with.I have been reading about Common Core and CSCOPE a lot lately, as many of us have, and for some reason your post made me think about a series of books that were HIGHLY recommended to us by Christian-based homeschoolers. It is called the "Core Knowledge" series by E.D. Hirsch. Again, it was HIGHLY recommended. The book series is "What Your (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc…) Grader Needs to Know". We used these books loosely as a guide to make sure we were "hitting the marks" of education when our kids were younger and I remember that there were a lot of things that we skipped over because they were nonsensical and really a waste of our time. I just visited the website for Core Knowledge and found a letter where they say they support the Common Core Standards program – I must confess I was more than a little surprised. I realize that the word "common" is common between both programs, so it's not a stretch, it's just that this series was so widely used by Christian homeschoolers. I will NOT be recommending it to new homeschoolers again in the future and will be throwing out my copies. Just wanted to post this to any other homeschooling families that might be using the series as well. http://www.coreknowledge.org/ccss (read it for yourself)

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    • Dave Mosher says:

      Laura, thanks for the info. Another publisher I'm disappointed in – for the same reason – is BJU Press. Their website shows they provide curricula for Christian schools as well as Christian homeschoolers. Yet they too have fallen for Common Core: http://www.bjupress.com/resources/common-core-sta… Considering how conservative/fundamentalist Bob Jones University has been over the years, I'm surprised BJU Press is not more discerning of the dangers of Common Core.

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      • Rose says:

        I was surprised as well and wrote an email to BJU asking about their use of Common Core standards. I received the following reply from the Customer Service representative:

        As a publisher dedicated since its founding almost forty years ago to excellence and Truth, BJU Press strives to keep itself constantly abreast of changes in both pedagogy and technology. To be abreast of is not, of course, the same as blindly aligning with or even totally agreeing with. BJU Press serves all who want a publisher they can trust to deliver academically sound and biblically integrated materials and who expect that publisher to vigilantly check its products against rigorous standards, both educational and theological. Assaying to model what we teach, thinking critically and biblically about everything we produce, we have given much careful thought to addressing Common Core Standards.

        Showing that our materials meet most Common Core Standards serves the needs for some of our customers. However, it does not mean that we changed our position on core philosophy or our own standards of good teaching to meet the standards. For example, with the Next Generation Science Standards currently under development, there will be some conflicts. Some standards we will address by approaching them from a proper Christian perspective. Some standards we will not address at all in our materials. We have been doing this critical vetting with other national standards for years in an effort to stay true to scripture while at the same time still properly preparing students for the expectations of higher studies as well as of the requirements of standardized testing.

        Moreover, some Common Core Standards actually align with our standards. For example, both the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards contain an increased emphasis on deeper understanding of underlying concepts rather than on mere memorization of facts. They also emphasize critical thinking and the supporting of positions with evidence. Such standards fit well with our educational philosophy. We can easily show how these standards appear in our materials.

        Other Common Core Standards address only the minimum requirements and may be one or more grade levels below what we recognize as good teaching. We do not limit ourselves to the level of the standards, but go beyond, based on our philosophy of learning and sound educational practices. In other words, our materials exceed these Common Core Standards in age-appropriate instruction and academic rigor. So to show that we meet the standards is comparable to showing how plans for a church building meet building codes and guidelines. But, like a good builder, BJU Press goes beyond minimal standards to create a beautiful and functional space that would please even the most discriminating architect.

        The Common Core State Standards are intended to be a quality check on secular education, a bar below which secular materials should not fall. A Christian publisher can refer to them in developing materials without being conformed to the world and can thus be, as a result, both salt and light. The benefit of teaching with BJU Press materials is getting an education from a Christian worldview that cannot be discredited. By consulting standards which are accepted in nearly every state and are becoming the basis of standardized tests, we not only maintain our own higher standards but also make it as easy for those who must prove Common Core compliance to use the best Christian materials available as it is for those who do not have to or do not want to.

        Kind Regards

        Janis
        Customer Service / BJU Press /

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