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Should You Say No to Common Core asks Work at Home Grandma

Updated on September 14, 2014

Children are a Blessing from God

How do we know the best education for our children?

Education is often a difficult and intense subject to tackle as it is so individualized to ideals and concepts. In the course of our nation the Constitution of the United States specifically states that the Legislative Branch of the government has authority to govern and make laws but no designation is indicated for education which is given to the individual states.

I have two granddaughters, one in pre-school and the other in 4th grade. The four year-old will be attending public school while the nine year-old attends a private Christian school. This is due to the fact that each of their parents respectively has made the decision as to the type of education they believe is best for their child. I would never argue with their choices as it is a parent’s right to make that decision. Both methods are satisfactory and both have their drawbacks. Obviously, a private school is expensive and doesn’t always prepare the child for the diversity of ideas and personalities of the public arena. While there are many excellent teachers in the public school system, they are often hindered from expression and nurturing by rules and regulations set forth by the government. Often tenure can keep a very bad teacher employed and a very excellent teacher from finding work in the education system.

Most of us are very aware of the debate over ObamaCare or The Affordable Care Act, and what issues and implementation problems have resulted and are still surfacing daily. Who can forget the ludicrous statement of Nancy Pelosi regarding the passing of ObamaCare, “We have to pass the law before we can read it.” Just making this statement is a huge abhorrence against common sense. Obviously, the President himself didn’t read the law as he was touting its passage with the following phrase, “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” Well we all know now that this was a fallacy. After millions of people had their policies canceled because they did not conform to the Affordable Care Act, we soon realized that the President was incorrect in his statement. Whether or not he blatantly lied or was just ignorant of the facts is a matter of discussion that could be made at any given time but is not the issue of contention in this article.

The reason for the analogy is to simply say that just because the government says it is so does not make it so. That should be obvious to all that have been burned by government rules and regulations that do not always make good sense.

This brings us to the discussion at hand which is Common Core. Many of you that do not have children might not be aware of this program but the long term ramifications of it will directly affect you at some point in your life. The children of today are the voters of tomorrow. We all need to keep that in mind when considering the type and manner of education are children are receiving.

Children of today are citizens of tomorrow

What Exactly is the Definition of Common Core?

According to information you will read about Common Core, it is stated as such:

Common Core is an established set of educational standards set forth to ensure that all students have an equal chance to succeed in their future endeavors. These standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The standards are said to have been established by a group of educators and not by the federal government. Although it claims not to determine curriculum, Common Core allows for the college ready definition to now read as “ready for a non-selective two year college”. This has actually lowered the college entrance criteria. College entrance exams must now conform to this new standard.

Most people are familiar with No Child Left Behind which was advocated by the Bush Administration to be the answer to consistent education and ended up being a nightmare that lost many teachers their jobs. In 2009, Obama’s answer to No Child Left Behind was labeled, Race to the Top and in turn Common Core was developed. States were given waivers to opt out of No Child Left Behind and designated funding if they agreed to accept the principles outlined in Common Core.

Common Core has found its way into our school system as a thief in the night. To date, 45 states have accepted the Common Core criteria and implemented it in their schools. It should be noted that several states soon discovered the criteria to be faulty and attempted to overturn their decision without much success. Once it has been made the law across the country, it will be difficult to overturn.

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Analyzing Common Core

Government overreach should be of utmost importance when considering the education of our children. There are many pitfalls that lie beneath the surface of well intended criteria. Do we want our children to be taught the concept that government knows better than their parents? Do we really want our college level standards lowered so our children have to attain a lower level of education to qualify for college?

Some of the unacceptable criteria that have been flushed out since the program began will surprise most people. The list contains many blatant errors of omission and sometimes factual data is twisted to conform to the ideals of progressive educators.

Some of the examples are:

  • Using an iPad to house assignments so no paper schoolwork is reviewed by parents.
  • Math and science questions based on discerning who the father of a baby as based on blood type.
  • The Holocaust was just a political invention and not reality.
  • Sexual issues de-sensitized in such a way that pornographic materials can be reviewed as part of classroom curriculum.
  • The Constitution is outdated and our founding fathers were nothing more than racial bigots.
  • Utilizing the concept that there are no absolute truths. This is the new math standard referenced as investigative math. The “fuzzy math” theory states that 3 x 4 can equal 11 instead of 12 if the student can explain how he got the answer.
  • Using social issues such as war deaths or global warming to indoctrinate students while teaching them mathematical equations instead of the old standard such as number of gallons to fill a container based on its length and width.
  • Curriculum for college ready math is basic geometry and second year algebra which is taken in 7th grade.

