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You have heard about the Common Core and no doubt know that it is controversial. If you want to know why or if you have a loved one who ought to learn why, I suggest the purchase of Terrence O. Moore’s book The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core.
Terrence is a former Marine. He did his BA at the University of Chicago and later received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh for work he did on the Scottish Enlightenment. Thereafter, he was the founding principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. After that, he did a stint teaching in my department at Hillsdale College, where he became (and remains) the principal adviser to the Barney Charter School Initiative. After a few years here, he went off to Atlanta to found another charter school. He’s a real scholar and knows just about everything that there is to know about K-12 education.
Terrence is acutely sensitive to something of vital importance — that the way we understand our past has a profound impact on the way we view the present — and he is aware that the history curriculum embedded within the Common Core is aimed at making young Americans ashamed of their country and at subverting the American regime. Early in this book, he poses a question: “What will be the results of this educational regime?” Then, he gives an answer:
Two by-products of this form of schooling we already see in America today. First, young people, who are not armed with the great stories of literature and history, will have their views of goodness and happiness formed by the false stories produced by the mythmakers in Hollywood and other parts of our popular culture. Just consider the view of sex and the relations between the sexes promulgated in the movies. Second, the American people will know little about the forms of government the Founding Fathers created to secure our freedom and security and to allow us to pursue and attain happiness. Ill-versed in the ideas and habits of self-rule, we shall look increasingly to a supposedly benevolent, omni-competent, and all-providing state, run by an unknown and wholly accountable bureaucracy of “experts.”
There is more, but you get the idea. If you want to know how the liberals intend to use education to destroy American liberty, this is the book for you.Published in