The Latest Educational Gimmick

Mary Morrison, American Renaissance, December 27, 2013

CommonCore
Common Core Standards come to California.

It is late on a Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in the school library, which was recently converted into a computer center. This means it can no longer be used as a library, but libraries are considered obsolete in the coming Common Core Standards (CCS) era. It appears that at least one third of the books have already been given away or boxed up and sent to the downtown book depository.

You see, Common Core Standards set new “literacy expectations,” reflecting a “shared school responsibility,” using new “metacognitive strategies” to “direct thinking and learning,” in order to prepare students for “life in a technological society.”

Got all that? Neither have I.

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The CCS is just one more in a long line of schemes cooked up to “close the gaps” and try to improve black and Hispanic school performance. Among other things, the CCS will shift “literacy” away from the Western Canon to what will be 70 percent non-fiction. This will include how-to books, technical manuals, court opinions, “global informative/explanatory texts,” and—believe it or not—government documents such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommended Levels of Insulation, and California’s Invasive Plant Inventory. Dead white authors are not part of the CCS agenda.

Common Core promises national standards that are “robust,” “real world,” “aligned with college and work expectations,” and “evidence based.” It will use “best practices,” be “internationally benchmarked,” and promises to close the pesky racial achievement gap that 50 years of “best practices” have failed to close.

CCS

Do not be fooled. CCS is a particularly insidious program of socialism, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, and culturally sensitive language.

Words such as “fireman,” “policeman,” and “chairman,” are strictly forbidden in CCS. Instead, we must talk about fire fighters, police officers and chairpersons. Naturally, no one is ever “disabled.” He is “differently abled,” “has disabilities,” or is “physically or mentally challenged.” Students who commit outrageous crimes on campus are, believe it or not, “behaviorally challenged.” Students who fail repeatedly are “at potential,” as opposed to those who are likely to fail, who are “at risk.”

The other day, all the teachers at our school were called in for a lecture on the new standards. “We are honored today,” the principal began, “to have the area superintendent, recently voted educator of the year, to conduct our professional development and help us get ready for Common Core Standards implementation.”

“Let’s get started right away,” the area superintendent announced, writing a series of education acronyms on the board. “This school is a designated Intensive Support and Innovation Center, an ISIC school, and it is the teaching methods, the pedagogy that needs to change. Teachers here are focusing on product and not on content and delivery methods, which is causing our students to fail repeatedly.”

So it’s our fault. We teachers call students who fail the same classes repeatedly “The F Troop.”

So what does it mean to be an “Intensive Support and Innovation Center, an ISIC school”? It means ours is one of the worst-performing schools. Since bad test scores are our fault, it means the bureaucrats in their plush offices have decided to lather us up with a whole new layer of bureaucracy and browbeating. Among other things, this means “professional development”–teacher training every week. I can’t tell you how much teachers hate this. The ISIC motto is the usual drivel: “We Innovate and Transform Learning to Inspire Excellence.”

I glanced around the room at the weary faces, and knew everyone was tired of being blamed for student failure. I looked at the math department and realized that not a single teacher among them had fewer than 25 years of experience. What is it we haven’t tried? How dare this overpaid functionary lecture us about teaching methods? And what on earth does he mean by “product,” as opposed to “content”?

Although I knew better than to challenge district officials on education dogma, I was fed up with being browbeaten by out-of-classroom, clueless bureaucrats who work in cushy offices far from school campuses. “How do we help students who enter our 11th grade classrooms with third grade reading skills?” I asked stupidly, knowing district administrators are well trained to handle any sign of opposition to what they are so well paid to promote. The area superintendent was ready with a canned answer: “You must scaffold, break down the lesson to make it more understandable for those students who need extra help in catching up. I suggest you break the students into small groups and have them teach each other the lesson.”

“Also,” I continued, “how are students who read far below grade level expected to do homework assignments from the 11th grade text which I am mandated to assign to them?”

