Did this student just give the best anti-Common Core case ever made?

Glenn has been talking about the dangers of Common Core for quite some time now, and as the new standards are rolled out in more and more states, parents, students, and teachers alike are speaking out about their frustrations and concerns. On radio this morning, Glenn played the anti-Common Core plea one concerned student, Ethan Young of Farragut High School in Knox County, TN, gave at a local school board meeting in Tennessee earlier this month. What did Ethan say that had Glenn calling it “the best argument against Common Core?

“The best argument against Common Core has come in from a student, and this kid is making the case so well, honestly I can’t believe that he’s in public education,” Glenn said. “He had a group of great teachers that taught him well, and he applied himself because, if you listen to this case against Common Core, it is right on the money. And listen to the crowd because the crowd seems to be teachers. The best case we have heard… against Common Core.”

“I mean already you’re thinking who is this kid? I mean he sounds accomplished, he is not nervous, and he is making a great case,” Glenn said. “This is such great stuff. And if you listen to what he’s saying here, and this is something we really need to emphasize.”

As Ethan describes, Common Core looks to create a one size fits all system that disregards the individual for the sake of the collective. Glenn liked the standards to an “authoritarian” regime because it seeks to strip the individual of everything that makes them unique, while pigeon holing teachers to the point where they are no longer teaching – they are simply regurgitating.

“Look at what technology does… Does it have just one font, or can we change the fonts so you can write a letter and it looks one way, and I can write a letter and it looks another way? Can you change the desktop, or does it only come with one desktop? Yes. It’s a system that allows you to be the best of who you are,” Glenn said. “That’s not what Common Core is doing… It’s not about the individual kid, and it’s certainly not about the individual teacher. And if you think things are bad now, you go frustrate the good teachers. You have the good teachers walk out and say, ‘It’s not even teaching anymore. This is just checking boxes.’ Then our kids are really doomed.”

Glenn encouraged his listeners to continue to be vocal and to speak up about what they are seeing happen in their children’s classrooms. He asked people to share this particular story because Ethan does such an exceptional job at explaining the difference between enjoying the freedoms of learning and Common Core.

“Share it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Get it out. Make this as viral as you possibly can because this will speak to the teachers and it will also speak to moms and dads. And it should speak to all of the school boards around the country,” Glenn said. “Look, we do have faith in you to do the right thing. You’ve got to do the right thing here. And anybody who is actually doing their homework and is not, you know, cozying up to the trough will understand Common Core is a danger to our nation and to our children.”

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  • Bonnie Somer

    Glenn i am sure if he were alive Hitler would love it enough said

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

    Yes, he gave the best reasoning to date AGAINST Common Core.

    We need to be rid of that monstrosity once and for all. Socialism has been allowed to take control over too much of the nation, and soon we will be into full-fledged communism under Obama.

  • veritasliberabit

    This guy is awesome. And what he says is so true – one of my good friends, who is one of the few stellar teachers I know, is quitting teaching elementary school after 20 years. She is teaching 2nd grade. Yet she is spending so many extracurricular hours trying to jump through all the hoops and “keep up with the technology” (really, how much technology do 2nd graders really need??), teach to the new standards, meet the criteria, write new tests that measure in the way the new standards demand, that she is throwing in the towel. She completely loves the kids, has outstanding relationships with the parents. Loves teaching, and is perhaps the most bright, dedicated, creative, go-the-second-mile type teacher I know…but the “new education” has burned her out. I get 4 hours of sleep a night, have zero quality of life, no time for my own family anymore, she tells me. And I can’t help but believe she is NOT alone. Our kids are fast being sucked into an intellectual and moral wasteland of mind and soul-numbing administrative and bureaucratic institutionalized mediocrity. Children and their minds and hearts are not widgets on an assembly line. But that is the “progressive” model – people are reduced to their component parts, and all are forced to stoop to the lowest common denominator…the collective, after all, trumps everything else.

  • rbblum

    May Glenn Beck (and company) continue to highlight and catalogue the best arguments supporting the various interests to our constitutional republic.

  • Jayne Nielsen

    Wow. He was not only articulate but to-the-point brutally honest. I love when someone can speak his/her mind, speak with clarity and common sense. Whatever career path this young man chooses, he will be exceedingly successful.

  • Anonymous

    Niiiiice

  • Hoschi0913

    he makes way to much sense ,that aint gonna work

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for speaking my mind!

  • Anonymous

    This guy hit the nail on the head.

  • Rose Salyers

    This is similar to a debate we had about the philosophy on Humanism and Behaviorism on (allowing the person to be what she/he is as oppose to be a carbon copy of whatever is established as “normal”)

  • Anonymous

    I heard this story earlier and e-mailed to all my contacts, Common Core is COMMUNISM

  • Anonymous

    If you really want a stomach-turning experience, here is the teachers’ guide for Common Core, to instruct students on becoming adept socialist agitators and organizers, starting in the FIRST GRADE.

    Indoctrination in Common Core ELA Texts
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGph7QHzmo8

    Our schools have become the ‘re-education’ camps for the Socialist (Democrat) Party and they’re giddy at the thought that they force us to PAY FOR IT.

  • carling*laoac

    I saw myself through the prism of this young man’s mind. He’s exactly right: everyone is unique with intrinsic motivation to move forward and upward. Common core kills the enthusiasm to grow.

  • TJ Hooker

    Mind Numbed robots are easier to ‘rule’ than the well educated and informed. That is why communism is anti education/academia.

  • Anonymous

    Incredible insight. I hope he goes into politics and straightens out this Saul Alinsky based school program. The Dept. of Education is socialistic and failing our students and teachers. Kudos to the teachers that found a way to inspire this young student.

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Common Core sounds just like a training program in the Military, and it is also HATED by many many of those who are under it, because it also is ‘It’s not even teaching anymore. This is just checking boxes.’ It is not working there because it does not account for advanced/dynamic thinking which is ESSENTIAL but tries to quantify every one regardless of experience to a common standard.

  • Elaine Lopez

    We changed from the Gestalt method of teaching to the Progressive somewhere in the 1960s, the difference being one teaches the student how to think and the other teaches what to think. It slowly “progressed” to corporations and governments taking the lead as to “what” to think. With respect to today’s State governments, our elected officials never bothered to examine Common Core and simply echoed what they were “taught” to echo. As a consequence of the “Progressive” method of teaching we now have the blind leading the blind into Communism.

  • Rick Steele

    He even got the deaf-sign-lady to cry and applaud.

  • Anonymous

    “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”

  • ReneeTru

    He gives me hope. I am not sure what stand he has on the other dilemmas of our times, but he speaks well, intelligently and convincingly. He needs to run for something. We have to get the status quo out of office and get some new blood in there with a true understanding of how America is supposed to be governed. He has a great understanding of what teaching is supposed to be so lets give the boy a hand!!

  • Karri Olson

    He is talking too fast!! Slow down public speakers!!

  • Anonymous

    What’s bad about the underlined stuff?

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Our kids deserve the same shot these same progressives had but they don’t want them to have it

  • Anonymous

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/09/12/poll-majority-of-teachers-support-common-core
    I don’t know much about common core. What I know of the English and math stuff is it looks like some advances in child psychology and cognitive development are being used to develop curriculum. But that is a very bland and general observation. I don’t know enough to think to consider having an opinion.
    But I do find it interesting that about 3/4ths of teachers support the implementation of Common Core.

  • Julio Gonzalez

    oh my god this kid hit it right on the nose of the education system. I hope in the future that this man… this young man run for president of this country. I want to thank him and his teachers for setting an example for young men and women of this country today. this man this young man has displayed leadership that it’s so needed in our government today. If was president I be worried… very very worried. I salute you young man. as a veteran you hav put pride back in my heart and I thank you… I thank you very much. you have displayed the core of this country what it means to be an American. god bless you always and God bless United States of America. P.s. I have your back young man… I have your back. I stand with you in all that you do

  • Conservative Rebel

    The Gestapo needs to create more brown shirts so they can control their thoughts completely, what they learn, how they learn, what they will not learn, and be sure they are politically biased for ever more.

  • DixT

    Wow! Excellent speech from someone so young! Just because some large cities have poorly-qualified teachers (i.e. Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, etc.) who do need to be “evaluated,” that does not mean ALL teachers need to be evaluated and scored, and made to jump through hoops! Because the U.S. Dept. of Education DOES NOT want poorly-qualified teachers “pointed out to the public,” they hold ALL teachers to the same standards as the few who really DO need “re-training!” And there is NO “equality” in this, whatsoever!

  • DixT

    He was only given 5 minutes to speak!

  • DixT

    Exactly right! The ONLY REASON 49 states chose to go with Common Core was the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS that Obama promised them, if they did! They were not thinking of students or teachers—only dollar signs!

  • http://thelongversion.com/ TheLongVersion

    It’s a video it has a rewind button…

  • Isaiah Lacombe

    Our kids can’t ad 2+2 without drawing a little box and putting dots in it.(Pathetic)

  • Anonymous

    I like your statement about “how” vs “what”. It is the same difference between “smart” as opposed to “intelligent”. You can have smart people who learn what they see, like the academics, or you can have intelligent people who know how to live! There is a big difference.

  • Anonymous

    Education is exactly what we say it is. What we say is good for you. Since you think differently, you are not thinking properly. You will return to school for retraining.

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of the speech Dr Carson gave to Obama about political correctness. Unless this kind of logic gets proper exposure, the liberals will quell it through the media and the destruction of America will continue to its end.

  • R Wing

    What is underlined in this photo is exactly what this article does. It’ is meant to anger people. LOL I think teachers should teach to the particular group of students they have and in a way they are comfortable with, as long as it’s productive. I don’t have a problem with setting minimum standards but I do not want (maybe I should say refuse) to see children taught just to pass a test. I understand common core to be a set of standards, which may be acceptable. However, I also hear it directs how a teacher must teach. That isn’t right.

  • John Cochran

    I am a licensed teacher who agrees with this student wholeheartedly.

  • Susan Hall Contreras

    Until we have teachers who teach for love of education and not for the perks of a union we will be beholding to Government intrusion…period. I attended high school in Nashville, Tennessee where there are as many private schools as there are public schools. The teachers at my school made almost half what their peers teaching in the public school system made and my own peers scored far better on ACT’s and SAT’s and were accepted to some of the best collages in the country. One could almost deduce from that observation alone that “more money for education” and government intervention are not the solutions…perhaps we need to better measure the intent of the teacher?

  • april davis

    I am in a lawsuit with the school right now. I have a son who has an IEP he is suppose to be in the 11th grade but barely is in the 10th he is two tyres behind and has not been in school at all this yr do to the lawsuit. The teachers wanted to throw him in a self contained classroom because they do not know how to teach him. My son has always been on the honor roll up until his HS yes. After moving from Japan to Hawaii his IEP was changed so much that the teachers couldn’t even make since of it nor have they even attempted to implement it. So here he is working at McDonalds and sitting and waiting for the lawsuit to go through. As a parents I have heard that my son can’t do it because he does not fit neatly in their box. I have a daughter at the same school if an IEP who is doing great. No body knows what’s going on in any direction and the only one who is getting hurt is my son. All b/c the school does not know how to teach nor are they equipted to teach kids like my son. And yes they have told me that.

  • Robert

    Very good we need more kike him .

  • grassroot

    But socialists need to control the narrative and demean our

    founding fathers and their principles.

  • grassroot

    It has been skirted around and demeaned by leftists

  • grassroot

    For the unprincipled money will buy anything.

  • Anonymous

    Great speech. It was in response to what looks like a very brave lone teacher’s speech in October. The teachers (and others) turned out for the November Knox County School Board meeting to show support for Lauren Hopson. The crowd IS mainly teachers. Notice the difference in the video in attendance between October and November meetings.

    http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/teacher-tells-school-board-about-teacher-frustration-with-education-reform/

  • Scott Todd

    It’s teaching them to become mini Saul Alinskys, that’s what. You know, marginalize, demonize, ridicule, etc. The irony of it all is that Bill Gates is hoping this will create the next generation of worker bees when it’ll create more agitators which will be unfit for the work force instead.

