Common Core Standards – Suspicions Confirmed

Our last column entitled: “You’re Letting Liberal Educated Globalists Brainwash Your Kids!” covered the people who paid for and developed the Common Core State Standards that have now been instituted in 40 states. It became abundantly evident that the standards were not a state effort, but a pure federal effort led by liberal globalists. The Standards had the United Nations (globalists) written all over them.

Previous to writing the article we were not privy to any specific Common Core teaching document. However, one of our long-time members e-mailed us a PDF copy of the Common Core Mathematics teaching document for Grades 3 thru 5. We started reading the document, looking for how they were going to teach math. To our dismay, we found it wasn’t about math at all, it was about “equity” and “social justice.” Have you heard these terms before? You bet you have and they didn’t come out of the U. S. Constitution. You can read this document on our website HERE.

Here are some excerpts from the document:

“All students are entitled to quality instruction within an equitable learning environment, designed to meet their specific learning needs.”

What stood out from this sentence was “….. an equitable learning environment”. We wondered, “what does that mean?” Reading further it became clear what it meant and it had nothing to do with math.

The document explained further:

“Promoting and supporting equitable practices for students is a complex process and is best supported when your collaborative team examines several factors. The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics’ (2008) position statement on equity recommends that mathematics educators:”

• “Respond to equity as a meaningful process to address social justice issues of race, language, gender, and class bias.”

• “Embrace a mindset shift from a student deficit perspective of equity to a focus on creating opportunities for equal access to meaningful mathematics.”

• “Recognize underachievement not as a result of group membership but more likely a symptom of varying beliefs, opportunities, and experiences to learn mathematics.”

This so-called mathematics-teaching document finished with:

“Recognizing and responding to these important facets of equity will promote the rich conversations needed in your collaborative team to promote high-quality instruction and equitable classrooms. Use the following discussion questions in your collaborative team to facilitate the conversation.”

So then we decided to look into the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). We started with their mission statement, which reads:

“NCSM envisions a professional and diverse learning community of educational leaders that ensures every student in every classroom has access to effective mathematics teachers, relevant curricula, culturally responsive pedagogy, and current technology.” (SOURCE)

One of the items contained in the mission statement was the liberal theme of “equity”.

“Motivate mathematics leaders to maintain a life-long commitment to provide EQUITY and access for all learners”

We had to look up “pedagogy” as it was a totally unfamiliar term. From one source we found:

“Modern pedagogy has been strongly influenced by the cognitivism of Piaget, 1926, 1936/1975; the social-interactionist theories of Bruner, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1986; and the social and cultural theories of Vygotsky, 1962. These theorists have laid a foundation for pedagogy where sequential development of individual mental processes, such as recognize, recall, analyze, reflect, apply, create, understand, and evaluate, are scaffolded. Students learn as they internalize the procedures, organization, and structures encountered in social contexts as their own schema.”

The words that caught our eye in the above mission statement and the definition of “pedagogy” are “social interactionist theories”, “social and cultural theories” , “social contexts” and “equity.” The words “social” and “equity” are recurrent themes in everything we read about Common Core State Standards. These words come right out of United Nations policies, parroted by liberals and you won’t find them in the U. S. Constitution.

Ladies and gentlemen, this Common Core Mathematics document for 3rd to 5th grades is not a teaching mathematics document, it is, without a doubt, a “social” and “equity” document. The emphasis is not on teaching mathematics, it is about teaching in an acceptable “social” and “equitable” environment.

In the new American, liberal world, everything is judged by how “fair” and “equitable” are policies regarding humans and human interactions. This is all part of the United Nations Social Justice and Environmental Equity policies that are included in Agenda 21. There is no mention of individual freedom, self-reliance and responsibility. There is no mention of opportunities and competition. The new liberal world is where the government molly coddles minorities and labels them as victims requiring subsidies, welfare and special treatment. But the government gets something in return ….. votes. God help a minority that might have to compete in the real world.

This social crap that is being inflicted on productive Americans and the public education system by government legislation and rule making, at all levels, is why cities like Detroit (and states) are going, or have gone broke. There is a direct correlation between government-funded, Democrat-sponsored, union-approved social policies and government bankruptcy. Every jurisdiction that is going broke has been run by Democrats for decades, voted into office by dead beats and free loaders who want something for nothing from government instead of being self-reliant, independent and personally responsible. Common Core State Standards, food stamps, welfare, farm subsidies, comprehensive immigration reform and state tuition for illegal aliens are all part of the top-down, government run, Democrat-sponsored policies containing in them the destruction of freedom and the capitalistic system. They will, in the end, destroy a once-free America if this madness isn’t stopped very soon. Yesterday may be too late.

So once again ladies and gentlemen we warn, “You’re Letting Liberal Educated Globalists Brainwash Your Kids!” If parents don’t care what their kids are being taught, then there is no hope for a free America. One day, without any warning, your kids will come home from school and you won’t recognize them any more because they will have become “Obama’s Youth”, fully indoctrinated with the United Nations, liberal globalist’s, Common Core State Standards.

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~ The Author ~
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“, is the President of the The National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached for comment at ron@narlo.org.

Mr. Ewart has been a continuing contributor for Kettle Moraine, Ltd. Publications since May of 2007.

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