Everybody wants to improve education. There are many opinions on how America ought to go about better educating the generation that will soon inherit this country. With massive deficits and a national debt over $17 trillion with no clear solution in sight, the next generation will have their work cut out for them as they navigate the choppy waters in the wake of the today’s “leaders” who have seemingly failed to uphold the golden American standard of giving the next generation a better life than the generation before.
So, in order to improve education, what is being done? Is the Department of Education pushing for a privatization of education, knowing that doing so creates a more robust competition and better learning environment? Are they dusting off “No Child Left Behind”?
Nope- the prevailing trend is the Common Core Standards that not-so-subtly seek to fundamentally control and shape the political and social perspectives of the generation that is on deck.
Unfortunately, the examples of Common Core indoctrination is nothing new; the examples are too numerous to mention. However, the most recent examples of leftist brainwashing comes in the form of teaching possessive nouns to teach children to mindlessly follow the will of government.
Chris Sardegna of Orange County, California, has captured what Common Core is teaching third graders.
The exercise calls for students to make sentences less wordy by employing possessive nouns. The first example is: The job of a president is not easy. The answer: “The president’s job is not easy.” Nothing outlandish here; aside from the all-too-frequent vacations and golf outings, the president’s job is, indeed, difficult.
What follows is more disturbing as students are subtly reminded to obey government and abandon free-thinking.
2) The people of a nation do not always agree.
3) The choices of a president affect everyone.
4) He makes sure the laws of the country are fair.
5) The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.
6) The wants of the individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.
So, for those reading, I have an exercise for you: What are the underlying, take-away messages from these statements that children should be bringing home?
1) The president’s job is to make sure everything is fair.
2) It is the duty of citizens subjects to follow what government tells us
3) The individual’s wants are less important than the nation’s well-being.
Of course, this is erroneous on several levels. First, the president’s job is to execute the will of Congress. Period. If we were going to nit-pick, if anyone had the job of assuring fairness, it would be the Supreme Court who rules on the Constitutionality of laws.
Second, it is most certainly not the duty of citizens to follow governmental commands. Our birth as a nation came from the disobedience of patriotic citizens who saw that the government’s commands were wrong. The Civil Rights Movement, a shining example of courage, came from continued civil disobedience. We should teach children to challenge government and disobey that which is wrong. Further, we should be trying to foster belief in the individual, not demean it.
Of course, the nature of Common Core indoctrination is often very subtle. They glorify union bullying as heroic examples of standing up for rights, but institute small jabs and misrepresentations to purposefully manipulate the minds of those who know no better. The left is looking to get ‘em young, and with Common Core, they are likely to succeed unless Americans share and voice their outrage over what children are learning.