Exposing Common Core: Kids are being indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology

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Just last week, Glenn invited a number of guests into the studio to expose the indoctrination taking place in Texas schools under the name of CSCOPE. Tonight he turned his attention to Common Core, a program infiltrating schools across the United States. As Glenn quickly found out during the show, there was too much information to limit it all to one show. So tonight, Glenn brought guests on the forefront of the fight against Common Core who are speaking out because they have seen the impact of the program on education.

Why is Common Core so devastating for education? It’s dumbing down schools across the country.

It’s teaching math in an untested new way with no evidence that it works or has any hope of working. Math experts are even saying it marks the end of improvement in education.

It de-emphasizes literary works like Huckleberry Finn in favor of informational texts including song lyrics and government documents.

And, of course, historical documents like the Gettysburg Address are going to be taught without any kind of context.

“This is just the beginning,” Glenn said, “And it has to be stopped.”

Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have all built their curriculum from this single program.

Glenn said that people should also be wary of Common Core based on the people who are putting it together. For example Linda-Darling Hammond was endorsed by domestic terrorist Bill Ayers for Secretary of Education and served as an advisor to the Obama campaign.

“Progressives have jammed this through in the dead of night,” Glenn said. “Beside being dumber, our kids are going to be indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology.”

“We will not save our country unless we save it first from this attack.”

To expose the issues brought about by Common Core, Glenn interviewed teachers and educators fighting back against the program:

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Additional Resources:

Michelle Malkin’s “Rotten to the Core” analysis of Common Core

Common Core opt-out form

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Teach the youth that the truth is a lie and a lie is the truth and you have them accept that the government is the ‘solution’ to everything under a Communist totalitarian dictatorship.

  • Annette D’Agostini

    Glen, in the beginning of your program, you mentioned that books like Huckleberry Finn would not be included in Common Core.  That is just not true.  There are many books that are recommended by the Common Core website.  I just visited there and Tom Sawyer is one of them.  There are many other great works of literature that are encouraged by Common Core.  I don’t agree with everything in the Common Core, but the works of literature that are recommended by the standard in Common Core are very good ones.  I am a teacher and it is great to see the scope of great literature that they encourage us to teach our students.  Go to the website for Common Core and you can find this information for yourself.

  • Draxx

    Something I find Strange is…

    When I was a Grade Schooler in the 70′s we Sang Songs I Can Still Remember The Song Names and Lyrics!  Whenever I ask young kids (including my own, nieces, & nephews), “What songs do you sing in school?  Can you sing a song from school for me?”.  The usual response is “Uh, I don’t know, songs…”, the response to please sing, “I don’t really know the words…”.  I believe they are teaching them to LIE to Adults/Parents about what they sing because it is Propaganda and Brainwashing (and many Psychologist say that songs are easier to remember than just reading or listening to a speech/lesson). 

    My Daughter Will Talk to Me in plain english, and she is very open with me.  One Week two years ago my daughter came home (3rd grade) from school and told me about a book in the School Library. When I asked her what it was about she told me B. Obummer (the POTUS), and how it says that he is the greatest president ever!  She told me that she Did Not Believe That It Was True (Thank God)!  I asked her to check out the book so I could see what they were teaching my kids, she came back to tell me they would not let her check out the Obummer Book, and that she HAD To Read It In The Library Only!  Then she asked me a question that bothered me to the Core, “Dad why is the librarian keeping two lists on the book?  One list is for Kids That Check Out The Book To Read (in the library), and another list for Those Kids That Don’t Check Out The Book!”  (She was getting very excited/ansy at this point because talking about it made her very nervous!).  I asked her what she thought she should do, and she said the it would probably be better to check it out and be on the Good List, even if she does not believe in what it said.  I told her that it was a Very Wise Response for a 3rd Grader, and that she made the Right Choice!  I went the Next Day To Her School to see the Obummer Book Myself, so I could make an Informed Decision about it.  At the Library I was Confronted by Three Librarians, in a manner similar to a bouncer getting in the way of a drunk person to get them to Leave!  One Snapped Out, “What Do You Want?” in a very rude tone.  I told her that I was here to see the Obummer Book because my daughter was not allowed to take it out of the library, in a pleasant tone unlike the gruffness I was given.  I was promptly told, “I’m Sorryyyyyyy but that would be Impossible Since We Shipped Them To Another School LAST NIGHT…  There aren’t enough copies for every school to have one… Maybe Next Time!”.  (Excuse My Language Please, But I Knew That Bitch Was Lying To Me!!!)  Instead of causing problems for myself and my daughter without proof, I left the school.  Two Weeks Later We Had Transferred Our Kids To Another School!!!  It was because my daughter is a Critical Thinker that we knew to move them to another school…  Now, if I can just get other kids to do the same!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1513513031 Carl Wodrich

     Have you actually researched any deeper than face value?  When you search for information on Common Core you get result pages over and over and over with the recurring theme of how wonderful it is and will be…  If something sounds too good to be true…   The problem lies when you start looking deeper into the curriculum and actual mathematics and other course particulars.  As much as I am not a fan of posting links I’ll do so in hopes that you’ll consider them and look further for yourself. 

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/04/principal-i-was-naive-about-common-core/

    http://michellemalkin.com/2013/01/23/rotten-to-the-core-obamas-war-on-academic-standards-part-1/

    You may have found one grain of hope to hold onto with the literature you mention that doesn’t discount the rest of the statements and information provided in the segment. As a teacher you should realize that no matter how wonderful the recommended books are, that without context and the ability to comprehend what they are reading it may be no more interesting or beneficial than reading an assembly manual for a particle accelerator.  Please look into the program further, check with other educational staff dealing with the system and then make an informed decision.  A teacher should as no less of themselves as they would from their students.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

    Who are the people who control or curriculum who gives them that authority?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

    By Diane Ravitch
    I have thought long and hard about the Common Core State Standards.
    I have decided that I cannot support them. In this post, I will explain why.

    I have come to the conclusion that the Common Core standards effort is fundamentally flawed by the process with which they have been foisted upon the nation

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/26/why-i-oppose-common-core-standards-ravitch/

  • Anonymous

    In the 60s and 70s I spent a tremendous amount of time fighting the “education” system, and it was a waste of time, effort and money. The “educators” have far more money, clout and credibility than parents will ever have. The only way to win is for parents to pull their kids out of the indoctrination centers. That won’t happen because too many parents (a) don’t see/care about the the problem — they are happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours,  or (b)  Parents think their teacher is wonderful and would never do anything “like that”. or (c) Some parents just can’t afford to stop working and stay at home.

    When there is a will there is a way.  Unlike the 60s, there are many, many good programs parents can use to teach kids at home. Parents could form cooperatives.

    With Common Core, parents don’t have a choice. Leave their kids in the system while they try to get Common Core out (and in the meantime their kids will be exposed to and destroyed by the system) or take their kids away from the system. First things first. Take your kids away and then fight Common Core. 

    Charlotte Iserbyt, a senior policy adviser in the Dept. of Ed during the Reagan years documented what was happening at the time that is a preview  of what parents are dealing with today. . You can download her documentation at no cost at  http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

  • Anonymous

    How many times will you shift your child around? TAKE YOUR CHILD AWAY FROM THE SYSTEM!

  • Anonymous

    It is this kind of thing that gives parents a false send of security. The teacher is probably a lovely, caring person who would NEVER do anything to indoctrinate a child. Parents need to understand that teachers don’t need to be scholars, they just need to be trainable. 

