David Barton offers the truth about Common Core

On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, guest-host David Barton, founder and president of Wall Builders, revisited Common Core – its history, its teaching, and what it means for your child. You have heard about Common Core on this program and around the media for quite some time now, but, with its implementation kicking into high gear, you are about to hear a whole lot more.

We have already seen reports that student test scores have plummeted in Kentucky and New York – two states in which Common Core testing has been implemented – and it looks like such results will become the new norm. But are these new standards as rigorous as education officials would like us to believe? Or are we actually churning out a new generation of children ill-equipped for life in the real world?

David first explained that Constitutional conservatives know and believe that children are the future of America. Children have different personalities, different strengths, different interests, different skill sets, but our government education system today assumes all children are exactly the same.

“The government is trying to cram every one of them into a government shaped and defined mold,” David said. “That’s one of the underlying problems with Common Core: They want to make everybody look and think the same.”

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No one denies that there is a minimum amount of academic knowledge every student needs in order to be a good citizen, but kids aren’t receiving that knowledge in school today. For example, children will no longer learn how to write cursive as part of the Common Core standards. Forget the fact children will no longer be able to read letters from their parents and grandparents, a generation of children will now be unable to read historical documents or even the Constitution.

So what can we, as informed and concerned citizens, do to thwart these standards?

“It happens at the local level,” David said. “Don’t worry about fighting this at the national level.”

An Ohio State legislator explained he currently has a bill on the floor of the Ohio State Senate looking to stop the implementation of Common Core in the state because he heard the concerns of the educators, parents, and students. He said he was surprised to find out how little his colleagues new about the standards.

Legislators in other states agreed that in the last six months or so, they have heard a lot more from their constituents about Common Core and the problems they have with the curriculum. One state senator explained that textbooks in her state refer to the United States as a “democracy” not a “constitutional republic” and it is that subtle manipulation of language that will prove to be most frightening going forward.

TheBlaze will keep you up-to-date on the latest on Common Core in the coming in weeks and months, but ultimately it will be up to the parents and grandparents to be diligent in keeping track of what children are learning in school.

  • Anonymous

    David Barton doesn’t even know the truth when it screws him up his butt

    • Anonymous

      Really? I guess you never saw him prove historical facts with the actual documents to back him up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000699786989 Laura Stclair

       I suggest you start researching common core.Follow the money!. While your at that point research Bill Gates.
       While your at it read this:
      The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) has five major problems:
      1) The Standards are of mediocre quality
      Sandra Stotsky-a Common Core Validation Committee Board Member who did
      not sign off on the English Language Arts Standards! Why?? Dr. Stotsky
      states,”Common Core’s ‘college readiness’ standards for Enligh Language
      arts and reading do not aim for a level of achievement that signifies
      readiness for authentic college-level work. They point to no more than
      readiness for a high school diploma (and possibly not even that,
      depending on where the cut score is set). Dr. Stotsky said, “Little
      attention has been paid to the academic quality of the mathematics,
      literature, and writing standards that NGA and CCSSO developed, despite
      the fact that they were not internationally benchmarked or
      research-based. The fatal flaws in the Common Core English Language Arts
      (ELA) standards went unnoticed because over 45 state boards of
      education and/or their governors hastily adopted the standards in 2010,
      in some cases long before they were written or finalized.
      James Milgram-a Common Core Validation Committee Board member who did
      not sign off on the Math standards! Why?? Dr. Milgram states, “The
      Common Core standards claim to be ‘benchmarked against to international
      standards’ but this phrase is meaningless. They are actually two or more
      years behind international expectations by eighth grade, and only fall
      further behind as they talk about grades 8-12. Indeed, they don’t even
      fully cover the material in an solid geometry course, or in the second
      year algebra course.”
      Why do Common Core’s architects believe that
      reading more nonfiction and ‘informational’ texts in English classes
      (and in other high school classes) will improve students’ college
      readiness? Their belief seems to be based on what they see as the
      logical implication of the fact that college students read more
      informational than literary texts. However, there is absolutely no
      empirical research to suggest that college readiness is promoted by
      informational or nonfiction reading in high school English classes (or
      in mathematics and science classes).

