Common Core And Critical Thinking

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In an article entitled, “Undoing the Dis-Education of Millennials,” the author, Adam Mac Leod, an associate professor at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, summarized his observation of his students.

It should be no surprise that parents and concerned citizens throughout America are just plain angry with the secrecy, the process, the lack of testing before being accepted and/or implemented in most every school in America, and the serious faults already discovered.

It makes us wonder if this is still the America we have known and loved, when history, tradition, citizens, and our Constitution are ignored by so many levels of authority over us.

Since both are needed for survival in the business world, any attempt to smother a student’s fire within for knowledge (as I identify it in my book of the same name) is, in my opinion, the act of an evil person out to cripple autonomous man.

How did our country slip so fast, so innocently (it seems) to this state, from a powerful nation with a great educational system to what we know today? presidents are also active contributors to the problems in education.

Educators have carefully achieved this by systematically stripping students of their adventurous appetite for knowledge and loading them down with fake information.

The good students, those striving for high-level professional careers, often end up like those in Professor Mac Leod’s class—with limited knowledge and weak reasoning skills.For instance curriculum encourages students to question the morals and teachings they have received at home and church.Oh, it is all done rather subtly and if it was only found to occur once or twice, nobody would get too excited.Their minds are held hostage in a prison fashioned by elite culture and their undergraduate professors.”It saddens me to agree with Professor Mac Leod.It is very rare to find a student with a fresh point of view, derived from clear thinking, secured in place by sound knowledge.How might Common Core academic standards be described?In a nutshell the intent is for teachers to work on critical thinking (a buzz word), rather than the traditional memorization method. We all value critical thinking skills, so why is there so much controversy about the new education system?I once called government education a multi-billion-dollar racket. It has become a propaganda machine used by the establishment to strengthen its political base with the next generation of voters. We must free education of government intervention and give parents the autonomy to choose the type of education that best suits their child’s needs.By weakening learning with unsuitable programs and creating academic chaos in the process, it has widened the opportunity for teachers who may have a particular political bent to indoctrinate students without accountability and prepare their students for a new world order. The devil is in the details, which is what parents and educators are now discovering.Critical thinking exercises are woven into the curriculum but the liberal writers’ choices and messages from those exercises are controversial and being criticized.


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