“Homework shouldn’t be assigned,” the area superintendent responded sternly. “The district superintendent himself said that homework should count for no more than 10 percent of a student’s grade. You are focusing on productivity and not content and delivery. What do you think this is, a factory? A student who does not do homework falls behind the rest of the class and will be unable to catch up.”

He might fall behind on homework.

He might fall behind on homework.

I didn’t dare ask the question I really wanted to pose: “How are students supposed to take the new, essay-only CCS tests on iPads, which we haven’t yet received, in a school like ours that does not have WiFi?”

I knew that not one other teacher in the room would demand answers to my questions about CCS; they wanted me to shut up and let the superintendent finish so they could go home.

Friday was career day for 11th graders. The first speaker was an official from the Department of Power and Water. He started by asking the students: “Where does most of our water come from?” One student raised his hand: “the ocean.” “Good answer, the official said, but most of our water comes from the Eastern Sierras.” The official asked another question: “Does anyone know where most of our power comes from?” Another student raised his hand: “From the sun.” “You’re on the right track,” the presenter said, “but we haven’t developed solar power to a great extent yet, most of our power comes from far-away generators.” For raising their hands and answering the questions, each kid received a prize. That’s the only way to get them to participate in a session like this one. Maybe these students need Common Core literature after all, I thought.

Later, that same afternoon, after a long week and as I was packing up to go home, the assistant principal knocked on my classroom door: “We are getting a new student on Monday,” he tells me casually, “who has Sudden Death Syndrome. If any of your students see him passed out on the floor in the bathroom or out on the PE field, tell them to report it to the office.”

I wrote to a cyberpal in St. Louis about CCS: “I see that your state, Missouri, is trying to opt out of the Common Core Standards that are being forced down our throats in California.”

“Yes,” he replied, “the Democrat governor is the only politician in the state who wants it. Republicans, who dominate the state legislature, don’t want it because it’s another Obama boondoggle. Black Democrats reject it because they’re bought and paid for by the teachers’ union, which doesn’t want it because teachers’ careers, especially for teachers in urban black districts, will be at the mercy of their black students’ test scores.”

Opposition

Protesters in Indiana.

We should be so lucky in California. The state has embraced Common Core and plans to implement it in full this spring. Teachers like me are set up to take the fall when CCS, like all the grandiose programs before it, inevitably fails.

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Mary Morrison
Mary Morrison has been teaching in Los Angeles schools for more than 20 years.
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  • Spartacus

    Wow… And I thought our schools are s*** .

  • Puggg

    Bah humpug. This common core will be totally forgotten about ten years from now, then they’ll move on to the next thing, the next scam, accompanied by a bunch of empty buzz words.

    “Urban” law enforcement is almost, but nowhere near as bad, as education, when it comes to empty headed cliche-filled strategies. The main difference is that the buzz words change all the time but they refer to something which usually works. You hear the words “hot spot policing.” All it means is what cops are supposed to do, go to where the bad guys are and put them in cuffs.

  • William Krapek

    Okay… WHAT??

  • 1stworlder

    We had a good education system. If everyone except Asians scored the average for non-Hispanic whites we would be second only to china in math. US Hispanics PISI scores beat out all Hispanic nations except Spain, and US blacks amazingly enough beat out all black nations.

    • Manaphy

      Spain is not a Hispanic (Latino) nation. It is a European nation.

      • LuisBritishIberian

        The Latins called Ancient Spain, Hispania. This is the origin of the word Hispanic. Any person who has ancestry linking them to either Spain or Latin America is deemed a Hispanic. One can be a Mexican national of 100% Spanish origin and be called a Hispanic by the U.S. census. Oddly enough a Mexican with zero Spanish ancestry is also considered Hispanic.

        • Max Krakah

          yes, we all understand the history of the term “hispanic” but in modern day usage it is not correct to include Spain in the category.Yes , a person of 100% Spanish ancestry living in Mexico will be called a “Hispanic”. The modern sorting process does not consider micro ancestry, or ancestry of individuals, it considers the ancestry of a country as a whole. The word “Hispanic” today means someone who is from a new world Spanish speaking country and assumes some native American ancestry, or from a culture that has been formed partly by people with native American Ancestry. Mexican culture is not the same as Spanish culture.

