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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Scholars List the Problems with Common Core

Two important scholars Stanley Kurtz and Larry Krieger have written important critiques of Common Core’s American history, as reflected in the test students will be expected to pass in order to win access to college. Here are some of their findings:

Common Core tries to teach American history through the eyes of our enemies. Our kids are led to believe that our nation was engaged in "the pursuit of empire" and dominion over others. The centerpiece of our early history is described as our alleged mistreatment of the American Indians; we are told we should be blamed for all sorts of oppression and racism of the Indians.

Common Core ignores the religious basis of the Founders, and the large part that their Christian faith played in their dangerous trip across the Atlantic and their early trials and tribulations.

Common Core history ignores our tremendous success in establishing a constitutional government and replaces that with a left-leaning emphasis on race, gender, class, and ethnicity. According to Stanley Kurtz, "James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders are largely left out of the new test unless they are presented as examples of conflict and identity by class, gender, race, ethnicity, etc."

Kurtz charges that the new AP U.S. History exam is an attempt to federalize all U.S. K-12 education and, at the same time, shift its content sharply to the left.

One sample exam was released to certified AP U.S. History teachers, who were solemnly warned not to disclose the contents to anyone and warned that, if they did, they would be stripped of their AP teaching privileges and be hit with other penalties.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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