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Video: Utah Dad Speaks About Common Core   11 comments

Utah Dad, Oak Norton, made this information-packed presentation last week, entitled “Pulling Back the Curtain:  What’s the Real Agenda Behind Common Core?”

 

 

 

Oak Norton’s educational research story began when he asked his daughter’s third grade teacher why she hadn’t been learning the multiplication tables and was told, “We don’t do that anymore.”  That day, he bought multiplication flashcards for his daughter, realizing that it was time to take education back into his own hands.  This led to his many years of research on education reform, condensed in this one-hour presentation.  Mr. Norton shares the concentrated top of his research iceberg, discussing the historical roots of compulsory (forced government) education and answering why there is such a defined socialist agenda for national education.  That defined agenda includes teaching sex ed to five-year-old school children; officially tracking children from birth through the workforce; and central planning by the government of all education, including preschools.

Thank you, Oak Norton.

The Bully Lessons   3 comments

On the first day of school, my fourth grader complained that they’d had “another dumb assembly on bullies.”

“Do you have bullies at your school?” I asked.

“Nope.”

Today, the first day of the second week of school, my fourth grader complained that they’d had “another dumb team meeting.”

“What’s a team meeting?” I asked.

“That’s when we sit in a circle and talk about walking in the hall better.”

Walking in the hall better?!”

“And a dumb, creepy lady comes in and says we can come and talk to her whenever we have problems with bullies, which nobody has,” he said.

Okay.

I have a problem with this on so many levels.  First of all, why are they having repeated, ad-nauseum lessons on bullying while they cannot do their multiplication tables or long division without 99% of the training coming from moms like me?  Secondly, why do they have  “team meetings” when they lack time to adequately cover science, history, art, writing, cursive, literature, poetry, languages and grammar?  Third, why is there a paid position for a “creepy lady” they are supposed to learn bullying lessons from and go and talk to about their problems, when we don’t have enough salaries to go around for art and other teachers?

Why are we being told by the State Office of Education and our local and state school boards that academic rigor is increasing because of Common Core, when it simply isn’t true?  Academic rigor is being minimized and marginalized:  cursive is dropped, math is being made fuzzy (“integrated math”) literature is being pushed aside in favor of info-texts by Common Core mandate, most dramatically at high school levels, and time is being made for touchy-feeling nonacademic time waster programs that promote Obama-style social justice thinking.

Is this school or some kind of social-justice church we are sending our kids to?

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