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Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

Robert 206 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:09 AM
To me, math is less important than the principles of our country and our Constitution.--that's what needs to be taught to American students. After all we have trillions of calculators all around us but what do we have to remind us of how precious our Constitution is, including the Second Amendment that the Liberals would love to abolish! Maybe electronic gadjets should automatically include a reprint of the U.S. Constitution! That's the last thing we want to subtract!
hvogel Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:50 AM
While I completely agree that there needs to be more emphasis placed on the principles of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, you are seriously off base on math. Beyond the simplest forms of math, a calculator is useless if the person using it doesn't understand advanced math. There's a good reason math is called the language of science and engineering. A failure to teach advanced math will translate into an inability to teach science and engineering.

Just like a knowledge of history is necessary to understand the present, an understanding of math is necessary to create the future.
45caliber Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:32 AM
There was some talk on national TV about a year and a half ago about TX reforming the textbooks. Actually what happened was that the libs wanted to replace all info on the Constitution and on Jefferson with info on the man who invented the fireman's hat and other "important" people in US history. When the majority on the state education committee refused, the media claimed that we were "reforming" the textbooks ... because we didn't use the ones the libs wants used.

America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed...