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Reason 164: Because KISS Is Better, And Complicated Is Common Core Stupid

KISS, in case you don’t know, is “Keep It Simple Stupid”. With that said, let me say that I feel I have an open mind, which simply means I’m willing to follow the evidence where it leads. And I have to admit, I’ve even seen the point that some of the common core math problems which were held up as examples of failure were trying to make.  We all develop our own personal mental gymnastic when we do mental math, but those gymnastic are performed on a solid basic understanding of math. You don’t start with some self-supposed genius’s favorite mental-math gymnastic. You start with the basics, and make it as simple as possible.

I can’t tell you how glad I am to be using Saxon Math, which is nothing at all like this video, even though it’s apparently tailored around Common Core’s goals. I feel so sorry for the poor young guinea-pigs that will grow up hating math because some clown thought his brilliant idea was the best thing ever. I’m thinking that history will not treat this kindly:

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Reason 147: Because Where You Find Big Money You will Find Big Corruption

The institution is awash with money confiscated from citizens from the local, state and federal level. The institution is also awash with bureaucrats who believe exactly what they were taught by the institution, that there is no ultimate law giver beyond the state, and that every man is a law unto himself. If one wanted to create a petri dish to grow cultures of corruption, one need look no further than the inner workings of the government education institution, as these guys from Veritas did:

And you thought it was “for the children”. Nope. Don’t be a patsy. Your children need you. It’s for the indoctrination of the children for slavery, and for making big bucks, and for keeping the democrat party funded, none of which helps your child, all of which hurts your child.

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Reason 144: Because At Least Some Of The Teachers HATE Kids

Here is a project from the excellent and brave people of Project Veritas. There is an agenda that involves what I’ve termed a Confederacy Of Evil. It involves a lot of government institutions, like the education institutions, and it involves non-government institutions like The Human Rights Campaign, The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and of course the so-called mainstream media (MSM).

Veritas is using social media to get around the last one, with some success, by using the same tactics that 60 Minutes used to use, and were applauded for… by the MSM.  But the bottom line is, if you think you’re informed, and the only source you have is the so-called MSM, you are not informed.

Here’s one of the undercover, Saul Alinsky-like videos, brought to us by Veritas. In the first few seconds of watching you will understand the title of this post. But if you keep watching, you will understand, or at least you ought to, why you should be homeschooling your children.

 

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Reason 88: Because Common Core Takes The Sheepskin Off The Goat That Is State Education

Success speaks for itself. Failure is difficult to hide. But intentional failure needs an army of liars. If common core was successful no one would be unhappy about that. You wouldn’t have scholars and educators, who at their core still believe in the system, warning  that there is a serious problem. But that’s exactly what’s happening with common core, yet the institution marches relentlessly onward toward its objective of turning your child into a moron, ready for serfdom.

Here we have an excellent article, one of many burning up the internet.

“The Common Coreis supposed to be improving state standards in education, but its bigger effect has been a comprehensive dumbing down of American education at every level, from kindergarten through graduate school,” Peter Wood, president of theNational Association of  Scholars, said in an interview with CNSNews.com.

Wood is a co-author of Drilling Through the Core: Why Common Core is Bad for American Educationpublished in September by Pioneer Press. The book includes Wood’s history of the Common Core controversy and critical essays by more than a dozen mathematicians and English scholars.

“The major criticism coming from the scholars is that it’s lowered standards in both math and English language arts, the two parts of the K-12 curriculum that the Common Core covers,” Wood told CNSNews.com.

“When the Common Core was being put in place, there was a large promise that it would be ‘internationally benchmarked’, meaning the standards would be as high or higher than the highest standards found around the world. And if you go into Common Core materials, you will still find that phrase.

“But the math standards are set way below all of the Asian nations, and the U.S. language arts standards are not matched to international standards,” Wood pointed out.

So keep this in mind for the next time someone tells you you’re not qualified to teach your own child. If you love your child you can teach your child.

So here’s a test question for you. How do you know when the institution has outgrown its “customers” in power and scope? The answer, when it does what it damn well pleases with your children, as we can see in this excerpt from the article:

“I started writing about Common Core in 2009 before the standards themselves had actually been adopted and the public backlash was something I anticipated because the public never got the chance to assess it until after it was already implemented,” Wood told CNSNews.com. “Bringing the primary stakeholders in only after the bridge is built is highly questionable public policy.”

Yes, highly questionable indeed, unless it’s power trumps yours, then it’s not questionable at all but typical.

 

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Reason 80: Because Even Those Inside The Institution Know It’s All Wrong

The headline of this article says it all:

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

So who is this expert? Her name is Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and the entire first paragraph gives you her secular humanist credentials and accomplishments; which are quite numerous. But it’s not like any of that’s going to mean anything to the institution which has become a giant bureaucratic steel box with its lid welded shut. It hears what it wants to hear. And it dosen’t want to hear that something inside the foggy darkness of that box has gone terribly wrong.