          • LuisBritishIberian

            Thanks. It was manaphy’s reply that kind of got to me. But I can appreciate now why he, you, and many others would not consider Spain to be a Hispanic country.

        • shmo123

          I thought the term “Hispanic” was a linguistic delineation.

  • SouthernCavalier

    Oh I’m so happy our children will be living “life in a technological society!” (codeword for liberal pipe-dream). They will be the perfect lemmings!

    Imagine, they’ll never have to think critically again! All they have to do is agree to whatever drivel is written in CCS textbooks… virtual (moderated) computer labs, venerate Obama, feel guilty about their heritage and become Cultural Marxists.

    There is absolutely nothing good about Common Core, not anything.

    • Sick of it

      It’s hard to take a term like “technological society” seriously when we still use steam turbines to generate electricity.

      • SouthernCavalier

        Haha so true.

      • IstvanIN

        Steam turbines are used in multiple applications and are very efficient. You would replace them with what?

        • Sick of it

          Here’s a better question for you – Why isn’t a better technology being designed? I already know the answer and so does Spartacus. The people in control of everything have taught everyone else that we cannot do better in so many areas.

          • obot

            Let me get my magic wand out and design that better technology.

          • IstvanIN

            Steam is versatile and efficient, and since water is common, easy. The real efficiency gains would have to be made in how the water is heated. Steam engines have used everything from wood to nuclear power (many nuclear submarines are “steam boats”) to heat the water.

          • Sick of it

            Low IQ people need not apply their minds to technological development. Nor those trained by those who must not be named, as they’ve given up on the future.

        • rogerinflorida

          It is pointless talking to him. I bet he gets all his technical information from Star Trek.

      • Brian

        Steam turbines are technology. Having electricity is technology.

        • Sick of it

          Steam engines were surely impressive to the Greeks, but one with a slightly creative mind should want something more impressive after a few thousand years.

          • rowingfool

            I don’t get it (or rather, you don’t get it). Steam turbines spin at thousands of revolutions per minute. Their 12 foot rotors are balanced to the thousandths of grams. The aerodynamic blades are made of very advanced alloys to handle the enormous centrifugal forces and corrosive effects of super-heated steam. The ingenious labyrinth seals are built to incredible tolerances since their is no actual contact between the rotor axle and the supporting frame. The axles themselves are huge chunks of high-strength alloy steel that must be precision turned on 100 foot long lathe beds that themselves are trued and accurate on the order of tens of thousands of an inch over their long run. The bearing surfaces are hardened and polished to a flawless, adamantine finish.

            A steam turbine, even without considering the electronic controls, is in every meaningful sense of the word, “high tech”. Show me one (1) backwards country that has the ability to manufacture an advanced steam turbine and I will concede your argument.

          • Sick of it

            The Iranians are working on 4 nuclear power plants. But what does any of this have to do with further technological development as opposed to eternal stagnation, beneficial only to those currently in charge? You apparently cannot understand that they cannot control a truly high tech people. They need us to accept their older, conventional technologies to maintain the degree of control they have over us all. Kick it up a notch and a million man army becomes a bigger target, not a threat.

          • dubyasee

            Well said rowingfool.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I’ve seen steam turbines in action, and they are anything but low-tech. For one, the shaft might start as a billet of white hot steel weighing 150 tons or more as giant presses bear down on it with thousands of tons of force to slowly work it into the correct shape. Then it’s off to a furnace for heat treating then a dip in a vast water and chemical bath to further strengthen the steel. Then huge lathes and other machine tools turn the forging into a precision part accurate to a ten-thousandth’s of an inch or better, necessary because it will be spinning at thousands of RPM as it powers the generator, itself a marvel of technology. The particular turbine I toured was at a nuclear power plant, it was as big as several tractor-trailer trucks and powered a generator to produce 1,200 megawatts of 12,000-volt electric current at full power. Three massive cables as thick as a man’s leg carried the current to a step-up transformer, one of the most efficient machines ever invented by man, which raised the voltage to 500,000 volts then fed it to the electrical grid that powered homes all across the state. It was as big as a house, that transformer. The whole plant was state of the art technology, there is nothing low-tech about steam turbines, which also power nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. The introduction of the steam turbine transformed ships from slow, fuel guzzling behemoths to fleet, fast vessels that ultimately were more fuel efficient and far more reliable than their reciprocating engine predecessors.

  • Alexandra1973

    Sometimes disabled actually is differently abled…but I don’t take offense if someone considers my son disabled. Just that what he lacks in one area he makes up for in another.

    That being said, seems all these school programs are to make our children into good little world citizens.

  • Fair Dinkum

    This country has no future.

  • Randall Ward

    No one has any excuse. You must send your kids to a good school or home school them. Move to a different state, get a new job, etc. This is the only way to defeat this junk. If you give in and send your child to a school like this, you deserve what is coming to you.

  • DavidSNESGAMER

    Home schooling.

    Any parent who send their white child into American public schools is guilty of collaborating with hate speech (against whites) severe bullies (especially against whites), and simple neglect – they’re not being properly educated.

    Every home schooled person I know is bright, charismatic, and beautiful. 100%.

    I work with computer programs where a large portion of coders are home schooled, and it is staggering that these people are twice as smart as people with $200k in student loan debts and 16 years of anti-white propaganda.

    • 48224

      I don’t totally disagree with you but….since my dad only completed the 6th grade and mom the 9th grade, I’m glad I was NOT home shooled. I became a certified teacher but actually own a business.

      Public schools are not bad, it’s all the low IQ people spitting out low IQ kids that drag the educational process to a screeching halt so that the slow kids can “catch up” which will never happen.

      • jackryanvb

        The birth rates of low IQ Blacks is way down since the 1970s. We can thank liberals for that. Don’t write off the Liberals.

        • 48224

          The birth rate of everyone is way down since the 70s. And I’d venture to guess the biggest drop would be in white people who have above agerage IQs.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        You’re precisely correct. Not all parents are suited to be educators. That’s just a simple fact of life. There are others, like life-work balance and getting your children through college that come into play early. Around 9th grade.

        Maybe I have a skewed perspective since we actually have good quality schools in our county. Our only gripe is the limited selection of electives these days.

        But the real benefit to the public education of our children has been their own awakening to the hypocrisy and outright lies regarding the relations of races in the US. If I had educated them in a petri dish, how would they have ever become aware? The hard way? I have children who know the signs of trouble from non-whites as well as some unsavory whites.

        We have to teach them to survive within the rules and limitations of the environment they find themselves in. Not some fantasy world from the 60s that I personally got to watch fade into history. The irony of course is that most of what all the “evil white racists” were objecting to when desegregation of schools became law, have come to pass.

        How does the world react when racists are actually right about something? They bury it.

    • Terra Magnum Imperium

      Well when education is your only agenda then it usually works. But Home Schooling is not for everyone which Is why I support total privatization of all schools with each student funded for 12 years.

      • WR_the_realist

        While we can all understand the desire to ensure basic competency, I guarantee that any state approved competency exam and education review will soon be larded with politically correct, anti-white requirements.

  • JohnEngelman

    This nonsense is expensive. Instead of wasting money on students who cannot be educated, the school system should be concentrating on student who can be educated.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      It’s Orwellian. Look at those “visual aids” and read that babbling nonsense.

      The teachers get thrown under the bus. I remember why I hated the profession. Undeniable collapse of civilization slapping you in the face every day.

      Think about it – mandarin commissars get paid to come up with that stuff and we pay their salaries!!!!

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Hate to ride a dead horse around but just stare at these pictures for a little bit.

        Example 1 – the diagram that looks like the schemata for a weaponized atomic washing machine – says absolutely nothing, represents absolutely nothing more complex than what teachers have done for decades, centuries, millennia. It is nothing but the most ho-hum jargonized no-duh process of planning the course of a subject material.

        It’s not brain surgery and almost any reasonably intelligent person who gets paid more than 60,000 a year should be able to come up with easily. The biggest secret in professional education is that there is no big secret. There is no magical methodology to make all the lights pop on and prove that everybody is the same blank slate equal Mr. Boas (and Marx) assured us we all are.

        The second one, the bullet of words aimed ultimately at our hapless kids (after ripping through our teachers first, of course) heads? Creepy. The creepiest part, however, is the fact hat the powers that be of “education” don’t even get how creepy it really is.

        Again, the worst part of this is the shocking Truth that in order to function as the brainwashing organ of our propaganda machine, the purpose of which is to institute civilizational suicide and racial genocide, our educational system has morphed from symbiotic to parasitic in nature over the course of the Affirmative Action brave new world era.

        • rowingfool

          Thanks for saying what I was thinking.

          How, just how is the circle diagram supposed to advance our understanding of what common core is all about. Does it elucidate? Enlighten? Point the way? Does it provide a visual guide? A sense of progression?

          No to all of these. As a clarifying graphic it is an utter, abysmal FAIL. If this were included in the assembly instructions of the vacuum cleaner you had just purchased, would its format provide you with a clue as to how to proceed? What to take up first? And a sense of sequence?

          As for the first graphic, if it is any reflection of the program’s organization then it is also a FAIL. It appears to be a composite of word-association responses the organizing principle of which is a random scatter somewhat like a cross word puzzle. There is no clear overriding Intent or systematizing logic; no sense of progression or sequence from simple to complex.

          Common Core is DOOMED from its ill-conceived conception. Sometimes, abortion is justified.

          • Andy

            The point of creating diagrams in education is not to elucidate, enlighten, or point the way. It is to make the creator feel smart and the reader assume that he must be.

            One of the funniest things I’ve read recently was in a book on style. It lamented the American focus on making meaning clear. Lack of clarity was good, it explained, because using words or meanings for words that most people won’t understand flatters your reader if he understands it and makes him assume that you’re smart either way.

            Since we no longer have much real thinking going on in our intellectual institutions, “intellectuals” have to pretend they can do what they’re paid for.

        • Terra Magnum Imperium

          What I get out of all this nonsense; When you successfully navigate the maze you get your Govt Cheese.

        • Andy

          We were treated to a textbook touting what it called “backwards design” – the idea that you should decide what you want students to learn before, rather than after, planning lessons. Somehow a couple of “educators” turned the idea into a book, and I spent weeks taking notes on my professor’s misunderstanding of the novel concept.

      • Lewis33

        They are using the standard for the Obama regime. Change the wording at the bottom and it fits like a glove.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          HA HA! I thought about looking for something like that on the ol’ webbytubey, but then I just looked at the thing itself and…

          It’s pretty unconsciously self parodying as it is.

    • NM156

      John Englemann is channelling the spirit of Ayn Rand. Oh. My. God. XD

  • newscomments70

    I will bet these kids don’t even know how to mop a floor or run a dishwasher. That is what they should be learning. When the welfare money runs out, they had better start learning how to function at menial tasks.

    • rowingfool

      Way back in the 60’s and 70’s, Developmental Psychologists knew, from studies by Piaget, that some people will not, can not advance past Concrete Operational Reasoning. They can think intelligently about THINGS, but not ABSTRACT CONCEPTS. They’re not stupid. They just can’t be taught to be Logicians, Mathematicians or Computer Programmers.

      That today we are shutting down our Vocational Training in so many of our schools is distressing. There’s nothing wrong with hands-on learning. In reality, we all learn that way, though some of us go on to develop the ability to learn from books. How many of these dropouts would stay in school if they were enrolled in vocational rather than textbook orientated programs?

