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The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism Paperback – March 28, 2014
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About the Author
Brad McQueen is a public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona with 10 years classroom experience. Brad was asked by his state department of education to work with the Common Core groups reviewing its national test. When he saw the truth behind the talking points of the Common Core, Brad became the Common Core's vocal opponent. Brad is a writer and advocate for state sovereignty over education and parental rights over their children's minds.
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I have carefully followed this story for the past couple years and have written quite a bit about it on my blog.
This week in the media I sense a real terror brewing as various states are being pummeled by anti common core activists in their locales. Here in Utah the teachers have been threatened with huge fines if they attempt to disclose any details about the testing that is currently underway. And students across the country are also being threatened with huge fines if they disclose to anyone what was on the test. The increasing panic behind the threats makes me certain that the average American would be revolted if they knew what was on those tests. Brads disclosure in chapter one of his book that the test is not set up to assess student knowledge so much as to flag which teachers are problematic to the system makes it obvious that a brainwashing of the American School Child is underway in our country.
In chapter one he shares details about the three days he spent in Chicago in March of 2013 after being asked by the Arizona Department of Education to fly out and work on the PARCC test.
"After the first of three days working on the Common Core test things just did not seem right.
...My Common Core handlers' demeanor caused me to become suspicious that there was something else going on and things were not quite as they seemed.
...In answer to questions I had about a student writing sample, my Common Core handler blurted out, "We don't ever care what the kids opinions are. If they write what they think or put forth their opinion then they will fail the test."
...I have always taught my students to think for themselves. They are to study multiple views on a given topic, then take their own position and support it with evidence. "That is the old way of writing, "my common core handler sighed. "We want students to repeat the opinions of the 'experts' that we expose them to on the test. This is the "new" way of writing the Common Core."
I discovered later that this was not just some irritated, rogue Common Core handler, rather this was a philosophy I heard repeated again and again. I pointed out that this was not the way that teachers teach in the classroom. She retorted that, "We expect that when the test comes out the teachers in the classroom will imitate the skills emphasized on the test (teach to the test) and employ this new way of writing and thinking."
I began to feel sick. What had I gotten myself into? This new way of thinking was to make our students into little brainwashed automatons that will just spew back a position on any topic given to them? Was I unwittingly playing a part in this scheme? Would other teachers really teach this "new" Common Core way?
They I remembered that the Common Core method of evaluating teacher effectiveness ties teacher pay and teacher evaluations to student test scores. The new data systems under Common Core would enable central command to see what you are teaching in the classroom with online lesson plans, grade books, student grades, online textbooks and test scores. You bet your ass many teachers will adjust their teaching."
I believe politicians should guarantee complete immunity for any teacher from loss of job, fines, and/or harassment who has the courage to speak out about what is happening in their classroom! Taxpayers have the right to know what sort of nonsense is being done with our money. I would also encourage any student, parents, and/or teacher who comes across anything problematic with a textbook, test question, homework assignment, or fuzzy math problem to go ahead and take a photo of it and upload it to the internet for everyone to see.
I have zeroed in on math on my blog and the various examples of math nonsense have been revolting to see: [...]
Thanks Brad for writing such a great expose', I look forward to finishing the book this week.
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.