Tabitha Korol
July 23, 2013
Condemning the Common Core (2nd in a series)
By Tabitha Korol

As I began working through my second Common Core textbook, Contemporary Human Geography 2e, again authored by James M. Rubenstein, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and published by Pearson, I became stunningly aware of an agenda beyond our initial suspicions.

First, that Common Core, by design, was created to "remold the entire American system" into a "system of labor-market boards at the local, state, and federal levels," where curriculum and "job-matching will be handled by government functionaries" (penned by Mark Tucker, president of the National Center on Education, in a 1992 letter to Hillary Clinton.) I contend that this is more than an interest in job skills, but a way of removing American identity from the learning generation.

Not only have they removed classes in civics, history, our nation's foundation and traditional values, but they have ensured the erasure by discontinued cursive writing from the curriculum, the same script used for our original official documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, to make them indecipherable and insignificant. Gone are the studies in economics, needed for creative, entrepreneurial job opportunities, the country's growth, and the arts, a reflection of the culture. How different is this from the book burning events of Nazism and other conquering tyrannical regimes? Further, the students will suffer a 60% cut in reading classic literature, poetry and drama, including the works of Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and Mark Twain, and the introduction of Algebra-1 and, by extension, advanced math will be delayed. From this information alone, it appears that the next generation is destined to become the drones of a worker society, not the citizens of an exceptional nation.

As I began to read Contemporary Human Geography 2e, it became obvious that it contains too many subtopics for depth, so they are treated imprecisely and erroneously, and described as having "extremely serious failings" and reflecting "very low expectations." One parent was quoted as saying, "One major flaw that we found in the Common Core curriculum is that the above-average student is treated the same as the average student, which is a tremendous waste of potential." Teachers are already ignoring students' outstanding achievements for the "common good." The students will be equal – in underperformance, and the Common Core is now recognizable as mediocrity.

Second is what Aaron Klein, WND's senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief, brought to light – that President Obama has initiated an online connection between all US schools and the Qatar Foundation International with Qatar's $49.2 million devoted to this education-reform project (founded by Weather Underground and terrorist William Ayers, with Obama as its first chair).

Due for completion by 2016, "Connect All Schools," located in DC, is funded by the Qatar government, which is close to the Muslim Brotherhood, Carnegie Corporation, the Annenberg Foundation, American Society for Muslim Advancement, and Students for a Democratic Society. The purpose, explained by the Middle East Forum, is "the establishment of the Islamist goal of world domination." Qatar is an overwhelmingly Muslim-majority country with Islam as the state religion since 628 a.d. and one of two Wahhabi states in the Arabian Peninsula, the other being Saudi Arabia. The other country is Kosovo, whose Islamism dates back to the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans from Christianity in 1389. The program's first launch was October, 2010, when these countries connected with Middle/High schools in DC and Boston for a "cultural exchange and service-learning program." Further, "curriculum grants" were awarded to seven US schools to "develop comprehensive and innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic-language classroom." It is not such a stretch, therefore, to realize that the ultimate objective is to replace American history with Islam's history, and cursive writing with Arabic calligraphy.

Third, that the publisher, Pearson, provided an introduction that gives us further cause for concern: "Sustainability Initiatives: environmental challenges...crafted to minimize environmental impact...minimize waste, energy consumption, use of harmful chemicals. "Along with developing and exploring digital solutions to our market's needs, Pearson has a strong commitment to achieving carbon-neutrality. As of 2009, Pearson became the first carbon- and climate-neutral publishing company . . . remains strongly committed to measuring, reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint. To minimize our impact on Earth."

This new revelation indicates Common Core's purpose – to minimize our society's impact on Earth, and our students' impact on this dominated nation. The purpose is to obstruct our advancement as a civilization by erasing our history (an important method of conquest, used by Islam throughout the Middle East) and abandoning all creativity and problem-solving capabilities. The textbooks are designed by the leaders to form our common core, perhaps combining Islam with socialism and George Soros's "One World Order," to be governed by the United Nations. It appears that we are being guided back to the Middle Ages, when the great civilizations were conquered, the barbarians were rampant, and the masses were willing to be ruled by their lords for handouts and considerations – a return to feudalism when most of the citizens were serfs.

In the words of Ayn Rand, "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."

Remember our administration's circumventing our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our Founding Father's teachings and the use of executive order to force changes. Remember how we are to be "politically correct," and careful not to mention words that offend Islam. Remember how many of our people would be willing to give up their weapons of self-protection and their rights to speak and vote for the sake of promises of free cell phones and free healthcare. We are heading toward sameness, mediocrity, and submission to the will of others. Are all these part of a bigger picture? Agenda 21?

Please see the attached link for my review of Contemporary Human Geography 2e (pdf).

© Tabitha Korol

 

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Tabitha Korol

Tabitha Korol began her political writing letters to the editor after her retirement, and earned an award from CAMERA (Committee on Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) "in recognition of outstanding letter-writing in 2009 to promote fair and factual reporting about Israel." She was cited as one of America's modern-day, articulate, patriotic women in Frederick William Dame's Three American Fur Hat Fighters for Freedom.

Her essays appear on Arutz Sheva, Conservative News and Views, Dr. Swier, Grumpy Opinions, IsraelNewsTalkRadio, Israel's Voice, Jewish Press, JewishVoiceNY, New Media Journal, RenewAmerica, Tea Party Express, WebCommentary, Western Free Press and others. She revised David Silberman's book of Holocaust survivors' accounts for publication, and proofreads/edits for a monthly city newsletter.

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