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        Wrong, To succeed in many of these vocation occupations you need at least 95 + IQ. Someone with an 85 IQ is about the level of a nursing assistant
        and I would you want someone with an 85 IQ wiring your house?
        The demand for jobs requiring higher IQ is increasing unfortunately the US population is showing a reverse trend. The best and least politically correct solution is to pay lower IQ women and men not to have children.
        But If you mean less complex service occupations, then you have a valid point.

        • rowingfool

          You won’t get an argument from me with your example of wiring a house. I couldn’t agree more about intelligence in the more difficult trades. I was referring to the beneficial effects of vocational training per se. Young kids learn by doing and young boys in particular need to move about. But “Shop Classes” are expensive to create and run. Lotsa machinery, electricity and liability insurance. Schools all across the nation have dismantled their shops. It’s much cheaper to sit kids in columns and rows and have them read or gab.

          I say this as a member of the professional class, not a frustrated blue collar worker. The book “Shop Class as Soulcraft” gets the point across better than I can in a paragraph or two.

    • Andy

      When I attended camp at 12, 13, and 14 many of the other campers were unused to taking care of their own plates after meals and could not handle a broom.

    • Talltrees

      Somalis don’t even know the basics…like what’s that funny contraption with a lid and handle in the bathroom. I wonder if churches provide clothing for them or do they land on our shores wearing native garb…loin cloths, tooth necklaces, and bare feet.

      • newscomments70

        This is one of the many reasons I don’t go to church anymore.

  • Brian

    If this is what passes for education…it would be much cheaper to hire a bunch of teenage babysitters, and it would help youth unemployment.

  • IstvanIN

    This is all globbity-goop. Children should be taught to read and comprehend, to spell and use proper grammar, basic arithmetic, basic science, geography and social studies. With that foundation children can then go on to succeed and achieve at the level their innate talents and drive allow. In fact without the ability to read and comprehend and perform basic arithmetic computations everything else is impossible. The foundation is key to all.

    • Geo1metric

      “The foundation is key to all.”

      That is exactly what has been eliminated, and we all know what happens when a foundation is removed.

  • JohnEngelman

    This reminds me of “the new math” that was taught during the 1960’s. Students wasted a lot of time learning how to multiply in base three and stuff like that. The new math is generally recognized to have been a mistake.

    Some children do learn better in different environments. Everything I know about chemistry I taught myself at the age of twelve and thirteen from a Gilbert Chemistry Set and reading on my own. I forgot what I learned from a high school class in the twelfth grade.

    Nevertheless, excellence usually requires discipline. It always requires superior intelligence. Little can be taught to the illegitimate children of unmarried welfare mothers, violent street criminals, and drug dealers.

    It is unfair to expect school teachers unfortunate enough to be assigned to ghetto schools to get the same results they could have gotten from kids with high IQ’s who are trying to get into the college of their choice.

    • MBlanc46

      As a former math major, I’m going to dissent on the “new math”, which I too took, and which I don’t think was all that new. Math is logic and teaching it as axiomatic systems is far better than teaching it by rote as problem-solving techniques to students to whom the problems are meaningless.

      On A.C. Gilbert chemistry sets, I’m in complete agreement.

      • Andy

        For bright kids, New Mathy stuff probably works well, although I’d make sure they had their tables down pat too.

        For kids who are never going to be able to go beyond arithmetic, I’d stick to the explanations they’ll need to figure out problems they need to solve.

        I’ve worked in several upper elementary classrooms over the past few years. The kids were taught according to the new liberal theories, and had no prayer of learning multiple-digit multiplication and division because they still drew dot diagrams to do 4 x 7. And a good portion of these classrooms were full of white, middle-class students.

        • MBlanc46

          I’ve never taught math to anyone but undergrads at a liberal arts school, so I can’t speak with experience about how children actually learn (other than drawing on the memories of my own education). And I don’t know what, if anything, is being taught under the rubric “new math” now. But it has nothing to do with liberalism or “progressive education”. The basis of it is that mathematics is about logical relationships between abstract structures, and that the way to teach it is to show the student how to establish those relationships. Certainly, any form of mathematics requires intelligence, but I should think that anyone with the brainpower to get through the math curriculum, could get through the new curriculum and do so faster and with deeper understanding. For those with IQs under 100, give them a calculator and hope for the best.

