What is Common Core? “The Common Core curriculum movement is an attempt to centralize and standardize what children will learn across the country,” says the National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL), a legal non-profit organization. This means that instead of leaving education to the realm of the community, or with parents – Common Core seeks to, “define what every child should learn from grade to grade, and include teacher evaluations designed to ensure school compliance. Contrary to what many think about Common Core, this movement not only affects public school students, but it also has a drastic impact on private school and homeschool students as well.”
The Ramifications of Common Core: “Common Core is an attempt to eliminate state sovereignty by ceding authority over educational decisions to the federal government…States are given an offer they can hardly refuse in exchange for adopting the Common Core standards,” NCLL writes. “In its first term, the Obama administration announced a federal incentive program called ‘Race to the Top.’ States that wanted to compete for the funds had to agree to adopt Common Core standards in teaching and testing, and to date, 45 states have done so. The millions of dollars given to states have proven too difficult a temptation for the states to refuse.”
Bill of Rights Outdated? A Socialist Nation? Nazis? Marketed as THE answer to America’s struggle to compete internationally, parents are starting to question this governmental program. “What would give these parents pause for questioning? Well, let’s start with the Civics assignments telling students that the government is revising the Bill of Rights because it is outdated, and that the students are to explain which rights they would repeal,” says NCLL. “Or how about the 6th graders who were required to design a flag for a new socialist nation? Or the 4th graders who were told to think like a Nazi and argue why Jews are evil? Or how about the assignment explaining an adulterous allegation and asking the student to explain how the facts lead to this conclusion? Is curriculum like this truly designed to produce better-educated children? Or is it to create a society of workers who are all taught the same thing, who are susceptible to indoctrination from one central government that has the power to control exactly what is and what is not taught? Perhaps the underlying purpose of Common Core is to create a central government that is increasingly intolerant, and at times, downright hostile towards Christianity?”
Missouri’s Learning Standards: According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, their standards include the Common Core State Standards, which their website states as being “a state-led initiative that have been adopted by more than forty states, including Missouri. Parents, teachers, education organizations and businesses support the implementation of the Standards.” Want to see if your local school supports the standards? More than likely it does. Click this link for a PDF, and help spread the word! As parents and members of your tax-payer supported school district, you have the right to speak up and take action!
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