At Lucy Elementary School near Memphis, Tenn., an assignment required each student to pick an idol and write an essay about him or her. A 10-year-old girl chose God as her idol, but the teacher found this unacceptable and demanded that the girl write about someone else.
The girl then wrote about Michael Jackson, which the teacher accepted. After the girl's mother spoke out against this in the local media, the school apologized and gave the girl credit for her original work.
Fourth graders in Gilbert, Ariz., and third graders in Louisiana were given a lesson on adultery that included specific questions designed to make the child curious about what adultery is and how it affects relationships. The teacher said it came from approved Common Core materials for third graders.
Glenn Beck reported that Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, Md., which is Common Core compliant, administered an intrusive survey to students that included personal questions about family, religion, income, political identification, illegal drugs, Obamacare, guns, and same-sex marriage. Go to The Blaze to be entertained by the conflicting responses that school officials gave to parents who complained and to reporters.
The question that parents found particularly obnoxious and troublemaking was, "If President Obama were caucasian how much more or less criticism do you think he would receive?" The multiple-choice answers were: "A lot less; Somewhat less; No difference; Somewhat more; A lot more."
Fifth graders in North Bellmore, N.Y., spent several weeks studying the United Nations. One mother was highly offended when her daughter received full credit for writing that our human rights come from government (instead of from God, as our Declaration of Independence proclaims).
At Alliance High School in Nebraska, the principal announced on Oct. 7 that, because of the government shutdown, he was shutting down the usual morning recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. After public protest, he reversed his ban.
None of the above assignments are quoted directly from a Common Core curriculum, but some claim to be "aligned with Common Core" or "Common Core compliant." It's beginning to look like such assertions are a cover to fill the minds of public school students with all kinds of inappropriate, left-wing notions, while erecting a Common Core "wall" to prevent parental oversight.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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