These are just some of the claims by parents whose children have been subjected to the Common Core fundamentals. Whether they are true or false is up to each parent to find out. If you examine some of state’s acceptance of Common Core, you will see some glaring inconsistencies.

  • In Kentucky they state a college readiness increase from 34% to 47% but based on what criteria? The lower standards as in Common Core? Many states and governors have attempted to defuse the concern over Common Core by renaming the program to include their state guidelines but in many cases the basic criteria remains the same.
  • Many states have refused to evaluate their teachers on their students' performance on the new, Common Core-aligned standardized tests as was used by No Child Left Behind. This could change, however, as Common Core is integrated into schools.
  • A state by state review of Common Core acceptability shows there is no cut and dry basis for each state’s decision on the program. States that are predominantly Republican have elected to use the Common Core just as often as those that are Democrat. Progressives as a whole endorse the program whether or not they fall into Republican or Democrat political affiliation. Christian conservatives by far object to the program based on the methods and selection of criteria.
  • In Texas, Common Core was never implemented and in South Carolina and Ohio, it is being repealed. Minnesota is a very progressive state yet they have adopted only English and language arts standards portions of Common Core but augmented them with more rigorous content developed close to home. Many in the educational field were pleased that Minnesota had already redrawn its math standards and kept its own assessments rather than using those of Common Core.

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What Part Does the Government Play in Common Core?

One note of concern regarding the Obama Administration and their role in Common Core was in Oklahoma where Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican who originally supported Common Core decided to sign a law to repeal it standards. The federal government in turn did not renew the state’s waiver for the No Child Left Behind requirement. This was a $29 million dollar error by Oklahoma allowing the federal government control over their education dollars. The entire curriculum had been converted to Common Core and would now need to be redone; the process is expected to last about two years.

It has been reported that five members of the Obama Administration actually designed the Common Core system. Whether or not this is true, we as citizens need to find out. We need to discover if Social Justice Math is being used in our schools or if history is being misconstrued to fit a progressive agenda.

A new lesson plan for American school students, offered on an open marketplace for educators, is reprising what some devout followers have called Barack Obama for several years already – a messiah.

Created by Sherece Bennett, it’s based on the book “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope” by Nikki Grimes.

Considering the state of our country today, should such a book be in the suggested curriculum? Or how should it used? We need to know if this is truth or fiction.

On his election, Barack Obama promised the nation that he would fundamentally transform America and he has done just that. If you think about it, our economy is in shambles, and thousands of immigrants cross over our borders daily without any accountability from the Obama Administration. America’s position is the world is one of weakness and ambiguity, and instead of being energy independent we are paying for oil from ISIS, the radical militant organization that is seeking to destroy us. Yes, we have been transformed, but not for the good.

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Should you Endorse Common Core?

Each of us should take an interest in what is happening in our schools regardless if we have school age children. Those children are the adults of tomorrow that will be making the decisions for our country and our way of life. As a parent you can teach your children values and principles by which they will formulate their lives and their choices. But what about those parents who have no interest and are glad the schools are doing all the work for them. What will be their outcome? How do you think Russia indoctrinated their citizens to believe in Communism as their chosen way of life? How did Adolf Hitler convince the German people they were a superior race?

If there is no public outcry, Common Core will become as accepted as ObamaCare appears to have been, yet we all know that ObamaCare is a major disaster. The President has used his pen to delay portions of the bill that will hurt his party if they are revealed before the mid-term elections. Isn’t this re-writing law which is supposed to be the job of congress?

Do we really need a one size fits all education? Do we want our children taught what to think instead of how to think? It is the individual competitive thinking and innovative spirit that has driven Americans to reach such pinnacles of height in the world.

Is it true that our children are being taught that the majority of our founding fathers did not even believe in God? Is that why our currency says, In God We Trust? Thomas Jefferson was not a particularly devout man, but he still paid homage to God when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--

We know that America was founded upon the principles embraced by our founding fathers. Can we allow this truth to be distorted for future generations? The children of today will be the citizens of tomorrow. As Americans we all need to be involved.

