Common Core Confessions of a (Formerly) Ignorant Mama
Only recently did I learn about Common Core. As a matter of fact I first heard about it while having lunch with the PolitiChicks in a Beverly Hills café after having spent the morning shooting for the cover of their book What Women (Really) Want. I absorbed every word that Morgan Brittany had to say about the subject.
I went home that weekend and reported to my husband every detail that I could remember. Of course I was now on a mission. As homeschoolers I was sure that this couldn’t possibly affect us, or could it? Well, after much research I actually got sick to my stomach and had to take a deep breath- and pray. What now? Would I pull my kids from the home school charter that we were a part of? Would I need to put them in a private Christian school (which we couldn’t afford)? After time in prayer I was convinced that the Holy Spirit wanted me to fight this one from the inside. Again, I was sick to my stomach. I guess the thought of an institution barging into my home and telling me how to raise my kids was a little too much for me. But I wasn’t about to stand back and let it happen without a fight.
Fast forward to September- start of school. Still pretty nervous about the “talk” I’d have to have with the administrator about why I’m pretty sure we’d not be participating in just about everything Common Core. We accepted the curriculum, took it home and reviewed it. Okay, so far. But that was too easy. Day 4, 4th grade math. There it was- absurdity.
I’ll let you be the judge. What is 85 divided by 5? Is it 19? Is it 20? Nope, it’s 17…just 17. So it’s fair to say that the other answers are close, sure but there is only one answer- right? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So to consider 17 a reasonable answer would be silly, because after all there is only ONE answer. A reasonable answer would be an opinion to say the least.
As I sat with my 4th grader trying to explain just how unreasonable this answer was, I felt my temper flare. “You see”, I told her, “this word that they sneak in here is their sneaky way of getting you little guys used to accepting a gray area of reasoning and what’s dangerous here is that they are erasing the lines of truth”.
What is this teaching my daughter? If the absolute answer is now considered “reasonable” then what happens to an absolute truth, like lying, cheating, stealing? If my son were to use this same “reasonable” method of math during his construction of a fence, let’s say, what would that fence actually look like as a finished product?
The danger that I faced back in my dark days, B.C.C. (before Common Core), all safe in my little homeschool bubble, studying scripture and meeting up with our church families, was that we really weren’t safe at all. These ideas and teachings are infiltrating every aspect of our education system. Even if I were to buy all of my entire curriculum from a reputable Christian distributor, I would still have to face this giant because there are laws being written and if we’re not vigilant they’ll be passed and we’ll be sitting in our home teaching the same garbage they teach in the public schools.
And let’s just say that this garbage doesn’t make it into our homes…let’s just say. What about our youth? Who will be leading our country? Who will be courting our daughters? We can’t be certain that our sons will fall in love with a Proverbs 31 type of gal, can we?
And for those that argue that this world is doomed anyhow, that God’s word is clear and anyone that thinks otherwise needs to read his Bible-I say phewie!! Where in the bible does it encourage believers to just sit back and let the enemy have his way? Doesn’t it say to gird your self? Doesn’t Paul in the book of Ephesians admonish us to put on the full amour, and doesn’t that mean we are preparing for a battle?
There are many well-meaning parents that have no idea of what’s happening in the schools. I encourage every person to share the truth about Common Core because it’s not good for our youth.