      2) Our state will have to pay a “heavy price” to implement them
      in their study of Common Core, estimated that the total additional
      costs (one-time plus a 7-year time period for implementation) to state
      taxpayers will amount to $15.8 billion across participating states. This
      constitutes a “mid range” estimate that only addresses expenditures
      required for implementation of the new standards. It does not include
      the cost of additional expenses or controversial reforms that are
      sometimes recommended to help students meet high standards, such as
      performance-based compensation or reduced class sizes. That estimate
      includes the following additional expenses for the states: $1.2 billion
      for participation in the new assessments; $5.3 billion for professional
      development; $2.5 billion for textbooks and instructional materials; and
      $6.9 billion for technology infrastructure and support.
      3) These standards intrude on student and family privacy
      of this issue reveals how Common Core is merely one part of a much
      broader plan by the federal government to track individuals from birth
      through their participation in the workforce. Progressive educators and
      bureaucrats, such as those currently in control in the Department of
      Education, have long advocated sweeping national control over education
      as a means of matching the citizenry to the workforce needs of industry.
      Longitudinal Database Systems (SLDS) are being developed to track our
      students- from preschool through college! What will be tracked? From the
      SLDS website: “a unique identifier for each student; student enrollment
      history; tracks if a student drops out or switches schools; tracks
      students test scores; matches student performance to teachers; tracks
      transcripts of students in courses they have taken and their grades;
      tracks student data if they were enrolled in “remedial” classes; tracks
      student data to determine if they are “prepared to succees in college”
      and the SLDS has the ability to share this data with other preschool
      through postsecondary education data systems.
      4) They violate Federal Statutes:
      law lays down broad prohibitions on Department [of Education]
      involvement in curricula decisions. The General Education Provisions
      Act- prohibits the Department [of Education] from ‘exercis[ing] any
      direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of
      instruction, administration, or personnel’ of any school, or ‘the
      selection of…textbooks, or other…instructional materials’ used in
      any school. Similar prohibitions exist in the Department of Education
      Organization Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
      Common Core is the vehicle by which the federal government
      is evading these prohibitions. As described above, the Department [of
      Education] has herded the states into adopting Common Core by dangling
      before them Race to the Top funding while denying them the opportunity
      to review the Standards before signing on.
      Standards drive
      curriculum, programs of instruction, and the selection of instructional
      materials. A change to common K-12 standards will inevitably result in
      changes in curriculum, programs of instruction, and instructional
      materials to align with the standards. This is critical to understanding
      the importance of the road the Department [of Education] has taken.
      5) These standards further federalize education and usurp power from the state (erodes state sovereignty).
      Common Core Initiative, coupled with the federal effort to drive its
      adoption, has brought about national content standards owned by the
      private interests that created them- not by any state and not by the
      federal government. The result is that significant portions of the
      states’ educational systems now rest in the hands of private
      organizations that an individual state cannot control. And, having
      stripped the people of effective political power and put it in the hands
      of private interests, the owners of the Standards attempt to insulate
      themselves from legal liability to the people with broad disclaimers for
      any damage the Standards might cause.
      States were hooked into the
      Common Core movement with Race-to-
      the-Top (RTTT) grants they applied for in 2009 – 2010, and with that
      application, they were allowed to apply for “No-Child-Left-Behind (NCLB)
      Waivers” if they adopted the CCSSI verbatim!
      Subsequently, each state was allowed to add 15% to these federal
      standards under the Common Core 15% Rule only after they adopted these
      CCSSI standards verbatim.
      Under Common Core, Local school
      districts will now be reporting personal student data in the State
      Longitudinal Database system (SLDS) to the local state DOE. This student
      data is then shared with other states and the federal government. What
      is being tracked? The
      State Longitudinal Database Systems (SLDS) are being developed to track
      our students – from preschool through college! From the SLDS website,
      this is what is tracked: “a unique identifier for each student; student
      enrollment history; tracks if a student drops out or switches schools;
      tracks students test scores; matches student performance to teachers;
      tracks transcripts of students in courses they have taken and their
      grades; tracks student data if they were enrolled in
      “remedial” classes; tracks student data to determine if they are
      “prepared to success in college” and the SLDS has the ability to share
      this data with other preschool through postsecondary
      education data systems.
      Curriculum is being developed by the major publishing companies-
      Pearson, McGraw Hill, Scholastic and Harcourt – to name a few,
      to implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative:
      Common Core “Curriculum” is listed on these websites! Common Core State Standards dictate Curriculum changes.

