Common Core Presents: Democrat Math
February 6, 2014 by Sam Rolley
With the promise of Federal dollars and the assurance that the new standards are simply tools to ensure that all children know certain things by certain grade levels, 45 States and the District of Columbia are taking the necessary steps to Common Core compliance.
As a result, many American parents are now learning that the âchildren belong to all of usâ sentiment of supporters of the new education standards is clearly present in every aspect of Common Core. And by âall of us,â those supporters mean government and anyone who supports its growth in power.
âFew oppose standards, but a significant number oppose the Common Core State Standards. Those on the political right donât like the fact that–notwithstanding the word âStateâ in the title–it was really the feds who helped to railroad the standards into place,â Marion Brady, a retired teacher and author, wrote in a Washington Post column last month.
In creating coursework for the Common Core program, the Feds who âhelped to railroad the standards into placeâ spared no opportunity to politicize lessons to their benefit.
For instance, the Daily Caller reported that a lesson entitled âHow Could That Happen?â focuses on the 2000 Presidential election, asking middle school instructors to âengage students in a class discussion about whether or not they feel the results ofâ the election were ââfair.ââ
A companion lesson, called âA Swath of Red,â asks teachers to discuss the Electoral College as it relates to the 2000 Presidential contest.
From the lesson: âThe election of 2000 was politically charged, so you should be prepared to address the issue. The merits of the electoral college [sic] are called into question during each presidential election, and some people have strong opinions.â
Both lessons are provided as part of math classes.
Among the resources for the aforementioned politically charged math lessons, Common Coreâs designers offer three websites for information about American Presidents. The recommended page is a Presidential information website proved by Infoplease, which contains a few revisionist gems.
Hereâs part of Ronald Reaganâs biography as provided by the website:
Over strenuous congressional opposition, Reagan pushed through his âsupply sideâ economic program to stimulate production and control inflation through tax cuts and sharp reductions in government spending. However, in 1982, as the economy declined into the worst recession in 40 years, the presidentâs popularity slipped and support for supply-side economics faded.
And, though there has been some question about his beliefs, the site takes a bit of historical license in listing President Abraham Lincolnâs religion as âliberal.â
Common Core also seeks to include conversations about âsocial justiceâ in mathematics lessons.
âEducators increasingly recognize the important role that mathematics teaching plays in helping students to understand and overcome social injustice and inequality,â Common Core-involved National Council of Teachers of Mathematics states on its website.