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SURPRISE! Common Core Third Grade Text Book Portrays Obama as God-Like Figure

Gee, who could have predicted this?

On the heels of a controversial children’s book about Barack Obama – which stated “white voters would never vote for a black president” and that “Barack’s former pastor” said “God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens” – comes a new lesson that casts America’s 44th president in a messianic light. Literally.

And – surprise – it’s Common Core-aligned.

The lesson plan and accompanying visual presentation were authored by Sherece Bennett, and is for sale on TeachersPayTeachers.com. It’s all based on a book titled, “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope,” by Nikki Grimes.

…In one passage, a young Obama sees beggars and wonders, “Will I ever be able to help people like these?”

“Hope hung deep inside of him,” the book adds.

Another excerpt from the book reads: “Before dawn each morning, Barry rose – his mother’s voice driving him from dream land. ‘Time for learning English grammar and the Golden Rule. Be honest, be kind, be fair,’ she taught him.”

The story continues: “One morning, he slipped on the name he’d been born with. The name of his father, Barack. For the first time in his life, he wore it proudly – like a coat of many colors…”

Grimes’ book and Bennett’s lesson plan are more fitting for an authoritarian regime in which children are taught to deify and praise their dear leader. One can almost envision teachers in Cuba, Venezuela and Iran using similar books and lessons.

Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

The Democrat Party is lost. And it’s high time to flush them out of government, at every level of government, next November.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Doug Ross @ Journal

Education Secretary Rips “White, Suburban Moms” for Opposing Marxist-Aligned Common Core Curriculum

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Common Core: Rather than defend a program accused of indoctrinating students via national standards and whose implementation is as bad as ObamaCare, Education Secretary Arne Duncan plays the race card.

Perhaps nothing personifies the arrogant nanny state paternalism of the Obama administration more than this statement by Duncan on Friday: “It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary.”

Secretary Duncan made his comments about the Common Care State Standards (CCSS) before a group of school superintendents in Richmond, Va., to a meeting of the Council of Chief State Schools Officers organization (CCSSO). This is one of the two organizations that own the public license to the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was devised by a group of the nation’s governors and backed by the Obama administration in 2009 with the goal of setting a uniform standard for grades K-12 nationwide. Some 45 states, in many cases enticed by federal grants, have signed on.

It has since morphed into what many consider an attempt to nationalize education and control what future generations think and know.

Once again, as with ObamaCare, the Obama administration has told Americans they are too stupid to know what’s good for them — and their children.

It opposes choice in health care and choice in education, even though the evidence shows choice and competition always improve quality and reduce cost.

The remark by Duncan, formerly CEO of the troubled and failing Chicago public school system, about white suburban moms reflects the view of the administration and its supporters that anyone who opposes the administration of the first African-American president — from the Tea Party on ObamaCare to white soccer moms on Common Care — must belong to a coven of closet racists.

The rollout for Common Core has been as inauspicious as the ObamaCare rollout.

As Valerie Strauss points out in the Washington Post’s “The Answer Sheet,” New York was the first large state to implement the standards and give students new standardized tests supposedly aligned with the Core.

Test scores plummeted by 30% this year.

Perhaps the best case against Common Care was made not by a white suburban mom, but by Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., who spoke at a local school board meeting earlier this month.

“Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves,” he said, “pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds.”

Free minds are the last thing Common Core advocates have on their minds.

Common Core contains statements in its lessons such as “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all” and “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.”

In the middle school, Common Core calls upon students to read only the First Amendment.

Can’t have 14-year-old minds learning about the other amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights, such as, say, the Second Amendment or the 10th — those defending the right to bear arms and limits on federal power.

Public education as we know it is a relatively recent phenomenon.

This nation was built on the foundation of the proverbial little red schoolhouse and local control.

Now we are to be in thrall to ideologically driven teachers unions and education statists who seemingly share V.I. Lenin’s terrifying belief: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

STATE-CONTROLLED EDUCATION: Common Core Teaches Children Marxist Axioms About Government

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Schools: Opposition is rising to new national education standards pushed on public schools. They have turned schools into re-education camps for liberalism, with political statements masquerading as English lessons.

If one had to include one speech by President Ronald Reagan as recommended reading in a national standardized curriculum it might be the one in which he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

One might pick Reagan’s first inaugural address when he said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Or even his 1964 “A Time for Choosing” on behalf of Barry Goldwater that launched him to political prominence.

The speech chosen by Common Core for its English Standards, which recommends “exemplar texts” for reading, including addresses by a host of worthy historical figures — such as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King — was Reagan’s May 1988 speech to students at Moscow University.

It is a fine speech and in it he speaks of the fruits of liberty in the West and of the promise of the “Moscow Spring” but its softer tone does not speak of the “evil empire” that would soon come crashing down.

