Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda

Oct 27, 2018 by

10.26.18 – Breitbart

Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda”

By Dr. Susan Berry

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  To put it succinctly, those of us who knew from the beginning that Obama’s Common Core had nothing to do with raising academic achievement but all to do with indoctrinating this and future generations into the social justice agenda were absolutely correct! 

It frustrates me greatly that the so-called education “experts” would not listen to us when we needed them to help the most – when Common Core could have been stopped at its inception.  

Now that students throughout America have been steeped in the Common Core’s social justice agenda (i.e., Type #2 philosophy of education), we have to try to figure out a way to “unindoctrinate” their minds.

Proof of the damage done by Type #2 Common Core is what we are seeing around the country with the violent demonstrations and almost totally uninformed young people who are a part of them. They know how to organize every part of a protest/demonstration/riot but have no actual fact-based knowledge as to what the real issues are. When asked why and what they hope to accomplish by their thuggery, few can articulate a sensible answer. Most of these students are not equipped to write a fact-based, well-documented, correctly written research paper nor do any in-depth study and logical analyzation of a topic related to the Constitution nor our Founding Fathers.   

It is the fault of adults who stood by and did not stop this terrible Common Core dumbing down of students’ background knowledge and the elevation of anti-American exceptionalism rhetoric. Students have been taught to hate America, to revere Communism/socialism, to believe in Black bondage/White privilege, and to think that America should feel guilty about its vast accomplishments.  

“In a class filled with a teacher and students who did not look like me, her question felt like less of an invitation to share my thoughts, than a demand to explain what it means to be black.”

Now that the “fruits” of Common Core are being widely seen, adults must do everything they can to move our schools back to Type #1 traditional/academic/fact-based instruction in all school subjects. We have to try to retrieve the years that students have lost under Common Core.]


Hess and Addison: Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda”

By Dr. Susan Berry

Excerpts from this article:

Conservative grassroots parents, who voiced concerns that the true purpose of Common Core was to promote left-wing ideology in schools are vindicated, say education policy analysts at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Once upon a time, Common Core critics were roundly mocked for fearing that the reading and math standards would somehow serve to promote sweeping ideological agendas,” Frederick “Rick” Hess and Grant Addison wrote Thursday at National Review.

The authors explained, however, how education company UnboundEd CEO Kate Gerson recently announced to teachers attending her “standards-aligned” training: “If you are under the impression that there are good white people and bad white people, you’re wrong.”

We must do the uncomfortable work of first acknowledging and examining our own biases, so that we may then rectify them.

…“Gerson informed her charges that racial biases are pervasive, universal, and something ‘you cannot be cured from,’” the AEI education policy analysts added and continued:

For this reason, UnboundEd’s training in reading and math instruction is “grounded in conversations about the roles that race, bias and prejudice play in our schools and classrooms.” Its Standards Institute prepares educators to be “Equity Change-Agents.” To become one, participants are told, they must first acknowledge that “we are part of a systematically racist system of education” and recognize that “we have participated in this paradigm through instruction and pedagogy.” As its “Bias Toolkit” explains, UnboundEd sees its mission as “disrupting patterns of implicit bias, privilege, and racism in ourselves, our organization, and in the education field.”

UnboundEd is a reincarnation of EngageNY, an online library of curricula aligned with the Common Core standards. The site, once hosted by the New York State Education Department, was the subject of controversy in 2014 when it was discovered that the Student Services page of its Common Core materials section sent students to a sex quiz.

Students were urged to “Make test prep fun” by taking quizzes that helped to determine if they were “evil,” a “sexy bitch,” a “freak,” “insane,” “sluts,” or “losers.”

After EngageNY’s “Race to the Top” Obama-era funding dried up, the group re-created itself as UnboundEd in 2016.

What we see as the biggest challenge in schools is managing a divide between rigorous high standards for all students and the real developmental consequences of poverty,” said Gerson upon launching the new group, reported Education Week.

Note to readers: “rigorous high standards” is the phrase used by Common Core proponents to describe the Core.

[Gerson said]… “We want to invite you to figure out how to combine the conversations about equity while we’re talking about teaching and learning,” she said. “Because we see it as a very integrated situation.”

As Hess and Addison observed, UnboundEd is not exactly a slouch as far as education companies go. As of 2017, the group has raked in some $20 million in grants — including more than $11 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and millions from the Carnegie Corporation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Bloomberg Foundation, IBM, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, and New Profit.

The authors also make the point that UnboundEd has embraced the “junk science” that surrounds the entire “public-schools-are-dens-of-racism-and-bias” narrative. The “evidence” Gerson has cited of such pronounced racism and bias in schools is actually not “evidence” at all, but, rather, documentation of the existence of racial disparities.

Public schools, however, are entrenched in social and emotional learning, as well as “white privilege” and anti-bias training.

The authors explained:

Frustrated by the disappointments of ambitious reforms such as No Child Left Behind and the Common Core, progressive school reformers have switched horses and decided that America’s real educational challenge is its deep-dyed racism and inveterate culture of white supremacy…

The AEI policy analysts take to task Republicans [e.g., Jeb Bush] — many calling themselves “conservatives” — who have been champions of “education reforms,” including Common Core, over the last few decades. They urge them to take notice of “how far all this has strayed from what they signed up for.”

It’s past time to insist that school reformers choose between old alliances and their new hobbyhorse — and make clear that conservatives will no longer champion or countenance a vision of ‘reform’ that pits Americans against one another in the service of junk science…” they conclude.

Source: Hess and Addison: Yes, Common Core Is Advancing a Left-Wing Agenda

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