      • JohnEngelman

        Before I went to a trade school to learn computer technology I reviewed my knowledge of mathematics. One book I studied explained more primitive ways to do multiplication and division with Arabic numerals. They really are not Arabic. They were invented in India. The Arabs adopted them. The Europeans adopted them from the Arabs.

        It was in Europe that modern rules for arithmetic were invented. The more primitive methods were effective, but much more difficult.

        That is all very nice. Nevertheless, a lot of students have difficult understanding concepts as simple as fractions and negative numbers.

        • MBlanc46

          That’s not my understanding of the “new math” (which is now at least fifty years old and probably defunct). My understanding of it is that it was to emphasize the set theoretic and logical foundations of mathematics. I doubt that it succeeded, but I’m still willing to assert that if math were actually taught that way, there’d be many fewer math-phobes.

      • WR_the_realist

        Can you still get decent chemistry sets? My impression was that for liability reasons as well as over fears that some drug might be useful as a precursor to making drugs, chemistry sets have been horribly dumbed down.

        • MBlanc46

          I certainly haven’t seen one in decades. Fortunately, back in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up, people were so frightened of everything. And I’ll tell you, I’m sure glad that I put the safety glasses on when we tried to manufacture phosphorous.

  • IstvanIN

    I used to walk to the local library to borrow Hardy Boys books. You don’t need money to read, just a library card.

    • Brian

      Yep. I wore out my library card, and considered myself blessed to have that resource. At home we had 25-year-old World Book encyclopedias, somewhat out of date, but I read every volume cover to cover over a five-year period. It can be done where there is aptitude and will.

      • newscomments70

        we had some encyclopedias from 1960. They were beautiful, and the western world was so beautiful back then. South Vietnam and South African were still real nations. Thanks to liberals, all of that has been destroyed. The west and the east have somewhat reversed since then.

        • Brian

          Ours were 1961. We gets castigated as ‘white privilege’ now was background normalcy back then. Now I flip through one of those 52-y-o books and have have a painful ‘nostalgia’ for the country that existed ten years before my birth. There was an optimism about the future written between the lines that doesn’t exist anymore.

  • Brian

    I wonder what percentage of the education commissars, these harassing fix-of-the-week overpaid numbskull consultants, have ever been classroom teachers.

  • TheAntidote

    I hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but I have the feeling common core will be a resounding success. Yes, it will finally close the learning gap between White and Bl@ck! Some tiny proportion of highly intelligent, culturally and resource enriched kids will do just fine. But the White kids of primarily average and above average intelligence are going to fail big time; they will join the traditional failures, the Bl@cks and Mestizos in a new substrata of dullards.
    Simply lift the bar higher and higher! Doesn’t this common core ultimate result sound very similar to Karl Marx’s prediction, that the petit bourgeois would be continually crushed into the proletariat by ruthless competition?

    • Terra Magnum Imperium

      Truth is the antidote for ignorance.

    • JohnEngelman

      What a concept! We can’t raise black scores, so let’s lower white scores. Problem solved.

      • WR_the_realist

        That is the only way the gap was ever going to be closed.

  • Guest

    “I didn’t dare ask the question I really wanted to pose: ‘How are students supposed to take the new, essay-only CCS tests on iPads, which we haven’t yet received, in a school like ours that does not have WiFi?’ ”
    If anyone wonders how extreme the dumbing down in American society has been, watch old movies and TV series from the 1950s and 1960s. See how the characters take responsibility for their actions and reasoned arguments win when challenged by silly arguments.

    • jackryanvb

      I also note that many Hollywood movies are now like video games, don’t really have plots. Pirates of the Caribean and the Hobbit movies are like this, someone falling out of the sky, things exploding every second. Our students can’t sit still for 5 minutes and concentrate.