  • Anonymous

    its good to pay attention to this stuff, but the common core seems to be based on a fair number of studies into different education systems and what does and does not work as well as some childhood psychology (like don’t teach middle schoolers algebra b/c their brains aren’t developed enough yet to handle those kinds of abstract solving for x stuff).
    the base ten thing, the videos here sort of skipped the explaining part, but it seems to just be a different way of learning it which is why it wouldn’t make sense to those of us who learned it a different way.  Just b/c something is considered to be common sense doesn’t mean its right (big final exams or large tests are bad for learning, small cumulative quizzes spread out over time are better).
    and i don’t see how you can have leftist mathematics

  • Draxx

    We are in the Process of setting up for Home Schooling…  We just want to make sure we have our ducks in a row before taking them out completely!  It won’t be long, but we might actually let them finish the next 2 months of school and then start home schooling.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry I screamed at you, Draxx. It’s just that I get so frustrated with parents who can’t or won’t rescue their kids from the diabolical system. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Della-Thorne/100003558325240 Della Thorne

    The State of AZ is implementing it (yeah a republican superintendent of schools) next year and according to the school family & friends are bullying me into sending my son to next year, admit they have no idea what it’s about and in conjunction are using a “cambridge “fast track” curriculum” from the UK? Oh and a part of all this is denying your race Fridays (if you’re white) and I’m not kidding…not even a little

  • Anonymous

    This is madness! What was wrong with the old Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic?  They need to go back to BASICS, instead of throwing basics out the window. Most people online today don’t seem to know how to read, write, spell or think. WHAT school system/curriculum is producing a nation of barely functional illiterates? And why and how is this Gates/Core crap going to solve that?

    Instead of throwing out literature, they should be doubling down on it and requiring lots of book reports! It is only from READING and WRITING that students LEARN reading and writing, not to mention LOGIC and the basics of HUMAN INTERACTION, SOCIALIZATIOIN, and CIVILITY.

    Oh, and by the way, didn’t we hear that this Common Core also throws out all CIVICS classes, so students won’t have a clue about their government and its checks and balances?

    Sounds like they want to crank out a bunch of brainless automatons, not human beings. (Sort of sounds like something Bill Gates would be involved with, doesn’t it?)

    This is madness.

  • Bonnie Somer

    THIS IS IT THE OBAMA COMMUNIST AGENDA AND THE DEM UNIONLEFT TEACHERS OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AREALL THE SAME THIS IS PARTLY THE PARENS JOB TO TEACH UR KIDS TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT RIGHT THAT THIS IS WRONG.  AS A PARENT I TAUGHT MY KIDS WHAT MARX, LENIN, FASCISM, COMMUNISM AND TOTALITARIANISM IS AND THE REAL HISORY OF AMERICA.  I MADE THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT DIFFERENCE IS Y THE CONSTITUTION I GREAT NOW IS IT THE LINE WAS DRAWN WHEN OBAMA BECAME PREZ AND WE THE PEOPLE MUST DEFEND NOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687381809 Amy Rosno

    As a high school English teacher, the day I teach Federal Reserve papers over Huck Finn is the day they’ll have to pry the classics from my cold, dead hands.
     

  • Mark

    This is a tragedy - http://goo.gl/jzmc 

    You are the tragedy, your renunciation of all that is reasonable is the root.

  • Shane

     The Left has been using public schools to indocrinate our children into the Cult of Liberalism for 50 years. If you can, get your children out of the government schools. In the states, conservatives should be pushing for vouchers that allow children to select their schools.

  • Anonymous

    ed – you seem to be much too reasonable for this site.  You need to get with the program, set your hair on fire and let ‘er fly!  lol

  • Anonymous

    Look into religious schools.  Not only is tuition surprisingly low, there are a multitude of financial assistance programs offered through the church.  Additionally, most accept students who may not be from their denomination.  My child attends Catholic school and we’re not Catholic.  A fore-warning to Liberals — if you send your child to a religious school, he / she / it may hear The Lord’s name mentioned.  And, it’s still “Christmas”, “Easter” and “Columbus Day”.

  • Anonymous

     And just how do you know you’re seeing the whole, TRUE curriculum?  These people happily LIE to deceive parents, & teach kids not to trust you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.gehret Todd Gehret

    In this, did they completely remove or alter Trivium and Quadrivium?

  • http://twitter.com/ArmorandSHIELD Super Heroes

    June 16, 2009  Governors Symposium  Arne Duncan explains Common Core http://www.nga.org/cms/newsroom/videos
    “It is especially important that this is started at the state level because some people will raise concerns that common standards across states will lead to federal overreach….So, let’s be clear, this effort is being led by Governors and Chief State School Officers.  This is YOUR work.  This is YOUR agenda.  Tonight, I’m announcing that the Obama Administration will help pay for the costs of developing those tests…There’s never been this much money on the table and there may never again be.  Now again, some people will claim that a commonly created test is a threat to the state’s control.  Let’s remember who’s in charge.  YOU are.  YOU create the test.  YOU will drive the process and YOU will call the shots.”Community Organizing at its finest.  Give people the illusion that they are in charge while you fund them, which means you own them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.c.watkins Patricia Clark Watkins

    I am with you about the frustrations with the Obummer books. I am also dealing with that with my grandchild in first grade. She came home and said her teacher was reading the books to the class and her teacher thinks Obama is our promise of hope. There were many more details and complaints I will not go into in this post. My grandchild said isn’t Jesus our promise of hope and I realized there are some things taught at home that schools can’t change. My grandchild was smart enough to see where the liberal teacher was going with this Obama worship, but not all children are, so we need to stop this. Many say the answer is homeschooling but that still doesn’t stop our tax dollars from going to it and it is not right for the marxist progressives to hijack our schools and destroy our children. We need to save all children, not just our own, or the country will never survive capitalism. What worth is an education if you have no place to function as an America worker once did.

  • http://twitter.com/Navigator1924 Navigator1924

    I tutored 1st and 2nd graders from our town’s government projects through a ministry that my church participates in.  I saw this method and also saw that the children had no grasp at all.
    When I tried to add using the traditional method, one child told me he wasn’t supposed to do it that way.
    We are starting a new school. “Downtown Academy” in Athens, Georgia. It will be a Christian school open to the children who live in the inner city. The parents are required to pay whatever they can every month. Starting with one dollar if that is all they have. But it will be financially supported by our church and those who would donate.  We’re starting with kindergarten and 1st grade. We are hoping to stop the cycle of poverty as it relates mainly with education. Check out our FB page of you would.  
    Bill Gates may be smart, but it is my opinion that he is promoting this in the same way he promotes population control. They are after a super chosen race, the rest of the population will be left to mire in the mud with the animals. They won’t need math, or history, or science. They won’t be allowed to rise up from the mire. They will be slaves to the government’s chosen ones.
    I was so proud that the teachers you had on your program were so outspoken. If only every teacher in my county would stand up the way these ladies did.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pam-Hillerich/100000941825058 Pam Hillerich

     Many Catholic and Christian schools have signed on for Common Core.  I thought my child was okay because she goes to a Catholic school…….after further investigation I found they started using Common Core in the last few years.  The panel on the show said it is also going to be forced on those who home school. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U5H6TFRU6NCPOTNCAW2MURTWAE Charles

    I’m a retired U.S. Marine, AND a 4th grade school teacher in northwest Ohio.
    The GOOD news is, most of the teachers that I work with are opposed to the curriculum and the general direction that we’re headed.
    The BAD news is that we’re being FORCED into abiding by and teaching this crap!
    We need PARENTS to speak up against this!
    Heaven help us …….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HUI2CD6DAUQMM7BN7NGM3VXEPM McMommy

    Eight years ago I pulled my children out of the school system and homeschooled them for the second half of the school year because of the new math being taught. My children simply had a hard time grasping the concept. I taught them the good old fashioned way and when they went back, they were far ahead of their peers. They went from failing to testing  98th percentile on state standardized tests. To this day, my kids come home and I have to reteach the only the basic functions of whatever class they are taking (algebra 1 or 2, pre-Cal, Calc)  so they can understand how to do the rest of the material.  One problem that has resulted though, is when showing how the answer was attained. The teachers want it their way, and my kids use the correct way. Both my kids end up tutoring the other students in their classes, as they are considered gifted. The reality, they can do math in a way that makes natural sense.

  • http://twitter.com/ArmorandSHIELD Super Heroes

    The Next Generation Science Standards are being rolled out this month.  http://nextgenscience.org/
    Stephen Pruitt from Achieve:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDKERiAGUsg
    “The way to change the system of equalibrium is to create a stress on the system.  These standards have an opportunity to do that…We have an opportunity, and we kinda need to make sure we don’t screw this up.”