There is no stirring rhetoric on the evils of tyranny, or of the dangers of big government.

Could it be that recommending a Reagan speech that defines government as the problem rather than the solution might conflict with the subliminal messages in a worksheet that asks students to rewrite sentences to make them “less wordy.” Sentences like, “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

The worksheets, published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” and “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.”

That last sentence sounds suspiciously like the old Marxist axiom “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

The Constitution, the Supreme Court and a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government ensure fairness under of our laws. The Constitution and the laws enacted by Congress are what should protect individuals. The president should see to it that that the laws are faithfully executed.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative was cooked by a group of the nation’s governors and backed by the Obama White House in 2009 with the goal of setting a uniform standard for grades K-12 nationwide. Some 45 states, in many cases enticed by federal grants, have signed on. Testing in grades 3-8 and high school is scheduled to begin next year.

But opposition is growing by those who see it as an educational version of ObamaCare, tied to federal funding to ensure that kids learn what the national government wants them to, overriding local and parental control.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said last July that CCSS is being “used by the Obama administration to turn the Department of Education into what is effectively a national school board.”

The Common Core English Standards are obviously OK with a fan of big government and wealth redistribution, President Obama, who told students at an OSU commencement speech on May 5, 2013: “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”

President Obama and Common Core want to ensure future generations grow up hearing only their voices.

Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

Shock Video: The New Common Core Obama Math Standard: “3 x 4 = 11″


Earlier this year President Obama detailed his new educational initiatives aimed at “closing America’s school readiness gap.” As with all things Obama, it seems that “readiness” is yet another doublespeak term that suggests exactly the opposite of the traditional definition.

At a recent school meeting in Grayslake, Illinois curriculum director Amanda August discusses the new federally mandated Common Core education standards, which are currently being implemented into school districts across the nation.

Here’s how we’re readying America’s children for a highly competitive globalized marketplace:

But even under the new Common Core… even if they said 3 X 4 was 11, if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and in oral explanations, and they showed it in a picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focusing on the how and why.

It’s no matter if a student comes to the conclusion that 3 x 4 = 11. So long as they can explain how they made this erroneous determination they go home with an ‘A’.


Is it any wonder that, as Michael Snyder notes, our high school students are as dumb as rock, failing to answer the most basic of questions? A study conducted by none other than Common Core shows just how far we’ve fallen at America’s pedagogic institutions:

  • Only 60% of students knew that WWI was fought between 1900 and 1950 — they only had to guess the half century!
  • One in four high schoolers think Columbus discovered the New World after 1750
  • On the multiple choice test, less than half of high schoolers knew when the Civil War was fought. They didn’t even need to know exact dates, just that it was sometime between 1850 and 1900.
  • 40% of students could not identify the name of the ocean on the eastern side of the United States.
  • Nearly 60% of students could not identify the two major political parties.
  • When asked who is in charge of the Executive Branch of the United States, 70% of high school students got the wrong answer.
  • Fully 75% of high school students failed to identify the First President of the United States

If you think we’re just picking and choosing, watch the following video from Lunch Scholars, which asks typical American high school students to answer a series of common questions covering topics such as American history, geography, and politics.

  • In which war did our country win its independence?
  • Who is the Vice President?
  • Which countries border the U.S.?
  • How many stars on the flag of the United States?
  • Can you name a country starting with the letter “U” ?

Via The Daily Sheeple:

Though “experts” argue that the new Common Core standards will improve our education system and prepare America’s children for a brave new world, it should be obvious that this is nothing more than another Federal power grab, complete with tax-payer funded bribes, that’s designed to add another layer of control for the State:

Dr. Ron Paul via Activist Post:

Sadly, but not surprisingly, instead of improving education by repealing No Child Left Behind’s testing and other mandates, the Obama administration is increasing national control over schools via the “Common Core” initiative. Common Core is a new curriculum developed by a panel of so-called education experts. The administration is trying to turn Common Core into a national curriculum by offering states increased federal education funding if they impose Common Core’s curriculum on their public schools.

This is yet another example of the government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying federal dictates.

Critics of Common Core say it “dumbs down” education by replacing traditional English literature with “informational texts”. So students will read such inspiring materials as studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the EPA’s “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” and “Invasive Plant Inventory” by California’s Invasive Plant Council. It is doubtful that reading federal reports will teach students the habits of critical thinking and skepticism of government that the Founders considered essential to maintaining a free republic.

American exceptionalism is being dumbed-down from cradle to grave on every level.

It should be obvious that the long-term plan is not to improve the lives of Americans, but rather, to create a slave-based society through (mis)education, consumerism, and government dependence.

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