You can get involved by contacting your state agency of concerned citizens. It can be easily found using your state name, (Minnesotans against Common Core) in any search engine. Don’t take my statements or those of others to be fact. Find out the truth for yourself. Then judge for yourself whether or not Common Core is a good or bad thing for our children.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. The words from scripture are found in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV).

Will our children be trained in the values of freedom and democracy or steeped in destructive socialism? The answer lies within you.


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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Aerospace fan - agreed but wonder to whom is allotted the responsibility. A tough choice but one that belongs to parents.

      Misterhollywood - your opinion is noted as it is an entitlement you are still given. If the country continues down it's present road of progressive standards that freedom may someday be taken away. Things that are implied and not spoken often weigh heavily on the human mind. A young mind is impressionable and ready to be molded. I for one do not want my grandchildren molded as to the standards of counties like China. We are so much better than that. Thank you so much for your input. It is always greatly appreciated.

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      What a misinformed, bias and ridiculous argument being made in this hub. Nobody is teaching the holocaust was a political invention or half of the other things mentioned in this hub. Can you prove the federal government is requiring this as a lesson? Please post the link and not from Newsmax!

      Parents should have a say in education of course but there has to be standards. You can be darn sure the Japanese and Chinese governments are all over the education systems in their respective countries. European countries too.

      The result?

      These countries continually outrank American children in areas of science, math, literature and other areas. For decades we have arrogantly thought we were "number 1" in education. The truth is we are not even close! We are at the bottom of the barrel - look up the stats.

      And why?

      Because we continue to think the government should not be involved in areas like education. This is why we no longer have a brain bank to draw upon- because we are not investing in our children's future.

      The federal government has a responsibility to require standards. If they help fund a school's existence and operations, they have a right to require certain things.

      If you don't think the federal government should be involved in education, then ask that your school opt out of taking federal money. Of course you will have to suffer a tax increase at the local level to compensate for the loss of that dirty SOB Uncle Sam's money.

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      John M 3 years ago from Chicago

      Do we need some type of standards in education? If so, who should oversee these standards? If not needed, what are the options?

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN


      Yes I do too. The more we make people aware of what is happening the better the chance we have of stopping it. Thanks for your interest.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      This is such a hot topic right now that I see in the news. I wish your article got picked up by some newspapers and magazines.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN


      Yes the government is becoming too interested in educating our children in the wrong way.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Mr. Archer I agree we all need to speak. I'm glad to hear from a concerned parent who is aware of the serious nature of this issue. Keep fighting it.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      My youngest son has been introduced to this system and we through him. From what we have seen the methods which served us well and led baby boomers to success is thrown out and a faulty system replaced it. Frustration at every obstacle as we try to understand the method to this madness and when we teach him a way to understand something it is undone the next day at school by teachers following directions. Not that they agree with them but to keep their jobs they must. We must speak out in favor of a better method which allows children to receive more individualized instruction as they are not all of a like mind nor a like level of learning.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      I think the federal government, like with other areas, should stay out of what should be the responsibility of the states.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hmm. I was a teacher, and working for the government. I think the system becomes too prescribed that way.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      You are very correct in your statement that is why it is so important for parents to be made aware of what is happening. Thanks for your interest

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am concerned when a government is so involved in the educational system. The changes in the Common Core mimic the socialistic approach to education. I fear our children are being systematically fed propoganda to desensitize them to many core truths.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Your comments are exactly correct. My hope in writing the hub was to make people aware of what is secretly happening to our country and to encourage them to take a stand for what is right. Thank you for stepping up to the plate

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Great hub! I've heard a lot of talk about Common Core, but haven't done a lot of research. Perhaps I'm only hearing one side of the story, but it does seem the people I talk to agree with what you've said. My overall opinion is it's leading to what has always been referred to as the "dumbing down of America". The standards should be raised, not lowered. I also agree that our children and future generations should be taught how to think, not what to think. I can only see one reason for the government to pursue such a course and that's too eventually have complete control over the lives of every citizen and make them all slaves to the system. But I have to ask, what else should we have expected when a lot of people don't seemed to be concerned with taking an active role in their children's lives or even their own?