Last Friday evening, Glenn Beck continued his in-depth look into the disturbing Common Core Standards implemented in America’s public schools as well as the controversial curriculum management system sweeping Texas schools dubbed CSCOPE.
With a Common Core language arts program that has, as Beck noted, included lyrics alluding to San Francisco’s federal reserve bank and a stated goal of “strengthening federal, environmental, energy and transportation management,” it is no wonder parents and teachers alike are up in arms about the contentious program.
So is Common Core “dumbing down” students? Beck unequivocally believes it is and quipped that “the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has little or no more value than the phone book in Common Core.”
“The curriculum should not be the coverage of content, but rather the discovery of content,” said one Common Core spokeswoman of the system.
Watch below as Beck looks into some of Common Core’s leadership, including someone actually endorsed by former Weather Underground leader, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.
“This just looks insane to me,” Beck blasted.
He continued the program by hosting a panel of educators who are currently struggling against the system.
“They are trying to put the roof on before the foundation is even laid,” one teacher noted.
“When student-centered learning takes the place of instruction from a teacher you are simply playing around in the sandbox,” another educator pointed out as she explained Common Core’s “fuzzy” method of teaching.
The panel also said that if it were not so “sad” it would be “hilarious” as Common Core is forging ahead without offering any empirical evidence that the system works. “And we are buying it,” one educator said.
The teachers expressed their upset over the fact that government has forced on faculty and students to adopt Common Core. They maintain that the executive branch is to blame and that state legislators were not included on votes for Common Core.
Another disturbing element of Common Core can be found in its data collecting. So what exactly is data collecting and how does it effect those subjected to Common Core?
The panel of teachers and Beck explained that, ultimately, the Department of Education is gathering information on, aside from test scores, student’s “nicknames, religion, political affiliation, address…extracurricular activities… and bus stop times.”
The teachers feel like they are simply “data drones” one teacher said soberly. The teachers also said that they have felt intimidated by government officials pushing Common Core.