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The way that children are being educated in modern times has been a topic of intense debate for a number of years. Some people believe that the older ...

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The way that children are being educated in modern times has been a topic of intense debate for a number of years. Some people believe that the older methods should be done away with and replaced with new, complicated ways of teaching children information. One that has been the ire of parents across the country is the Common Core Method.According to a recent Yahoo.com report,

“The Common Core program, it’s an education initiative funded and developed by two Washington, D.C.-based trade organizations, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA). The program aims to ensure that all children are equally prepared as they advance to the next level by dictating what exactly students in kindergarten through 12th grade should know in arts, language, and math by the time they complete each grade.” Sounds like the government is trying to mold more worker bees for this industrialist, capitalist and consumer based society that they have constructed. Taking away a person’s individual decision making ability and forcing them to all think the same is not something that bode’s well for the future.

The report continued on to say,

“The program focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Students mostly read material on par with their grade levels, not their reading ability. To help kids who are lacking comprehension, teachers use a technique called “close reading,” focusing on one vocabulary word for the entire class. And thought-based questions, such as: “Why did the North fight the Civil War?,” would be swapped for fact-based ones, such as: “Who are the fathers [that Lincoln mentions]?” Other examples: Prioritizing nonfiction over literary fiction classics, and class discussions focused on evidence from the reading as opposed to creative thought”.

This doesn’t seem like it would be at all conducive to properly educating children. Kids come with a variety of learning styles, temperaments and home life situations. There is no such thing as a one size fits all input for teaching. This just seems like a way destroy the creative ability, individuality and rebellious thought that leads to people asking more questions about what is going on in the world around them.

Here is an example of a frustrated parent venting over homework that is too complicated for even him/her to understand:

Photo of a homework assignment that utilizes the Common Core Math Method

Photo of a homework assignment that utilizes the Common Core Math Method

What do you think about this bullshit? Let me know in the comments.

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