posted on Dec, 4 2013 @ 03:32 PM
How's this for creepy? Maybe Common Core is only supposed to be about imposing common standards on everyone, but way too many companies are taking
advantage of it to push some questionable agendas in their curriculum planning. Take
this high school government assignment
from an Illinois high school. It sends home a survey asking parents to self-identify
their beliefs on highly charged political issues with a poorly-written survey.
Just look at the first question, for example.
"Government should encourage rather than restrict prayer in public schools."
It's clear to me that they are trying to hit all the hot button topics and write things in a way they think will provide a clear divide between left
and right. But really? Could they be more stereotypical in this? I'm a soc-con for the most part. I don't think it's the government's place to
restrict prayer in the schools. If a Valedictorian wants to give a prayer as part of his or her speech, that's his or her call, for example. If
students want to meet for a prayer or Bible study club after school (or any other religiously affiliated group), they should be able to. Students
should not be made to take a class in religion or say prayers as part their daily routine. In other words, they should not be forced to by staff or
So, how can I answer this question? There is no simple answer to it. The rest of the questions have similar problems.
And I find it a little worrisome that instead of learning basic civics and the mechanics of how our government works, these students are instead
learning about right/left and how to get matched with political parties. I don't recall my high school government teaching us that. We had a mock
court case and a mock legislature where we learned how bills because law and cases were argued.