    • Anonymous

       How about a few examples about CC that he spoke about that are not true?

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        • Anonymous

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        • Anonymous

          beulah, pray tell, who is this Benjamin fellow to whom you refer?

          And why are you here trying to sell your product?

    • Anonymous

      Seriously?  That is what you have to say?  How mature.

      You must not have children.  So let me educate you…

      My daughter is 9 years old & the stuff she started bringing home last year scared me.  (That was 3rd grade).  Here is an example…

      They no longer do math the way I was taught.  If the problem is 2×3=? they have to show the groups like this:    ** + ** + ** = 6.   If they just put the answer (6) it is marked wrong.

      Why you ask?

      Let me tell you what her teacher told me- “it no longer matters that she gets the right answer out of her head, it matters howwww she gets the answer. That is what we have to look for now.” — as she rolled her eyes.

      Did you see the teacher saying it doesn’t matter how they got the wrong answer, just as long as they could verify it?  That is sort of what happened to my child- she just had to show how she got the right answer.

      There is much much more in store with this Common Core stuff.  I am in contact with my Senator and I am telling you I will not sit down while the government decides what my child should do for a living and/or if she is valuable to the STATE.  She will decide- because it’s a GOD GIVEN RIGHT in our great country!  Our founding father said it- and if you don’t believe it- go find your own country!

      You need to check your facts- and compare that to what Mr. Barton is telling you to warn you- and then apologize to him!
      He is an upstanding, super smart, charity filled, amazingly gifted, God blessed man!  If you don’t believe that- you could at least be considerate and keep your snide remarks to yourself.

      I’ve never gone wrong with the old adage: If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  You should try that.  ;0)

      • Anonymous

         Showing ones work is not just a common core concept… I remember going to elementary school long before common core was conceived and had to show my work.  While most ppl can memorize the fact that 2×3=6, showing one’s work allows for instructors to verify that you have fully worked out the problem in your head thus acquiring the necessary critical thinking skills to solve much more complex problems…. I found this article/video to be highly opinionated, lacking in any verified claims and with a complete failure to provide sources of information properly, I can only compare this person to someone that sells snake oil….   watch the video again and see his off hand and inappropriate remarks that show how opinionated this clip really is, then start to look for any source where they provide definitive resources from which they acquired their information, finally take the time to see the propaganda video included for what it really is (the one about cursive writing).  Do I agree with common core… not really, it is implemented by a government that is overrun with corruption and greed, just like the Roman government it was modeled after.  I however would like to impress upon you the importance of using the critical thinking skills you should have been taught in school and not believe everything you see, on tv or online, do the research.  Take the time to look one post up at Laura Stclair’s post, while not a full explanation, at least she sited sources for me to further investigate until I have sufficient information to formulate my own opinion.  I understand that you are inclined to just believe, just remember that is why our education is in its current state, because we just believed it was working and then it deteriorated without us knowing.

        • Anonymous

          How far do you go in investigating? Why do you believe the information from someone else? Seems to me that the only one that I would then trust would be me. You have to trust someone,,,but as I have found out,,,most of what I was taught was not correct. It was close,,,but not really correct. It really gets to be mind boggling. How many sters are in the sky? How far is UP??? That one is really going to get you going.

        • Anonymous

          The point of pre-CC “show your work” was to make you learned how to do arithmetic. The Common Core reason is to teach you to do things their way. I find your comment to be “highly opinionated”, childishly simplistic & parroting of the “show your resources” libtard weakness when you can’t offer a real argument. Check the data, U.S. test scores have dropped since Common Core started.

      • Anonymous

         3rd grade seems to have been the springboard for the introduction of lunacy into math.  My 3rd grader had a terrible time with what we affectionately call ‘idiot math’ at our house.  At a catholic school, no less.  We’re doomed.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, but you’re lying and you know it.

        • greywolfrs

          No, she is not lying. That is exactly how they are teaching kids to do math. You are a fucking moron.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, but you really need to watch your language.  That is awful.

          • greywolfrs

            Excuse me? I am a grown man and will speak however I see fit. Who the fuck are you to tell me to watch language? Let me get this straight, some moron a long time ago said these certain words are bad and you are still propogating that lie? Here’s an idea, try thinking for yourself, for once. And next time you feel the need to try and tell how to conduct myself, piss off.

        • Anonymous

          And how would you know that?  Do you know him or his family?  You need to apologize for that.

