If you love your children and want them to be productive, intelligent members of society with basic understanding of the Nation’s founding principles, then you should take them out of government schools as quickly as possible.
Recent education headlines should have American parents up in arms about the sort of education their children are receiving.
Take, for example, the story of the Denton, Texas, Unified School District’s adoption of the book United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination as a supplement to a larger course of study for students aiming to ace the AP U.S. History test to jump-start their college careers.
The textbook, intended to help students gain a more thorough understanding of the U.S. Constitution, quotes the 2nd Amendment as follows: “Second Amendment: The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”
If it isn’t bad enough that some high school students in the United States are being indoctrinated with textbooks that could have been written by MSNBC talking heads, get this: Fourth-graders in Vermilion Parish, La., were given a homework assignment recently, apparently deemed age-appropriate by Common Core standards, which sought to teach the 9-year-olds about “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz.”
If you’re a little rusty on your Ebonics, here are some definitions, courtesy of the user-generated Urban Dictionary:
Po Pimp— 1. “Chi-town slang for a poor pimp.” Or 2, “a po pimp is a pimp with no money and some busted, loose, broke ass hoes.”
“Po Pimp” is also the name of a single produced in 1997 by the rap outfit Do Or Die, which included the rapper Twista — who evidently was part of that day’s lesson.
Here’s the song:
A copy of the actual homework assignment, provided to FOX News by angry parent Brittney Badeaux, features variations of the word “twist.”
The offending paragraph reads: “Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, was born in 1972. Nineteen years later Mitchell’s first album, ‘Runnin’ Off at da Mouth,’ debuted. In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit ‘Po Pimp,’ Twista was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released ‘Adrenaline Rush’ and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz in 1998. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.”
“I try to instill values in my son,” Badeaux told FOX’S Todd Starnes. “My goal is for him ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.”
The parent said she was shocked when her child read the paragraph as she helped him with his homework.
“I couldn’t believe it at first — hearing him read it to me,” she told FOX News. “So I looked at the paper and read the entire article. It was filled with Ebonics.”
She continued, “It was really inappropriate for my child. He doesn’t know what a pimp or mobster is.”
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau essentially told FOX that the inclusion of rap references was simply a facet of the Common Core approach.
“Out of context, this word is inappropriate,” Puyau said. “However, within the Common Core standards, they do want us to discuss real world texts.”
Most people would certainly agree that there are an endless number of more appropriate “real world texts” for fourth-graders to examine besides Do or Die’s ballad of the “Po Pimp.”
But as The Hill noted in 2011, Common Core really isn’t about providing quality education to America’s students. Rather, it is a bit of national social engineering courtesy of the Federal government:
But today the Obama Administration is funding the development of national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national teaching materials and national tests, using the Common Core national academic-content standards as the basis for these efforts. When Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the Department’s grants to the testing groups on September 2, 2010, he pointed enthusiastically to one group “developing curriculum frameworks and ways to share great lesson plans” and the other group developing “instructional modules.”
These efforts to gather the reins of America’s K-12 course of study at the Federal level are likely to harm America’s public schools, our teachers and our children. Officials inside the Beltway cannot design a curriculum that is suitable and effective in every classroom across our large country. When mistakes and misjudgments are made in Washington, D.C., as is inevitable, they will affect the entire system and be hard to fix in the classroom.
With Common Core, the Federal government is simply doubling down on the original intent of public mass education.
As polemicist Noam Chomsky notes in his 1995 work Class Warfare:
Mass education was designed to turn independent farmers into docile, passive tools of production. That was its primary purpose. And don’t think people didn’t know it. They knew it and they fought against it. There was a lot of resistance to mass education for exactly that reason. It was also understood by the elites. Emerson once said something about how we’re educating them to keep them from our throats. If you don’t educate them, what we call ‘education,’ they’re going to take control — ‘they’ being what Alexander Hamilton called the ‘great beast,’ namely the people. The anti-democratic thrust of opinion in what are called democratic societies is really ferocious. And for good reason. Because the freer the society gets, the more dangerous the great beast becomes and the more you have to be careful to cage it somehow.
Of course, if you are a victim of public education, there’s a chance you’re scratching your head now wondering, “Who the hell are Emerson and Alexander Hamilton?”
If that’s the case, at least you still have a shot at becoming a po pimp.