  • Anonymous

    Glenn your friend Bill O’Reilly was school teacher please completely inform what taking place with C-scope and  common core in our nations schools so his voice can be added to in removing these obama place evils from our schools .!!!  What obama is doing to our children minds,sense of values,,individuality is a abomination ,same goes for ours schools  also he,canceling out states rights and powers,,cancel out parents inputs !! ,Contact everyone you can like Rush,Hannity so we have a army of voices and citizens to say NO loud enough government cannot say they didn’t hear the people on it and the truth about this evil obama put in our schools !!!  Where left wing news media cannot look other way in not informing the public of this obama  ABOMINATION OF OUR CHILDREN MINDS AND OUR SCHOOLS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.henninger Cheryl Henninger

    The first time my daughter showed me the ‘new math’, I was majorly confused and she was even more frustrated.  I showed her the ‘ol-fashioned way’ and she got it.  Do you near me, Common Core and Dept. of Education? She GOT it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.henninger Cheryl Henninger

     Amen.  I read Huck Finn as a high school freshman and a whole collection of classics: Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Orwell, Sophocles, Hemingway, as examples.  Now it’s Ender’s Run (what is that?) and A Wrinkle in Time and Tuck Everlasting.  What is going on?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.henninger Cheryl Henninger

     To be honest (and as weak as this will sound) I don’t know that my daughter will listen to me as her teacher.  I’m her mother, damn proud to be too.  I don’t know if she could or would separate those functions.

    I’ve dreamed of homeschooling our kids for a long time.  My son graduates this year and my daughter (going through the wringer….I mean, system) in 2019.  Little advice without the brow-beating would help more, please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustNancee Nancee Rainaud

    You never said if you looked elswhere for the book.  I think it’s important to get ahold of a copy!  Did you look anywhere else or go to schol admins?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dale-Lynn-Franks/525988846 Dale Lynn Franks

    I homeschool my 3rd grade twins.  We use a public system.  They threaten to expel my kids if they do not test (aims).  I told my kids to meet new friends when we go.  I also told them no need to do the test, just be polite, quiet and make a nice dotted picture.  We are a one income family with three kids so I’m am trying so hard to save monies up to buy our own materials.  They say the Pledge everyday and already know a lot about American History.  They will not go to College unless it is Hilldale or equivalent.  I am a very late life mom who is up for the fight.

  • Anonymous

    Cheryl, I understand what you are saying but it’s time to stop dreaming. Get together with another parent(s) and form a mini-co-op. Please download Charlotte Iserbyt’s research: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America:
    http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf

    It may motivate you to take action. When there is a will there is a way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1022781884 Tami Monroe Teaney

    Wow…I am amazed at the “new way” on the blackboard to solve such a simple math problem. How much more work and confusion can you cram into a child’s mind?

  • Anonymous

    Looks like this is Beck’s new “FEMA camps” issue…. Love the usual stupid generalities, Beckboy says they teach, horror of horrors! Government documents! You mean like the US Constitution?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569506257 Wendy Sanders Guillotte

    The math problems shown on the black board are spot on. My son 12 years, and daughter 10 years, are bringing home math homework that I am astonished at how they are being taught. I was trying to explain to my daugher a different way of solving a math problem, mainly because it was an easier way and she broke down in tears and almost panic telling me that she can’t do it that way, because she will get it wrong and get in trouble. I assured her that as long as you have the right answer I am sure the teacher doesnt mind  how you got it. In tears she told me no, she will mind and it has to be exactly how she taught it, its all about the thinking process! This was my 10 year old daughters words!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569506257 Wendy Sanders Guillotte

    The math problems shown on the black board are spot on. My son 12 years, and daughter 10 years, are bringing home math homework that I am astonished at how they are being taught. I was trying to explain to my daugher a different way of solving a math problem, mainly because it was an easier way and she broke down in tears and almost panic telling me that she can’t do it that way, because she will get it wrong and get in trouble. I assured her that as long as you have the right answer I am sure the teacher doesnt mind  how you got it. In tears she told me no, she will mind and it has to be exactly how she taught it, its all about the thinking process! This was my 10 year old daughters words!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.b.bobbitt Paula Barton Bobbitt

    That is part of the reason my kids do not attend public school!

  • Anonymous

    About 25 years ago I had a vivid dream that I still remember. I was dressed in camouflage clothes with a rifle in my hand. I was in a bunker at night and had to fight the “enemy.” I never saw the enemy, but knew there was one out there. (I sound like a paranoid schizophrenic. I’m not.) Now, these many years later, I know who I was having to fight. 
    I don’t even own a gun, but it’s OK. It’s not that kind of fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504540819 Suzanne Ouellette Burch

    Cheryl,
    My husband left the summer before my son’s freshman year for 6 months of training and 12 months in Iraq (yes 18 months total uggg.)  I had never been a fan of pubic school and that only got worse in the subsequent months.  By Christmas time, right after my husband made it to Iraq, the assistant principal at the HS pulled my son aside and told him that that he and his mother (me) were using his father’s deployment as a crutch and he needed to get is act together.  My son was the only one in this school with a parent deployed so had no one to talk to about it etc.  I was one of the ones who all the other wives and mothers would call for support because I was taking it all so well so you can imagine the shock when I heard what the ass. prinicipal had to tell my son.  It was then I began researching homeschooling and within 2 months I had my son out of school and had a strict curriculum set up for him at home.  It was really nice to be able to s spend extra time with him as well as have such a major role in WHAT he was learning, ie. no progressive indoctrination.  We had a flexible schedule too.  For the classes he excelled in we would get comfy in the Family room and he would just rattle off answers to me instead of the busy work of writing it all out.  For the tougher courses for him, like algebra, we sat at the dinin room table and he showed all of his work.  He had failed alegebra in 8th grade, and was failing it as a freshmen until I taught him how to do it without all the interruptions that his teachers would interject about their weekend dates or being vegetarians etc.  I taught him at home for 1 1/2 years or until his junior year.  He wanted to go back to school that year and we were ok with it as by then no one was going to indoctrinate him LOL.  The counselor said he had never seen such thorough  homeschool records and agendas.  The only regret I have is that I didnt homeschool him earlier and stick with it until he graduated. If I had it to do over again I would.  There are some amazing homeschool curriculums out there that will walk you through your lessons.  We used a couple of different ones, the harder ones for English, which my son excelled in and the not so difficult one for math.  So you can mix and match to get a specific fit for you child.  No cookie cutters in homeschooling.  And if your child breezes through a subject there is n sense making them spend the exact amt.. of time on that one as on the ones they struggle with like they do in PS.  It’s really not as scary as it sounds.  You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to homeschool, you just have to have basic skills and want the best for your child(ren).
     And as far as your daughter taking you seriously as her teacher, what better teacher on earth is there than a parent who only wants the best for his/her child(ren). It brought my son and I closer if anthying. We were also able to use my home based business as a learning tool. You have the ability to make learning FUN. Not the chore that public schools make it out to be.
    My son is now 22, an Iraqi veteran himself and has a thriving online business as a side job using the skills he learned while we homeschooled.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A6VBQGJGZGRS7KR2MLOEKKNUSY Miles

    That’s why so many more people are home schooling their kids.

  • Anonymous

    We all should spread the word to all parents to wake up for their child sake !!! To look into this obama abomination in our schools how  it effects our children to not be individuals with freedoms & rights &,to keep their parents values,can think for themseles, but into a program obama zombie drone!!  That parents owe to their children to make a inform decision on  this abomination of evil that obama have place in our schools if this what they want for their children ??????????????????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500191229 Julian A. Gonzalez

    The students should be involved in any and all discussions of this issue. This will give them a better grip of what is being taught to them.

  • Anonymous

    If obama abomination of C-scope and common core were so good for students and schools why did obama sneak it with the simulation package in  a cloak of darkness so parents,school officials,states officials and congress and senators would know nothing about this and when they want to investigate this evil they ‘re  block by the misuse of copy-right laws ?????????????????????? To me obama is not transparent when parents cannot find what going on is school with their children ,he is like a sneak thieve that come in the darkness of the  night to steal your child  well being to brain wash them for obama and progressive political agenda cannot wait until they are adults & what they’re doing hidden from parents eyes
     to me they are like pedophiles hid what they teaching & doing to your children and keeping secret from you !!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001379436847 Susie Weaver

    As long as I had children in school, I saw the social experimentation of the left. I can’t even count the number of iterations of “new math” I saw in those twenty-plus years. Please, please, parents, find out what your children are going to be exposed to if this program goes through. What ever happened to states’ rights?! And, if you are a home-schooler, you’d better get educated on this program too. You will not be immune. Educate yourselves. Anyone remember Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”? I think of this video everytime I hear of this educational indoctrination.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500969256 Tom Leach

    So Ohio is promoting this as the best thing for students since sliced bread.. So Sad is you read the comments in support …
    http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/tag/core-questions/

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    You mean like not teaching the Constitution or any truthful history for that matter. God forbid if they learn about the constitution instead of the teachings Karl Marx. You liberals are blind.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    They want to reprogram the children of the future and turn them into more voting zombies of occupy Wall Street. More reason for me to find a good job before I ever have children and find a private school that teaches true history true understanding of how the world works. Not this liberal B.S. of dumbing down children so they can have more mindless followers. You see the liberals on here saying anything to try to down play what is going on here. The reason they want to take our history from us is to make sure that we don’t have a national identity. Then they want to make the next few generations stupid so they will be dependent on what the government says instead of what is truth. They want to teach math this badly so that you don’t question their numbers when they don’t add up. They are doing this so they can have control over us because when the population is dumbed down they are easier to control and manipulated into doing anything the government wants from them. You want an example of this working look at North Korea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/teresa.patterson.750 Teresa Patterson

    I wish all parents cared as you do. Our kids are all grown so we have no clue what goes on in schools these days. it is wonderful reading comments from young parents like yourself. Please, all you young people who care, keep us informed.

  • Anonymous

     There is lots of support through home school co-ops.  I’ve been homeschooling my teenage daughter for three years now, and even though we get frustrated with each other sometimes, we both love it.  (Note:  We used to have the same frustration with homework and projects when she wasn’t homeschooled anyway.)  We attend a co-op that we absolutely love called Classical Conversations.  You can check out the program at http://www.classicalcoversations.com   It is hard making the switch, but ever so worth it!!  You will see a difference in your kids and it will be a light!  :-)

  • Anonymous

    The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language. Students in elementary school are expected by 5th grade to read fiction text 55% of their entire day and informational text the other 45% of their day. In middle school it is 50/50 and by the end of high school 30% fiction and 70% informational. Informational text takes up most of the day during science, social studies, and math. In fact the Appendix to the standards list many fiction books that should be read including those by Mark Twain. I am an educator and I will not apologize for working in public schools. I want to make difference with the students who don’t have the opportunity to be homeschooled. I delivered professional development today to a group of teachers using a Close Reading Strategy. We used the Gettysburg address during this lesson the participants interacted with the Address in multiple ways. What better way to have our students read about our history and discuss it. I am a huge fan of Glen Beck but was disappointed to read this article. I encourage everyone to read the standards before making judgements.

  • Anonymous

    He left out an important part. How do we stop this? Who do I call?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rene.tedfordschimel Rene Tedford Schimel

     EditorDesk, They will mandate common core curriculum in home schooling too! Watch The Blaze video. It seems only private schools will be safe. Unless we as parents/grandparents stop the common core programs in all our schools. We can’t run away from it, unless your wealthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rene.tedfordschimel Rene Tedford Schimel

    Draxx, They will mandate common core curriculum in home schooling too! Watch
    The Blaze video. It seems only private schools will be safe. Unless we
    as parents/grandparents stop the common core programs in all our
    schools. We can’t run away from it, unless your wealthy.

  • Jennifer McNeely

    My son is in second grade and has learned math in the “new way” as you said BUT he also knows how to do it the “old way” Open your minds just a bit. My son in second grade can add rows of numbers, knows his addition and subtraction math facts with out even thinking. His curriculum is called “everyday math” and I have seen nothing but success for my child with this program. I have a highschooler who was taught the “old way” (in a different school district) and he can’t add to save his life, my second grader kicks his ass in basic math facts.I seriously didn’t understand this process at all at first and I was terribly worried about the same things you are discussing — like NOt knowing math facts or how to add columns of numbers. But he totally does and can with expertise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.hamilton.7 Cynthia Hamilton

    Please Help Alex. 

    Help Alex Spourdalakis! He Needs Appropriate Medical Testing and Treatment

    By gammicca  |  Posted 37 minutes ago
     |  Maywood, Illinois

     

    Loyola
    Medical Center, Maywood, Chicago, Illinois: Provide Appropriate Medical
    Testing and Medical Treatment for Alex Spourdalakis.
     
    On
    behalf of Dorothy Spourdalakis, Alex’s mother and according to first
    hand eye witnesses and Dorothy Spourdalakis, Alex’s mother:We
    are reaching out on a Global Level to ensure the health and well being
    of all individuals without delays or prejudice due to any disability or
    other protected category.According to first hand eye witnesses and Dorothy Spourdalakis, Alex’s mother:Alex
    Spourdalakis, is a 14 year old nonverbal autistic child that as of
    March 15, 2013 is an inpatient at Loyola Medical Center in room 2243 in
    Chicago Illinois. He has severe autism and had been kept there, on an
    adult floor, since his transfer from Gottlieb Hospital on 2/28/2013.Alex
    remained in locked restraints to all four of his limbs for in excess of
    20 consecutive days, including the days he previously spent at Gottlieb
    held in an ER bay for approximately 14 of those days, unable to be
    admitted into a room.Alex’s basic human needs were not met.Alex did not have any accommodations for his disability.
     
    Alex did not have anyone attempt to provide him the ability to communicate.
     
    Alex
    has not been held in the least restrictive environment and the frequent
    assessments for his need to be restrained, as required by regulatory
    agencies and hospital policy, were not performed.
     
    Not one professional that specializes in autism had examined him.
     
    Alex
    was kept in locked restraints without any written plan to work towards
    release. Alex was denied medical care and intervention by this facility
    that he was specifically transferred there to receive.
     
    Alex’s mother had been denied a list of physicians in charge of his care.
     
    His mother had been denied a list of medications that are ordered for her child.
     
    His mother did not have access to a phone inside the patient room in order for her to access resources.
     
    He had not received any medical services other that psychiatric medications, restraint and seclusion since he arrived.
     
    He had a delay in treatment waiting 5 days for anordered
    consultative physician to see him and one additional day until he was
    examined by a specialist for his gastrointestinal problems, the very
    reason he was transferred to this facility.
     
    He had been held in restraints while the physicians had ordered and then cancelled this procedure.He was not being provided appropriate foods as he has many food allergies.
     
    He
    did not have access to any specialized evaluations or services from any
    professionals such as occupational health, speech therapy,
    developmental pediatrician or behavioral specialist who might have been
    able to address his disability.
     
    He
    was being denied medical care and accommodations for his disability of
    autism and his mother was purposefully being separated from him and
    threatened by hospital staff.
     
    His pain had not been assessed or treated.
     
    None
    of the many standardized assessment tools for nonverbal patients had
    been utilized and his mother was told that staff is “unable” to
    determine if he is having pain.
     
    He has not been medicated for pain.What we are asking Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, Chicago, Illinois to do:
     
    Provide Alex Spourdalakis with Immediate Medical Testing and Medical Treatment without further delay.Allow
    one of the many Autism Doctors who specialize in Gastrointestinal
    Disorders of Autistic Individuals that has been presented to you and
    your staff take the lead on his medical treatment plan and care.Provide his mother Dorothy Spourdalakis a list of medications that are ordered for her child.Provide
    a phone inside Alex’s room in order for her to access additional
    resources to ensure the safety, health and well-being of her child.Remove all restraints and orders for such.Move him to the pediactric wing of the hospital.Consult
    with Dorothy Spourdalakis and a Autism Medical Specialist to ensure
    Alex’s dietary needs are met to ensure his food allergies and
    intolerance’s are not aggravating any underlying gastrointestinal or
    other medical conditions that may also cause adverse behaviors.Provide
    and allow Alex and his mother Dorothy access to specialized evaluations
    and services from any professionals such as occupational health, speech
    & language therapy, developmental pediatrician, Autism Medical
    Doctor and positive behavioral specialist who have the background and
    education in working with children with autism.Put
    safeguards in place to ensure Dorothy, Alex’s mother has full access to
    her son and his care without harassment by hospital staff.Demand
    all hospital workers who enter Alex’s room, are a part of either
    directly or indirectly, his care, be educated in working with and
    communicating with children with special needs. Demand they wear their
    name badges in full view.According to
    eye witnesses and Dorothy Spourdalakis, Alex’s mother; The following
    patient rights, as outlined by JCAHO, have been violated:
     
    You have the right to be informed about the care you will receive.
     
