Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Common Core - Teaching Your Child All The Wrong Things?

The following text is from a Common Core assignment for seventh graders that was discovered by the mother of a student in Belleville, Wisconsin. I'm curious - would this be something you think appropriate for your seventh grader to read and complete as an assignment?

There is a river with a bridge over it and a husband and wife live in a house on one side. The wife has a lover who lives on the other side of the river and the only way to get there is to walk across the bridge or to ask the boatman to take you across. One day the husband tells the wife he has to be gone all night to handle some business in a faraway town. The wife pleads with him to take her with him because she knows if he doesn't she will be unfaithful to him. The husband absolutely refuses to take her because she will only be in the way of his important business. So the husband goes alone. While he is gone the wife goes over the bridge and stays with her lover. The night passes and the sun is almost up when the wife leaves because she must get back to her own house before her husband comes home. She starts to cross the bridge but she sees an assasin waiting for her on the other side and she knows if she crosses he will murder her. In terror, she runs up the side of the river and asks the boatman to take her but he wants fifty cents. She has no money so he refuses to take her. The wife runs back to her lover's house and explains what her predicament is. She asks her lover for fifty cents to pay the boatman. The lover refuses and tells her it's her own fault for getting into the situation. As dawn comes the wife is nearly out of her mind and decides to dash across the bridge. She comes face to face with the assassin, who takes out a large knife and stabs her until she dies.

Write down the names of the characters in the order in which you think they were most responsible for the wife's death. List wife, husband, lover, assassin, and boatman in the order you think they are most guilty.

Let's see... we covered infidelity, spousal neglect, emotional abuse by a loved one, murder for hire, and greed all in one long paragraph. Granted, this isn't quite as shocking as the complete sexual lesson plan for fourth graders, which includes same sex relationships, multiple partners, masturbation and graphic pictures, but still - is the story line in this assignment really necessary for a 12 year old?

It's clear to anyone who pays attention that these Common Core lesson plans are created by liberal progressives who believe it's OK for the schools to teach children about topics that should be taught by parents in the home. Is that really necessary? I think not. Teaching 9 year olds everything there is to know about sex should be a parental decision, not that of the school board.

Merriam-Webster defines morality as: beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior. Obviously those beliefs are open to interpretation these days as more and more things that used to be taboo or private have become socially acceptable in today's society - even being forced on those who might disagree about whether they are right or wrong. It is politically incorrect these days to voice your disagreement with any practice that used to be considered immoral. You can't say it's wrong because those who are pushing it will condemn you for saying it's wrong and tell you... you're wrong.

Liberal progressivism is famous for preaching tolerance of pretty much everything - all the while condemning you if you disagree with them. Quite simply, if you don't believe as they do they don't tolerate you. Common Core has been designed to teach children tolerance of anything and everything at a very young age - basically before they really know what they're learning - without parental consent.

It seems clear, with more and more states opting out of the Common Core curriculum and many Republicans and Democrats in Washington and elsewhere rejecting it as either inappropriate or simply substandard education materials, someone needs to step in and take action to replace it. Remember when the "three Rs" were the standard for education? Ever notice what incredible things were accomplished by the people who were thus educated? The 20th century and the first 14 years of the 21st century have been the most productive in history when it comes to science, math, manufacturing, etc. And all of the people who contributed to that were educated without Common Core. I think that speaks for itself.

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