Monday, November 18th, 2013

Parents Pull Kids From School To Protest Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, Bill Ayers and Justin Bieber

Parents protesting the "Common Core" curriculum on the grounds that it promotes tyranny and/or makes their kids feel stupid are keeping their children home today. This is basically a protest of parents who are too lazy to home-school their kids. If you're not familiar with the opposition to Common Core, this policy paper blames Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates and Bill Ayers and protests the literature being taught in schools, all while not being able to use commas properly: "Typical are adaptations of popular adult nonfiction books like Fast Food Nation, the socialist tract, Nickel and Dimed, and books about teen idol Justin Bieber." And the most damning truth of all: "What Common Core will in effect do is allow the infusion of 'social justice' objectives and a leveling of all students." Oh noooooo.

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stuffisthings (#1,352)

Cool, I'm sure these kids will do awesome in the global economy. Good luck, kids!

hockeymom (#143)

Report from the front lines:
Our school district adopted this program this year. The first test was on Washington Irving's, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" . My 13yr old (not a terrific reader) was in tears because she couldn't get through it. They used the original text and if you read it, it is pretty challenging. So, she took the test and came home with an F. I freaked (much like Arne Duncan described), emailed the teacher, asked if my kid should get a tutor, if she was going to fail middle school, and basically carried on as if our lives were over. I got a very nice email back telling me to calm the hell down, and that all parents should be patient. I got the impression it was a form letter, but in any case, I calmed the hell down. PRIVILEGE ALERT.

The result is, she is now at a B-, she's read a variety of authors including Poe, Langston Hughes and Guy de Maupassant. And, she's into it. She actually went to our bookshelf and looked to see if we had any of the authors at home.

I don't know if it's a good program or a bad program. I can only report that my child is interested in reading for the first time, so that's a win in my book. Also, I've been monitoring her closely for brainwashing and as far as I can tell, unless the message is "One Direction is better than The Beatles", there is no apparent brainwashing. However, if Common Core IS a front for 1D, they are more evil than anyone realizes.

Mr. B (#10,093)

There are one or two mommies in my Facebook feed who have been freaking out about it and who are most definitely not conservative AT ALL, although maybe they're weirdos? You never know!

I mean, even I'm not sure what to make of the Common Core, and I'm a teacher! (Private school, though, so!)

Freddie DeBoer (#4,188)

The first comment on this post demonstrates why the Common Core is bullshit: it's just another step in reducing human life to the accumulation of capital and nothing else.

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