Posts Tagged ‘Common Core State Standards Initiative’

Write your questions down, we’ll answer the ones you’re allowed to know

September 25, 2013


(It’s all for the kids. We know what’s good for them better than you parents)

The school council called the meeting to discuss the so-called “Common Core” (aka “Dumb-Down Continued”), said questions in writing only, because the meeting was called and parents invited to “explain” these top-down orders from high places…

Yeah, and at the end, people were protesting because their questions were not answered. They only answered the ones they wanted to, the comfortable ones.

What happened to parents who are supposed to be driving their kids’ education? Who said they are better at this? Bill Clinton exposed the entire D.C. imperial capital when he said his goal was for every pupil to know how to read and write by the time they get to the third grade.

Third grade!? Most of my kids were reading by Kindergarten! Pwah. Wake up people! Stop trusting in man, whose breath is in his nostrils.


A $31,000 premium added to the cost of the same car (under the hood), paid for the brand name only.

It’s an old marketing trick.

Generic and brand names are made in the same plants, too…




Lois Lerner lied, and equal treatment died… The most evil agency of the federal government, aided and abetted by party bosses from both sides of the aisle, is a runaway rogue gang of thieves, and like the Federal Reserve, robbing the poor and middle class..



Tenure is not good even for those protected by it, especially when the professors abuse it by disrupting other speakers’ rights to free speech, and even more considering that the supposed purpose of it was to protect free speech. Now exposed as a politically protected cartel with monopoly powers… Tenure damages their reputation for history…



Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum – Telegraph

December 8, 2012

Can you believe this stuff? Take a time trip back to 1965 and tell them this is going to happen in America, they would put you in the nut house. They would call you a right wing conspiracy¬† nut. They did so do with the voices. “In America?!” they would ask…

There’s more to this, though, than just dumbing down the workforce, and I have a couple of speculations below.

Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger‘s Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of ‘informational texts’.


American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace.

Books such as JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by “informational texts” approved by the Common Core State Standards.

Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California’s Invasive Plant Council.

The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The article reports teacher Jamie Highfill saying:

Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.

Reading the classics –and the better novels and stories gives the kids an idea of freedom. Stories are powerful communicators for almost any kind of idea.

I am really missed reading a lot of classics in the elementary and secondary schools… They assigned some, but not as many as I’ve always heard of.. Like Catcher in the Rye. Many of the Shakespeare plays. To Kill a Mockingbird. It often feels like I missed out on an important part of real education.

Of course I think college is over-sold and costs way, way much more than it’s worth, and in fact takes a lot of innovate brain power out of the body politic. Not to mention that for those who have entrepreneurial and creative talents, it may take some intellectual power out of the economic body politic.

But these new guidelines are for elementary and secondary school years apparently.

Take the classics out of the picture and point them at insulation guidelines, the kids will lose the historical and geopolitical perspective that informs political decisions.

The stories that will teach them about life will be their video games (think titles like “Thunder Killer’) and movies (think “Five Dead” and “Idiocracy”, and “Toilet Humor Times Twenty”)…

Families will still be the last bastion for protection of its individuals against state mental control, and the Internet the last bastion of free and wild free speech.