  • dubyasee

    I wonder how removing sodium fluoride from our water supplies might effect public education in America.

    • Reverend Bacon

      It might affect brain development, and have the effect of helping normal human children be able to distinguish between, say, “affect,” which is a verb, and “effect” which is generally a noun.

      • dubyasee

        Ouch

      • dubyasee

        I replied to your comment earlier, but it was deleted. I acknowledged your point with a simple comment, “ouch”. Why they’d censor that is beyond me, but I’ve had a fair share of my posts deleted. Curious…

        • Reverend Bacon

          I saw it, I smiled, and I gave you a “thumbs up.” I think that there’s some sort of bug in the Disqus javascript program that fails to update the cache and thus gives you old data even when you refresh your screen. Similar things have happened to me: I can’t see my post, I hit refresh, I still can’t see it; I reboot my machine and it turns up. Has to be a bug…

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    Agreed, A lot of people cannot just pick up and leave nor afford private school.
    If I ran education my plan would be simple:
    1. All schools are private
    2. Money is allocated to each student for 12 years 1-12 grades.
    3. Parents choose from a myriad of schools.
    4. Each state would set core standards and provide some oversight.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    CCS is a particularly insidious program of socialism, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, and culturally sensitive language.

    Oh, it’s worse than that!

    Kids are brainwashed with the following:

    *America’s Constitution is irrelevant because it was written by White slave holders

    *Native Americans were peaceful, nature worshipers that protected mother Gaia.

    MLK and Mandela were saints to be endlessly worshipped and honored.

    Che and Mao were great leaders of the people.

    *All races are have equal potential; IQ doesn’t exist (except in death penalty cases).

    *All cultures are superior to White American culture.

    *ALL Whites are irredeemably racist, homophobic, sexist, barbaric and bigoted due to a legacy of slavery and colonialism.

    *Guns are evil; the Second Amendment is outdated and needs to be eliminated.

    * Global Warming is a proven fact.

    Closed systems like the anti-White state religion are a breeding ground for monstrous contradiction and absurdity. Political correctness means that White genocide is the most honorable of all causes and that opposing White genocide is the most despicable of all acts.

  • Max Krakah

    And we will all be driving Fisker Electric Cars, and we will all be living off of solar power supplied by Solyndra, and we will all be getting free health care paying much less than before (yes, PAYING for something that is free), and ….. and …… and the lies go on, and the lies go aw-ohhhhhhhhn, libs keep pounding sand with their bray-ay-eeeens, lah dee dah dee dee, lah dee day dee dah.

  • Andy

    I could never understand how my education professors could really think “heterogeneous grouping” was a good idea. Have they never worked in a group before?

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Commie Core is what I call this state sanctioned child abuse.

    • Gerald Michael

      Very good!

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Common Core has one sole purpose: to eliminate home schooling.

    The Education machine wants all the money–all the say.

    It’s a pay-to-play shakedown machine.

  • drattastic

    Stupid people are much easier to control.

  • LHathaway

    “CCS is a particularly insidious program of socialism, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, and culturally sensitive language”.

    Thank you for reminding us what is really going on, new program or not.

    Nice photo. . . Actually, considering the two answers students came up with, as to where energy and water come from, the students who replied show they are kind of smart.

  • jackryanvb

    Dylan,

    I think the northwestfront dot org might be for you and tour friend that was beaten to a pulp.

    If nothing else “The Brigade” novel is great escapist fiction.

  • dd121

    Just another case of lefties gone mad. Personally, I’d rather go on welfare than try to “teach” in this environment. You have my sympathy. But I feel sorriest for the kids who are exposed to this propaganda.

  • PouponMarks

    It will definitely work as well as the Post Orifice and IRS. Designed by “experts”, who are so smart, that they don’t need any real world experience.

  • David Ashton

    Same down to every last crazy detail in England, Canada…&c. Wot no “conspiracy”? Actually the people I knew who started it in the UK themselves called it “nationwide agenda networking”. Now western-world networking.