In the Concord Monitor Sunday morning there was an Op-ed titled Letter: Common Core Is Trash that brought a conference to my attention I had not heard of before:
They say Common Core is not a curriculum, and it’s true. It claims to be a bunch of “standards,” but in reality it simply twists the academic content to enable our kids to be used as political mules in much the same way the International Baccalaureate program does.
And, no, opposition doesn’t indicate a fear of foreigners or not wanting to teach languages.
We congratulate Alton for absolutely doing the right thing in rejecting this trash. Here’s why:
Visit this website to see how teachers are being trained so they can align with Common Core in social studies: socialstudies.org/conference/sessions?page=1.
You’ll see it’s not about academics, but all about promoting UN goals, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, global government, reinterpreting (and therefore subverting) the Constitution, praising Muslim “heroes” and spreading social justice and allowing presenters from groups with clear agendas such as the Federal Reserve.
Can’t really be that bad right? I checked it out. The very first session is called “Regrounding” Social Justice through the Rule of Law.
Other sessions to be held include Islamic studies (but no Christian or Jewish), Pre-k ‘history’ through literacy, climate change and Historic “narrative” memorization — specific example cited was Newtown :
Islam: no longer a distant learning. Islam’s history, relationship with Judaism/Christianity, the Prophet’s marriages, sharia, jihad, state vs. religion, women’s issues, Saladin and the Crusades are all at the educator’s fingertips in this documentary.Faysal Burhan, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Palmdale, CA, US—————————
Understanding relationships between social studies and Common Core Literacy at the elementary level is essential. We will explore ways to use literacy strategies to enhance student understanding of U.S. history.
Janet Armstrong, Buford Elementary School, Lancaster, SC, US; Allison Horton, Buford Elementary School, Lancaster, SC, US——————————
Controversial topics offer opportunities to integrate multiple aspects of social studies. Incorporate assessment of natural systems and human choices in history with analysis and civic engagement to discuss climate change.Rebecca Theobald, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO, US————————————
How are we remembering and memorializing the events in Newtown? How do we balance memorializing the individuals, with a broader national collective memory of the event?
Stephen Armstrong, West Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford, CT, US; Keith Barton, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US; Diana Hess, The Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL, US; Alan Marcus, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, US; Simone Schweber, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US
My favorite was this one:
Political bias is an issue all social studies instructors encounter. This presentation will examine techniques teachers can use to help students recognize different ideological agendas in multiple forms of media.