Those who just just examine the well publicized official guidelines are likely to miss the progressive indoctrination that is, sometimes subtly, buried in the Common Core curriculum. This Townhall article provides a perfect example.
Legislators and citizens and self-professed school reformers should read a little more into the document. An inch and a half below the listing of the Preamble and First Amendment for the middle school, we find recommended “Monk, Linda R. Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution.” That leads us to page 95 of Appendix B of the Common Core English Standards (available online), where we find this selection from Monk:
But who are “We the People”? This question troubled the nation for centuries. As Lucy Stone, one of America’s first advocates for women’s rights, asked in 1853, “‘We the People’? Which ‘We the People’? The women were not included.” Neither were white males who did not own property, American Indians, or African Americans—slave or free. Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American on the Supreme Court, described the limitation:
For a sense of the evolving nature of the Constitution, we need to look no further than the first three words of the document’s preamble: ‘We the People.’ When the Founding Fathers used this phrase in 1787, they did not have in mind the majority of American citizens . . . The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 could not . . . have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendant of an African slave.
Here is another example from that same text.
These two small problems , (referring to aspects of the apportionment clause) seemingly innocent words “among” and “Persons” quickly spiral out into the most vicious words of the apportionment clause: “adding three fifths of all other persons.” Other persons here meant other than free persons—that is, slaves. Thus, the more slaves a given state’s master class bred or bought, the more seats the state could claim in Congress, for every decade in perpetuity.
The Philadelphia draftsmen camouflaged this ugly point as best they could, euphemistically avoiding the S-word and simultaneously introducing the T-word—taxes—into the equation . . .
This is learning about the Constitution, Common Care style.
Progressive indoctrination is not just limited to the curriculum, the training a great many educators who implement Common Core receive is also deeply biased, as documented in this National Review article titled Education as Reeducation
UnboundEd CEO Kate Gerson opened the institute, telling the assembled: “If you are under the impression that there are good white people and bad white people, you’re wrong.” Gerson informed her charges that racial biases are pervasive, universal, and something “you cannot be cured from.”
For this reason, UnboundEd’s training in reading and math instruction is “grounded in conversations about the roles that race, bias and prejudice play in our schools and classrooms.” Its Standards Institute prepares educators to be “Equity Change-Agents.” To become one, participants are told, they must first acknowledge that “we are part of a systematically racist system of education” and recognize that “we have participated in this paradigm through instruction and pedagogy.” As its “Bias Toolkit” explains, UnboundEd sees its mission as “disrupting patterns of implicit bias, privilege, and racism in ourselves, our organization, and in the education field.”
The conference documented in the National Review article was for educators from all States. Here is a description of the organization that hosted the presentation. Educating educators to implement Common Core is what they do.
UnboundEd is not the brainchild of some education school. Rather, it boasts an impressive list of reform-minded “partners,” including the likes of Achievement Network, The New Teacher Project, Leading Educators, New Leaders, and Student Achievement Partners — not counting the charter-school networks that ship teachers to its institutes. As of 2017, UnboundEd had pocketed more than $20 million in philanthropy — including millions from New Profit, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Hewlett Foundation, and more than $11 million from the Gates Foundation…UnboundEd was born of EngageNY — an entity, supported by millions of dollars in Obama-era Race to the Top funds, created to provide Common Core curricula for New York’s classrooms. In 2015, Gerson and several colleagues left EngageNY to start UnboundEd, seeking to train educators how to teach Common Core reading and math.
This American Spectator article documents how a simple grade school grammar exercise was made into progressive indoctrination. Keep in mind this exercise was written when President Obama was in office and progressives believed those on the right were being mean to him.
Here are the six sentences, the “wordy” sentence first and the grammatically correct version second, exactly as sequentially presented by Common Core.
1. The job of a president is not easy.
A president’s job is not easy.
2. The people of a nation do not always agree.
A nation’s people do not always agree.
3. The choices of the president affect everyone.
The president’s choices affect everyone.
4. He makes sure the laws of the country are fair.
He makes sure the country’s laws are fair.
5. The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.
Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all.
6. The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.
An individual’s wants are less important than the nation’s well-being.
It is not until the fourth sentence that the liberal bias kicks in. Making sure laws are fair is not part of the president’s job description, faithfully carrying them out is. Number 5 is dead wrong and about as unamerican as it can be. Number 6 is the polar opposite of one of this nations most important founding principles.
This Daily Caller article documents an example of progressive indoctrination buried in a Common Core aligned mathematics lesson by a company called Illuminations.
Any math student who surfs over to the Infoplease.com biography of Ronald Reagan is in for a treat. The page duly explains that Reagan’s “‘supply side’ economic program” of “tax cuts and sharp reductions in government spending” led to “the worst recession in 40 years” and a “constantly growing budget deficit.” The roaring economy and the huge plunge in both inflation and unemployment that ensued rate nary a mention.
All of the examples of progressive indoctrination I included in this article make up a small percentage of examples I discovered. I will do a second article on this subject in which I will also include shocking indoctrination included in AP History lessons.