I am working on another post related to the opposition of Common Core…but decided to put it aside after I got the email embedded below on Monday.
Common Core should be a boon to education in this country. It will set some standards on student achievement that make sense for math and English…the only two subjects currently involved. The State of Wisconsin decided to adopt Common Core some years ago without any fanfare or backlash. But recently it has garnered a lot of attention from the far right and the tea party and I am not quite sure why.
But let me preface this next bit with a few high level attributes about Common Core. It is NOT a federal program…it was developed by a consortium of the states. It is NOT mandated in anyway…the states can choose to adopt them if they so desire. The only input from the Feds is they will accept Common Core principles and achievement testing as part of the Race to the Top federal education initiative. Common Core does NOT prescribe any particular curriculum or text book or teaching method. That is all left up to the local school districts…the nonsense about loss of local control is in fact utter nonsense.
So…now we come to the email that I received on Monday evening. It is pure disgusting vile lies about the Common Core initiative. The discussion is so heinous that I find it hard to believe that anyone even can take this seriously. Yet there it is in living color. Now you can see why there are people so vehemently opposed to Common Core…I would be too if any of this were even remotely close to accurate. Yet people are sharing this back and forth and taking it as fact…where do we stop this crap? Why has common sense become such a rare commodity? My goodness…
Now, I never have ever listened to Vicki McKenna who is prominently quoted in this email. I don’t know if this is even realistic for her show. I don’t know if she actually said any of these things. But if she did, I can’t imagine that anyone listening can take this for fact and not think it’s a parody of tea party philosophy.
Well, I couldn’t believe that lies this blatant would even be considered fit for any media…talk radio included. So I reached out the program director at WISN for comment…and have not had any response. If I do get a response I will update this post.
But here is the email…yes from someone I know. When I paste it here it will lose the formatting…so I will let you know that the font and font size vary through out…as if cut and pasted from more than one source plus additional commentary from the sender. I have not corrected any grammar or spelling nor have I waded into it to append the appropriate (sic):
Catch any of the Vicki McKenna talk radio show on Friday if you live near Milwaukee? She got her hands on some
of the Common Core curriculum and text books that will be used in WI schools if the legislature
agrees to implement the federally run program which essentially turns the state’s education system over
to fed control. Core supporters say it’s the only way to guarantee that all education is the same for everyone
across the country.
One of the reading exercises contained in the curriculum for fourth graders (10 year olds) instructs kids that they should learn how to masturbate if they don’t already know how saying it’s good for them and even if their religious beliefs say that it’s sinful …. pay no attention to that …. much better you should masturbate than get pregnant or get a veneral disease. The lesson plan is complete with handouts of pictures (not sure if they’re photos or drawings) and closeups of 10-year-old boys and girls’ genitals pointing out the most sensitive spots along with very explicit how-to instructions. The descriptions are so vivid that McKenna could not read them on the air and had to paraphrase what was said or she would have been in violation of FCC rules.
Let’s see: you can’t read this to a bunch of adults listening to the radio without being in violation of the law but perfectly fine for 10 year olds to read. And if you think this is just for public schools ….. think again ….. it applies to all education …. public, private, parochial and even home schoolers would be required to present these lesson plans…. thus the name Common Core.
What a country …..a kid can’t bring an asprin to school, point his finger at someone like it was a gun, would be labeled a sexual predator for the rest of their lives if he or she innocently kissed someone in his or her class …… But, hey, go ahead and masturbate. Surprised they don’t have a “hands-on” lab so the kids can try out their newly learned skills. Know anyone with young children …. you may want to pass it along before it’s too late and this garbage is implemented in Wis. Going national, too, so it’s not just here. Also teaching the kids that the Presidency is the most important branch of the government.
Very heated debate going on in the state legislature as we speak. All part of the plan ….. once you’ve got control of the kids, you own the culture. Parochial schools and home schoolers were standing in the way of making that happen ….. so now we take away all other options and force the curriculum down the throats of mostly unaware citizens. But you won’t be reading about any of this in the local lefty paper or see any stories on TV news.
Not the fourth grade I remember.
There is room in this country and certainly in this state for a serious discussion on education. We have not done a very good job on this front in recent memory. But this kind of blatant ignorant diatribe with absolutely no basis in fact has to stop. And stop now!