    You have the right to get important information about your care in your preferred language.
     
    You
    have the right to get information in a manner that meets your needs, if
    you have vision, speech or hearing, or mental impairments.
     
    You have the right to make decisions about your care.
     
    You have the right to refuse care.
     
    You have the right to know the names of the caregivers who treat you.
     
    You have the right to safe care.
     
    You
    have a right to have your pain addressed You have the right to care
    that is free from discrimination because of physical or mental
    disability.
     
    You have the right to get a list of all your current medications.
     
    You have the right to be listened to.
     
    You have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect.View an interview here with Dorothy Spourdalakis:
     
    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/21560263/woman-claims-hospital-restrained-autistic-son-left-him-to-suffer
     
    For more information and to sign a petition to assist Alex:
     
    http://www.change.org/petitions/loyola-medical-center-maywood-chicago-illinois-provide-appropriate-medical-testing-and-medical-treatment-for-alex-spourdalakis?
     
    Alex
    needs more help! Please call these folks and tell them Alex’s rights
    under CRIPA have been violated. Please e-mail to document your request.

    http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/disability.php
    Jonathan M. Smith Chief Special Litigation Section- Civil Rights Division- Department of Justice(202) 514-6255 (877) 218-5228 FAX – (202) 514-0212Alt. FAX – (202) 514-6273Email – Special.Litigation@usdoj.gov
     
    Then
    contact these folks. They oversee all of the Protection and Advocacy
    agencies in the country. Ask them if they can help Alex Spourdalakis and
    his mother Dorothy.
    National Disability Rights Network900 Second Street, NE, Suite 211Washington, DC 20002P: 202-408-9514, F: 202-408-9520
     
    Then
    call each and every autism or disability advocacy agency that you have
    made contributions to, are a member, or have connections with and ask
    them to assist Alex. Every single one.
     
    http://www.examiner.com/article/thinking-mom-tells-loyola-univ-medical-center-that-autism-
    is-not-a-mystery

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-942306?fb_action_ids=4976464242444&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%224976464242444%22%3A163390207148388}&action_type_map={%224976464242444%22%3A%22og.recommends%22}&action_ref_map=[]

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CZB45BTNERRXT5CR2WEVC3EGHY William

    What are the Obummer books?  Patricia, have you read the Communist Manifesto or anything by Marx?  How exactly are Marxist progressives going to hijack our schools?  I read some of the Iserbyt piece recommend by “Editor Desk” above and was appalled by the sweeping generalizations.  I am not here to get into a debate with all of you, but I would like to know what you mean by the Marxist progressive comment, so please explain.  Also, I am concerned that people who can’t properly use “your,you’re” and other elementary concepts are pulling their kids out of public schools and homeschooling them.  

  • Wisesage

    Music is an oddity these days in schools.  They don’t sing out of the music primers we used to use.  When they come to the middle school, students are no longer prepared for music performance on instruments as they don’t sing in music classes as we used to (the singing internalized music at younger ages).  Instead, they do more creative projects – such as build musical instruments, and create rhythmic compositions.  Some of the songs WE sang as children – my students today have never heard of any of them (including patriotic songs, such as “God Bless America”, “This Is My Country”, etc.)  How many really know the National Anthem?  

  • Anonymous

    Have you read the standards? I have studied them for over a year and they require students to not only read text and comprehend it, but to write about it using evidence from text to answer higher order questions and also discuss the text with their peers. These are all skills needed to be successful beyond school. Instead of reading articles sharing someone else’s opinion read the standards yourself and you will see. I am a conservative, Christian, republican who also happens to be an educator and I believe the only reason the right is now attacking the Common Core Standards is because the President has endorsed them. We are as guilty as the left if we don’t do are own research and make our own unbiased decisions.

  • Anonymous

    Rene, How can common core be mandated in home school if the home school is not in the system? Wouldn’t a private school be an easier target, especially if the school is taking government money for any reason. Yes, you can run away from it with your kids and you don’t have to be wealthy. It will take enough aware parents to get it out of all schools, and there simply aren’t enough aware parents. Take care of your own kids first, then fight the system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265649148 Sherri Shepherd

    My 12 year old said his 7th grade teacher apologized prior to playing a “REQUIRED” video about our food supply, producers, etc….that drilled down on the “RIGHTS” of chickens.  GOD SAVE US!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607533838 Ron Rugg

    We are sooooooo screwed. With our children being “taught” this kind of crap in schools there’s no chance of us ever turning our country around. Sad, very sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PSLguy69 Mark Goss

    UPDATE : CONFIRMATION IN MIAMI OF THIS : Recent changes have come on quickly. Just three years ago, the state adopted new standards and a new set of FCAT, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests. But even that won’t last long. The state is moving toward new, national standards known as the Common Core and their accompanying exams.

    Read more here:http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/3286480/for-florida-education-laws-its.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

  • Anonymous

    You ask “What is going on?”

    In a word, BRAINWASHING.

  • Anonymous

     Quote: “How exactly are Marxist progressives going to hijack our schools?”

    If you need to ask this, you need to WAKE UP and do a little looking around…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SQXR2THZBF75DQNNBMOU55UVB4 Frederick

    Ender’s Run and a companion novel Ender’s Shadow are sci-fi stories about Humanity’s war with an alien race of insects. Shadow is the finale of the war where a very brilliant 4 yr. old is “drafted” by the military and trains in the military school in outer space to be co-commander with Ender of a fleet sent to the alien home system generations before his time. Shadow succeeds in destroying the alien home planet which stops the insect aliens from attacking humanity. A very interesting narrative on how people treat each other.

  • Draxx

    I tried to find it at the City Library and the Librarian told me that she Never Heard of it…

    I will have to do more research into Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

  • Anonymous

    Here is an idea Glenn…
    You keep home schooling, shielding and brainwashing your own children and leave real Americans with the right to receive a balanced, bigot free and enlightening education which can be attained through public education.
    Glenn, just because you were too lazy, drunk and high to succeed or learn does not mean everyone should follow your poisonous path.

  • beekeepermom

    As someone who taught math like this years ago, I can attest that the “new” way works.  My kids learned how to add like this much faster and correctly than the “old” way.

  • beekeepermom

    I am not a young, left teacher.  I am republician, 56 year old.  Just want to make that clear.

  • Anonymous

    Scholastic Books has hopped on the bandwagon as well. Here is a link to the teacher’s page for suggested books to make it easier to teach the common core. http://www.scholastic.com/commoncore/common-core-book-list-nonfiction.htm

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NPDLFHKVWCHIUCGOQLPYOOPY2Y Ana S

    Wow, now that’s a sweeping generalization in itself. As a Mom of 4, (3 College Grads) who’s been through 20+ years of Private Schools, Public Schools and now presently home schooling my last child still in the nest; I can attest to the fact that the parents Home-schooling today by far exceed the standards of Public Education. Sure there may be exceptions, but 10′s of 1000′s in public school are not passing classes, not being supervised or assisted at home, not graduating and generally set to fail in life. Statistics prove Home Schooled students to be in the top percentiles in High Schools, colleges and their chosen career fields. Check out the facts. 

  • Draxx

    I didn’t take that offensively because we are trying to do the right thing to protect our kids, their learning, and their future…

    I totally understand your frustration, there are way too many Americans wandering around blind right now or just not wanting to believe how things are turning out.  So instead they just cower and watch it happen, or pretend it isn’t really happening (just like little kids covering their eyes and they think you can’t see them, because they can’t see you)…

  • Draxx

    I grew up reading a lot of books, Twenty-Eight Books Really Helped Me Out With Knowledge and Life!