      • Anonymous

        I just pulled my 9 yr old daughter from public school and enrolled her in a Christian school because on the third day of class this year she took an online test that wanted to know the political affiliation of our household and our email address among other personal questions.  My daughter knew these questions were inappropriate and yet was afraid to fail the test if she didn’t answer them!

        I read these posts and am grateful she won’t have to be afraid of getting the right answer, the “wrong” way.  I just hope we won’t be dealing with Common Core at this school also in the future.  I am amazed that some Christian schools are actually implemented this nightmare curriculum!

    • Anonymous

      & you’ve never known your ass from a hole in the ground so give it a rest douchebag

    • Anonymous

      He can work circles around you, you poor little progressive. Show us some backing.
      Bless your little heart.

    • greywolfrs

      Again, you are projecting, dunce.

    • Anonymous

      You need to watch your language and open your eyes.  Something is not very clear to you.  I can’t believe you are blind are you?  I can’t believe you don’t see our country changing right before your eyes, and not for the good either.  I really feel sorry for you and the ones that think it is ok to ruin our COUNTRY.  You can wright anything you want about me I don’t really care, but you should be ashamed.

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

    Common Core -= the fundamental indoctrination of the children into low-information, compliant, progressives.

    Read = slaves.

    • Anonymous

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    • Draxx

      As a former Army Instructor (7 1/2 yrs) I know how the Fed Gov’t wants their “Subordinates” Trained/Educated.  To put things more basic,  about 65% is Learning Subject Content and 35% is Strict Education On How The Gov’t Wants a Particular Job or Task Perfomed.  In Truth it is 100% designed to make a soldier react on a Reflex Reaction, especially when it comes to Obeying a Direct Order (even if that order violates the Constitution or other Directives such as the Geneva Convention, perform the task and question it later in essence [what they don’t tell you is that you can be held accountable still for doing the wrong thing, even under orders]).

      They are making the youth of today the drones of tomorrow, this is Exactly the Same Thing the Nazi’s Did To Their Youth!  Are you willing to bet that your own kid would or wouldn’t turn you in for doing something they feel is wrong (and the Gov’t is teaching them Right From Wrong… Are You Doing The Same Thing To Un-Program Them?)…

      • Anonymous

        In the Bible, the last days it says that ‘fathers will turn against son, and mothers against daughters – and so it will go.’

        • Draxx

          Yes June1969 you are right…  But, doesn’t it also state that will happen After the Tribulation?  If a Family (each member that found God/Jesus as their Saviors) Is Taken To Heaven Before the Last Days.  Then by doing right and living a proper life as you walk with Jesus, then you and your children would not be on Earth to Turn On Each Other…

  • concerned happydog

    This common core makes me glad I don’t have kids. I now understand all the talk of home          schooling. I was in grade school in the 1970’s, flashcards, times tables and fingers were math to me. I never learned the lettice square, it takes to long, how does a student do 20 problems in 5 minutes. MoobManFan  answer the questions from the nineteenth century then bad talk David Barton.   

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  • Anonymous

    Scores go down on assessments measuring the common core standards because the standards are more rigorous than the standards currently in place in most states.  It is expected that the scores will initially fall while school districts and teachers adjust to the increased rigor of the standards and the assessments.  The assessment used to test students on common core standards, the Smarter Balanced assessment, requires much more critical thinking and analysis than previous state tests.  People worried about the common core should go and actually read the standards at corestandards.org.  There is nothing to be afraid of here.  The lack of cursive is hardly an indication of any sort of dumbing down.  In fact, I see it as the opposite.  Parents can easily teach cursive to their students at home, and leave the more discussion-oriented, critical-thinking activities to the classroom.  The school does not have to be the sole educator of your children, so if there is a skill that is lacking, teach it yourself. There HAS to be some sort of baseline standard that all students are expected to reach, and the common core achieves this.  Skilled teachers will automatically extend or remediate their instruction based on the needs of students in his or her classrooms.   Don’t expect the school to teach everything that lines up with your personal value system.  Use the things that don’t line up as teachable opportunities to talk with your children and teach them what you believe and why.  The corny saying that more is “caught than taught” is absolutely true, and students will form their values based on what is modeled by parents in their homes.  We don’t need to be afraid of common core; we need to be afraid that people are abdicating their responsibility for teaching their children to the schools.    

