Common Core and Communism

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.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/23/defense-department-guide-calls-founding-fathers-extremist/#ixzz2d2tJFesP

Here’s the real kicker:

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.

Further,

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:

Witness

And read here as well, and follow the links.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    The problem I have with the Common Core is that it doesn’t do anything to change the fact that our education system is only concerned about sending students to college and does nothing to prepare student for what they plan to do AFTER college. I guess that’s solely what our public institutions are designed for, I suppose, but it just goes to show what we get when we leave education up to the hands of the government.

  2. mercyorbemoaned
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    The problem with the argument that communists hijacked the educational system – and I don’t think that’s an unreasonable argument – is that in many parts of the country, and in the federal government, people in important positions were overwhelmingly educated in good private schools or Catholic schools. For example, 4 out of the 5 sitting Supreme Court justices were educated through secondary at least partially in Catholid schools (Thomas’ education is a little odd, but then again, he went to seminary.)

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Two problems with your point- the first is that John Taylor Gato makes the argument that the elites want public education for everybody else- whether that’s communist or not (and I don’t think that’s ‘communists highjacked education’ is the takeaway here*)- but what they want for their own children is something totally different. He supports that contention very well, too.
      The second is merely this- where do you suppose those teachers and administrators in those private schools received their degrees? Who taught them? Who taught their teachers?

      The takeaway isn’t ‘communists highjacked education,’ it’s that our education system is a reflection of a leftist totalitarian bent that began with communist infiltration in the 30s, but continued even after the fall of the USSR, because “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.”

  3. mercyorbemoaned
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    The central point isn’t “commies hijacked education,” and it isn’t “the education system is still full of people who are uncritical about central planning because commies hijacked education in the 30s;” the central point is that whatever has happened since the 30s has destroyed public education to the point that its products are highly dispreferred for positions in the system that oversees public education. So when people get freaked out about where this all is going, you have to point out that if and when legal challenges to staying out of the system come, they’re going to be coming before people who were educated by nuns.

    People’s uncritical reading of JTG, who is generally right about how things have trended but flatout makes stuff up about who was responsible and when, has supported a perception of the communist takeover of education as something effective and planned that just isn’t true. And I guess you can say that you don’t feel that commie hijacking is the point, but what else happened? There WAS an attempt to destabilize the country, there WERE Soviet spies everywhere, and they DID target education… it’s just that when you compare what has gone on the US since the 30s to what happened in Russia or China it’s like comparing the Keystone Kops to the Wehrmacht. Common Core isn’t a Trojan Horse for communism; it isn’t a Trojan Horse for anything, *it’s too stupid for that.* Do you think people who really care about indoctrinating the young leave it up to committee? I have communist educational materials from the USSR and Cuba in my house. They are clearly developed by intelligent, highly educated people who wanted to mold the minds of the young in a certain way; not by people who were themselves educated abysmally and are incapable of passing on what they don’t have.

    As for “Where do I suppose the teachers of those schools were educated?” Well, if we’re talking about people the age of the Supreme Court justices, not in communist-dominanted schools, unless commies had time machines. For people slightly younger, it’s not really relevant even if individual teachers had little pictures of Lenin and Stalin up in the room and told stirring stories about their experiences fighting in Spain, because good private schools don’t use centralized curriculum produced by committee. The individual teachers and administrators are not the problem, the problem is the creation of a monster system that is impossible to improve by individual action and riddled with the products of committee-produced mediocrity.

  4. Lee Green
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    The first link about China will be outdated as soon as the author posts anything new to her blog.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Oops, thanks, I’ll fix that.

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