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OK, Class. Please see the following math problem and use the graph to find the answer (cheating by using your multiplication tables will culminate in an automatic F).
Let’s simplify things, shall we?
I may not be the sharpest pencil in the box, but I ain’t the broke-off little stub stuck in the corner, neither. And I can figure out the reason why… as a kid I read incessantly. I always had a book in my hand (at least when I wasn’t outside playing Army with my little green men, riding my bicycle, or playing kick-the-can with the neighborhood kids). I could escape to those amazing places and experience the setting that a good author can inspire. To this day, I read all the time (interspersed with a video or two). I am constantly learning new things and mostly through the written word.
When it comes to math, I am no slouch, either. As a matter of fact, when I was in the third grade, I was my mother’s tutor when it came to fractions (she never completed school in the aftermath of WWII Germany and got her GED when I was about 9). We were quite poor and she would take my little sister and I with her to the night classes after her work day (beautician). She barely knew English, so I was her only real teacher to help with homework.
I have a daughter in elementary school who is an A student. She is brilliant, but I see what some of this curriculum is doing to her… confuse and dumb her down. It is also geared to making her a good little wage slave, tool and worshiper of the Government. It is said to foster critical thinking, when it does the exact opposite.
The following video is somewhat long, but it gets into the nuts and bolts of what is intentionally being done to dumb down and control the young generation.
AWC Family Foundation lecture:
“Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls”
Terrence O. Moore
Professor of History, Hillsdale College
Thursday, January 9, 2014
12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
The Common Core Standards control the testing and curriculum of public schools and a large number of private schools in over forty states in the nation. Sold to the public as a needed reform, the Common Core nationalizes absurdity, superficiality, and political bias in the American classroom. As a result, the great stories of a great nation are at risk, along with the minds and souls of our children.
Terrence O Moore is an assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College. A former Marine with a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, he served as the founding principal of a top K-12 classical school in Colorado and advises Hillsdale’s Charter School Initiative, providing assistance with the formation of classical charter schools across the country. Dr. Moore is the author of The Perfect Game and The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core.
As a bonus, here are a few more of these brain developing problems various people have seen in the US:
And remember that doing math is “reasonable”: