Imagine high school students reading federal manuals on energy and transportation management instead of classics like “Great Expectations” or “Pride and Prejudice.” Crazy right? Yet, this sort of thing is happening in schools around the country thanks to misguided educators and something called the Common Core.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a program designed to insure that students in every state and in every discipline are meeting the same core objectives. Currently, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core, which in some cases, is a good thing. Concerning mathematics, for example, the Common Core ensures students in each grade master important and necessary concepts. But, the core’s objective concerning reading assignments is based on a distorted view of humanity.