  • Scott Todd

    I’d call that comment a steaming load of cow manure, but the manure is actually useful as fertilizer. A Constitution, ours or any other nation’s, is only as good as the people enforcing it. It cannot enforce itself. What would you (or the original author of this quote, if different) suggest be done differently?

  • Anonymous

    Common Core is NOT about education. It’s about POWER & CONTROL by government. The last thing government wants in smart educated people able to think for themselves and not be subservient to government. They know the only way to control people is to have them stupid and uneducated in REAL LIFE MATTERS. Our whole government run education system is a disgrace and should be dismantled immediately.

  • Anonymous

    Gee,if Common Core teaches to the collective instead of how kid earn best then that means there are those of us who were taught that way forty and more years back.. How many baby boomers were taught to memorize because they learn by doing instead of the way teachers insisted on teaching? And forget about “outside reading”. If answers to essay questions weren’t what was written in the textbook there was sure to be trouble and failing grades. There must be more than one way of teaching Common Core if some students are having to learn from the collective and others are learning how to do critical thinking.

  • Anonymous

    The author is Lysander Spooner.

    You should read his essay, The Constitution of No Authority, if you are under the delusion that the Constitution has any authority.

    ftp://www.fourmilab.ch/web/etexts/www/spooner/NoTreason/NoTreason.html

    Here’s a taste:

    The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago. And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. And the Constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any body but “the people” then existing; nor does it, either expressly or impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves.

  • Anonymous

    By both “rightists” AND “leftists.”

  • Melinda Mason Morgan

    do they have a choice??

  • Josie

    Wow this kid is phenomenal. If he maintains his thinking and keeps himself whole he is going to be a success at everything he does. Gee maybe one day he will run for Pres. God willing we will still have elections and a country by then.

  • Aunt Barbara

    Amazing young man he made Americans proud

  • Elena

    Measurable standards is how we do TRAINING n the military services. It’s not EDUCATION. We train men and women to perform tasks not think outside the box. Education should show an individual how to think outside the box not jam one into the box’s far corner.

    Exams for Common Core and other training programs are made of multiple choice or matching or short answer. Education teaches with essay questions that require the student to not just have facts but to put the facts together in a cogent manner.

  • Anonymous

    let our kids learn…they have not been learning for a long time…testing left and right … way too much of it…more experimenting…with our kids not a good idea…

  • Elena

    Smart kid. Somebody hire him — now!

  • Lucianna M Sanson

    I am a TN public school teacher who went to a private high school and a private University in TN. I know first hand that my private school education was, in many ways, superior than the public school that I teach in now. Yes, private school teachers do not make as much money, generally, as public school teachers but they do have different perks- small class sizes- autonomy to teach what they feel is important- students of a higher socio-economic caliber who generally value education and care about ACT scores- and parents who are involved in their lives and support teachers.

    My entire graduating class at my small private TN high school was about 35 students. Now, each class I teach of seniors in public school is 35. How am I supposed to teach to ALL of those students- 90 a day- and still reach each students particular needs?Not to mention all of the factors that I have no control over before and after they leave my room.

    Do I deserve, as a state licensed employee ( which, by the way, a private school teacher does not have to pay for a license to teach ) a lower salary when the learning environments are not even remotely the same???

    Yes, I belong to a teachers “Association” which is commonly referred to as a Union. I pay to be in the “Union.”So far, the only “perk” I receive is a deduction from my paycheck each month. I keep my membership current because it is the ONLY legal protection I have as a teacher. That is the real role the union plays- teacher advocacy.

    The Union does not “protect ” incompetent teachers. In fact, the majority of teachers I know who do not fulfill their duties DO NOT BELONG TO UNIONS because they don’t believe in them and don’t want to pay for a membership. However, they suddenly want the “perks” if they find themselves in hot water. Thankfully, there are not as many of these teachers as the media and ed-reform capitalists would have the public believe.

    Do private schools have to follow the same strict guidelines as public schools? NO- they do not. Those teachers may not make as much “money” but they get to teach and they do not have to worry about job security- or young TFA recruits waiting to take over their positions if they “slip” up and score too low for a couple of consecutive years- even if they have been teacher of the year multiple times- and have been teaching for 20 plus years.

    Comparing private schools to public schools is like comparing apples to oranges. I know- I have lived it- on both sides.

    My “intent” as a teacher is to instill in my students a love of learning- and the desire to put learning before a score or a test grade. I want them to feel confident and know that learning means making mistakes and growing from them. My “intent” as a teacher, is to help students think independently and for themselves. My “intent” as a teacher is to build a rapport with my students, to let them know that I expect to see them in class every day- and I expect them to work to the best of their ability- daily.

  • Tom Weaver

    Elena – we won WWII because we had officers and soldiers who could think outside the box and make decisions that were well thought out. Today if you think outside the box you get removed from the military. We did not have officers and soldiers who just followed orders and did not use their brains to improve a plan ect. The education system with Common Core – takes all the thinking out of learning and just makes it memorize and regurgutate . These children will never learn how to question or create. This will be the death of our republic. I teach Citizenship in the Nation for a boy scout troop , one of the questions is what does it take to be a good citizen of the United States. I had a young man – high school age answer that with this – To be a good citizen is to do what the government tells you. —- That was what he was taught in PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

  • Missy Mistaken

    Common Core = Death Of Free Thinking

  • Cindy

    This young man is SO RIGHT and if we can get rid of Common Core, one day, he will be a GREAT TEACHER !

  • Andrew

    I don’t see what is wrong with introducing the idea of diction, demonstrated by the first underlined chunk, or rhetorical analysis demonstrated by the later. Rhetorical analysis is very important and while it doesn’t specifically mention that this is a pathos based appeal the author is making, it is a lead in for that terminology and idea.

  • Macel Ruth Keys

    Here Here that is why I am leaving a Library of conservatism and nolege to my grandson so he might no how this country was founded ,so he might no the feelling of Lberty ,Private property,Freedom of choice,so he now,s what it is to be free

  • decaronna

    OUTSTANDING STORY, OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this story. I love it! I LOVE IT!

  • Patriotmomma

    As a homeschooler who uses the online public school K12, I get first hand how aweful and unnecessarily difficult it is to teach using the common core methods! Math is an absolute joke! They rush student through without giving them time to learn and let sink in, so that you are constantly back peddling to reexplain and reteach. My kid was given 2 weeks to learn his multiplication facts before they started him on division! When I was in third grade, it took me the whole year to truly know and remember these facts! And then their “real world” applications of the problems are assinine and rediculous! (If Mary has five apples in 6 rows and Jonathan wants 4 apples out if the fourth row how many apples does Mary have after Jonathan has eaten 3 apples?) The reading is just as ridiculous! My son is in the 3rd grade and he reads at a first grade level, simply because he doesn’t understand their methods of teaching. Finally this 2 weeks ago they decided to go old school with him and give him lessons using pre-common core methods and his reading has flourished in just those 2 weeks! It’s astounding!!! Common core is destroying education as we know it!

  • Slayer88

    Very articulate kid, I would like to see the rest of the video and the response the boardhad to him.

  • Anonymous

    Well it was an anonymous survey, so yes.

  • Anonymous

    what does the underlined stuff have to do with that?
    It’s persuasive essay stuff.

  • Scott Todd

    But it’s all EMOTIONALLY based, not reason based. Speak2Truth above posted a link which to a video which actually opens the texts to show how pernicious it is. The end of that video contains another link to a video of a group of psychologists who clearly see the danger. Kids will only be taught how to emote, not think. It’ll make them perpetually angry and mentally unstable. Emotionally based arguments are based in the limbic system- the most primitive part of our brains; the fight or flight part. It creates angry, destructive mobs. You would only have to watch the first 7 or 8 min of the second video to get a good grasp of how bad it will become.

  • Shirley Del Rosso

    I am a new teacher. I do not know much about Common Core yet, but I sense something is wrong. Can you lead me to more information about this? I have some insight, my own experience being that as I started last year teaching Kindergarten, the objectives seemed really out of touch with all we know about the development of children that age. Then I was rated on how well they did when they were not ready for what was introduced? Those students, and there are a few, who could do the material and objectives it was fine and great for them and you take those students along to challenge them, differentiate, but when most of the class is struggling to share and listen to one and two step directions and have issues in their lives keeping them from focusing and concentrating, there is a struggle! Now I am in another district and teaching students in kindergarten with autism. I love it and I am still learning how to teach and about the common core, but I would love to learn more.

  • Brett

    believe that teaching is. Teaching people to ask questions, and how to fid answers to there questions. The only true standards in school should be life skills. Reading, writing, and math. After that it is all asking and finding answers. I see someone has posted hat Socialism leads to communism. This shows a lack of knowledge. Socialism cannot lead to communism. If anything it is in reverse. True communism would be a good thing. True communism gives the reasonability to govern to all members of the society. Socialism gives power to a few over the masses. Socialism is truly the worst form of modern governments. Look it up. Schools should be ran by the communities they serve. he power of what is taught should be in the hands the parents, and the local leaders. We need less federal control, ad more local.

  • http://disaffectedteacher.blogspot.com/ Hy Alldredge

    That may be technically true but it’s completely irrelevant. The same can be said of any law at all. Societies based on the rule of law are cohesive because the majority of citizens operate under the idea that laws DO have authority. When that happens, in some real sense, they do. Does any written law have any true, ontological authority? No, of course not. But the practical result of the populace living under that assumption is anarchy, and then rule by violent despots who can force people to submit to them. In the absence of the rule of law, you get Somalia. Most people submit to the authority of laws written by people long dead because they want to live in a peaceful society. You don’t?

  • Scott Todd

    From the following sentence in his essay- “It is a general principle of law and reason, that a written instrument
    binds no one until he has signed it.” I can therefore logically conclude that since I didn’t sign any of the tens of thousands of laws and regulations now being imposed upon us that none of them are therefore binding upon me, including laws against robbery and murder. Spooner’s article is an exercise in sophistry.

    Even Spooner himself condemns his own argument with the opening words of that statement: “it is a general principle of law and reason….” Don’t you see he’s appealing to the very same “We hold these truths to be self-evident” philosophy that he’s condemning our Founders of basing our Constitution??? It’s a phrase he uses throughout his article in one form or another.

    Plus he treats the secret ballot as a means of “control and plunder” of other people. Except in a republic, assuming we’ve kept it, the rights of the minority are protected from such. In the whole article he never mentions what should replace the Constitution, just that we should kill the uber rich. The guy is obviously an anarchist, but since when has that ever worked?

  • http://disaffectedteacher.blogspot.com/ Hy Alldredge

    I’m a teacher and I can tell you from firsthand experience that NOBODY likes it. Students hate it, teachers hate it, and administrators that aren’t just EdBots hate it too. Untold time and money is spent trying to dress it up and propagandize it, but nobody’s buying it. If you think about it, between this and Obamacare, the federal government now controls education, and the health care system – two incredibly basic, vital areas of our lives. Luckily, people aren’t just lying down and taking it. There is plenty of opposition and it will only grow. I have confidence that the people of America will soon throw off this yoke and reclaim our liberty.

  • Ric Reyes

    Well, he may have some good points (it’s hard to tell), but I, as a teacher of rhetoric, couldn’t call this an argument. It’s a series of rolling assertions with almost no evidence. It’s a rant, not an argument.

  • Michael Quintos

    The results of CC will not be known for years. At the core CC is about critical thinking rather than repetition. There are 2 sides to every discussion but to call this socialism or a failure seems awfully one-sided

  • Ric Reyes

    If the book is teaching to emphasize emotion over reason (and I speculate that we’re seeing some selective reporting), then it’s not a common core lesson. Common core actually emphasizes logical argument (it doesn’t even use the word persuasion). The text of the 1st grade standard is:
    “Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.” It leads to the college and career readiness standard: “Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.”
    This could just be bad curriculum, but I suspect the video makers are guilty of the very thing they’re criticizing.

  • Anonymous

    COLUMN ONE: The demise of Pax Americana
    By CAROLINE B. GLICK
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    The US remains the most powerful actor in the world. But last week, American credibility was shattered.
    US President Barack Obama. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    What happened in Geneva last week was the most significant international event since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the rise of the United States as the sole global superpower. The developments in the six-party nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva last week signaled the end of American world leadership.

    Global leadership is based on two things – power and credibility. The United States remains the most powerful actor in the world. But last week, American credibility was shattered.

    Secretary of State John Kerry spent the first part of last week lying to Israeli and Gulf Arab leaders and threatening the Israeli people. He lied to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Saudis about the content of the deal US and European negotiators had achieved with the Iranians.

    Kerry told them that in exchange for Iran temporarily freezing its nuclear weapons development program, the US and its allies would free up no more than $5 billion in Iranian funds seized and frozen in foreign banks.

    Kerry threatened the Israeli people with terrorism and murder – and so invited both – if Israel fails to accept his demands for territorial surrender to PLO terrorists that reject Israel’s right to exist.

    Kerry’s threats were laced with bigoted innuendo.

    He claimed that Israelis are too wealthy to understand their own interests. If you don’t wise up and do what I say, he intoned, the Europeans will take away your money while the Palestinians kill you. Oh, and aside from that, your presence in the historic heartland of Jewish civilization from Jerusalem to Alon Moreh is illegitimate.

    It is hard to separate the rise in terrorist activity since Kerry’s remarks last week from his remarks.

    What greater carte blanche for murder could the Palestinians have received than the legitimization of their crimes by the chief diplomat of Israel’s closest ally? Certainly, Kerry’s negotiating partner Catherine Ashton couldn’t have received a clearer signal to ratchet up her economic boycott of Jewish Israeli businesses than Kerry’s blackmail message, given just two days before the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

    Kerry’s threats were so obscene and unprecedented that Israeli officials broke with tradition and disagreed with him openly and directly, while he was still in the country. Normally supportive leftist commentators have begun reporting Kerry’s history of anti-Israel advocacy, including his 2009 letter of support for pro-Hamas activists organizing flotillas to Gaza in breach of international and American law.

    As for Kerry’s lies to the US’s chief Middle Eastern allies, it was the British and the French who informed the Israelis and the Saudis that far from limiting sanctions relief to a few billion dollars in frozen funds, the draft agreement involved ending sanctions on Iran’s oil and gas sector, and on other industries.

    In other words, the draft agreement exposed Washington’s willingness to effectively end economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran’s agreement to cosmetic concessions that will not slow down its nuclear weapons program.

    Both the US’s position, and the fact that Kerry lied about that position to the US’s chief allies, ended what was left of American credibility in the Middle East. That credibility was already tattered by US fecklessness in Syria and support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    True, in the end, Kerry was unable to close the deal he rushed off to Geneva to sign last Friday.

    Of course, it wasn’t Iran that rejected the American surrender. And it wasn’t America that scuttled the proposal. It was France. Unable to hide behind American power and recognizing its national interest in preventing Iran from emerging as a nuclear armed power in the Middle East, France vetoed a deal that paved the way a nuclear Iran.

    Kerry’s failure to reach the hoped-for deal represented a huge blow to America, and a double victory for Iran. The simple fact that Washington was willing to sign the deal – and lie about it to its closest allies – caused the US to lose its credibility in the Middle East. Even without the deal, the US paid the price of appeasing Iran and surrendering leadership of the free world to France and Israel.

    Just by getting the Americans to commit themselves to reducing sanctions while Iran continues its march to a nuclear weapon, Iran destroyed any remaining possibility of doing any serious non-military damage to Iran’s plans for nuclear weaponry. At the same time, the Americans boosted Iranian credibility, endorsed Iranian power, and belittled Israel and Saudi Arabia – Iran’s chief challengers in the Middle East. Thus, Iran ended Pax Americana in the Middle East, removing the greatest obstacle in its path to regional hegemony. And it did so without having to make the slightest concession to the Great Satan.

    As Walter Russell Mead wrote last week, it was fear of losing Pax Americana that made all previous US administrations balk at reaching an accord with Iran. As he put it, “Past administrations have generally concluded that the price Iran wants for a different relationship with the United States is unsustainably high. Essentially, to get a deal with Iran we would have to sell out all of our other allies. That’s not only a moral problem. Throwing over old allies like that would reduce the confidence that America’s allies all over the world have in our support.”

    The Obama administration just paid that unsustainably high price, and didn’t even get a different relationship with Iran.

    Most analyses of what happened in Geneva last week have centered on what the failure of the talks means for the future of Obama’s foreign policy.

    Certainly Obama, now universally reviled by America’s allies in the Middle East, will be diplomatically weakened. This diplomatic weakness may not make much difference to Obama’s foreign policy, because appeasement and retreat do not require diplomatic strength.

    But the real story of what happened last week is far more significant than the future of Obama’s foreign policy. Last week it was America that lost credibility, not Obama. It was America that squandered the essential component of global leadership. And that is the watershed event of this young century.

    States act in concert because of perceived shared interests. If Israel and Saudi Arabia combine to attack Iran’s nuclear installations it will be due to their shared interest in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal. But that concerted action will not make them allies.

    Alliances are based on the perceived longevity of the shared interests, and that perception is based on the credibility of international actors.

    Until Obama became president, the consensus view of the US foreign policy establishment and of both major parties was that the US had a permanent interest in being the hegemonic power in the Middle East. US hegemony ensured three permanent US national security interests: preventing enemy regimes and terror groups from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm; ensuring the smooth flow of petroleum products through the Persian Gulf and the Suez Canal; and demonstrating the credibility of American power by ensuring the security of US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia. The third interest was an essential foundation of US deterrence of the Soviets during the Cold War, and of the Chinese over the past decade.

    Regardless of who was in the White House, for the better part of 70 years, every US government has upheld these interests. This consistency built US credibility, which in turn enabled the US to throw its weight around.

    Obama departed from this foreign policy consensus in an irrevocable manner last week. In so doing, he destroyed US credibility.

    It doesn’t matter who succeeds Obama. If a conservative internationalist in the mold of Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan is elected in 2016, Obama’s legacy will make it impossible for him to rebuild the US alliance structure. US allies will be willing to buy US military platforms – although not exclusively.

    They will be willing to act in a concerted manner with the US on a temporary basis to advance specific goals.

    But they will not be willing to make any longterm commitments based on US security guarantees.

    They will not be willing to place their strategic eggs in the US basket.

    Obama has taught the world that the same US that elected Truman and formed NATO, and elected George H.W. Bush and threw Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, can elect a man who betrays US allies and US interests to advance a radical ideology predicated on a rejection of the morality of American power. Any US ally is now on notice that US promises – even if based on US interests – are not reliable. American commitments can expire the next time America elects a radical to the White House.

    Americans uninterested in surrendering their role as global leader to the likes of Tehran’s ayatollahs, Russia’s KGB state and Mao’s successors, must take immediate steps mitigate the damage Obama is causing. Congress could step in to clip his radical wings.

    If enough Democrats can be convinced to break ranks with Obama and the Democratic Party’s donors, Congress can pass veto-proof additional sanctions against Iran. These sanctions can only be credible with America’s spurned allies if they do not contain any presidential waiver that would empower Obama to ignore the law.

    They can also take action to limit Obama’s ability to blackmail Israel, a step that is critical to the US’s ability to rebuild its international credibility.

    For everyone from Anwar Sadat to South American democrats, for the past 45 years, America’s alliance with Israel was a central anchor of American strategic credibility. The sight of America standing with the Jewish state, in the face of a sea of Arab hatred, is what convinced doubters worldwide that America could be trusted.

    America’s appalling betrayal of Jerusalem under Obama likewise is the straw that has broken the back of American strategic credibility from Taipei to Santiago. If Congress is interested in rectifying or limiting the damage, it could likewise remove the presidential waiver that enables Obama to continue to finance the PLO despite its involvement in terrorism and continued commitment to Israel’s destruction. Congress could also remove the presidential waiver from the law requiring the State Department to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Finally, Congress can update its anti-boycott laws to cover new anti-Israel boycotts and economic sanctions against the Jewish state and Jewish-owned Israeli companies.

    These steps will not fully restore America’s credibility.

    After all, the twice-elected president of the United States has dispatched his secretary of state to threaten and deceive US allies while surrendering to US foes. It is now an indisputable fact that the US government may use its power to undermine its own interests and friends worldwide.

    What these congressional steps can do, however, is send a message to US allies and adversaries alike that Obama’s radical actions do not represent the wishes of the American people and will not go unanswered by their representatives in Congress.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic. Give him a podium in Washington. Let him be heard.

  • Steven F. Duncan

    Totally agree

  • Ric Reyes

    I’m a teacher, and I like it. I’m also a conservative, in case you’re wondering.

  • Anonymous

    It’s ironic that the best leaders this nation ever produced were taught in little one room school houses with no Common Core objectives. How is it now that with all these standards in place we no longer produce Jeffersons or Madisons or Lincolns? What was it in those little one room school houses that provided such a fertile ground for ideas, freedom and democracy? What is it in our current schools that stifles these things today?

  • dryheat091171

    You Glenn Beck fans need to get on some meds right quick.

  • mike

    … this guy is a liberal. You fuckers are ridiculous.

  • anom

    I also understand it as a set of standards. But do they actually have books and material to teach this? That is odd.

  • Anonymous

    We need people like him in DC instead of the delusional dolts that mostly occupy those seats currently.

  • elbow1

    Um, I’m a teacher and most of my colleagues really like the common core. But, I’m in Colorado where the standards have always been pretty high, so these were just an adaptation of good standards already being used. The problem isn’t standards–it’s too much testing.

    BTW, not sure where you live Hy, but here my colleagues believe all kids should have an education based on reasoning and proof. Good teachers always find a way to make the standards a guide for their teaching, not THE teaching. Too bad it sounds like you’re working with some who aren’t trying to use the standards as a tool for improvement. And, it’s nice to think that kids in Mississippi will be held to the same standards as kids in Massachusetts. Don’t all kids deserve to be held to high standards?

  • Staticdriver

    glenn dumbass

  • Anonymous

    kids aren’t learning anything today that’s the problem. we need to bring back text books have them read and learn and be taught. not common core cR@p.

  • Anonymous

    So common core, ie using a standardized curriculum to make sure kids learn what they’re supposed to, is apparently bad. But what’s his take on standardized tests (to make sure kids are learning what they’re supposed to) and tying teacher evaluations to the results of those tests (to make sure they’re teaching what they’re supposed to). I mean the way I see it those things are basically one in the same. They’re basically ways of creating accountability. Accountability requires standards.

  • Anonymous

    Texas was Smart enough to tell Obama NO to common core, although it was only after Glen made us aware of the problems with Common Core and the conservatives pressured the Department of Education to scrap the proposal

  • Shane Tennent

    The problem isn’t the creation of Worker Bees. We need more Worker Bees. We have far too many people in this country who feel they are entitled to be Rich Millionaire CEOs. The problem is that we PAY those Worker Bees far less than they should be paid. The MINIMUM WAGE should be higher than the LIVING WAGE of an area. Yet, we still have six states that do not have to comply with and meet Federal Minimum Wage Standards. We need people to become emotionally invested in how they deal with large companies.

  • Atilla Thehun

    Smart, intuitive guy. Obviously not a liberal

  • Mary Lynn Durfee

    Well done, young man!!!

  • Anonymous

    The fix is simple: full school choice, where all education dollars follow the child, rather than being distributed to the government factory schools. Let parents of ALL children — every single one — choose where and how their child will be educated: private school, religious school, home school, or government school. It is only in this way that both the government and the unions will be forced out of education, and we can once again begin training minds and hearts in what is true, good and beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Beck, great video. This public school educated student obviously did his homework. Do yours and quit bashing public schools. Listen to the ENTIRE video not just the anti-Common Core part. Read some research. You have the opportunity to be on the right side of an issue for once. Be on the right side for the right reason.

