Common Core Search Engine SIRS Mandatory

Sep 1, 2013 by

By Bill Korach –


Forget Google, Bing or Yahoo if your school is Common Core compliant, students in some school districts now need to use the CCSS approved search engine SIRS. It is designed by Proquest just for K-12. The Report Card has obtained an e-mail from a concerned mother who is concerned about the Federal Government controlling information sources. She is right to be concerned, and you will be concerned after you read the attached e-mail. You can visit SIRS by clicking the link in the e-mail. CCSS is looking more and more like Obamacare, new nasty surprises every day.




I want to bring this up for everyone as another question to ask when learning what is going on behind the iron curtain of the public schools.

My daughter told me a story a few weeks ago about doing a research paper for one of her classes this past Spring.  (She was a freshman at the time).  She told me that it was particularly difficult to do since she had to use the “common core approved” search engine “SIRS” for 4 of her 6 sources as required by her teacher. I found this to be very troubling, as did she since she said it was almost impossible to support her point of view by being forced to use that search engine to do her research.




She said that at the top of the search engine site it shows a “Common Core Approved” banner.


So, I found this information on SIRS:


Targeted resources for student research
SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) provides a portal torelevant, credible information carefully hand-selected by our SIRS editorial staff. When students useSKS, they receive best-of content designed to support student research, study, and homework in keycurricula subjects. Databases cross-searchable within SKS will vary based on subscription.SIRS Knowledge Source offers National, State, Province and Common Core Standards

aligned to content.
Use SKS to search these SIRS resources at once, or to link to each SIRS collection:

◦                     SIRS® Issues Researcher—Covering the pros and cons Leading Issues

◦                     SIRS® Government Reporter—Historic and Government Documents, Directories

◦                     SIRS® Renaissance—Current perspectives on the arts and humanities

◦                     SIRS® WebSelect—Collection of editorially-selected reliable and

◦                     covering all curriculum topics


You will find this web site here:






“Hand selected” and “Credible”? How do we know something is credible that has been hand selected?  Those ideas are some that really bother me in this context.  Research should not be relegated to “Common Core Approved”.


We must put a stop to this madness.  When our children are not free to do research from any credible source they choose in order to get a grade, yet they are directed to a site where the message can be controlled in order to indoctrinate we have real problems.


Research “SIRS” and see what you find.  I have just started my research, but I thought I would equip you all with this knowledge because it is so troubling to me.




It looks like evidence of government control of information and freedom of speech for legislators to know about.


You may be interested in some information about academic freedom:



Academic freedom was first introduced as a judicial term of art (a term with a specific legal meaning) by Supreme Court Justice william o. douglas. In Adler v. Board of Education of City of New York, 342 U.S. 485, 72 S. Ct. 380, 96 L. Ed. 517 (1952), the Supreme Court upheld a New York law (N.Y. Civ. Service Law § 12-a) that prohibited employment of teachers in public institutions if they were members of “subversive organizations.” In a scathing dissent joined by Justice hugo l. black, Douglas argued that such legislation created a police state and ran contrary to the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.




Justice Douglas equated academic freedom with the pursuit of truth. If academic freedom is the pursuit of truth and is protected by the First Amendment, reasoned Douglas, then the New York law should be struck down because it produced standardized thought. According to Douglas’s dissent, the New York law created an academic atmosphere concerned not with intellectual stimulation but with such questions as “Why was the history teacher so openly hostile to Franco’s Spain? Who heard overtones of revolution in the English teacher’s discussion of The Grapes of Wrath? and What was behind the praise of Soviet progress in metallurgy in the chemistry class?” Douglas conceded that the public school systems need not become “cells for Communist activities,” but he reminded the court that the Framers of the Constitution “knew the strength that comes when the mind is free.”

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