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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Common Core Is Rewriting American History

American history is such a wonderful success story, with noble goals, valiant heroes, exciting adventures, fantastic achievements against all odds, and a truly unique success in building the freest and most prosperous country in the world. It’s a story that should inspire and motivate the younger generations, making them proud of the exceptional nation our forefathers founded, and inspiring them to be ready to defend it against all enemies. Common Core is attempting to rewrite our American history, and it’s important for us to know what Common Core is and is not teaching our kids.

The American public ought to be able read on the internet for ourselves the Common Core American History lessons, but the designers of the Common Core Standards deny that they are presenting a curriculum. They claim that Common Core merely provides the "framework" for local teachers to fill in details. But Common Core does prescribe the test that kids must pass in order to graduate and become college-ready, and that is what sets the boundaries of what kids will and will not be taught.

Common Core has structured history to feature America’s mistakes, failures and embarrassments instead of our fabulous successes in building the most exceptional country in the history of the world. It even appears that the Left is trying to make students ashamed of much of our history.

If students want to do well in school and pass the AP courses and ACT exams with flying colors, they will now be subjected to course work that features the so-called imperial, evil deeds of America. Gone are the school history books that show the exceptionalism of our great nation. Our children will now only learn of the horrible “privileged white men” who enslaved and impoverished others in the name of freedom and free markets. It’s heartbreaking to think that our children are not being taught the true history of our great nation.

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