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000699786989 Laura Stclair

       Let’s not forget the 25,000+ teacher who state that the Common Core Standards are wrong for the students. Also the five members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign of on the new standards. Here is what two of those experts had to say about refusing to sign off.
      Language Arts (ELA) Standards- Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of
      Arkansas served on the Common Core Validation Committee but refused to
      sign off on the ELA standards because of poor quality,empty skill sets,
      the de-emphasis on literature, and low reading levels, such as 8th grade
      levels for 12th grade students.Even
      the Fordham Institute – a Common Core proponent- admitted that some
      states already had better standards than the Common Core.Math
      Standards- Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only
      mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign
      off, stating, “It’s almost a joke to think students (who master the
      common standards) would be ready for math at a university.”

      • Anonymous

        That’s interesting.  I will have to look into those committee members more.  I guess my opinion comes from being a public school teacher in a state that already had state standards.  The common core is much more rigorous than the ones we had, and the assessment is MUCH harder than our current state test.  I also only know the elementary side of things.  Interesting dialogue.  

    • Anonymous

       Open ended questions are subjective to the person grading them;  In California the cost per student is 13 each for testing and going to 200.00 per student for 1.2 billion dollars.  Writing should be taught in school with help from parents.  Common Core is using a mouse to read the stress level of the student, a chair to see how posture is,  and cameras to read facial expression.  This is pure bullshit and indoctrination.  They are teaching that the U.S is a democracy and not a Constitutional Republic,  Who ever writes the tests determines what your kid learns….INDOCTRINATION 

    • Anonymous

      My child is 9.  She is in the 4th grade, and of course the Gifted and Talented Program. I say that of course because my child is smart for her age.  I am one of those parents that go the extra mile.  When Faith attended K-4 (public school) she could already read, write, and do addition problems.  She was top of her class and has been ever since.

      When she got to K-5, I didn’t work, so I went to school with her every day and helped her teacher with the students that couldn’t write their letters & or read a single word.  We even found 3 children that couldn’t yet write their own names.  I was shocked.

      Then I got to know the kids and their parents.  If the child had both parents, both worked.  If they had a mom, she worked. If they had a dad, he worked.  Most of them stayed at latchkey (at school) until their parents arrived to pick them up (sometime before 6p).  By the time they stopped at the store, picked up dinner, did their homework sheet, watched the news & clean up– it was time to go to bed for the next day.

      There is no time anymore for “parents” to sucessfully teach their children- UNLESS they put forth a monumental effort. Do you understand our side?

      Children aren’t dumb- they are literally sponges!  They can absorb so much so quick that it is seriously amazing that God designed our brains this way!  The problem is the parents don’t have time. Our lives are run on fast forward everyday.  With the economy where it is, prices for food and gas going up, and the children born out of wedlock or by single parents- it’s a wonder they get to school on time, fed, and dressed every single day!

      When my child went into the 1st Grade- I went back to work (divorced, scumbag cheating husband).  While I had family to back me up- a lot of people don’t.  I still to this day work full time (sometimes 50 hrs a week)- go to a technical college full time- take my child to all the extra curriculars she does (ie softball, basketball, dance, choir, & drama club)- attend all functions for her- and STILL find time to drill multiplication flashcards, go over the founding of America, read & study the Bible, teach beginning algebra, discuss current events with our world, and read novels with her (not to her!) 

      Again, that is me- MY CHILD IS EVERYTHING!  I am willing to wake up at 5:30a and not go to bed until after midnight every single night.  I do it without worry and without hate in my heart for anyone- because I love her!

  • http://www.facebook.com/evelyn.rodriguezleonard Evelyn Rodriguez-Leonard

    Few minute ago, I sent an email to David Barton concerning Common Core, as I am taking TABE/GED. This is what I wrote:
    concern, as I, 55 taken TABE/GED now. I only wish that I had already
    passed. Anyway, my question is, will it affect TABE/GED and how?

    haven’t notice anything Common Core standard, yet. I know I would
    recognize it, if, something ordinary did change. But, when I return
    summer class, I remember my teacher, mentioning that the test will
    change next year. I’m really concern. Plus, I don’t want to waste time
    being in the class when this does happen.

    need &
    trust your input in order to make my decision.  I also want to share my
    opinion to two people; one is my counselor and my teacher to address
    this issue in the class. Why should I not let others know in my
    classroom and leave them in darkness. I’ll have my say, if, I don’t have a
    good response, I’ll leave.

