Leftist revisionist history is seen through a negative, bleak, self-flagellating prism and it is now permeating our schools thanks to Common Core.
America Now by Robert Atwan is a book of essays from recent periodicals, which is being used in AP English classrooms in numerous high schools and in undergraduate college classes throughout the nation. It is Common Core aligned. It is typical of the type of indoctrination that is becoming part and parcel of the Core. It has less to do with English than it has to do with perpetuating the leftist vision of America – the new America, America Now!
America now is an America that abandons traditional America and takes up a new, improved Leftist America. Common core is the vehicle by which this new America can be rapidly and widely spread.
Parading around as English literature, it is simply leftist propaganda. The themecapitalism is evil runs throughout.
Big Government and government agencies are extolled. The rich are demonized, Southern people are demeaned, man is described as too costly, man is an agent of destruction on earth, and illegal immigration is promoted.
Happiness is something to be attained by adapting to the Marxist perspective.
A telling quote from the book: “One cure–for those who feel that their pursuit of happiness has been sent on a long detour through the labor camps of American and international capitalism–is the institution of a government department that has as its only priority the happiness of all Americans.”
Another article, on the sticky post on our front page, deals with yet another vile, unAmerican book called The American Experience.
A Tea Party leader, Becky Gerritson, who testified before Congress last year and who told Congress “they had forgotten their place,” testified before an Alabama Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to allow local school districts to opt out of Common Core.
Her testimony concentrated on the widely-used literature text, The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. It is Common Core aligned. When she read one paragraph from a recommended novel that was incorporated into the book, it was so pornographic even the senators wouldn’t listen to it. She reminded them that this is being taught to 16 and 17 year olds.
The following is excerpted from Becky Gerritson’s Testimony on SB443 in March of this year.
Terrence Moore, a professor from Hillsdale College, dedicated an entire chapter in his book called The Story Killers to this very textbook.
It’s easy to see the political bias in this book as well as the mediocre teaching of literature. Due to my time constraint I can only list a few examples found in this book.
Students are led to believe that our founding fathers were promoters of slavery. They are not told the truth that slavery had been around for thousands of years and up until the 1700’s our founders and the Quakers were the only distinct voices advocating the abolishment of slavery.
Students are led to believe that Benjamin Franklin thought the Constitution was a bad idea. It’s important to note that the US Constitution is nowhere to be found in this book.
America is portrayed as barbaric murderers when they dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Students not taught about the thousands of pamphlets that were dropped on the city urging people to flee-or that the action was done to save millions of lives, nor are Students told even how the war started.
In this book, students will read Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Yet they have deleted 21 out of the 22 Biblical references.
Even though this is a literature book, students are diverted away from literature and asked to do research activities on how scientists are addressing deep-space travel for humans.
Let me turn the corner and talk about something else. Many opponents of Common Core have serious concerns about the recommended reading list which contains politically biased and obscene books. It is known as “Appendix B” or “Common Core’s Text Exemplars”. AL State Superintendent, Dr. Bice tried to calm our fears about this reading list saying that we had nothing to worry about because he removed it from our course of study. However, removing the list did nothing because these books and their authors are featured and promoted in this very text book.
On page 1095 the featured author is Toni Morrison, she wrote a book called The Bluest Eye.
It’s a story of an 8 year old black girl. This book is about rape, incest and pedophilia. One of the characters is a priest who likes having sex with little girls and the scenes are graphically described.
The depictions are from the perpetrator’s point of view. The author wanted the reader to feel as though they were a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She describes the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender”, but never as wrong.
You might think I am over exaggerating when I say that this book and others like it are vile and inappropriate. Let me read you an edited excerpt; only 6 sentences, from The Bluest Eye. This is recommended for 16 and 17 year olds.
Pages 162-163: (Again these crimes are perpetrated against children.)
“A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his a***. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her v***** was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her v*****. She appeared to have fainted.”
When Ms. Gerritson, who said the “F-word” is absent from her vocabulary, read the passage from the book, which included that and much worse, there were gasps in the room and she was asked to stop. She made the point that the content is so vile it couldn’t be uttered at a public meeting room full of adults, yet this filth is recommended under Common Core to minor children to read and discuss in class. MORE HERE
No wonder the only people who show enthusiasm for the miserable and destructive Common Core happen to be either getting paid to do so, are unaware of what is in it (because they have only gotten their information through the pushers who are paid to hype the Common Core), or some combination thereof.
Here’s one of the hired hacks pushing Common Core, allegedly from a “conservative” perspective, brought to our attention courtesy of Bunkerville:
To say I am disappointed to learn this is an understatement. For many years I listened to Bennett as I drove to work. When I weary of Fox, I will flip and go online and catch him there. I wrote off his over covered topic of Education due to his earlier career in Government as Secretary of Education under Reagan. A position this very man frequently dismissed as a Dept. that should be done away with. Lately, though I have found myself tuning him out when this topic came up, now I know why. What is the matter Bill? Not enough money in the bank? That is a joke. No just another paid hack like the rest of your ilk. Bye Bill.
While in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Wednesday, former Reagan Secretary of Education Bill Bennett put out what was described as the “Conservative Case for Common Core,” he admitted he is paid by a lobbying firm for his continued work in support of the controversial standards.
Bennett’s admission, reported by Politico, that the public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group paid him to write the op-ed perhaps explains why it doesn’t sound much like the writing of the Reagan appointee who agreed with his president that there was no real necessity for a federal Department of Education.
But not only does Bennett not adhere to true conservative principles in his piece, he also doesn’t seem to know much about the Common Core standards that he’s being paid to sell to the American people. READ THE REST HERE
The Cato Institute gives a well deserved fisking to Bill Bennett’s op-ed version of a Common Core infomercial:
This morning, former Reagan administration education secretary Bill Bennett took to the pages of theWall Street Journal to make the “conservative” case for the Common Core. In that effort, he actually made a great case for Core opponents, illustrating the contradictions of the Core while furnishing several examples of all-too-frequent Core spin. And he did it, ironically, while implying that Core opponents have “badly and sometimes mischievously muddled” the Core story.
To lay all of this out I’ll provide some quotes, then either respond to them with my own information, or with another, largely contradictory, quote from Bennett’s piece. Let’s begin:
First, we can all agree that there is a need for common standards of assessment in K-12 education.
We can? What’s the evidence for that? Bennett offers none, and even loaded polling questions find that only about two-thirds of Americans support generic standards “that are the same across states.” And I, for one, think there need to be competing standards in order to see what works, what works better, and what works for different subsets of the unique individuals we call “children.” READ THE REST
If the experimental Common Core (that is using children as lab rats) is so great, why are the only people willing to publicly support it: being paid to do so, are completely ignorant of what they are actually supporting, or, both? Common Core pushers are the astroturf; expensive but not real. The parents and teachers who are witnessing the suffering and attempted brainwashing of American children and are bravely speaking out against it are what you could call the grass roots; maybe not as fancy looking as the expensive fake stuff, but they are absolutely genuine in their concerns for the well being of the children and the future of American education.
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