Author and historian David Barton guest hosted the Glenn Beck Program on TheBlaze TV Friday, dedicating the hour to the controversial education guidelines known as "Common Core."
"You've heard about it, and over the coming months it'll be in the news even more as new parts of it continue to unfold," Barton began. "Common Core is something that is not going away, even though it sure needs to... Today we are going to cover some of the new problems that have emerged since we covered this topic three months ago."
The hour spanned issues from the lowering of academic standards to alarming data mining techniques.
Regarding the lowering of standards, Barton illustrated the issue with a primary document, pointing to a number of questions 4th grade students had to answer in 1895.
"Easy stuff," he said.
Could you have answered the following questions in 4th grade? Could today's children?
Common Core poses "serious problems for the future of the Republic" for several reasons, Barton asserted, just one of which is that children may no longer be taught cursive handwriting. Since almost all of America's founding documents are written in cursive, he said, that means they will be dependent on their teachers and textbooks to tell them what exactly was said.
"This is one of the fundamental problems with progressives - it doesn't matter how well something is already working, or how long it's been working well -- they're always wanting change," Barton said. "They're always wanting to move forward or lean forward, and they want to leave the old things behind. Progressives are all about progress, after all. They want to implement the new, even if the old works well, and the new doesn't."
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