  • ScienceWorks

    Barton’s a hack who has been completely discredited. 

    • Anonymous

      Prove it, Mr. ScienceWorks!  David Barton knows the truth about American History.  The left has revised it in the textbooks and therefore the left has changed the future for us.  Unless we listen to the true history of our country, we will not have liberty.  Those who deny the truth to our children deny them liberty. 

    • Anonymous

      That’s a lie, but keep passing the leftist crapola.

  • Anonymous

    Re “He was surprised to find out how little his colleagues new” — I am surprised to find out how little this reporter KNEW about spelling one of the commonest words in our language.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, come on, Kate.  Common Core would probably give him a pass.  After all, it is

      spelled as it sounds.  What’s a letter more or less mean if it sounds the same?

  • joe michael villa

    David Barton = Failed History

    • greywolfrs

      Looks like you speak from experience.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not failed history- it’s the right history that comes from actual founding documents, letters between friends during the time of our founding, and old books that were published. 
    The failed history is what is being taught in our schools today.  People like you don’t want to expand your mind and give a little bit of trust – just to do the research on your own to prove that what Mr. Barton teaches is true- and usually proven by the person/people of that time.
    My advice?  Get off your duff and read.  Research. It will change your mind about our country, government, and the “talking heads” – super fast!

    • ken.

      like michelle obama said on the campaign trail, ” we’re going to have to change our history and traditions. ” now their changing  mathematical and scientific facts.

  • fire lion

    ” The government is trying to cram every one of them into a government
    shaped and defined mold,” David said. “That’s one of the underlying
    problems with Common Core: They want to make everybody look and think
    the same.”

    Isnt this what christianity does?  everyone must be a straight  everyone must be married etc?
    everyone must follow “tradition” even though that tradition also included slavery, women cannot vote, witch burning etc?


    • ScienceWorks

      Excellent point.

      • greywolfrs

        Not really, you both are a couple of idiots.

    • Guest

       You’re joking, right?

      • greywolfrs

        The scary part is they are not joking.

        • Guest

          Ignorance knows no bound. He twists and extends things to insanity. To really believe what he posted, that Christianity is about: “everyone must be married”, everyone must follow “traditions” of “slavery”,….”women cannot vote”, and “witch burning”? Things that were not “traditions” but blips in history, not adhered to by all, and certainly not a tenet or any other part of the Christian religion as far as I know.

  • TheSFFog

    By my picture you can see I’m a Barton student .

    • Guest

       Why do you post here?

  • Joseph Maloney

    Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.

  • ScienceWorks

    If you like David Barton, you’ll love this guy too.  



  • ScienceWorks

    Conservative scholars have begun to pile on. Thomas Kidd, the well-respected Baylor historian known for his excellent works in early American history as well as his contributions to conservative intellectual periodicals, reported in World Magazine (“Today’s News, Christian Views”) on a growing chorus from conservative evangelicals and Catholics who agreed generally with Barton’s emphasis on the importance of religion in the founding, but felt that Barton’s work, both in books as well as in his widely used video series, was replete with “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.” 

  • ScienceWorks
  • Billy Beefcaked

    The Lattice Method can kiss my ass!

  • Anonymous

    Once the generation born 1940 to 1955  starts dying off the USA will become the USSA, unless the children were brought up with a moral compass.

  • Talitha

    David Barton demonstrates he is right.  The lattice method doesn’t instruct the student; who will not understand multiplicatve distributive and additive properties when the classic longhand method is replaced with this difficult trick.  A trick should never replace methods that demonstrate mathematic principles.   So in the lattice example, the student  is not expected to figure out how it works.  Then there is the flipflop by the teacher, where the student is correct because they were able to show how they got the wrong mathematical result. Teachers need to work with the student enough to be able to explain to the student what went wrong, not just say that was ok .  ;Maybe this is someone’s idea of not requiring the teacher to understand math, either.  In other words, do it this way because some students can’t master math, it’s fair that this way both teacher and student can say they did, when they didn’t. 

