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Op-Ed: Common Core — Eliminating unnecessary classes, such as history

By Justin King     Sep 24, 2013 in World
It was announced yesterday that charges would be dropped against the man whose protest against the Common Core system sparked national outrage, but that has done nothing to quell the opposition to the new standard of education in America.
Robert Small was arrested for questioning the standards by a Baltimore City Police Officer who was acting as the state’s security officer. Though the charges against Mr. Small have been dropped, some are still calling for charges to be leveled against the officer and the school board members, who allegedly violated Small’s right to petition the government for a redress of grievances by manhandling him out of the public forum. The question Mr. Small asked was not preapproved by the school board, and apparently the board and the officer felt this to be an infraction worthy of arrest.
The Common Core system has been adopted in 45 states. The Common Core standards website states:
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”
In contrast to previous educational debates like evolution and sexual education, the controversy arises not with what children are expected to learn, but centers on what they are not expected to learn and therefore will not be taught. “The Standards” section on the Common Core website shows the standards for mathematics and for English language arts. There are no standards for history, science, health, a second language, or anything else included in the Common Core. While proponents say that these subjects will be taught while teaching math and language, many find it hard to believe such education will occur when, as test scores demonstrate, it does not seem to be occurring now in a system that has dedicated time to teach these courses. In 2011, only 12% of high school students demonstrated proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The nation’s solution to these low scores: stop teaching the subjects at all and eliminate them from the tests. This is the same form of cooking the books that led Wall Street to the straits it is in. If the figures don’t please the public, remove the figures and ignore the problem.
The school system in the United States was copied from the Prussian School System, a school system implemented by the King to indoctrinate his citizens at an early age and destroy the various cultural identities in the country. As the education system in the United States progresses, it has eliminated more and more from its curriculum. Now a graduate will be expected to be able to read, write, and perform mathematics functions; a perfect minimum wage worker bee.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. - Bertrand Russell
Parents of American students are now faced with the choice of private school, home school, or supplementing public education at home. Depending on the public school system to educate a child will leave that child without context for any of the lessons they learn. The next generation of Americans will be taught by a public school system that feels disagreeing with the school’s hierarchy and asking an unauthorized question is grounds to be manhandled and arrested. Rather than developing curriculums that teach children what to think, perhaps the solution is to develop programs that teach children how to think.
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