  • Scott Todd

    I’m guessing you’re being paid to troll boards like this to “correct” any supposed mis/disinformation. Likely I’ve been on at least one of Obama’s enemies lists almost from the get-go.

    If you had bothered to watch the first video you’d see they opened up the actual material. In the second these psychologists were truly worried about the negative impact CC would have.

  • Scott Todd

    Where does the money come from to pay people a minimum wage greater than a living wage? You think all it would do is just nibble around the edges of a business’s profit margins but otherwise would have no effect? You have no grasp of economics whatsoever.

    Businesses don’t get money until they produce goods or services sufficient numbers of the public need or want. Said goods and services must be affordable or folks decide to do without. The only way to pay the higher wages is through raising prices on the goods and services resulting in a zero net gain at best for the people you supposedly want to help. Read Thomas Sowell’s book Basic Economics for a more thorough understanding of why your suggestion can’t work, assuming you’re honest enough to learn.

  • Aaron Gershoff

    I fail to see the need for the spin being written in this comments section – Teachers tend to be liberals, and they hate Common Core; Students will come to hate Common Core; Administrators tend to be conservative, and they also hate Common Core. There is no conservative, liberal, libertarian, Democratic, or Republican problem here…it is an American problem. This article doesn’t have any bias or spin (for a change), yet the commenters here immediately pin the current Common Core as “socialism” when it is simply bad education.

    (For the record, I’m a left-leaning centrist. I don’t come here that often, but an educator from NY pointed me in this direction. You fascists can chew on that for a while…)

  • Scott Todd

    Diction? Do you even know the meaning of the word? How does that first part have anything to do with that, unless you meant indoctrination? You, Shane, Ric, Ed- all here to defend Common Core, either directly or by asking what you hope look like innocuous questions or statements. This is too much to be coincidence!

  • dryheat091171

    Apparently there are no educators in this comment board. You know nothing of Common Core and this article totally missing the mark. Get a life and stop letting this idiot Beck do your thinking for you.

  • Sarah

    Every school district has a mix of superb, mediocre, and “poorly-qualified” teachers. the majority of those teachers fall in the center of that bell curve, like any other set of data. It’s not just in the cities. I don’t support the over-evaluation of teachers, but school districts can’t really go around evaluating some teachers one way and others in another way. It’s unfair and most likely against the contract with the school district. What probably needs to be adjusted is the model for evaluation, not the fact that teachers are all being held to standards in general. There are many factors at play here, really. Bottom line – it’s just like any job. If you can’t do your work, you probably should be doing something else.

  • Barb

    Many high school teachers have about 150 students they see every day.
    They teach six classes a day and only have about an hour or less a day for
    planning lessons, grading papers, corresponding with parents, and doing TONS of
    paperwork required by the government that benefits no one. The government
    makes it virtually impossible to even teach, let alone focus on one or more special needs
    student. It’s not that the teachers don’t care, it’s just that there is
    too much to do and their hands are tied. People expect teachers to
    literally work all day, plus every night and weekend. This isn’t the
    1800′s. Teachers get married, have children, have health issues, aging
    parents to care for, etc., etc., just like everyone else. And on top of
    it all, everyone looks down their nose at us and blame us for a system which is
    totally out of our control. We are as frustrated as anyone. What
    goes on in the classroom is the absolute last priority in most schools and
    teachers are routinely silenced. I’m in the process of being written up
    at work for speaking up in an IEP meeting because our administration didn’t
    want anyone to know what’s going on in our school.

  • Anonymous

    They guy will be good in public speaking in politics, but what irritated me were the emotionless faces and the two (most likely teachers) women chewing gum the whole time. There are very few good teachers only because there are few good in any given profession and the overall impression is just self interest of teachers and not the actual issues with education that they are concerned with.
    It is not that I know answers but first and foremost there has to be a high expectations -here it is all about praising the students and making them feel good at any point. There has to be discomfort, there has to be shame, there has to be pressure but no, it is all about me me me me me me me.

  • fire lion

    Common core is stupid. But calling it socialism is completely retarded. If you have a better way of teaching please tell us. Because even poor countries have better education. And it has nothing to do with teaching about god or saying a prayer to the constitution.

  • spoore

    awesome young man. he hit it right on. we are not all the same, nor do we learn the same, let the teachers teach to students in their way, it worked for years, most of you went to school under the “OLD school way” and you learned, grew up and found a job. this young man should be sitting where the idiots are that he is giving the speech too.

  • Anonymous

    And as in every level of government this young mans words fell on deaf ears…..

  • Michael Stroud

    I’m a conservative, but I’m not sure “Common Core” is the problem. It’s just a curriculum. It’s the crazy new system of teacher evaluation that has every thing out of whack, and it is out of whack. Am I missing something?

  • Anonymous

    The promoters indeed promote the collective instead of the individual, though they claim you are to have multiple points of entry because kids learn differently. That sounds good but is not strictly true. Everyone, unless they are blind, deaf, or mute learns through all five senses. Kids who don’t read at home, or who have barely literate parents who did not encourage reading and studying (millions of illiterate LEGAL immigrants in years past made sure their kids got an education and studied and did homework, WORKING to better themselves as their parent did) . Some kids will remember things more if they see them and others can remember more that they hear than others, but everyone uses ALL modalities and those can be trained. While they want you to play with and entertain and cater to the selfish obnoxiousness of undisciplined kids whose parents never trained them to behave and put their best effort into whatever task they had and work hard instead of whining that they were bored (that’s NOT going to fly on a job), the tests are still largely focused on reading, comprehending interpreting and writing (even in math) These are skills EVERYONE must master to succeed in college and jobs tat require a college education. Dancing and singing and playing video games and basketball, getting laid and gossiping about fights and sneakers, while of great interest to many kids, is not going to make them productively employed. Taxpayer paid for education is not there to babysit or entertain someone’s kids. It is there to provide them certain skills and content knowledge as a foundation to do something in life and be intelligent citizens.
    A problem with common core is that it is their standards uber alles—that is the most important thing. The next thing is the skills, but many of those should have been mastered BEFORE high school and only need to be sharpened and enhanced. Content comes last and is only to serve the standards, not for its own sake. Think about that—that means that kids will have even less content going into college, but they will theoretically know how to think. As a professional writer, I can tell you that you basically cannot write if you have no content. I can write about many thngs, because I have a good, broad education However, because I do not have the content, I could not write an analysis of how to do brain surgery. Common core might work for lower elementary school and MAYBE for special ed kids who are not academic (though they would be better served by good vocational programs) but from what I’ve seen, it will drastically lower the content knowledge of kids who have the academic interest and ability to do college work. The teacher eval system that goes with it is bogus—-you cannot be rated highly effective unless the kids are doing things we don’t even do in graduate seminars. IF you are in urban schools with masses of kids who never read a home and consequently don’t even have a basic high school level vocabulary, and can’t write, and who mostly have IQs n the 80s, no one is going to be rated as a highly effective teacher even though they actually are—and yet they call this objective. They keep saying the old system doesn’t work—not true, it has worked for scores of millions. What doesn’t work is welfare, free money and housing etc etc for simply breeding more taxaholic taker voters. What doesn’t work are “families” where the father is only the sperm donor and provides no support and no example of a man working and doing whatever he has to to support his family. hat doesn’t work is welfare moms who spend all day gossiping and yapping on the phone and complaining about how they don’t have enough though the taxpayers pay for virtually everything they have–inc. more clothes and vacations than most of us can afford in either time or money. What doesn’t work is the mentality that you are ENTITLED to have someone else pay for your every need and you exist just to be entertained and have fun or get high24/7. We put a man on the moon with the “old” nonworkng system. We made cures for polio, many cancers and others diseases with the old system. I could go on, but unless you’re a Marxist mindless ideologue, you get the point.

  • Anonymous

    You REALLLY need to study economics for a couple years. Most small businesses, which create most of the jobs, operate close to margin. You are entltled to the value of your work and entry level jobs are not t be permanent life long jobs. These are jobs largely filled by inexperienced teens and low or no skilled adults. If you are a decent worker and develop more skills, you usually get a raise in a month or two. It is YOUR responsibility to develop the skills that earn a higher wage. Minimum wage jobs are essentially paid training to learn job skills. Additionally, when the minimum wage goes up, many jobs are lost for these unskilled people who most need to get experience. Businesses exist t provide a living for those who founded and sometimes those who invested money in them, NOT to provide for every need of every temporary employee who is not invested in the business. Thirdly when the wage goes up, so does employer’s FICA, workman’s comp, unemployment insurance, etc. etc. Friends of mine had a very small business. When the minimum wage went up, she couldn’t even hire her own daughter because of the additional expense—she had to work 15 hours a day herself instead. Get over your Marxist indoctrination and blind jealousy of those who have worked hard to prosper and your ignorance of business and economics. Start by readin Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and Economics in One LEsson by Hazlitt.

  • Anonymous

    She is most definitely NOT alone and the bureaucratic paperwork is like doing three jobs—waste of time and all done because the evaluators and designers o this have never done what they deem themselves fit to evaluate. All they need is a bureaucratic checklist, you see and a few hours of indoctrination on how to use it. By that standard you could give me one and I could evaluate a brain surgeon. And let’s be real–tha surgeon could be the best in the world, do everything according the checklist, and the patient could still die for many reasons. Is he then a great surgeon or a bad one? Student effort is what makes a good and successful student. They’re not all going to be rocket scientists, but now that obam has destroyed the shuttle program and not replaced it with something better and made NASA a make the muslims feel good about their scientific achievement agency, we won’t need that many rocket scientists. No one can motivate everyone else (though parents can certainly require their kids to do homework and study and make extra effort where they are not doing well) If one could, then everyone would have been perfect once Jesus Christ came around. But they murdered him. It is the Marxist mentality to put virtually all the responsibility on someone else–you’re not poor because you were too lazy , druggy and or slutty to take advantage of your taxpayer funded education, you’re poor because someone else is rich or racist. You didn’t fail your exam because you never shut up in class and never studied at home, but because the teacher didn’t make it ABOUT YOU and your feelings and is therefore an ineffective teacher. If your parents never taught you to shut up and listen because that took too much thought, foresight and effort that doesn’t matter, if your teacher was good enough you wouldn’t yap incessantly about gossip,sex, sneakers and drugs, but would really buckle down and try to learn that math. Much of what people think today is Marxist lies fed to them by he culture and the demomarxist party.

  • Anonymous

    3/4 of what teachers? I do not know a single teacher who does.

  • Anonymous

    45 whored themelves for the $$$

  • Anonymous

    Common Core is a shortcut. It’s lazy. It tries to categorize and create a “system”, an assembly line of education. Children have to want to learn. As long as we keep throwing “technology”, money, standardized testing and excuses at them we will get nothing in return — except for some of those intrepid students who would succeed in education anyway even in the worst of conditions (whether it be surrounded by insane wealth or crushing poverty).

    Sometimes the best education is done by the student alone in the library perusing the stacks or at home reading an interesting book. That education costs very little.

  • Got History?

    Young’s argument is very well constructed and his premise speak’s to the heart of everything that is wrong with education today. That being said, I believe that his attack is not necessarily against the Common Core as people like Glenn Beck are trying to make it out to be. This is instead an attack on standardized education and its attempts to hold teachers accountable for things that are beyond their direct control. Having taught using the Common Core for the past two years I can say that I have never been allowed so much freedom to experiment and reinvent my history classroom into one that focuses on deeper meaning and purpose. My freshman have never written, debated, or been engaged in simulations as much as they have been over the past two years. I would say that this man’s argument is more of a condemnation of the CRCT, MEAP, and every other (asinine) Jeopardy-style test currently being administered in every state, which I might add are designed with the backing of legislatures of both political parties. If we are serious about wanting to free our classrooms from the current robot-model of education, then we ought to abandon the current state standards, and I for one, believe the Common Core has given us this option.

  • Got History?

    You might want to take a high school economics class. That might clear up your misunderstanding of the basic definition of Communism.

  • Got History?

