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The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core [Kindle Edition]

Terrence Moore
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What is the Common Core? How will the Common Core English Standards affect the teaching of great stories in our schools? Will there be any great stories left in the minds of our children when the Common Core has controlled the curriculum and testing of both public and private schools for a few years? What are the real purposes behind the educational coup that has taken place with very little public debate and even less understanding?

In this book, school reformer and professor Dr. Terrence Moore carefully examines both the claims made by the architects of the Common Core and the hidden agenda behind the so-called reforms that have been adopted by over forty states in the nation, with very few people understanding what is really going on. Moore not only challenges the illiberal aims of this educational regime, but actually analyzes lessons recommended in the Common Core English Standards and in the new textbooks bearing the Common Core logo. Such a thorough review exposes the absurdity, superficiality, and political bias that can only serve to dumb down the nation's schools. Worse, the means that the Common Core uses is a deliberate undermining of the great stories of our tradition, the stories that in former times trained the minds and ennobled the souls of young people. Those stories are now under attack, and the minds and souls of the nation's children are in peril.


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About the Author

Terrence O. Moore is a teacher, education reformer, and writer. A former Marine, Moore received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote on the history of education during the Enlightenment. He was the founding principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado, whose high school twice ranked first in the state. Since 2008 he has taught history at Hillsdale College, where he is also the principal advisor of the Barney Charter School Initiative and is helping set up dozens of classical charter schools. Dr. Moore has written on the topics of school reform, liberal education, and traditional manhood for the Claremont Review of Books, Human Events, The Family in America, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Perfect Game, a novel about real boys growing up in Texas. He lives with his wife and four children in Northeast Indiana.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading on Common Core November 24, 2013
By Joy
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By Joy Pullmann
Heartland Institute Education Research Fellow, 2013 Novak Fellow

I am a busy, working mother of toddlers, and I could hardly put this book down until I finished reading it. As someone who spends hours each week reading and writing about Common Core, this book was a welcome entree into an aspect of it that few, if any, have discussed in such substantive detail. It thoroughly discusses the standards themselves (an underexamined area of Common Core), and the curriculum that has and will result. As you might guess from the title, the result is appalling.

Dr. Moore both discuses the practical implications of Common Core (what it looks like in the classroom) and the philosophical implications (why what Common Core does in the classroom will deform children and society). But this is not a dry read. It is a shocking read. And, unlike Common Core, it is readable for and interesting to the general public--mothers, fathers, lawmakers, etc. In fact, I would say this book should be mandatory reading for anyone who makes any decisions related to Common Core, whether teachers, administrators, state board of education members, or lawmakers.

The best thing about this book is that is utterly dismantles and shows as evil phrases, approaches, and philosophies that otherwise sound attractive, or at least benign. It quite convincingly reveals that "rigorous national standards" are essentially a cover for either mentally stunted central planners or nefarious social engineers. Read it to find out how--no conspiracy theories or kooky phrases necessary. Just actual analysis and critical thinking, not the fake, dreary stuff Common Core promotes.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Book We Have Been Waiting For December 27, 2013
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I borrowed this book on Christmas morning and can't wait for my own copy to arrive so I can finish it. Speaking as a former English and creative writing instructor, but also as a political organizer helping build the anti-Common Core fight in Georgia and Florida, I've been wishing someone would write a book that explains the classroom-based stakes of this fight -- and debunks the rhetoric of Common Core advocates in government and academia.

This is that book.

It is also an impassioned defense of the liberal arts that would be worth reading even if there were no political urgency to its message. Dr. Moore reminds us why teaching great literature matters -- and why the therapeutic nonsense that passes for literature education today is merely shallow narcissism that fails to inspire and educate.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Terrence Moore, our modern-day George Washington, provides a compelling, scholarly analysis of the Common Core English Language Arts "standards", equipping parents, educators, and local communities to reclaim Education in America.
Dr. Moore successfully illuminates the complex maze of the common core's intentionally vague cited texts, coercive interpretations, superficiality, philosophical dominance, omissions, and the continual saga of emptying the brains of American students.
But, Dr. Moore does not leave us merely in Valley Forge, or hanging off the Global Workforce gangplank. In The Story-Killers, Dr. Moore also provides clear examples of what needs to be in a classical American Education to develop minds, character in human beings destined to self-govern and govern America as a nation of Liberty, and Justice for all.
Dr.Moore calls us back to education which inspires, mentors, ennobles, and equips us to shape the present and the future.
The Story-Killers is a required reading text for all who hold these truths to be self-evident: "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--"

The Educational Reform has begun the Revolution to secure these rights once again in America. We thank Dr. Terrence Moore, for his leadership and The Story-Killers to equip the troops.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCSS - Low standards revealed November 29, 2013
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Many people object to Common Core due to it's blatant intrusion into our education system. Dr. Moore reveals little known facts about the low quality of Common Core State Standards.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read November 9, 2013
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This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding Common Core. Dr. Moore, in his inimitable fashion, presents a concise summary of the unintended negative consequences of Common Core.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every American needs to read this book January 1, 2014
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This book not only prepares you for the debate against Common Core but it also shows us how the current teaching methods do nothing to increase knowledge. Basically American students learn very little. Dr. Moore makes us question why we send our kids to school. I believe every American needs to read this book, because too many people don't have a clue about the truth. You will have trouble putting it down.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn how the Feds plan to indoctrinate your kids January 16, 2014
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This is an eye-opening look into how the Federal Government plans to reshape the curriculum in your local public schools through the new Common Core standards and teaching methods. If you have children in public schools, you owe it to yourself and them to read this book and learn all you can about Common Core and how it represents a federal takeover of public school teaching and testing methods, along lines that left-leaning "Progressives" prefer. Can you spell BRAINWASH?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Core questions??? Read this book,.
Very interesting and illuminating. Easy to read.
Published 7 days ago by Gail M. Alkovich
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Kill Stories on My Watch
This is absolutely brilliant! Common Core is much discussed, but few people realize the danger it poses through its diminution of the study of literature--the stories that sustain... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kschimmelwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting insight into the dumbing down of American education.
Published 1 month ago by Marybeth McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY ENGLISH TEACHER SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.
One of the best arguments against Common Core. Buy as many copies as you can and give to English Teachers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia J. Sabin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informational. Every parent should read this book.
Published 2 months ago by robin barish
5.0 out of 5 stars real purpose of CC
Very revealing story of the real purpose behind the Common Core. A must read.
Published 2 months ago by Evelyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Just so-so
Thought this would be a good book to give away to others who have little knowledge of Common Core. It was a little hard to read and stay with. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Clearly defines the downfalls of Common Core education and where ...
Clearly defines the downfalls of Common Core education and where such a way of teaching would take our children. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JDWP
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book be your "go-to"source book
This book has given me the necessary information to talk to parents about the dangers our children are facing due to common core. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph V. Metchson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Informative writing with information to help us protect our children and grandchildren!
Published 5 months ago by Richard R. Todd
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