Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Get Some of Your Money Back With a Forced Reading List

So they tax us, and if we want some fraction of the our own money back, we must agree to include a growing body of pro-government, pro-statist propaganda.
And a few quotes below. Do try to get past the fact that the story is from Fox News, once in a while they get one right.
Why all the cool kids are reading Executive Order 13423 – Fox News: Literacy experts point out that The Common Core denigrates the value of teaching literature in the classroom. Instead, English teachers are being told that 50 percent of their course material must be derived from “informational texts.” (Actually, the informational text requirement starts at a “mere” 25 percent of reading material for kindergarteners. It rises to 70 percent for high school seniors.)
What, exactly, meets the definition of informational texts? Among those recommended on the national standards list we find The Federal Reserve Bank’s “FedViews,” “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag,” and “Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.” And, roll over “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it’s time to make way for that GSA classic: “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.”
Education is a weapon,
whose effect depends on who
holds it in his hands and
at whom it is aimed.
– Josef Stalin
The education of all children,
from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care,
shall be in state institutions at state expense.
– Karl Marx
Give me four years to teach the children and
the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
When school children start paying union dues,
that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.
– Albert Shanker
(1928-1997) former president of the American Federation of Teachers
Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the
collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.
– John Dewey
(1859-1952) American philosopher, psychologist, professor, and progressive educational reformer.


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