    Scott, I’m curious about your experience in education and how much work you’ve done using the Common Core. I am assuming that you are a teacher who has actually designed and worked with curriculum to make such a claim.

  • Anonymous

    3/4 of all teachers, it’s from a poll.
    It’d be very easy for someone to not know a single teacher who does depending on which part of a sample you would associate with or how large your own personal sample is.
    The poll also says the main problems expressed by teachers are concerns over whether or not poor districts would have the resources to implement the standards.

  • Jeanette Weien

    I watched this.I agree with the no more robots. But I tend to see the common core at this point to be written in a way that allows me to use cross circular activities to teach better, incorporate creativity myself and with my students, and I see inspired kids almost everyday. I think his attack is more on standardized testing than the standard themselves.

  • Dana

    In my humble opinion, it is nocotmmon core standards that are hurting these students. The struggle comes from meeting anual yearly progress when your students are in the 87 percent as a group, they cap theamount of students allowed to be identified as special education, but 5th graders cant read past a 2nd grade reading level. Regular education teachers are fighting for these kids. Pull out for remediation and extended days have been the norm for these kid since 1st grade, but special education is full. The no child left behind mentality is far more damaging than common core. Kids are left behind when services are denied because of numbers.

  • Scott Todd

    Ah- yet another person posting here for the first time, or bloody near first, using leftist debate tactics. Somehow just because I’m not a teacher I can’t know anything about Common Core. I’m from Minnesota where we BANNED the damn thing because our state legislature found it so destructive to good education.

    I’m also curious as to why you’re attacking me (velvet glove approach to be sure), but not what this kid said in the video?

  • https://www.gardenandoutdoorsolutions.com/ Mark Powls

    Wow, nice job my young man! Thank you for standing up for the truth in public school system in your community. Good Job!

  • Scott Todd

    BTW, my wife and I did home school our children for a few years. I’ve also got a BA in Speech Communication from the University of MN. Also got a tech degree in electronics. Care to guess which one creates my income?

  • https://www.gardenandoutdoorsolutions.com/ Mark Powls

    I taught in the public school and had to quit. The nonsense was keeping me from teaching. They kept repackaging the same worthless ideas and giving it a different name, and requiring us to take classes and seminars to relearn the same crap all over again. Oh, and the paperwork. I would consider returning to education and upgrading my certification if I knew it would matter.

  • Anonymous

    This young man gets to but doesn’t fully illuminate the central and most pernicious component of government oversight at any level. That being the necessity to codify and compartmentalize their subjects whatever or whoever they may be. From Aardvarks to Zebras government, indeed all leadership arrangements, separate, catalogue, codify, and seek to regulate each and every item so as to better organize and properly govern. At least by their lights that’s what they see themselves doing. Unfortunately in most cases they are doing so absent most of the critical context in which their subjects live and prosper and when they do try to take some of this into account they all too often depend upon their own funded studies that end up being so much pseudo science put together by individuals or groups with specific and highly partisan views that taint their work.

    Why is it that the vast majority of these types of studies are put together by so-called ‘policy wonks’ that more often then not don’t include very many actual individuals with a demonstrated and non-partisan hands on experience in dealing with the specific subject under study? What do people whose careers have mostly been at the higher levels of education with very limited class room experience bring to the table when discussing and constructing curriculums and possible courses and methods of study? Their ability to regurgitate each others previous works and assertions, or heaven forbid the works of long dead and outdated educational theoreticians?

    Having once been a classroom teacher and having finished my college studies with an additional post-graduate year in the study of the methods best used in secondary education I can readily attest to the dependence upon the work of child psychologists, psychiatrists, and other such unrelated fields. That is unrelated to the actual dynamics that occur in individual classrooms in there thousands across an entire country with all of the demographic, socio-economic, and cultural differences that are at work in each and every one of them.

    Much like the ongoing current fiasco of Obamacare there is no government ever devised by man that can successfully dictate a one size fits all educational regime, or much of anything else as well. Not even our much vaunted military is a one dimensional organization .

  • Anonymous

    Still ignoring the major story about the comming nuclear war with Iran ? Hello, earth to Glenn….. Earth to Glenn….

  • kobrien674

    As a military Master Training Specialist I agree with you.

  • kobrien674

    I don’t remember No Child Left Behind’s curriculum saying the founding fathers were terrorists or, because saying “fathers” is sexist, refers to them as the founders. Neither does NCLB say that people are required to follow orders given by government officials. I could go on and on about Common Core but people should find out for themselves. If you don’t know what’s in Common Core you really shouldn’t be wasting people’s time by commenting Personally, I don’t like either. The states should choose their own curriculums and the federal government should butt out, even close the U.S. Dept of Education as an expensive indoctrinating boondoggle.

  • Dana

    Ouch. I TOUCHED a nerve. Feel free to disagree, but you obviously did not understand that children who can not read are denied services because God forbid a school have too many specil need students. Common Core may or may not survive, but expecting all children to test proficient regardless of their educational needs is not practical.

  • Busyman21

    I think it was George Orwell in his book “1984″ that said if you convince the masses that their happy they’ll give and do anything for you. (As so for our gov.) So goes the socialist Trojan horse here in the US.

  • mspatdev

    If I had children that had to have this junk and I couldn’t get it to stop, then I would pull them out of school and teach them myself. We have got to get this idiot, narcississ out of office as soon as possible. I have tried writing my congress people on the federal and state levels. I don’t know to do. I don’t have the money to hire an attorney. Can others think of what to do?

  • Michael

    From the article you linked: “In a poll released on Thursday, the NEA found that the majority of its members either “wholeheartedly” supported the standards (26 percent) or supported them with “some reservations” (50 percent).”

    The poll was done, not by Quinnipiac, or Pew, or Gallop. It was done by the NEA itself. Uh-huh. Away with your propaganda.

    When the English Professor tasked with creating the Common Core English standards refuses to sign off on those standards, your product is suspect.

    And from what I’ve personally seen of the curriculum, your product is no longer the suspect, it is the culprit, and parents had best be waking up. And soon.

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  • Defend Liberty

    Certainly, there’s no material difference between today’s liberals and the socialists, marxists, and communists of yore.

  • bill coleman

    We have a constitution which is the law of the land if enough people believe and vote in a manner that indicates they believe we have a constitution which is the law of the land and that the Supreme Court is not the law of the land. All tyranny to the Constitution should be ignored or abolished by the ballot box and/or constitutional admendment.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Great argument, BUT as someone who moved from state to state or city to city, as both a child and a parent, I see the usefulness of a common core. Without a common-core, first-graders in Maine may be learning the same skills and content as third-graders in Mississippi, then if a student moves from one state to the other as a fourth-grader, he’s in a bad spot no matter-what. Either he’s bored and disengaged from learning, or he is behind, overwhelmed, and convinced he’s stupid. Good education, like good healthcare, is something that does benefit both the individual and the collective. The answers aren’t easy, but when our system fails so many, it leaves us vulnerable to tyranny. The best thing for public education would be to simply end teacher tenure. Institutions should reward effective teachers and respect them all the way through to retirement. If teachers are ineffective, they ought to be helped to find other work. (The dilemma is how to measure the effectiveness of a teacher. Popularity? Student grades? Too subjective. Student achievement seems good, but how do you measure that without standardized tests?) The positive aspect of one-size fits all education is that at least everyone gets something, they are receiving at least some kind of education, no matter where they live or who their teachers are. Failing to educate our children is something we all pay for in myriad ways in the present and future. Common core is evidence of that.

  • Lila Whale Bones Jones

    I’m thoroughly against the common core system. As a recent college graduate, I realized shortly upon graduating high school that I was so inadequately equipped to study and succeed in college and the real world because the system had literally set me up for failure. The standardized tests don’t allow students to learn or achieve their full potential and the only data it gathers is how well students take the standardized exams. I’m now looking at entering graduate school and am preparing for the GRE. While reading through my study guide of “Cracking the GRE 2014″ by The Princeton Review, I found it disturbing that the text says things like, “Again, what the GRE really measures is how well you take the GRE.” and “You’ll do better on the GRE by putting aside your feelings about real education and surrendering yourself to the strange logic of the standardized test.” (p. 20-21).

    Is this really how we’ve decided to measure students success? Shouldn’t their will to learn and the teachers passion to teach be the way we measure adequate education? In high school I had no desire to do well because very few teachers challenged me seeing as they had to check off boxes instead of holding our attention. I was quite honestly bored. Once I got to college it was like the seas had parted and I was responsible for my own educational goals without standardized tests being what determined whether I graduate to the next level or get a diploma. I went from a 2.0 student who was thoroughly apathetic in high school to a 3.5 student in college who thoroughly enjoyed learning and was challenged by her professors who were allowed to teach.

    Get rid of standardized tests and the concept of no child left behind. We’re damaging our country by using these concepts instead of producing a successful generation that will someday run this country. If students do not meet criteria to go forward a grade, there is no shame in repeating grades or classes to ensure proper understanding. I had to repeat math classes in college until I reached calculus. It ended up helping me in the long run and I didn’t feel ashamed. Instead I understood that I didn’t get it the first time around but the second time, I mastered the class and THAT level of commitment to understanding is what is important when it comes to education. Understanding the appropriate concepts needs to be the standard, not a test that is more of a scam for money and lacks the best interest of our children.

    Lila Jones

  • Brian

    I’m pretty sure he knows the meaning of the word. Do you?

    Diction – the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing, e.g. refuse vs not.

    Studying word choice to see how it gives your sentences meaning on multiple levels should be a part of any good Comm curriculum.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. Your morality is not bound by laws, not the laws of man. Your morality is bound by principles (hopefully). Principles are to inform our lawmaking, not the other way around.

    And now you recognize the inherent problem of government – the Fallacy of Authority. No man has authority over you except yourself. No man can justly claim authority over you, because you are sovereign in yourself. You own yourself. Nobody else owns you, thus no one else can justly control your actions or your physical being.

    Except in a republic, assuming we’ve kept it,

    And there you have it:

    “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”

    Our Constitution has been unfit to secure the rights of minorities. Every single one of the Ten Amendments has been corrupted and destroyed.

    In the whole article he never mentions what should replace the Constitution,

    I love this argument, because it’s so easy to show how silly it is.

    When you go to the doctor with a cancer, do you ask the doctor what he will replace it with?

    No!

    You ask him to cut it out!

    Spooner was an anarchist. He recognized that government is inherently immoral. He wouldn’t have replaced the Constitution with anything. We don’t need a federal government. Establishing a federal government has brought us far more harm than good. It is unfit to exist.

    Since when has anarchy ever worked? Only every time it’s ever been tried. Sure, it doesn’t work for authoritarians and totalitarians. They will incessantly argue its inadequacy…but it’s only inadequate for megalomaniacs and the slaves that support them.

  • Anonymous

    You’re asserting majority rule – that a majority has legitimate authority to impose its will on a minority. That is a violation of the minorities rights. Such a system does not protect natural rights, it only infringes them.

    The Constitution IS tyranny.

  • Anonymous

    Its called classical education. COMMUNIST CORE is the proper name for “common core”. Does the catch phrase “we are the borg you will be assimilated” ring a bell in the vastness of empty space betwixt you ears?

    “fire lion” cute name for a total moron

  • Wong Chris

    Why do teachers TEACH? Why do students LEARN?
    What is Common Core? Frankenstein style of education!
    Teachers in Illinois have been given a preview: Teachers will become actors, pretending they are teaching, but in fact they have to READ the entire lesson written for them !!
    That is when no teachers will be required, replaced by a few robots reading scripts written by a few who think their scripts are the best for ALL human beings. When no teachers are needed anymore, then the entire educational system becomes one dictatorship, and that is the end of humanity.

  • Scott Todd

    “Since when has anarchy ever worked? Only every time it’s ever been tried.” I noticed you conveniently left out any examples. I’d say the best example of what you’re talking about is Somalia. Also, neither you nor he ever say where these “principles” come from that would keep us from killing each other off and devolving into the law of the jungle.

  • Anonymous

    And there you have it, the Godwin’s Law of libertarianism.