    They were the Encyclopedia Brittanica Set my mom bought me when I was eight years old (back in ’75′).  I started by reading the entries with Pictures of stuff I thought was interesting (in every volume from A to Z), then I read things with Pictures of everything that I didn’t read already (A-Z), then after that there were all the entries without pictures so I read the ones that interested me (A-Z), and Finally Everything Else… Note: I didn’t do this just once but Three Times by the time I was Ten!  I became a Plethora of Knowledge (mostly useless because school subjects only touched on about 10% of what I read).  But, the reading also had a Second Function, the Problem Was/Is That I Do Not Sleep Very Much (usually 3-4 hours a night during winter and 2-3 hours a night during summer), and it has been that way ever since I can remember (and my mother had to deal with it).  So my mother allowed me to occupy my time constructively, since she could not force me to go to sleep when my body/mind wouldn’t shut down.  I shared a room with my middle brother most of my life until junior high, he would sleep from 9 pm – 6 am and I would sleep from 2 am – 5 am.  When I wasn’t sleeping I sat in bed with a small lamp and the encyclopedias quietly reading.  While my oldest brother and sister watched TV with the Adults, and they went to bed at 11 pm.  I was able to get a small snack (non sugar) at 11 pm, but after that back to the bed reading.  I was not allowed to walk around late at night because it would freak my mom out, like there was a burglar in the house… (Not funny to a Mom!).

    As an Adult I now know that the Greatest Gifts My Mom gave me besides Lots of Love, was Knowledge, a Desire to Read, and a Great Way to Use My Sleep Problem In A Constructive Way…

    *Note: We were very poor by all means, and my whole family had to sacrifice something they wanted/needed so my mom could buy those expensive encyclopedias.  (Possibly they did it for their own sanity because before we got those books, I would scurry around the house like a mouse!)  Plus, if you are wondering, as an adult they tried Every Kind Of Sleep Aid and Every Kind of Narcotic That Normally Makes the Majority of People Sleep (Thirty-One different meds), and Non of Them Have Worked On Me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/connie.hughes.140 Connie Hughes

    As a thirty-two year old woman, who has yet to have children, I can honestly say that with the current state of our country I will not be having any children so long as our government and the ‘collective-social consciousness’ of our country remains so greatly divided on what is intellectually and moralistically right. Watching the videos above just put another nail in the coffin of my personal debate to have a child, which is utterly disheartening considering my age and that I am newly engaged. I cannot fathom how anyone can think of having children at this time or about putting their child into an institution of public learning. This is a travesty of epic proportions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3SZ5JKTIH4HQDKWTDUEZBCXN4 Corri

    I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  My wife home schooled our son for a year, then this year we were able to find a really good teacher so we put him back in public school.  My son was originally diagnosed with mild autism, so teaching him is really tough.  However, my wife was just like you, but she did great and my son really responded.  It’s important to set up clear guidelines and expectations.  For example, “school” starts promptly at 9:00AM (or whatever you like), and we work on XYZ for 2 hours. We then take a 30 min break for lunch. etc. etc.  I know LOTS of home schooled kids, and nearly all of them love it and are GREAT kids.  There’s exceptions to every rule, but typically it’s more the parents fault than the childs.  From what it sounds like, you definitely won’t be the one not making this work, so I think you’ll do great.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXJZMFNMM4UTSHDXR6CWUREQJE Miss Kitty

    I have a third grader, and I hate the “new” math!  They teach multiple methods, it just gets confusing and becomes busywork.  Just do the math!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1222090412 Teresa Zundel

    it just seems like brain washing…. what else is new?… If you have ever gone to University … you will see it …. 

  • Anonymous

     As many times as I have to or just remove them altogether and really teach them. Quality education is not limited to  public schools! In fact it is less likely to day than ever before to obtain even an average education in public schools today. get them all out now !@

  • Anonymous

    Even  19 year son sees how this will ruin education. He wants to be a high school history/ English teacher. Now he is having second thoughts. He says we’ve got to stop this now. Our state Board of Education has voted to accept it, even though our Superintendent of Public Instruction voted against it. Now she is in a court fight to get the job the voters elect her to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195867665 Clell Alden

    Arkansas University is teaching this to the future teachers and most teachers don’t even see this as a threat but as a great new way to teach.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000554070204 Kelsey Simpson

    I have been through home schooling, private school, and public school. I can tell you there is a huge difference between private/ home schooling compared to public school. I don’t even remember any classics in public school at all. Private schooled through preschool to third/nineth-twelth grade, went to public school for fourth and fifth grade, sixth,seventh,and eighth home schooled through CalvertI remember when I was in second grade we did a German play (some in german and english) it was fun and we had to make the role, so not everyone got a part in the play, in the same school I was doing book reports in the third grade where you picked a character in the story and dressed up as that character and then did the book report in front of the class. I also remember reading the book “The Hiding Place ” in my third grade class it made a huge impression on me. It is my experience that when you make it fun for kids to learn they enjoy it and remember it. 

  • http://twitter.com/elainej Elaine Roberts, Ph.D

    Not only are you a buffoon, but you’re wrong.  Textbooks are nearly 200 Lexiles lower now than they were in 1919. Education was dumbed down years ago.  Math isn’t being taught in a new way at all. Stuff that should be taught in 7th grade will now be taught in 7th grade. . .because education was dumbed down decades ago and then we got afraid that little Johnny might not be able to do the work so we dumbed it down some more.

    Literature isn’t being de-emphasized. In fact, reading is being emphasized. In fact, LITERACY–that basic ability to read and write–is being emphasized. And every teacher who teachers is being reminded that he or she has a responsibility to help kids in every classroom read thoughtfully and analytically and write effectively in that content area. What a shame, right? My goodness! How terrible that we’re asking kids to be able to think critically, solve problems, and write with supporting evidence, something with which, apparently, Mr. Beck is not familiar.

    Oh, and non-fiction informational texts? That can be music and government documents, like, I don’t know, the Constitution, but also includes textbooks, biographies, complex charts, newspapers (print and online), commentaries, and editorials. Imagine what it might be like if kids can, and I repeat, read thoughtfully and analytically, write effectively, solve problems with a depth and breadth of thinking by making connections between what they know and what they need to research. Yep, they might even learn to think for themselves. Tragic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommie.lawing Tommie Lawing

    Hey this has been going on for a long time. Remember when your parents read the “ Little Golden Books”, well look for the modernized version. All the consequences of bad decisions have been softened or removed. The lesson has been lost. No values are there that was intended.. Like what happened to the big bad wolf when the woodsman saved Granny. I saw one version where they invited him to dinner. All parents should go as often as possible to the libraries and sit in on class rooms. REMEMBER AND REMIND THEM THAT YOU PAY THIER SALARY AND HAVE A RIGHT TO BE THERE. If they resist then take it up at school board meetings or city council meetings. Just wake up and take action now.

  • Anonymous

    Haha this is hilarious!  Up at arms because schools will be teaching critical thinking instead of a one sided nationalistic paradigm, and to think they’re calling it indoctrination!!!  Critical thinking is the opposite of indoctrination because indoctrination allows for only one perspective that learners aren’t supposed to question.  CCSS teaches kids to question everything!  Hopefully folks will take the time to actually read the standards instead of drinking Mr. Beck’s kool-aid!  http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Anonymous

    Well this certainly is rich, now were calling Common Core “Indoctrination?”  Wikipedia describes “Indoctrination” as the inculcation of
    ideas, attitudes, and cognitive strategies, which the learner is not, expected
    to question or critically analyze.  Common Core emphasizes critical thinking therefore it isn’t “indoctrination” but the exact opposite.  Rather than having teachers “Instruct” students on the “right answer” CCSS requires that students weigh fact based evidence, consider multiple perspectives, evaluate and construct their own opinion.  I can see why this would be threatening to Mr. Beck but it most certainly isn’t Indoctrination! 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, & Amy, as an English teacher don’t you think it’s important for students to have some semblance of civic literacy?  CCSS doesn’t say you can’t teach Huck Finn it says that students must also be able to read and understand government and business documents like Federal Reserve papers.  Moreover it distributes the responsibility for teaching literacy to teachers in other content areas not just English, so actually you should have more time to spend with your students on great classics.  If you doubt it read the standards for yourself, don’t just drink Mr. Beck’s kool-aid without considering all the evidence! http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Anonymous

    Oh, & Amy, as an English teacher don’t you think it’s important for students to have some semblance of civic literacy?  CCSS doesn’t say you can’t teach Huck Finn it says that students must also be able to read and understand government and business documents like Federal Reserve papers.  Moreover it distributes the responsibility for teaching literacy to teachers in other content areas not just English, so actually you should have more time to spend with your students on great classics.  If you doubt it read the standards for yourself, don’t just drink Mr. Beck’s kool-aid without considering all the evidence! http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Anonymous

    Students are learning how to think instead of what to think.  Read the standards and form your own opinion. http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Anonymous

    No, brain washing is when they tell you what to think and you’re expected not to question it.  Common core teaches kids to question everything and think critically. http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Anonymous

    Shane how do you define indoctrination?  How can teaching students to question, discuss & evaluate ideas independently be indoctrination?

  • Anonymous

    BS. That would imply that the Teachers know how to think critically–clearly not the case in this Brave New World that is taking humanity and civilization straight to hell.

  • Anonymous

    Go2Blazes, why are you assuming that teachers can’t think critically?  Why is it “clearly not the case”?  Do you have any evidence?

  • Anonymous

    If you cannot see the direction this country is going and the role that “teachers” are playing in our downfall, don’t ask for “evidence”; go get some glasses.

  • Anonymous

    If you want your children to read specific books, tell them to read them! Parents should never rely on school for a child’s “whole” education. And before you bash books, maybe you should read them. 

  • Anonymous

    If you read one book on education this year, this should be the one, because it’s free, and it exposes the history and plan behind the “Common Core,” and the United Nations’ involvement.  http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf 

  • Anonymous

    My children’s school has already adapted the Common Core academic system. One is on 3st grade and doing 1st level of math. He does 4th grade math at home with no problems. I am very frustrated and thinking of putting my kids in a private school. Does anyone think private Catholic schools will adapt Common Core?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/65IFSNYR7JUGRNGYWWVPJAC5XE VictoriaR

     So far JTFox, not one of the people you have asked to show evidence has responded to you. Perhaps these people are afraid of CCSS because it will expose them as non-thinkers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/65IFSNYR7JUGRNGYWWVPJAC5XE VictoriaR

    Did I just hear Glenn Beck call teachers stupid? The real problem with education just became apparent to me: The public in the country has a disrespect and a mistrust of teachers and people like Mr. Beck fuel that fire. I’m so happy for him that stirring up trouble gets viewer$$ for him. He must sleep with a good conscience. In the meantime, teachers, no matter what their political leanings, are charged with educating ALL students no matter how horribly they are treated. How our nation has come to this state of affairs is shameful.

  • Anonymous

    @ Go2Blazes “If you cannot see the direction this country is going and the role that “teachers” are playing in our downfall, don’t ask for “evidence”; go get some glasses.”- In other words you don’t want me to think about it or consider the facts.  That sounds an awful lot like indoctrination to me Go2…

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what it sounds like to you–people who blindly go along with the CRAP that’s going on because it’s so damned “progressive” are not worthy of anyone’s consideration. End of story.

  • Anonymous

    Hitler knew the youth could easiy manipulated.  So he started the Hitler Youth.
    Corporations will need slaves in the future.  What better way to produce them than through data collection?  That information will provide a much more expedient method to ‘weed’ out those who may have:  future disabilities; future mental problems; unacceptable behavior (ie wants to choose a life path other than that the corporation has determined for the child) or any independent thinker..  The possiblilities  are endless.  Health care for future generations will become much more profitable if those ‘undesireables’ are eleminated early.

  • http://twitter.com/sbockman suzanne bockman

    I have been an educator in Missouri for thirty-two years, and have spent the last ten years as an administrator.  I tend to be conservative in my politics, but  honestly cannot understand Mr. Beck’s opposition to the Common Core documents.  Believe me, as an administrator, my teachers and I have been immersed in the document, comparing it to the current curriculum.  We are attempting to find “gaps” in our current instructional practice (which is already aligned to Missouri’s grade level expectations) and those outlined in the Common Core standards.  My teachers are discovering that we are already largely in compliance with the document, and the only real differences lie in the sequence in which material is presented.  As far as the Huckleberry Finn example–I’m really confused.  One of my best teachers uses it as part of her Communication Arts curriculum, and still manages to teach to the Common Core standards AND state grade level expectations.  Skilled educators can and do teach everyday, using Common Core standards to effectively teach to extremely high standards.  The key is in training and selecting high quality educators who can reflect on their practices in the classroom, and have the latitude to select materials that mesh the myriad state/federal expectations effectively.  I truly encourage parents, legislators, talk show commentators, etc. to explore the Common Core document in its entirety at http://www.corestandards.org/

  • jbkburack

    I am a conservative. I produce history curriculum materials for schools. I see Common Core as a useful development, not without its flaws but very positive overall. There is nothing nefarious about it. Beck is off the rails on this, totally. Common Core holds out the hope of demanding much greater rigor in reading, discussing, writing and comprehending domain-specific language in history, science and math. It is not and is not presented as a complete curriculum guide and does not in the least interfer with states ability to develop rigorous content standards. In fact it actively encourages them to do so to supplement its Core concern with literacy issues. The idea that it encourages reading the Gettysburg Address out of context is so totally off base it is laughable. Beck understands almost nothing about the thinking involved in this undertaking. I recommend those gullible enough to fall for this paranoid ranting go to City Journal and find Sol Stern’s article “The Curriculum Reformation.” Stern correctly links Common Core to the work of E. D. Hirsch, one of the staunchest proponents of content-rich, rigorous teaching we’ve ever had, a man who in a more enlightened age was a hero to many on the right and even some liberals as well. Beck’s diatribes on this are silly and disgraceful.

  • Anonymous

    I was raised to respect teachers, no matter what…that was a big mistake. I told my kids the same thing and consequently, I didn’t hold teachers as accountable as I should have…. 

    Teachers aren’t the saints and selfless givers we have been lead to believe.  Maybe at one point they were, but not since the onslaught of self serving Public Unions pushing leftist agenda….

    It’s ok to call a teacher stupid. Just like it’s ok to call an executive, bar tender, chief cook and bottle washer, stupid. It’s time we stop putting them up on a pedestal and treat them like we do any other profession. 

  • http://twitter.com/bullgatormom Leigh Ille

    Cheryl, I’m a middle school English teacher in a private school and the books you named are what I call neo-classics.  They are good literature, but they are middle school literature that prepares kids to read the classics in high school. What you need to be concerned about is the crap that is being perpetrated at literature to kids today “Hunger Games’ and “Twilight” are two series that pop into my mind.  The reading levels are about 4th grade.  Almost the new literature coming out for upper middle and high school are what they call low-level, high interest.  It’s garbage written at a very simplistic level. Check out the Sunshine State Reader program in Florida.  I teach Poe, Dickens, Irving, Twain, O. Henry, Shakespeare and other classic authors with a lot of guidance and vocabulary so they can successful at the next level.  But even the private schools are starting to buy into the common core; they’re just doing it without all the constant testing and data harvesting which is probably not far behind.

  • Marc Engel

    I mean. I’m against the common core. but I am as left as they come. Most true leftists see common core as part of the corporate “consultant” based agenda. most of beck’s criticisms are dead on, but let’s be clear common core is neither leftist nor progressive. 

  • Anonymous

     JT, its pointless to try and reason with these people. Turning basic principles of Math and English into a conspiracy theory makes for damn good television.

  • Anonymous

     For all the people that can still read, and don’t believe everything that comes out of the Good Lord Glenn Beck’s holy mouth:
    http://www.corestandards.org/

  • http://www.facebook.com/mallardms Mike Mallard Sr

     In depth research by Karen Bracken.  Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education presented by Karen Bracken   http://youtu.be/0X0EFeH25bw

  • Anonymous

    Liberal Fascism 101: hate, attack, blame, lie, deny

  • Anonymous

    We did “form our own opinion.”  You hate anyone and everyone who disagrees which is why you can’t stop spamming agitprop.

