Promoting a Restricted Learning Environment

Raymond Mancini  |  3 min read

 

When Senator Chuck Grassley asked his colleagues to support his fight to defund the Common Core on April 16, I supported him. The Common Core is a set of standards that is designed to ready children for an advanced education and the working world. I definitely agree with readying students for the more advanced world; nevertheless, I believe that people should not so easily follow the Common Core. It is a federally-funded educational system that indoctrinates young children with one-minded beliefs; they will grow up suppressed by a single standard of education.

The Common Core restricts students to ideas promoted by the government. Here is a picture of an assignment that was handed out to sixth graders in Bryant, Arkansas:

 

 
 

 

The fact that the document assigns sixth graders to revise the Bill of Rights so that “our personal civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness remain guarded in the 21st century,” shows how one-sided the assessment is. The Common Core is limiting the worldly education that students, especially young students (like sixth graders), may have received had the Common Core not been installed. It is unfair to young, open-minded students to be indoctrinated by beliefs of the government. The Common Core restricts a student’s ability to think thoughts independent of his or her teacher.

Especially in the document above, how does the Common Core bring students up to “ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life?” I understand that this document is not a high school assessment, but Middle School is a place where the teachers prepare the students to transfer into High School with an open mind. This document limits the tolerance that students may have for new ideas in the future. Also, how does revising the Bill of Rights prepare students “to succeed in college, career, and life?”

The Bill of Rights is not “outdated,” as it says in the assessment above. The Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments of the constitution, which were designed to ensure freedom for the people. As the Declaration of Independence says, “all men are created equal…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Liberty is endowed by a “Creator.” It is wrong for anyone, especially the government, to try to revise the Bill of Rights. Rights are “endowed” and are either protected or taken away. Revising the Bill of Rights can only help the latter.

Another document that I found was from South Carolina, a state that has adopted the Common Core:

 

 

This document, like the other one, is also very closed-minded. Supposedly, the teacher’s handwriting is in red, while the parents’ are in blue. This document states that it is constitutional for police to confiscate guns from people who have proper permits and licenses for guns. The second amendment states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The amendment protects the people’s freedom to bear arms. Of course, it varies state-to-state, but if one were to only look at the second amendment, it is unconstitutional for police to confiscate guns from the people.

I am not against education. I merely believe that children should grow up in a learning environment that exposes them to new ideas, instead of an environment where the assessments are one-minded. From the documents I have seen, the documents seem to be one-sided—children are marked incorrectly if they write an answer contrary to some of the “Standards.” 

Education is a very strong tool where children should be in the most open-minded environment possible. One where different ideas are accepted, one where there is controversy, and one where students learn to establish their own opinions.

 


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