LETTER: Common Core about re-engineering society
To the Editor:
This paper has been running a barrage of pro-Common Core pieces that echo similar talking points. There have been charges that Common Core critics are sending out false information, such as the standards are mandatory. If we believed that, then why would we be working to reverse course? It is the Common Core change agents who are producing falsehoods for the media to repeat.
Another misconception is that the standards are more rigorous and will produce higher-order thinking. What is not explained is the meaning of “higher-order thinking.” Benjamin Bloom, the father of Outcome Based Education (the standards are the outcomes) said, “a student attains higher-order thinking when he no longer believes in right or wrong,” and the intended outcomes are “to obtain effective objectives by challenging the student’s fixed beliefs” and thereby “able to use education to reorganize a child’s thoughts, attitudes and feelings.”
For example, the math standards no longer say 2 plus 2 is 4. With Common Core, there is no right or wrong answer, instead the student is to explain how they got their answer. The intended outcome is the rejection of absolute truth.
The OBE agenda is more about re-engineering society, and less about education. Harvard professor Dr. Chester M. Pierce said, “Every child in America entering school at the age of 5 is insane, because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well — by creating the international child of the future.”
That’s why the Common Core talking points include the need to have college and career-ready standards so that America can compete in the global economy. What they don’t say is that means the child needs to reject America’s national sovereignty, so that they can become one with the world politically. Children are then turned against their patriotic parents, who do not agree with the global agenda. The generation gaps are by design.