    Get back to me when you’ve actually studied the state of society and government in Somalia, instead of regurgitating failed talking points. Somalia is a failure of government, not a failure of anarchy.

    Your first principles are something you need to figure out. Libertarians overwhelmingly agree on first principles. The NAP, Non-Aggression Principle, is the libertarian first principles, along with the Ethic of Reciprocity. These principles are as old as mankind. They are not a mystery. And guess what? They WORK! At least when people actually try them, of course. First principles are what separate us from the animals…government destroys first principles and sends us back to the jungle.

    “[With the decline of society] begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia [war of all against all], which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” -Thomas Jefferson

  • Defend Liberty

    Igor Shafarevich, in particular, documented the primitive superstitions of the counter-Christian religion of socialism in his essay Socialism in Our Past and Future: http://www.savageleft.com/poli/hoc.html

  • anon

    YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL WRITER? THERE ARE MORE GRAMMICAL MISTAKES AND SPELLING ERRORS THAN A THIRD GRADER WOULD MAKE!

  • Scott Todd

    OK, I’ll man up and admit I got a bit bent up over semantics. Still to call it diction when the real point is the teaching of manipulation and agitation is a bit like saying the Titanic took on a little water.

  • Scott Todd

    But you’re still sawing off the very branch you’re sitting on and you don’t know it. John Adams said “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly unsuited to the governing of any other.” The Constitution holds evil at bay only to the extent of the virtuousness of society. If it has failed then we have failed. What you’re proposing supposes an extraordinary virtuousness beyond that. Supposing you could overthrow the federal government, is the general populace virtuous enough to sustain itself under what you’re proposing? We need to work on ourselves long before we can look at adopting what you (or Spooner) are suggesting. You said it works every time it’s tried. Name ONE nation that is currently operating by it.

    If men were governed by angels we’d have a perfect government. If men were angels no government would be necessary. Don’t know who said that but it still rings true. In our fallen world we’d still need SOME government to handle foreign enemies and large internal criminal enterprises as well as set at least a few standards such as weights and measures.

  • Shawn Lane

    Common Core has a LOT of problems with it. Indoctrinating children into socialists isn’t one of them. You people are loons.

  • Anonymous

    The very existence of the state erodes the morality of society. The state is immorality itself – the institutionalization of coercive force, theft, murder, fraud, deceit, war, subjugation, and every other vice of man.

    The Constitution doesn’t hold evil at bay. It invites it in the house.

    What I am proposing is recognizing the power corrupts, always and absolutely. Depending on a piece of paper to secure your rights is hopelessly futile. Delegating your own responsibility to secure your rights to an unaccountable megalomaniac is a death wish.

    Those who seek political office – positions of power – are disqualified from holding office in the first place. People who seek power are unfit to govern others. They are sociopaths. They are the worst among us. And you propose to give them power, and depend on a piece of paper to protect you!

    No, I am proposing liberty. Liberty has risks. It is the state of nature. But it is better than this hell called government.

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen! -Samuel Adams

    BTW, it was Federalist 51, by James Madison:

    But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

    It was an elaborate and intricate scheme they attempted to create, setting up a system of distributed power. But they certainly could not predict the future, and the havoc wrecked by Lincoln, Marshall, Wilson, FDR, and the rest of the authoritarians. Authoritarians are creative. They will work TIRELESSLY to overcome restrictions on power. That’s why that piece of paper is worthless and meaningless.

    We don’t need government. We need free markets.

  • Anonymous

    “rule by violent despots who can force people to submit to them.”

    That is what we have now. And it didn’t come by anarchy.

    The irony is fitting, though.

    BTW, Somalia has a rule of law, in the absence of government. I encourage you to research it.

  • Jared

    I’m a high school math teacher, and I have to disagree with more of what Ethan says here. His statements are hyperbolic and mostly unfounded. I started using the CCSS in 2011 with my classes, and have found that they focus way more on conceptual understanding versus computation and procedure. My student’s response to this is that they’re excited to learn the “why” behind math, and this conceptual understanding is helping them with procedure. Now, there are specific standards that unpack why students are allowed to make procedural steps such as, (http://www.corestandards.org/math/content/hsa/rei/d/11) which has students engage in patterns to justify steps when solving equations. Also, the new SBAC tests ask more diverse questions (leaving behind only multiple choice), asking students to justify their reasoning and create arguments. Ethan argues that the CCSS is killing inquisitiveness, and I have to argue it’s just the opposite. Students are given few standards to cover with more depth and are now given more time to see the beauty of math and the patterns all around us. I’m upset that it didn’t rise out of the states, and I’m a huge critic of the Federal Dept. of Education. But before we disband CCSS on these reasons, maybe you should take a closer look at what students are being asked to do. Visit Smarter Balanced website and take the practice exam (http://www.smarterbalanced.org/pilot-test/) ? The questions students are being asked are measuring deeper levels of understanding. Put the students first, not politics.

  • SRM29

    Is caps lock and insults really necessary? I don’t understand you spelling jerks. Does this look like a professional setting? It’s a freakin message board and no one cares, except you jerks who love pouncing on mistakes and berating people over them.

  • SRM29

    If you’re honest, you can’t deny socialism has been, and is spreading throughout the country since Obama took office. He lives like a king, ignores the law when it suits him, and has never been held accountable. It’s not much of a stretch to believe he could turn into a dictator and force us into communism. She has it right.

  • Cathy Knight

    We do not!

  • Cathy Knight

    No!

  • MSTeacher

    This is a very articulate young man. He has some points that make sense, but also some points that are not entirely true. Most people that are exposed to Common Core are not being given the standards but a curriculum that is “aligned” to the standards. Just like any other state standards, there are thousands of curriculum that are created to “align” to the standards. Some of these curriculum are truly aligned and demonstrate statistical evidence that growth occurs while using the curriculum. Many curriculum are created to generate a profit, have no evidence of working, and sometimes display evidence that make students regress. As a middle school math teacher of now 5 years, I can say that the Common Core standards are pushing our children to think at a much higher level than I was ever exposed. My mathematical learning background was exactly regurgitation and memorization of material. Students are now being asked to justify through evidence there answers. They must be able to evaluate other answers and to critique other student opinions. This is all taking place within a math classroom. My students are being forced to expand their thoughts and to accept and even embrace other strategies. They are being asked to choose a strategy for a particular situation and explain their reasoning behind using this strategy over any other. If anything Common Core is teaching students to problem solve, to collaborate, and to form an opinion based on facts and evidence instead of hearsay. If you have never taken a look at the standards, more importantly taken a look at the “Practices” of Common Core, then you should attempt to do what our young students going through Common Core are ask to be doing, which is investigating and using evidence to support your thoughts. Common Core could greatly change the way all students think and could greatly change our nation into a nation of thinkers instead of followers.

  • Dawn Teach

    I can not stand when all someone does, Or has nothing better to do than be the ‘Grammar police” and insult people. Give me a flippin break..back off and go learn something Mr all caps!!! Get a life!!

  • Dawn Teach

    Thank you.. SRM29!! UGH!

  • Anonymous

    Ethan Young was contacted by Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. James McIntyre and scolded for his speech about Common Core. If that is not bad enough, Dr. McIntyre killed a major investigative news story Wednesday Dec. 3rd that exposed that he has the least amount of teaching experience of all Superintendents in Tennessee. Please see: http://www.knoxviews.com/node/21174#comment-155899

    WBIR does not support teachers

    Submitted by KCTeacher (not verified) on Tue, 2013/12/03 – 6:29pm.

    Word going around WBIR is that the entire newsroom is upset and
    morale is down after the station’s general manager Jeff Lee spiked an
    investigative story into superintendent Jim McIntyre’s background and
    his lack of classroom experience

    Eleanor Beck and Mike Donila had met with a bunch of teachers and
    talked to them about McIntyre’s limited experience and how it played a
    role in their relationship with him. The story was not going to be
    pretty but McIntyre talked Jeff Lee into not running it after McIntyre
    learned that it compared his experience to the superintendent’s across
    the state and that he came up at the very bottom.

    This is just one more example of the local media bowing to the
    superintendent. Teachers who were interviewed are also upset because
    they rarely have a chance to have their story told in the media. The
    Knoxville News Sentinel certainly won’t do it. The Sentinel is a major
    supporter of the superintendent and also does whatever he says. Remember
    the tax increase that was supposed to be so great for us?

    Why is the local media afraid of McIntyre and why won’t it ask tough
    questions. Or, if it does, why won’t those at the top allow the
    reporters to do their jobs. Look at all the glowing pieces that get
    reported about McIntyre. It looks like no one in the media cares about
    the teachers. People should start writing in and telling them that we’re
    tired of this and that if they continue to censure the news then we
    will continue to censure their product.

    Jeff Lee email is manager@wbir.com and news@wbir.com. His phonenumber is 637-1010

  • James LaBarre

    One of the problems with “Common Core” is it uses the typical scam of “friendly naming” used so often by tyrants and criminals. In the same way “newspeak” names like “Patriot Act” (for a set of laws designed to VIOLATE the rights of Patriots) or “Affordable Care Act” (which has made healthcare UNaffordable), so has the term “Common Core” been adapted to a curriculum removed from the purpose the name implies. Certainly, a commonly defined set of core competencies that we as a nation would like to see our children reach would be a good thing. Developing a helpful set of lessons that could be *ADAPTED* to the needs of a particular school/classroom would be helpful. The more I hear of CC, the more I believe they didn’t even *intend* to reach that goal. From what I hear Poughkeepsie NY has dictated that CC ***is*** the entirety of their curriculum. The question for that city is whether the administrators are scheming Progressives, suckers, or simply too lazy to do anything on their own.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    If the information I do have is correct?…. this country makes the 39th in the Academic International Scale;….pathetic, isn’t?….oh! but we have rappers (noise makers for is not music) , we o have rapper all over the place infecting the market , not to mention the minds of the young generation….so;…what about the next generation after them?
    Opinions welcome.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know where you are getting your statistics about that many teachers who are supporting common core. I’m a retired teacher. that just isn’t true. The tenured teachers can say most anything and most of them oppose this garbage.
    The new teachers will agree with the administration, mostly because they fear for their jobs.
    Everything is an illusion here, my friend. Politics is what’s driving the forces. Teachers have very little to say in decision making and choosing teaching methods, since 1976 and it’s only getting worse.
    Creativity is dead and Marxist indoctrination is the name of the game.
    The new goal of American education is to create young Manchurian zombies, who react like robots and are incapable of logical thinking, and just follow orders, blindly. The public has no idea how bad this is.
    I suggest that people listen to David Barton and learn a thing or two on how to fight this abomination.

  • Ricarrdo estavans

    I guess you would understand a third grader. You write like one.

  • Anonymous

    I like what you said. Left wingers are only interested in staying in power, That is why they love the idea of dumbing down the
    next generation. They are breeding followers who are only interested in getting everything from the government from cradle to death bed.

  • Anonymous

    Also, what mostly matters is the content, the free thinking spirit that sees things in a different light. Free thinking spirits are who made this country great! I like what Tasha22 had to say. She hit the nail on the head in so many ways, mistakes or not!

  • Anonymous

    This ‘poison’ that threatens a free-thinking individualism, society, and creativity must be stopped. They will let it permeate private, charter, public and homeschooled children to create, without a better example, a brainwashed, dependent youth similar to the Hitler Youth. The brain-iest of US will be given further training, the others…. drone creation on a societal scale; a lot of gifted people in specific interests/disciplines falling through the cracks; another arm of the Eugenic processing of “Human Capital.”
    No one be shocked. Its happened before… and you’ll never guess who started the sound, to thought, then whisper, to a voice, thence to a chorus, to become Policy…. and it took a World War to stamp it out for a time.
    The National Stupification of its children & Beeotchification of its leaders has got to end.
    Keep up the good fight within the Battle of Words & Ideals – this student is!!
    Where some of the Parents?!! They should be standing there too – not just the children!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Minimum wage jobs were created as entry level jobs not jobs to support a family. They are there for the young to learn work ethics, not for a father to support wife and children.

