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Excellent 100-page summary of the case against Common Core
, May 8, 2014
This review is from: The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism (Paperback)
Brad McQueen, a school teacher in Arizona, was sufficiently well-behaved to be invited to work on the Common Core assessments in Chicago. That's how he came to know the beast from the inside.
Little by little, he heard parents complaining about the burden of Common Core, the irrational homework, the frustration of the kids, the pathetic fact that children were not learning more math but less math. He saw that the main opposition to Common Core was coming from ordinary parents, especially the mothers. Their example inspired him to join their cause.
Once radicalized, McQueen started making speeches and working on a book, recently published with the title "The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism."
McQueen is unapologetically hostile to this hostile takeover of American education. He is optimistic that the Cult can be defeated.
There are 75 pages of text and 25 pages of key names and groups (i.e., the guilty). In short, the book contains everything you need to understand why Common Core is bad and should be entirely repealed, and how we can accomplish that.
I would recommend that everyone who is fighting Common Core buy a few extra copies and pass them around. I've been writing articles against Common Core for five years. Every time I think I know how bad it really is, I learn some more horror stories, as I did in this book.
McQueen writes boldly and bravely. Here are a few quotes I particularly like:
"America is one of the most racially and religiously diverse nations in the world. The decentralized nature of our state education systems better respects our diversity and breeds originality and individualism, the exact opposite of the centralized, one-size-fits-all, homogenized national Common Core model. Homogenized, orderly nations don't save the world from tyrants; they breed tyrants that America has to save the world from."
"President Obama, who never met a current event he didn't like to interject himself into, is publicly mute about the Common Core. Privately he is its key proponent." [Obama and his Chicago buddies Bill Ayers, Arne Duncan and David Coleman are the creators of this social-engineering monstrosity.]
"So to make kids `college and career ready' they want to lower the bar to college, not raise the bar of achievement. These Common Core people in their contradictions are like viruses continually mutating and replicating as they spread their infection."
"I have gotten to know a very different Bill Gates as I dug into the cult of Common Core. Now I see him as that creepy old man sitting alone at the edge of the playground with his hands in his pockets asking kids if they want some Common Core candy."
"...so too shall we defeat this leviathan called the Common Core. It is a very American story and I have a feeling that it will be written by a coalition of Mama Grizzlies and Bad-ass Mothers!"
QED: all the politicians who promoted this thing should be voted out of political office.
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