  • Anonymous

    king husseinObama is worse than Hitler because he is hitler,Mao,Lenin,Mussulini…chavez, castro….an anti-american-islam-terrorist

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.williams.505 Bob Williams

    I agree with Glenn and Mr. Barton here on the ills Common Core will bring upon us. With that said, I can barely read the original script of the Constitution and the Constitution I do read is printed in normal text.  The only cursive I write these days is my signature. Is it is a big deal not to teach it? I do not know, but when we use hyperbole like our kids wont be able to read the Constitution it just makes us conservatives look bad as the Constitution is printed these days. Just say’n…

    • Anonymous

      Because if you can’t read the original document, how will you ever know if the printed version says the same thing? I’ve taught my kids to read and write in cursive myself. And when I did it, I told them it was because they should be able to read to original version of the constitution or people could tell them it said anything they wanted to and they would not know any different. Find a first edition copy of Huckleberry Finn and compare it to one printed within the last year or two and you’ll find changes in even the printed versions.

  • Anonymous

    Control and power. Shape the minds of the youth and they are ours forever. YOU will not question us. WE know what is best for you……..Big Brother cares about you. You will vote for Big Brother. He will take care of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.williams.505 Bob Williams

    I agree common core is not solution to our educational woes. Restoring family and getting back to the 3Rs are a good start. Ever wonder that for such a broken education system that we allegedly had in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and maybe even the 80s, that with Norway and Spain having better test scores than American kids, yet we invented cool things and advanced science and medicine more than those places?  We invent, create and solve problems because at least for now we have economic liberty. We need to get back to critical thinking and creative nature of who we are and ditch this idea.  

    On a side not, when Mr. Barton or the writers of this artilce state that our kids will not write or read cursive and they will not be able to read the Constitution, this hyperbole and fodder for the left. Why say stupid stuff like this?  I am 46 and I can barely read the original hand written text of the Constitution. I read it printed and my kids read it printed. i am not saying not knowing cursive or knowing it cursive is an issue, I am saying when we make statements like our kids will not be able to read the Constitution it makes us look silly…oh no we cant adopt common core because the kids wont be able to read the Constitution…that is silly.  Tere are all sorts of problems with Common Core, lets focus on those.

    • Anonymous

      Thoughtful response. Restoring family is becoming increasingly difficult in a culture which seems to value it less and less. As I was widowed early and had to raise my kids alone , I will never speak ill of a single parent. I am not sure why anyone would want to voluntarily assume that role however. I often think back to Charles Barkley’s comment that he was not a role model for kids. Even though it was distorted out of context, he was completely wrong. We are all role models for kids; no matter what job you have, neighborhood you live in, you set an example from which kids learn more than what they learn in school. With that potential power of good, I wonder why so many of us adults stray.

  • Anonymous

    Barton and Beck can make all the scary claims they want about indoctrination and progressive mind control; bemoan the loss of cursive writing (that plays well with the older fan base) and tie it to Obama. Blah blah blah.

     Truth of the matter, is once the politicians got involved in education, long before the former community organizer became President, it was all downhill from there. Outcome Based Education (now that was a scary program–guaranteed failure), No Child Left Behind, state standards in general have completely warped K-12 public school education. Ask a teacher the following questions–what percentage of the school day, (particulary in the month preceding the standardized tests) is spent on “teaching the test”? Exactly how much critical thinking are your students learning, or demonstrating during those “teaching the test” sessions?

    And for you Beck fans, good luck finding the Socialist Agenda in the draft PA Standards (my state of residence). While there is a ton of nebulous language here, I am not seeing the language of forced collectivization.

    To date, having two kids in a strong public school system (with a wide range of students; white, black, Mexican, Indian, Chinese), who as individuals present both ends of the spectrum (gifted and substantial learning challenges), I have seen zero benefit to the standards process. Common Core? Big Deal, another set of Education Ph.D’s trying to set their mark on the world. A more compelling analysis ( more compelling than Beck’s ” look out it’s the Nazis on us” song), albeit incomplete, of Common Core is here. I am not sure, but I suspect that at least a few members of the Editorial Board of  Rethinking Schools, would pass the Beck litmus test of “evil Progressive”. Yet they are opposed to Common Core.


    In England and other European nations, perhaps due to a much longer adherence to the working class and upper class distinctions, there are national standard exams. Not everyone sits for them. However, it does determine where you end up, if you qualify, attending University. Not everyone goes to Oxford, and there is no shame in attending Norwich. We have the SAT and ACT as filters–but we also have the notion that everyone should attend college. Consequently, we also have a lot of colleges where the coursework is far below University level.  I think if education reform is to be  taken seriously, we might need to focus on whether the schools are tracking kids into their appropriate potential–not everyone is going to the Ivies; working as a computer tech is still a pretty good job; so is working as a sous chef; so is working as an auto technician.

