Pay attention, class...Common Core is here

Are these things related or mere coinkydinkies?


The Obama Administration wants to establish a continuum of preschool services for children from birth through age five. As part of President Barack Obama’s drive for a “cradle-to-career” government-controlled education system, in February the Administration proposed significantly increasing government spending on early childhood education and care. The President’s proposal includes (1) new federal spending to establish a “cost-sharing” model with states to expand public preschool programs; (2) significant new spending on Early Head Start to serve infants, toddlers, and three-year-old children; (3) an effort to “grow” the federal Head Start program; and (4) an expansion of home-visitation programs. The White House deems this its Preschool for All initiative[1]

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 2) Common Core has been adopted by the vast majority of states. It's due to be fully implemented in NYS by 2014-2015 — see the list of readings for grades 9-12's instructive.  But don't worry: "As always, curriculum decisions are made at the local level."  Here's a sample:

Grade 9

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Russell, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”

McCarthy, Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood

Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Letters 1, 4, 7-8

Li Po, “A Poem of Changgan”

Pound, “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”

Alexie, “Every Little Hurricane”

McCollough, Mornings on Horseback

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


Poe, “Tell-Tale Heart”

Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia”

King, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Sacks, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”

Levitt, “What Do Sumo Wrestlers and Schoolteachers Have In Common?”

Harr, The Lost Painting

Auden, "Musee des Beaux Arts"

Bishop, "One Art," " In the Waiting Room

Matthews, “A Poetry Reading At West Point”

Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything”

Chopin, The Awakening

Camus, The Stranger

Isben, A Doll’s House

Lessing, “To Room 19”

Cullen, “The Depressive and the Psychopath”

Kincaid, “Girl”

Grandin, Animals in Translation

White, “Death of a Pig”

Lawrence, “Snake” 

Bishop, “The Fish”

OrwelI, 1984

Frost, "The Wood Pile"


Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Plutarch, “Consolation to his Wife”

Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Kafka, Metamorphosis

Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”

1 Samuel 17

Emerson, “Self Reliance”

Great Conversation Documents: FDR

Neruda, “You’re the Result of Yourself”

Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God                                                                                                                                    

Are many of the selections unfamiliar to you?  No worries—pick a few and try Googling them. You'll understand why this caveat appears before these reading lists:

These modules include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.


Have we piqued your interest about the nationalized content and standards "initiative" known as Common Core that your tax dollars are paying for and that your school-age children are being subjected to?  You can continue your education here.  If you want to see what NYS has up its sleeve in the various subject areas and at various grade levels, see the E ngage NY website and start clicking.

3) If you looked at which states have not accepted the bribe and adopted Common Core, you'll see that Texas is one of them.  No surprise there, says you—but you're wrong. Texas has its own version. Here's a quiz following a video about 9-11...see # 3.  A mom, Kara Sands, was outraged:

...Unsurprisingly, the stunningly controversial lesson plan is part of the CSCOPE curriculum system that has come under fire recently. The same system includes lessons asking students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and dubs the Boston Tea Party as an “act of terrorism”...


...Another worksheet on the Bill of Rights apparently names food and medicine as “rights,” not a personal responsibility, according to Sands. She said her son’s answer was falsely marked wrong because he labeled food and medicine as the latter...

Read the whole thing. The Texas State Education Department says this has nothing to do with CSCOPE, so this story is still developing.

4) Teachers are on board with all this, right?  Well...

The most disturbing thing is how few parents have any idea that this is going on.

5) The parent of an Ithaca High School ninth grader was shocked to see this social studies handout which his student recently brought home for him to look at (click on the image to read the whole doc):

The parent wrote: "I can't help but believe that this text presents Communism as the cure to the Capitalist "disease", especially to young impressionable minds with little to no experience of Communist oppressions. On Page 4: "Communism...appeals to the more saintly side of man...", whereas Capitalism "...promotes class distinction where the gap between the rich and poor is highly emphasized", and "Capitalism appeals to the more selfish side of man".  So to sum it up, Communism is saintly and Capitalism is selfish!  What happened to an impartial presentation of ALL aspects?  There is no discussion of the benefits of Capitalism, like how it empowers the individual and preserves individual liberties; nor is there any discussion of how Communist regimes need to strip individual rights and liberties (protected by our Constitution) to preserve the system, or build walls to keep citizens from escaping!"

So are all these things connected or are we just letting our vivid imagination run away with us?

Common Core is Marxism for children.

Michelle Malkin, who doesn't generally strike us as prone to hysteria, has authored a series of must-read columns about Common Core which every parent and every taxpayer should familiarize themselves with:

"Creepy" doesn't begin to describe it. 

During 1950s and 60s Cold War days, it was not unusal for American parents to fear that Soviets would take their children away, to be raised in government institutions away from any possibility of influence from their parents and families.  

Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see the spin put on 1984 for the benefit of NYS ninth-graders.

Don't fear the Soviets. Orwell was only about thirty years off.