In the last few weeks we’ve heard about some awful things our children are being exposed to under Common Core. Here’s a couple recent examples:
“Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil.
Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: ‘You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!’”
“Welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an ‘outdated’ document?
The worksheet says:
‘You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and editing the Bill of Rights… You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.’”
We’ve seen other indoctrinating and offensive problems in math and English as well.
Why are students getting these assignments? Is it the Common Core standards? No. Common Core standards don’t instruct people to do this. The people writing curriculum for Common Core are creating these types of activities. They know that teachers without quality curriculum materials (like we used to have) look to big sources of Common Core aligned activities to choose from. Those sources are being written and funded by people like George Soros who want to tear down our country. One example is the Open Education movement which is being co-opted (https://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/agenda/) and tied into Common Core. Sources such as these make it easy for teachers to grab an activity labeled as aligned to Common Core and without thinking (or perhaps even matching their own agenda) use it in the classroom on their students. Then if its discovered to be something inappropriate, they can hide behind the “it’s Common Core aligned” label. Unless Utah has direct control over the sources of curriculum and assessments, we are at risk of thoughtless teachers and administrators taking materials at face value and putting them into the classroom for students to be exposed to, just like the recent pornographic book recommendations that came from the national Common Core site that made their way into Utah students classrooms on an approved reading list.