This particular article is centered on a speech Paige gave while receiving one of her awards. A bit from the speech:

I have loved my life’s work – teaching teachers about how young children think, how they learn, how they develop socially, emotionally, morally… So never in my wildest dreams could I have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in today. Where education policies that do not reflect what we know about how young children learn could be mandated and followed. We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively — they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent. But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instruction.

When I accepted the challenge–from myself–to write 365 posts of reasons to homeschool, I had no idea what I was in for. I now realize that the education system is much worse than I ever imagined. We human beings mark our own experience as a reference point for all of life, then we call that experience normal. Then we make the grave mistake of giving our children a “normal” education. The only thing “normal” about the institution is that it is taking the normal course of all such institutions by rotting itself out from the inside.

I included just a small portion of this speech. I encourage you to read the whole thing. She is after all an expert.

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Reason 79: Common Core

Common Core is a wicked scheme. Well, maybe not if you’re a wealthy elitist and can afford to keep your child out of the state propaganda mill. Yes, and it’s not evil if you’re going to be needing lots of new serfs for your future statist endeavors. In that case, Common Core is just as peachy as peach pie.

Godfather politics does a great job of analyzing Common Core, but I will go one step further and suggest that this “curriculum”, or “system”, is not the problem as much as it is a manifestation of something much bigger. When we hear “Common Core”, what we really ought to hear is “state education”, because the two really are one and the same.  And the state is interested in the state, and the state run institution is interested in the state run institution. And so it follows that big government will need dumb kids to become future serfs and servants who will support, worship and provide resources for, all things “state”.

Here are a couple of excerpts, but I do encourage you to read the entire thing:

Private schools, church schools, and homeschools have no trouble turning out well-educated young people who excel at the highest levels of academia and other professions. The latest story coming from people who are using the Common Core Curriculum are seeing something sinister. The best way to propagandize young people is to make the propaganda not seem like it’s propaganda.

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This reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984. Winston had to be beaten down to love and obey Big Brother. “If Big Brother said 2+2=5, then Winston soon actually believed it, he had nothing else to believe while he was being tortured. This method of torture effectively brainwashed him into believing everything Big Brother said.”

But what if you can get people to love Big Brother through indoctrination? It’s cheaper and more efficient, especially when the State gets the children early and camouflages the propaganda in a grammar lesson. It’s sinister, but genius. Parents willingly send their children into government indoctrination centers with no idea what’s going on inside.

But it is legal to not do this to your child, your child’s future is your nation’s future. It is legal to raise children with mind set on liberty, and in fact you must. Now is the time. Don’t wait until school is over today. Go get them right now.

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Reason 78: Common Core Is A Scheme That Will Fail Your Children

It appears that the state of Kentucky was the launch customer for Common Core, and now, according to this article by , professors  are ready to revolt over the unprepared student stream flowing into their classes:

College Professors Begin Revolt Against Common Core

It’s been obvious from the beginning of the Common Core scheme that one of many weak links in the enterprise was college professors. What would happen when their classes were flooded with increasingly ill-prepared Common Core-“educated” students? That problem is now becoming apparent, and a professors’ revolt has now begun in Kentucky—the first state to adopt and implement the national curriculum mandates. Coupled with newly elected governor Matt Bevin’s desire to see Common Core removed from Kentucky, a state that Bill and Melinda Gates have touted as being a Common Core leader may soon join the others dropping Common Core like a hot potato. In connection with federal Race to the Top grant applications in 2010 and No Child Left Behind waivers in 2011, states had to demonstrate that their institutions of higher education (IHEs) would “exempt from remedial courses and place into credit-bearing college courses” students who attained a certain score on Common Core-aligned assessments. But as detailed by critics such as Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, the massive deficiencies of the national standards mean students will be even more unprepared for college work than they were before.

The institution cannot escape from an institution mindset, which is that if it can decree reality. And in case you’re wondering, it can’t.  If a young person entering college has to learn in college at much greater cost what the state spent a small fortune to teach him in highschool, then someone’s getting ripped off. And that someone is you, the taxpayer. The institutions work around is to force the child to learn through testing. But that’s always the tyrant’s solution, to simply legislate, decree, and then it will be. The institution can never see that it is its own worst enemy when it comes to education. But then again, why would it notice such things, the institution is not interested in education but rather the institution.

But there is a way out of common core. It’s called home schooling. And it’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things you’ll ever undertake. And not only that, you can do it for a fraction of a fraction of the cost that the institution plans to spend on itself in your child’s name. So why not?

 

 

 

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Reason 16: Because Life Is Hard Enough Already, Even For A First Grader.

The thing about coming up with grand ideas is that they just might only be grand in the mind of the one who comes up it.  My guess is that the man who thought this scheme for simple subtracting up thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  And it would seem that the ones who want to cram Common Core down your child’s throat were more than happy to hop onto that wagon.  Just think about it, all those thousands of years of adding and subtracting the easy way, and it was just all wrong.

Or maybe not.
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From this article.

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