    But the almighty federal dollar grantors say, we better make sure those schools are accountable, so let’s come up with a set of standards to dole out money. Any wonder why the Atlanta School cheating scandal happened? Why would anyone in their right mind think that urban school systems, with the incredible infrastructure burdens they bear ( not to mention the disparate history of success) will meet ambitious standards set nationally? System is designed to fail.

    The schools in India, China, Korea and Japan are producing higher academic achievers for a myriad of reasons; culture, hard work, a longer school week and a longer school year. Spend some time with a recent immigrant from any of those countries, and they will share with you their amazement and the work ethic differential between their kids and non-immigrant kids.The direct and positive impact on my school system is that they are pushing the non-immigrants to work harder. But in feneral, my generation does not work as hard and expects far much more than my parents; my kids generation works less than I did at their age. That is something to ponder as well.

  • Anonymous

    When a progressive program gets a hold on your children, look out!  They will begin to question

    their parents, grandparents and other family members.  To be labeled ”old fashioned or weird”

    would be mild compared to how they should probably respond.  Will they be taught that ALL

    books written/published X number of years ago are outdated and should be discarded?

    Will libraries, then, need to be closed because they may be labeled too subversive for what they

    contain?  Will TV, movies and other forms of entertainment need to ”fall into line” or have the

    plug pulled on them?   Yep, Nazi Germany has paid us a visit and it wants to stay.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly right slaves.  Will not be able to challenge anything in their lives – they will be like little sheep.  They will unfortunately, go along to get along.  It is a shame that the teachers are willing to go along with this as well, and not say anything.  I know that is their job, but I would certainly have to speak out if I were teaching kids about communism.  They have no hope in their future…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641544354 Traci Sonon

    My foster son who is a high school sophomore was asked today to submit a questionnaire that
    gauges his political leanings as a part of common core.  Apparently they told them that it is so they can be properly grouped.  What does that mean?

  • Sinhue Noriega

    The education system is a business.  It cares nothing about your child.  Back when NCLB was around, and everyone was complaining, the system made no efforts to slow the collapse of education.  It was meant to happen.  Now that Common Core has taken its place scores are fated to fall even further.  The truth is Common Core is not meant to better education.  It simply is the government taking over state’s rights on education.  It is a government power-grab meant to place a state constitutional right in the hands of the federal government.   also wrote the book exposing the entire collapse of NCLB and Birth of
    Common Core. IF you want to see it go to my website
    at http://www.repealthecommoncore.comto
    get the whole story.Sinhue
    Noriega teacher and author of “If It’s Broken Don’t Fix it” A
    Candid Look at Our Complacent Education System. Find out what they
    don’t want you to know. The truth about the Common Core, and the
    education system, from the inside by a teacher.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    A co-worker’s child was given a class assignment to argue whether or not James Madison is guilty of plagiarizing his work on the U.S. Constitution. I viewed the assignment from a state “education” website that is replete with Common Core links. This exercise is obviously an attempt by liberals to sow a seed of suspicion, doubt, and contempt for our nation’s founders – just a bunch of slave owning white men. A more legitimate question is whether or not Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized his Doctoral thesis but that topic is strictly taboo among liberals and it would never see the light of day in a classroom.

  • Anonymous

    Let me preface my comment by stating that I do not support the Common Core in any way, shape, or form, however, it damages the credibility of the report to use the lattice method as an example of how the Common Core is misleading children and is less rigorous.  I am a homeschool veteran of 27+ years, still homeschooling my last three children and am also starting with my grandchildren.  I’ve been using the lattice method with a few of my kids through the years — as far back as 20 years ago.  It’s been around a long, long time and can be a useful tool if you have a child struggling with some aspect of math.  Similarly, I teach an alternate method of adding long strings of numbers to help cut down on error — which I have no doubt would be considered “less rigorous” if that’s what you think the lattice method is doing.  

    My point is, using things like the lattice method as part of your argument against Common Core, especially when there are educators who know that it’s not something new makes your whole argument suspect even if every other part of it is accurate.  (Re: the lattice method, as a matter of fact, it’s centuries old.)

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