  • Anonymous

    Very well said. But, talking to a Socialist like Tennent is like talking to a wall.

  • Anonymous

    Evidently our country is under furious attack;…

    Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 462 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

    http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

  • Shane Tennent

    That is an interesting spin, but it just doesn’t play out. The small businesses aren’t the majority of the ones sticking to the minimum wage guidelines. It is the large corporations that have employees scattered across the country. It is the larger local businesses with offices in multiple cities. For example. There is a temp labor company in WA that takes contracts from local companies who WOULD pay $15 or more per hour to the people they hire. Those companies instead pay that wage to the temp office, who in turn pays minimum wage to the people they put in that position. So, the temp office is being paid $6 or more per hour worked for each employee they place. So… where would the money come from to pay people better? Right there. And that’s just one example.

    You’ve got companies like Staples and Walmart who could pay better, as opposed to using the money to expand and open stores they don’t need. The town of Jacksonville NC has two Super Walmarts, with a population of less than 70,000… while the State of Rhode Island has 8 Walmarts and a population of 1.05 million. Does there need to be two Walmart stores in Jacksonville, NC? Nope. Walmart could be paying their employees better… and stores like Costco prove it.

    The idea that minimum wage jobs are supposed to be for kids and students doesn’t hold water, when there aren’t enough better paying jobs out there for older people with families.

  • Shane Tennent

    Your idealism is interesting, but misguided. Where are all these better paying jobs that people with families are supposed to be getting? They don’t exist. It isn’t socialism. I’m not saying people should be getting anything they shouldn’t be earning. I’m saying that the model just is not in place where there are enough good paying jobs out there for the people who need them. Moreover, there are companies taking advantage of the fact that they can get away with paying minimum wage when they should be paying more.

    Are you honestly trying to say that EVERY minimum wage job out there, or rather EVERY job that pays less than the living wage is a job that is ONLY for kids? Seriously?

  • Bill Norris

    You are dillusional and must have been the test subject for common core. It’s abundantly clear you haven’t been to Somalia. The supposed research you’re doing points to a pre warlord view of the country. Nobody is going to change your mind and most of all, everybody here thinks your nuts. So I’ll leave you and your imaginary anarchists to plan the overthrow. Good luck with that!!

  • Ron L. Harmon, Author

    Have we lost ground Glenn on what we knew in 2009 and 2010? I had forgotten you were included in an article that I put in my book – The 7th Day Humbling of Mankind – The Beginning of the End of the Age – Published May 5, 2012 Amazon.com

    Chapter 9 – Economic Collapse Opens Door for New World Order

    When President Obama first came into office, I was shocked to see Henry Kissinger on the news saying this bailout crisis was an opportunity for President Obama to bring in the New World Order. I thought to myself, where did Henry Kissinger come from? I did not even know he was even still alive. Furthermore, why would he make a comment like this? I was not concerned until I realized Barack worked for Kissinger in one of his first jobs. This gave me concern knowing they had a close relationship and maybe a share a common viewpoint and philosophy.

    You Tube Video: Obama Admits He Is A Muslim
    Uploaded by FeelTheChangeMedia on Aug 7,
    2009

    Obama admits that he is a Muslim. Obama bowing before a Muslim king. Obama talking about his Muslim family. Obama quoting from the Koran.Obama defending Islam. Obama visiting a Mosque. And many more clips of Obama and his Muslim connections. Legal Disclaimer: The writers, producers, and editors of this video are not claiming or implying that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, or that Obama said he was a Muslim, rather they are only examining the evidence surrounding the rumor that Barack Hussein Obama might be a secret
    Muslim.

    “Obama’s agenda: Overwhelm the system” by Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas Review-Journal, posted: June 6, 2010.

    Rahm Emanuel cynically
    said, “You never want a crisis to go to waste.” It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within Barack Obama is my college classmate
    (Columbia University, class of ’83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day
    one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at
    Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming
    the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues
    below. Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

    The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off better known simply as
    The Obama Deception is an American political documentary film
    written and directed by radio talk show host Alex Jones. The film was released
    on March 12, 2009 and distributed by Alex Jones Productions. (Wikipedia)

    The 7th Day Humbling of Mankind – The Beginning of the End of the Age, Chapter 9 – Economic Collapse Opens Door for New World Order, pp. 67-68. May 2012, Amazon.

    Go to: http://www.the7thdayreturnofthelord.com

  • Ron L. Harmon, Author

    Glenn: I had forgotten you were quoted in article 2010 that I put in my book The 7th Day Humbling of Mankind – The Beginning of the End of the Age May 2012 Amazon.

    “Obama’s agenda: Overwhelm the system” by Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas Review-Journal, posted: June 6, 2010.

    Rahm Emanuel cynically said, “You never want a crisis to go to waste.” It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.

    Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of ’83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger
    government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

  • Ron L. Harmon, Author
  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Bill Gates would sponsor such a terrible program. What was he thinking?

  • Anonymous

    Please, please Beck and Malkin tell us why you have never vetted the person behind Common Core–Michelle Rhee! David Coleman, the Marxist architect was immediately appointed to her board of StudentsFirst in 2010 when all these conservatives were going gaga over her ‘unearned trophy’ meme. She even called herself a “lefty leftist” and finally admitted that she is all for Common Core after speaking to conservative groups and Tea Party orgs all over this country in 2010-2012. At one of the first Cominterns Lenin declared that the first order of business was to infiltrate the enemy camp and that is what Rhee did. While unpaid, nobody citizen journalists were warning of Obama’s education reform movement, and its main mouthpiece Rhee,Beck and Malkin would not touch Rhee. Why? Did they accept financial support from her non profit? They bought hook,line and sinker her push for charter schools and anti-union schtick. Didn’t they look up the ABC’s of Communism? First, you get rid of the non-government unions to replace them with one big centrally controlled union.

    Now it’s too late–Common Core is a done deal like Obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    In California we have access to the “California Common Core Data Opt-Out Form” where we can voice our opposition to the program and file to opt out of its mandates. I have no idea if it holds water . . . but we are implementing what is available to us !

  • Tim

    Please don’t tell me you believe Bill Gates has the best of intentions for the world. Bill Gates wants whole populations of 3rd world people to DIE off and not re-produce. Bill Gates is a Eugenicist, comes from a family of Eugenicists. Gates and those like him want to pick and choose who will be the ‘elite’ rulers in the world and also they believe they have the right to select ‘who will die’, when population is being culled.

    Vaccines, GMO Food and other means have been and are being devised to reduce human populations ‘long-term’ by sterilization. Google about how the WHO, the World Health Organization, used vaccines to sterilize women in 3rd world countries. Google about how Russian/European scientists found some GMO, Genetically Modified Foods were sterilizing animals after multiple generations of eating the stuff, as well as developing cancer.

    Then google Bill Gates at the TED talk conference and how he envisions using “vaccines” to reduce population. Gates tries to claim a reduction in population by ‘saving lives’ but he knows darn well that the vaccines the WHO/U.N. will be using are going to be laced with sterilants. The WHO/U.N. have done these programs already and the Catholic Church caught them doing it in the late-80′s/early-90′s. The media refused to talk about it because the elites own the media. The media also doesn’t talk about how Bill Gates’ parents are Eugenicists and how his father ran Planned Parenthood right after it’s name was changed from the Birth Control League, a Eugenics company dating back to when Margaret Sanger ran it in the early 1900′s.

  • Anonymous

    You fail to mention that the $15 an hour the temp agency is charging goes to pay the worker and the employer taxes and hiring costs, so the agency does not make the $6 profit you claim. If the worker were hired directly then the company would still pay minimum wage and the balance of the $15 would go to pay the overhead of employer taxes and HR costs. You see, it is your government regulation and taxes that is sucking up the extra $6. If I hire someone at $10 and hour I need to add at least 30% to that to cover total cost of that worker to me.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t seem to understand that the Marxists of the 30′s – 60′s realized that it would not sell here as they hoped so they have changed their spots a little. We are being worked by Communists. The labels on the methods are just a distraction.

  • Anonymous

    I never had any trouble making money when I had skill sets that people needed to buy no matter what the economy was doing. Competition is a wonderful thing. When times are hard you move to where the money is being made and make sure you have the skills needed to get the job done. When times are good any fakir poser, can get a job by pretending to have some skills. They will get fired soon enough when they are found out. If you can’t find a good job then it sucks to be you and working for min wage is not an end of the world deal. Just means you have to be smarter with your money and you can’t waste it.

  • Anonymous

    A poll by the NEA without qualification.

  • Anonymous

    Before anyone asks. No, I am not the David Barton of Wall Builders fame and I am not related to him as far as I know. I do like his work though. He is a good man.

  • Howard Robinson

    In education, standards doesn’t always mean the same thing. For some individuals or groups, they are lowered, i.e. affirmative action. Though we would all agree that students ought to be able to read and write when they finish high school, how they achieve that has to vary significantly. A different educational structure is necessary for lower IQ students and a robust challenging structure for high IQ students. Finally and most importantly the content of the material is the most important of all. It is certainly worthwhile for some students to study the Communist Manifesto or Mein Kampf, but in the context of why these political philosophies were evil and failures. We only have to look at Black Studies curricula to realize that selective programs that are guided by political bias don’t work. The vast majority of educated students who have taken Black Studies course don’t know of Crispus Attucks or Dred Scott or that 20% of the men who fought for our independence were black, or that they fought heroically in nearly every battle, endured the hardships of Valley Forge, and helped when the final battle at Yorktown that ended the American Revolution in America. They don’t know that Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President and that Republicans have always pushed for integration of the military until Democratic President Harry Truman deemed it so. They never learned that the compromise of counting black slaves as 2/3 a person was not proposed by the South, who wanted to count them like any other person, but by the North who didn’t want to count them at all. Instead they are taught a revised version of history that ignores and changes the facts. Common Core wants to propagandize our children into believing a political philosophy that stifles thought and creativity.

  • Anonymous

    Very well stated!

  • Anonymous

    People think because Gates set up a “philanthropic” foundation, and poured his enormous amount of money into it (“isn’t he so generous!), that he means to do “good”. He means to further his own (and others) warped agenda on the world!! All in the name of “charity”.

  • John Bauer

    That young man is incredibly well spoken and articulate. However, if we can’t measure what a child has learned, or if we can’t measure what the child failed to learn how do we know if the instruction was adequate?
    It is important that inquisitive minds are developed. However, developing young minds and creating standardized testing that measures a student’s grasp of Algebra or Geography are not mutually exclusive ideas.
    Nearly all college bound students take either the SAT or ACT – standardized tests that evaluate the level of understanding of basic educational disciplines. If teachers or students have no idea what ‘success’ looks like, how can you expect them to achieve it?
    Great kid. But again, we can have standards by which students AND teachers are measured and continue to inspire at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    He knocked it out of the park

  • M Henry

    Here is a short one minute PSA showing some of the pitfalls of Common Core – and it’s aimed at the youth who will be affected by these standards by demonstrating the particular teaching style of Professor Umbridge.

    http://youtu.be/mLW7SzI1yHY

  • Guest

    Honestly – I couldn’t care less about a teacher’s self-esteem. (There’s a movement as damaging as the whole of Common Core is.)

  • George Davies

    A couple of examples of the common core curriculum that I have seen stuck with me. One was the math problem 3 x 4. It was answered equals 11 and that was ok?? Lost me there. There other was the 2nd Amendment. That it was for non criminals, (ok) protect of your home (ok again) but not to be removed from that property or sold and only as long as you registered it. That wasn’t in MY Constitution. It appears to me that there 2 agendas here one to solve the national debt. Look that isn’t really 18 trillion watch at the Common Core way now see it is 1.8 trillion. Now the Constitution. No freedom of speech is ONLY when you are in the privacy of your home speaking to your wife, uh no children, no again, dog yes dog.

  • Anonymous

    Well put young man. I submit the biggest reason for common core is not to teach or enlighten anyone but to create a country of drones who can service those who are in power. If one does not know ones rights they will not know when they are taken from them.

