Terrence O. Moore on How Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls


Earlier this month, our own Terrence O. Moore—author of The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Coredelivered a lecture on the book’s themes at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington. Here, for your enjoyment, are Professor Moore’s remarks:

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  1. Member

    Excellent, informative lecture. Left me thinking, “this must be stopped.”

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    • January 24, 2014 at 3:43 am
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    It reminds one of what is fundamentally important. Paraphrasing him “First we take back our stories, then we take back our schools, and then we take back our nation.” This is true, righteous, and beautiful.



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    • January 24, 2014 at 8:31 am
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  3. Inactive

    I had occasion, briefly, to scan through Dr. Moore’s book on the Common Core after his appearance on Ricochet, and it is a very well presented exposition of the dangers of this curriculum. His lecture above is also a fine summation of and précis to that book.

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    • January 24, 2014 at 8:47 am
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  4. Inactive

    Speaking as someone who works in schools, I am really tired of people blaming Common Core when they have no idea what actually happens in a school classroom anymore.

    Prof. Moore claims that the near-past was somehow this lovely world of content and the leftist nonsense with the CC-aligned badge is springing sui generis from CC. It is absolutely false. This is the same content as the last 25 years. Prof. Moore apparently does not know that children aren’t taught to read using phonics, but taught to guess. He apparently doesn’t know that k-12 teachers haven’t taught grammar in decades because they don’t know any. He apparently doesn’t know that children are taught to “journal”, learning for years only to write about themselves rather than a subject. He apparently doesn’t know that for 25 years now, high school literature class has been asking students to psychoanalyze the thoughts of fictional characters rather than asking about tone, theme, or setting. You think Common Core is the problem? The leftist content will remain, whether you strike down CC or not. You haven’t gotten anywhere near the heart of the problem.

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    • January 24, 2014 at 8:57 am
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  5. Member

    Allison – I don’t think Prof. Moore is unaware of the circumstances you outline. I did student teaching in 1974, and the history text had two paragraphs on Abraham Lincoln and five pages on Marilyn Monroe. Although not in the educational field, I’ve been closely following the cultural rot and progressive indoctrination K-16 (and beyond) ever since.

    Projecting my own paranoia and prejudices onto Prof. Moore, I hear him say the biggest danger of CC is that it will once and for all nationalize, mandate and potentially exclude all opt-out from the mind-numbed progressive agenda. And the states are following zombie-like, thinking they are about to be fed the bestest plate of brains ever scooped out of the human skull. 

    And his answer to the problem, school choice, is the same clarion call that has been sounded by many for quite a while. For example, Clint Bolick’s excellent Voucher Wars was published in 2003. Waiting for “Superman” appeared in 2010.

    The urgency I hear is due to the perception – at least it’s my perception – that we are at one of those “Last Chance” points.

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    • January 24, 2014 at 11:50 am
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