Here are some very, very interesting reads for you to consider, ponder, and absorb. Maybe you’ll conclude by thinking I need to give my tinfoil hat a rest. Or maybe you’ll ask where you can get your own.
First, from a homeschooling mother who grew up in another country, and has a unique perspective on the Common Core:
Once upon a time, in a land far away, in a vast country lived a population 4 times of the U.S. Not only did they have a common core, albeit called something else, there was a common curriculum–national standard curriculum. Furthermore, there was only one national standard college entrance exam. Ah, the beauty of standard and the efficiency of centralization!
But read the whole thing. It’s short, and very readable.
Now read this link. Here’s an excerpt:
A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.”
The guide comes from documents obtained by Judicial Watch and is authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a DoD-funded diversity training center.
Under a section titled “extremist ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
Big money and important people didn’t want any more snooping around into Dodd’s accusation that there had been a “revolution” in the 1930s that had involved the American education system, and what children were taught about government and economics.
Think about this: A congressional committee with subpoena power to command testimony and requisition evidence as part of an investigation into how major non-profit philanthropic foundations — Ford, Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc. — had influenced policy in a direction that some have called “un-American” or “subversive.”
And they shut that committee down.
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist ranting about Commie infiltrators and pinko subversives to see the implications of this.
Let’s just say that, minimally, Dodd’s report to the Reece Committeeraised questions, and that we don’t know all the answers. However, it appears that for many years there was a consensus among leading officials of major philanthropic foundations that U.S. policy needed to be shifted leftward, and that children needed to be taught to accept this shift as beneficial and necessary. In other words, they had their thumb on the scales, tilting everything to the left, and they expended millions of (tax-exempt) dollars for this purpose.
Research it yourself, and see if you disagree with that description.
Read the whole thing- it’s a good place to start asking some of the questions- or even to learn that there are questions to ask.
This explains why, among other things, the fall of the Soviet Union did nothing to reverse the anti-American orientation of the academic Left. The intellectual habits and political attitudes of these people had been nourished by institutions that continued in the same direction, under the same leadership, without reference to what the Soviet Union did.
This is also informative (the whole post is amusing as well as instructive, but scroll down to get to the bit that pertains to this topic):
Radosh and FPM site owner David Horowitz were not only ex-liberals, they were also ex-commies; in fact, both were red diaper babies, going to commie schools and listening to commie propaganda all day. Undoubtedly they grew up surrounded by progressives who thought that FDR was the greatest president ever, and conversely, hated Senator Joseph McCarthy with passionate intensity. So I’m thinking this is something they just never grew out of. The idea that McCarthy may have actually been right is something they just can’t seem to wrap their heads around.
And according to some of the comments I’ve read, Radosh has been down this road before. He supposedly took on M. Stanton Evans when he released Blacklisted By History, his meticulously-researched book that exonerated McCarthy and demolished the leftists’ cherished myths about him. In that fight, Radosh pretty much had his butt handed to him.
And if you and your high school students have not yet read Witness, it’s high time you started: