A mindset that has gradually led American parents to leave the education of their children — unchecked — to schools and elitists has spawned controversies such as the promotion of Islam in classrooms and the unpopular Common Core standards.
Eruptions have occurred in more states recently over the promotion of Islam – and the downplaying of America’s Judeo-Christian foundation – in schools districts around the country. While some have attributed the controversy to the Common Core standards, what is closer to the truth is that the same philosophy that has encouraged parents to leave educating their children to “the experts” has produced both the education reform and the teaching of Islamic beliefs in the classroom.
Donna Hearne, former Reagan official in the U.S. Department of Education and author of The Long War & Common Core, tells Breitbart News that a look at the history of Common Core shows the reform is the latest effort by progressive elites to take decision-making about children away from parents and transfer it to government bureaucrats.
“Common Core is changing the way Americans think of themselves,” she said. “There is no connecting the dots, no context in teaching history now – everything is disconnected.”
Hearne says the controversial math and English standards reflect teaching that is not based on logic.
“Children’s brains are no longer trained logically,” she explains. “In math, traditionally we have laid down a knowledge base and then built on it until it becomes automatic. The same with grammar and English as traditional and classic education, but not so now.”
The former teacher adds that the revisions made in the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) framework promote a similar message to students.