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Rotten to the Core (Part 2): Readin', Writin' and Deconstructionism

Ed52 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 9:52 AM
One communicates to a target audience and chooses words, phrases, delivery methods accordingly. Without the context, background and understanding of where, when & why the Gettysburg Address occurred the analysis becomes simplistic - the answer to "Why not just say 87?" requires the historical context & background information including the understanding that it was reasonable to expect the audience to easily comprehend the words used.
jwilliams Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 11:14 AM
But the lesson suggests not giving the historical context "FROM THE OUTSET" - if the students get a chance to form an INITIAL impression of the speech without the context, THEN get to see how their impressions change when they understand the circumstances, might that not give the students a better idea of the importance of context?

(This is the second part of an ongoing series on federal "Common Core" education standards and the corruption of academic excellence.)

The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation's own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children's core knowledge base in English, language arts and history.

Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama's stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups, deconstructionism...