But I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack! (Lucky you, right?)
I don't have a lot of time these days and I try to keep my head down and just... you know... raise my kids and do my job and love my husband and all that stuff. But boy, oh boy, you want to get me spun up, ask me about Common Core.
Again, I haven't said much publicly about even that. But I'm about to because United States Secretary of Education called me out on my opposition to his beloved educational standards.
And here's what I've got to say:
So. Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education wants to tell us that middle class white moms are stirring the pot and causing an unwarranted fuss on Facebook because their kids are no longer "super student" smart based on the new, more rigorous (I just threw up in my mouth) academic standards under the Common Core curriculum. Here's a good summary of what he had to say and his reaction to the rising stink emanating from the pile of shit he stepped in:
Text from his original speech in Richmond, VA is quoted here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Here - here are links to SEVERAL (and I could go on all fucking day, watch me go, bitches. I'm a fucking suburban mom with Internet - a foe worthy of the nightmares of every Washington agenda-pusher since Al Gore invented that shit) non-MCWM academics opposing - staunchly - Common Core:
And, how about this one, from Catholic educators. It was actually linked in the Politico article I mentioned above.
But let's talk about whether or not it's just MCWM's upset about Common Core and whether or not it has anything to do with our kids under preforming.
When Catholics - who have educated a fucking mind-blowing percentage of the modern fucking world and who are responsible for upteen thousands of schools across the country and world - are saying that this fucking curriculum is bullshit, someone had better fucking take notice. And let me tell you what - no one is going to confuse one of those Catholic college professors with a lowly, crazy, soap-opera-laden useless middle class white mom. It isn't just us dismissible white moms who are pissed that Junior didn't get his normal high score on a math test.
Fuck you Arne, you insensitive puppet-whore. Your pet project is a bunch of garbage and it's going to go down in flames now that you've pissed off suburbia.
THIS - THIS is my problem: "In his remarks Friday, Duncan suggested selling the Common Core by reminding parents that their children are not just competing against their neighbors, but against “India, China, Singapore and South Korea” for jobs in the global economy."
No, you assclown. No, the standards are NOT going to set us up to compete. Not when kids in those nations are completing Calculus in high school but your pet standards preclude that from being possible. No, Arne, you fucking douche, Common Core is not going to set us up to compete on a global level. Why? Why not? The kids who DO compete globally with intelligence and education were doing fine before. They were. You, me, our peers, the Ivy Leaguers, the Stanford Alum, MIT, etc. - there are plenty of bright, intelligent young Americans. There have been, there will be. What we need is MORE of them. Common Core is not doing anything to foster MORE advanced math and science students. It's not taking kids who are on the edge and bumping them up into the next level of achievement. It's not rooting through the school systems and seeking out the kids that need just a little motivation and additional work and boosting them up to realize their potential.
No. No, in fact, what Common Core does is MAKE EVERYONE THE SAME. It doesn't make everyone the same at that upper level of academic performance - it makes everyone mediocre. It stifles the kids that WOULD excel. It takes the children who have a passion and vigor and it stuffs them into a corner to wait for their peers to answer a fucking math problem with a fucking essay. While our competitors in Asia are laughing and building calculators to staple to kids hands in 5th grade so they can function for another 7 years before Community College says, "meh, just get it close enough - this computer we bought from China will get you the rest of the way."
THAT'S what Common Core does. What it does is ensure that when we compete with our neighbors to the East, we lose. Common Core is turning America's youth into a legion of future drones. Won't it be ironic when our grandchildren are working in sweat shops to make shoes for the Chinese? Sure, we'll have won those jobs in the global economic competition - go us. Yay.
Common Core may be great for the lowest of the low - to pull them up to mediocrity. But that's not what American freedom is for. Our nation wasn't founded on the principal that "everyone is entitled to equal mediocrity no matter the cost". That's fucking horse shit. A balanced system should BOTH provide for opportunities for the least fortunate and the least academically motivated students AND afford those who are already talented and driven to excel without squashing one and impeding the other.
Common Core misses the boat and suffocates progress. It equalizes the masses to a nice, fat, round, happy medium (at best).
Read that letter from the Catholic educators to the bishops. Go on. I'll wait. In fact, I'll link it again: http://files.meetup.com/
(I should be working. I should be emptying the dishwasher. But I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes SLAMMING the keys on the keyboard instead. Because I am utterly furious beyond imagination.)
It doesn't stop, my fury and frustration, at absurd math standards or even with the new emphasis on literature as a practical application of technical manuals etc. It keeps going - to the idea that science standards are being rolled out. HISTORY is being reworked by an organization. The very fabric of our culture - the very basis upon which we found our worldview and the only hope we have of moving forward as a society are going to be taught to impressionable children in the voice of a small organization with a fiscal and political motive! That's utterly unacceptable! You don't have to be a MCWM to see the fallacy in that - the DANGER! (I don't use exclamation points often in serious writing. Pay close attention to the fact that I used TWO in a row.)
"...The same financial inducements, political pressure, and misguided reforming zeal that rushed those standards towards acceptance will conspire to make acceptance of the history and science standards equally speedy – and unreflective and unfortunate. These new standards will very likely lower expectations for students, just as the Common Core math and English standards have done. More important, however, is the likelihood that they will promote the prevailing philosophical orthodoxies in those disciplines. In science, the new standards are likely to take for granted, and inculcate students into a materialist metaphysics that is incompatible with, the spiritual realities –soul, conceptual thought, values, free choice,God– which Catholic faith presupposes. We fear, too, that the history standards will promote the easy moral relativism, tinged with a pervasive anti-religious bias, that is commonplace in collegiate history departments today."
Perfect. That's just what we need. Moral relativism, anti-religious bias, materialist metaphysics incompatible with God?
OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED WITH AND ON MORALS, RELIGION AND FAITH IN GOD.
To move forward as a civilization without historically-rooted, faith-based ethics is nothing short of a nightmarish disaster. The ever-popular "zombie apocalypse" is coming, but it's not in the form of flesh-eating undead monsters. It's in the form of mindless automatons running rampant in the world, unable to think or feel or decide anything of any magnitude for themselves.
I shudder to think how a History text book would read written by a private institution commissioned by the Democratic party - or any party, for that matter. History needs to be unbiased so our future can be free.
I cannot imagine how science will change when children are no longer in awe of it. Will knowing what E equals not be something we give a shit about? Will a short sentence about why we care about E and what it is "the same as" be sufficient? (Written, of course, in broken, non-phonetic sentences full of misspelling and of course, printed, not scripted in cursive.)
Oh honey. Oh, Arne. You aren't saying, my dear, that MCWM's are the problem. We aren't the opposition to Common Core. Academia opposed Common Core. History opposes Common Core. WE SHOULD ALL OPPOSE COMMON CORE.
YOUR problem with us - the legion of stay-at-home-Internet-
I'm at a crux. I'm at a point where half of me wants desperately to take our children and shelter them and raise them quietly away from this abject lunacy. The other half of me wants to fight. Because 4 kids alone isn't enough to turn the tide of American decline into global indentured servitude. I don't know what to do.
But I'm pissed. As a MCWM, I'm pissed.
So there you go. That's my reaction to Mr. Duncan's bullshit allegations that "to oppose Common Core is to oppose progress." Well, to be sure, Common Core does represent progress... insofar as "progress" is a euphemism for the journey of our nation into little more than a modern gulag.
How about that? How's that for a homecoming? I missed blogging. :-) I think I'll come back. What do ya say? Will you have me?