  • Anonymous

    Spoken like a true fascist.  Hate, attack, blame, lie, deny.

  • Anonymous

    Liberal Fascism 101: hate, attack, blame, lie, deny

    Will you teach students to question, discuss, and evaluate why Abortion is murder?  Why homosexuality is a mental disorder?  Why Global Warming is unscientific?  Why Marxism is doomed to fail?

    Of course not!  Lie and deny.  Posture critical thinking why indoctrinating with Critical Theory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348865391 Rebecca Roberts

    I often agree with what you say, but as a math teacher, republican, and working on my thesis on this exact subject this is what I have to say.
    First, the Common Core are not curriculum. They are minimal standards each state has THE OPTION of adopting. These MINIMAL standards can and possibly should be bettered by each state that adopts them. The problem is not in the Common Core, it is in the development of the curriculum (which means textbooks and other materials) , teacher development, and most importantly the MISINFORMED public. Thanks for adding to the problem.

    Second, Is the Common Perfect? NO. They are a step in the right direction. A lot of research has been considered in the making of these standards. Research that helps understand when and how mathematics should be taught.

    Third, freaking out about having the students do math different way… GUIDE the kids in exploration and I bet some kids will come up with that WITHOUT direct instruction. Direct instruction and lecture DO NOT WORK!!! It is lazy teachers that don’t want to put in the effort to change their instruction. The point should be to get those ideas out there (yes multiple!) and then as a teacher connecting them in amazing ways. A student should be able to add, yes. Does it matter the way they do it? NO. As long as it in logically and mathematically sound.

    Change (not using this in Obama’s sense of “change”) in the education system is not a bad thing and is desperately needed in this country.

    Remember these things: As teachers we need to be mindful of equity not equality. AND the Common Core does not have to dumb down the mathematics but can do the opposite with good/ non-lazy teachers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348865391 Rebecca Roberts

    So when you and the “educated teachers” on your show said the most important part of mathematics is the getting the correct answer, I laughed. All I thought of was Benny (if you don’t know who Benny is you shouldn’t be making decisions in mathematics education). Sure they can get the right answer, do well in the program, perhaps even excel as Benny did, but be doing incorrect, false-logic mathematics!
    You also said that the Common Core would be “dumbing down” our students. Wouldn’t not giving the students the opportunity to learn other strategies (that are often the ways students think about the mathematics in the first place) in fact be dumbing them down?

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.oneil.58 Renee O’Neil

     So,  who gets to ‘choose’ the ‘right’ answer to the (test) question? I question this with Common Core

  • Adeana King

    How is asking students to:
     make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
     reason abstractly and quantitatively
     construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
     model with mathematics
     use appropriate tools strategically
     attend to precision (which includes using correct mathematical terminology, and calculating accurately and efficiently)
    look for and make use of structure
    look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning (for example, seeing that a calculation is repeated in a long division problem to see that they have a repeating decimal)
    dumbed down extreme leftest ideology?

  • Adeana King

    No one is asking that they don’t read that. They’re just asking that students be able to work more fluently with practical informational text such as the text they  need to read and understand in other content areas such as science.

  • David Carley

    This is incredibly misguided…go and actually READ what the standards are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720978594 Monica Lynn Duke

     Sigh.  Sadly, JTFox, people don’t want to read for themselves.  They’re threatened by the concept of “critical thinking” and fail to see that allowing students to take responsibility of their own learning inspires them for life-long learning.  What you said earlier about teaching kids “how to think” rather than “what to think” freaks people out because it’s so unfamiliar.  Whoever ThomasER916 is – he is a prime example.  Fortunately, in 20 years, his grandchildren will be well educated, responsible citizens who will be enjoying the enriched gift of life because of our bold steps to change our education system. 

  • Amanda Barnes

    I’m a new elementary teacher in Alabama. The math common core was introduced last school year, and reading will be introduced this year. Can anyone recommend any solid resources?

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  • Snoop8765

    Common Core is leftist garbage, push back people!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read Huck Finn, too. When it was first published the literary critics labeled it “trash.” I agree with their assessment. It IS trash! Modern schools tout it as the epitome of American literary genius, even above Moby Dick. I’ve also read A Wrinkle in Time, and enjoyed it very much. Modern schools should teach te modern/current “classics” without neglecting the established classics (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Verne, etc.). Literary effort did not end with Hemingway or Steinbeck, but continues. And what is this about Tuck Everlasting? I happen to be partial to that title (notice my name).

  • LibChristian

    Any curriculum is just a guideline for teachers. A true teacher adds their own. resources, and are expected to do so to prepare the most effective lessons. The Standardized Tests implemented during Bush’s NCLB have led to the dumbed down curriculums to help them pass tests. Do not pin this on the left. The problem is simple. NON -EDUCATORS are making decisions about education from both the left and right. This is insanity. As for using songs…..are you kidding me? Teachers have been using that technique to help students remember facts for hundreds of years! Probably thousands of years. I use music and songs to supplement my units, but that is just the tip of the iceburg. Give teachers more credit. What is “dumbing down” our students is the testing. Linking student and teacher performance forces tea hers to primary teach to and focus on possible test questions. Here in Virginia this standardized testing begins in 3rd grade and follows them relentlessly until they graduate…of they can pass the tests.

  • Bob Smith

    It’s not a program and it’s not a curriculum. It is a set of minimal standards. Just because local school districts decide to produce curriculum and teaching strategies that I agree are not good, is NOT a result of these standards. The kind of curriculum and teaching methods were in existence before these standards were developed. Maybe you should read them for yourself and you’ll see how absurd what you are saying is.

  • Arizona Mildman

    I can’t believe that this many Right Wing propagandists are fighting against proper education. Facts and logic aren’t the enemy, people who want you to be stupid and follow like sheep are. Critical thinking is a necessity to survive. And as usual, all the right wing liars like Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and Colter (the one most of us call news trolls http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=news%20troll ) are against critical thinking and proper education based on facts and logic. That is the reason one of their own Governors, Bobby Jindal, called the GOP the party of stupid. Uninformed uneducated sheep are easier for the right wing conspirators (who are already rich and don’t care about anyone else) to talk into voting for anything (control you even using racism to (using their own words) “indoctrinate you” to do what they want as soon as people like Beck give his legions of sheep marching orders.

  • HonkyGeorge

    Huck Finn might as well be a phone book. Why it gets so much praise is beyond me.

  • Chuck Burns

    This is not getting enough attention from Americans. Common Core is how the Leftist Marxists Socialist Communists aka Progressives will indoctrinate out children to turn our free America into George Orwells 1984

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I can see why left wing nuts would want to replace Animal Farm with this dribble about “subordinating yourself to the good of society.” all hail group think agitprop.

  • http://democraticprogress.net/ JohnB

    Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson claims “It uses fuzzy math that substitutes letters for numbers”.

    Example: 2A * 2B = 4AB. For Pete sake it’s called algebra moron. Do we really want people this stupid making critical decisions that will affect millions? How are we going to compete against China if the GOP thinks 3,000 year old math principals are some kind of satanic commie plot?

  • http://democraticprogress.net/ JohnB

    Here is a link to the actual standards, don’t rely on what Glen the Clown says, look at it yourself. http://www.corestandards.org/

  • David Saint

    lol but in TN, the GOP wants it to be fair for a kid to answer “God did it”, and the teacher not able to site them as incorrect. Lets see, BS theology vs common core…which one is really indoctrination…things that make you go hmmm

  • triangle whip

    Liberalism a mental disorder!!

  • Anonymous

    I have voted Republican all my life. I am a secondary Communication Arts teacher. I have written rubrics that align to every English – Common Core Standard. No where in CC does it state you cannot teach the classics. It has wording that requires you to teach fiction. It doesn’t tell you what fiction – that is up to the school district and teacher. It does require we teach more non-fiction. I love that. Now I can give students news articles and ask students to look for bias. This is GREAT! Now I can ask students to question why the average American is expected to work to support people who choose not to work and sponge off people that do! I can give them non-fiction reading that can ask students to question whether or not we are really free anymore or is the government just telling us we are? I LOVE THAT!