After students check the statements with which they agree, they're given a so-called performance task to "conduct a political spectrum interview with someone 40 years or older" using this same survey.
It's no wonder parents are upset about this assignment, which asks for information that is none of the school's business. This survey, published by the Center for Learning, is from a textbook entitled "U.S. Government 2." It is part of the Common Core curriculum used by Oak Forest High School.
The Common Core-approved history textbook, "The American Experience," published by Prentice Hall, gives an account of World War II the "greatest generation" would not recognize. World War II is presented primarily with photos of the devastation experienced by Hiroshima and text from John Hersey's article "Hiroshima."
The Washington Post published a letter from a Delaware teacher who is highly critical of Common Core because she was instructed "to teach the curriculum word-for-word." Also, she must "stop teaching for six weeks in the spring to make sure our students pass that test."
New Mexico Sen. Tim Keller described in a recent editorial the complaints he hears from parents who "stress deep objection to the continuing trend of out-of-state, for-profit testing companies' intrusion into the classroom." There's just too much testing driven by those with a nefarious "incentive to make the case for more testing."
Of course, tests are important to measure performance. But Common Core tests are a big moneymaking industry and used by the Obama administration to control the content of the curriculum.
And some of the tests sound downright ridiculous. Here is how a New York City high school principal reported one question on a Common Core first-grade math test: "Take a look at question No. 1, which shows students five pennies, under which it says 'part I know,' and then a full coffee cup labeled with a '6' and, under it, the word, 'Whole.' Students are asked to find 'the missing part' from a list of four numbers. My assistant principal for mathematics was not sure what the question was asking. How could pennies be part of a cup?"
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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