  • Roy Haeger

    I’m not following. All I ever see as “evidence” against the Common Core are bits and pieces with no context. Here’s a question on a math assignment, here’s an underlined excerpt from a text book. Please. I’m a teacher, and lean fairly conservative, and I don’t see any of what so many are trying hard to be afraid of. People need to start being informed – don’t regurgitate sound bites – research for yourself. Here’s a good place to start: http://highercorestandards.org/myth-vs-fact/

  • Shawn Cameron

    I agree but what has happened with the obsessive emphasis on standardized tests is all kids are taught is how to pass a test toward the end of the year. When I was in school we had standardized tests every few years and we were still taught critical thinking skills. Now all they are taught is how to regurgitate information for a test. The proof is every year when the test is over (mid April) school becomes state sponsored daycare, it’s all field days and class parties (that’s the way it is here anyway)

    It’s frustrating because honestly I don’t know what the answer is. You’re right we need to have standards and some way to measure them. The most feasible way to achieve that is testing. But children need to be taught the skills and not taught the test. Critical thinking has gone completely out the window. Don’t even get me started on the crap that passes for history in schools now.

  • Shawn Cameron

    Exactly Bill Gates’ idea of philanthropy isn’t much different than George Soros’.

  • Shawn Cameron

    So are you saying it throws aside the idea of “Let’s teach these kids to pass this test” and actually attempts to teach them some critical thinking?

  • Kc Prajna

    Propaganda only works when those who are being manipulated
    are certain they are acting on their own free will. – Joseph Goebbels

  • Anonymous

    !8/19 years old and this kid already gets it… want to see him in 20/30 years as long as he isn’t ruined by the “system”!!

  • Jennifer DeMente

    http;//arizonansagainstcommoncore.com check it out

  • Brian Fendley

    I bet that school board went right ahead and implemented or expanded common core anyway. It’s like the minute after your elected to the school board a secret door appears, your pulled inside and told this is what you will do and how to do it or “Else” then your returned through the door scared shitless and doing exactly what “They” told you.

  • SamNicT

    I personally think education starts in the home. In my opinion the parent is the one that should be educating their child. My mom read with me from infancy until first grade when I began to read to her. I feel that we as a society have become to dependent on outside forces when it comes to education. Teach your child how to count, say the alphabet, recognize how letters ars arranged to form words. We have to stop depending on that teacher with 25 plus kids in her class and the outdated curriculum they’ve been given. I don’t agree with the common core stuff either though. I saw a few math problems and it might as well have been Japanese.

  • Daniel Cutright

    you’re an idiot… go advertise with obama … you’ll get free healthcare which will be handy for you when I knock your teach out lol >:)

  • TJB

    It’s an interesting situation. Does Walmart exist to pay their employees better? Walmart pays what it has to so that workers stay with them. And what do you think the answer to your question is … why aren’t there better paying jobs … should companies just make them up? I don’t pretend to know how to fix these things, but I think it’s not as simple as just paying people more money … and, perhaps, eliminating jobs ….

  • TJB

    Who decides what a living wage is … does it include ipads, iphones, big screen TV’s etc. None of these are necessary for “living,” but we seem to have decided they are. Perhaps “living” isn’t that simple?

  • Hannah Martin

    Do yourself a favor and open your eyes. To the past, present, and future. What is happening here has happened before, elsewhere. Things will only get worse before they get better. A government dependent people. A new world order-or oligarchy led by the billionaire-club. Communism shoved down the throats of the blind, the slaughter of those who won’t except it. Genocide on innumerable unborn children, and yet again on the jews, who are already being kept track of in seized Ukraine…a crumbling America, with the world’s most beautiful legacy, largely forgotten, and being evermore covered up by those who hate truth and freedom. Please, do us all a favor, and open your eyes. “Rage, rage against the dying of the light!”

  • Dawn

    Excellent points and well stated. The problem is that liberal socialists, for over forty years, have been systematically changing portions of our society (largely in densely populated areas ie:cities) through greed and laziness and the entitlement mentality. Therefore too often, and in many cases generation after generation, the idea of “work ethic” actually putting your own effort into doing something for yourself NOT reaping the benifits of another’s toil has become unknown. Pride, real pride of accomplishment is foreign to the leeches who feed off the blood of the taxpayers, the people who pay for all their “free” stuff. And I am sick of it.

  • TJ

    i hope you meant teeth O.o weren’t we just trying to help teachers?

  • TJ

    despite the fact i have chosen a different religion in the long run…. i had a bible teacher in high school whose approach i really enjoyed. he would just tell us the answers to our test… we would chant a,b,b,a,c,a,b… etc. as a class so we would all get 100%. (well, it was bible) but still, he would rather we spend our time in open discussion and interaction than worrying about memorizing facts to meet an academic *standard* which i feel was a completely appropriate road to take, given the nature of our subject.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. A minimum wage should NOT be higher than the living wage. Minimum wage is for kids out of high school who are learning how to integrate into the workplace. It is the bottom-most rung on the ladder of success. We shouldn’t make it easy to stay on the bottom rung, or no one will be incentivized to do more with their life. You’re arguing that we should support and incentivize MEDIOCRITY. I don’t agree with that.

  • Anonymous

    The minimum wage truly only affects less than 1% of workers. The socialists pushing for it are to give payouts to the unions, whose contracts are based on minimum wage+. Why are you acting like a lemming and refusing to think? Oh, and Walmart pays plenty. If you knew anything about retail, you’d know that they are operating on a very thin margin. And if Costco is better, they will eventually put Walmart out of business. That’s how competition works.

  • Anonymous

    Your idealism is interesting, but misguided. Families should not be relying on minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. If they are, it is a failure of monumental size for government in creating that situation via regulations making it difficult to create jobs. You can thank Obama for that since he’s had nearly 6 years to do something about it in lessening the regulatory burden. Instead he’s added to it.

    And your argument about companies taking advantage of paying minimum wage is bogus… unless you think those people are stupid. Companies compete for workers too. Experienced workers are worth far more than minimum wage entry level workers. And those companies that don’t pay more lose their workers to other companies… and they suffer for it. That’s how the real world works. People leave jobs where companies are exploiting them to go to companies that value their employees.

  • Anonymous

    Considering Obama was raised for many years by his grandmother, who took him to the “red church”, an organization that outwardly proclaimed themselves as a communist organization, maybe you can ask him…

  • willgtl

    “disregards the individual for the sake of the collective”

    Standard American education is individualized? Every reason this kid gives already exists in public education… Sorry but individualism is not a state full of people with the same exact education. As it stands, pre-Common Core education held state-by-state curriculum and educational guidelines. There was no individualism.

    “while pigeon holing teachers to the point where they are no longer teaching – they are simply regurgitating.”

    The Common Core Initiative has no clause, section, rule or guideline pertaining to HOW teachers teach. The only guideline is a curriculum to follow, just like schools have done for decades. To be fair, most teachers would rather not teach than to teach. That is wrong. Teachers should not be allowed to decide what they, specifically, teach. There must be guidelines for a reasonable and uniform education. Do you really think America can have individualized public education? That will never happen, so don’t even bother thinking about it. The US couldn’t afford even if we wanted to. The only difference is the curriculum will be federal and not state-by-state.

    I’m not going to comment on Common Core directly because I think it’s too much of a hot-button issue that WAY too many people know nothing about except whatever pro- or anti- propaganda that’s thrown around in the media. Plus I do believe it needs small trial run before nation-wide use, to get all the details down and make sure everything is a-okay.

    Let’s say hypothetically, Common Core is fundamentally flawed. That doesn’t change the fact that statistically, the US public education is horrid. We need some sort of international standard. It’s bad enough the average American isn’t as intelligent as the average person in some developed countries, but do you really want to keep it that way?

    I’ve had good teacher and I’ve had terrible teachers.I’ve had college professors who couldn’t teach 1st grade and I’ve had grade school teachers who could teach college. A large part of if it will work or not is up to the teacher.

    I can understand the reasoning that the average American just isn’t smart enough yet for Common Core. We’ve had this subpar (relative to other developed nations) educational system for so long that we can’t get out of it. If it’s not Common Core, we need something. Our current educational system must go. If you do not at least agree with that, then you, my friend, are indoctrinated.

  • Rick Schuley

    and right wingers are not only interested in staying in power? this country is a mess and neither side is trying to fix the problem.

  • Ann Marie Palmer

    From an Arizona Teacher:

    I think this young man does a great job summing up what the naysayers are saying. And it is understandable as to why people are anti-Common Core because we have surely made a mess of things trying to improve education over the past 30 odd years with little or no growth to show for it.

    My problem with the naysayers is that:

    (a) they never talk about what is exactly wrong with the standards – ie. specifically tell me which standards are bad. I feel that is because the standards are in fact decent and in most cases they are better than our current standards.

    (b) they (including this intelligent young man) never offer any other solution or alternative.

    The beauty of national testing is that bad districts and bad schools and bad teachers can’t hide. Do you know that in the state of Arizona we have an A to F scoring system for our schools and we deceive the public because we have literally no schools earning F’s? We call it an “A to F system” but no one gets Fs! What a joke. They won’t be able to get away with that when the data for millions of children across the nation is collected.

    Common Core is also forcing technology on education, which is long overdue. When I started in my current district a few years ago, we literally still had dial-up Internet!

    As far as testing, it is a means to an ends. When we move to mega data, the problems will be magnified and change will be immediate and exponential. I predict the biggest growth will be seen in 3-5 years as we transition to all children (K-12) having a take home laptop or tablet. When teachers across the nation have the ability to change their teaching in the moment because they are getting live data, it is going to be nothing short of miraculous. Many classrooms, including my own, are already at this level.

    Unless someone has an alternative, I say bring it on! It will be bumpy, but our worst enemy in the past 30 years has been that nothing has truly changed. I am not worried in the slightest that the naysayers will be able to stop Common Core. Contrary to what the gentleman says, most teachers are behind the Common Core, they just don’t want their pay attached to testing until they have had time to figure it out.

  • monkeyhouse77

    oh give me a break! There are PLENTY of conservatives that are lazy, unemployed, and collecting checks. The problem is not “liberal socialists”.

    The problem is that people like you, on both sides of the coin (liberal or conservative), are incapable of thinking critically or progressively. At some point in your lives you hear the right combination of buzzwords and opinions and you go all in for one side or the other.

    Liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican….these words don’t really mean anything in our country. If Mitt had won the election, nothing would be different right now. The only difference is Republicans would be supporting the madness and the Democrats would be the ones attacking the president. What matters in this country is money. The people in charge have most of it, and they want more of it. So, everything gets dumbed down, made easier, mass produced. There is no consideration for whats in the best interest of the American people. Our best interests will not stand in the way of the dollar.

    They get away with it because of people like you, the ones that just regurgitate things that they have been told; with this delusion that their opinions are profound and that they came to them on their own. They get away with it because they have managed to divide the country with stupid buzzwords like: “liberal socialist”, or “abortion”, “gay marriage”, or whatever other hot button topic is big that week. Keep in mind that those hot button topics aren’t even actually political issues; they are SOCIAL ones! But people like you eat it up and love to tell everyone their(and everyone else that watches their news station) opinion. So, we fight among ourselves, completely stagnant, no real power, because no one can stop bickering long enough to focus on real issues.

    If you really want to take part in fixing the problems in this country then first: you have to stop concerning yourself with what people have or don’t have. Stop concerning yourself with liberal or conservative. Don’t let your perceptions of other people, whether you think they are lazy, stupid, arrogant, or whatever make you forget that we are all in this rat race together. If you want to fix things, be proactive in your community. Volunteer, vote in local elections, write your elected officials, and encourage everyone else you know to do that too. But most of all, THINK about the big picture; THINK progressively. Obviously it’s impossible to please everyone, but, THINK of ways to find common ground with all American people. What will benefit all of us the most, and damage us the least while staying as fair as possible to everyone?

    there are always going to be overachievers and underachievers. If you want this country to be strong again, if you want people to take pride in themselves, then we have to start taking pride in each other.