Education researcher warns: Common Core wants dumbed-down working class

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

An education researcher recently published an article about Common Core that will concern, even frighten, parents unfamiliar with the goals of the standards. 

Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project reports that Common Core, a plan to redevelop education standards coast to coast, is a workforce-development model - not an education model.

Common Core developers "are not interested in helping students become the people God created them to be,” Robbins tells OneNewsNow. “They are interested in creating workers."

Robbins, a Harvard Law School graduate and senior fellow at ACP, wrote at length about the dangers of Common Core in this essay about a "charm offensive" aimed at wooing Christians. She has previously warned about Common Core and its chief developer, David Coleman.  

Describing the English portion of Common Core, she says its intent is that students should read “less great literature and more informational texts,” which is non-fiction.

Instead of reading classical literature, she says students will more likely be reading things like the EPA standards for insulation levels and Federal Reserve documents.

Why emphasize boring how-documents over Shakespeare and Faulkner? “Because the point of Common Core is to develop people into entry-level workers,” says Robbins.

Robbins, Jane (APP)Robbins’ warnings about Common Core come at the same time that parents, educators and legislators are pushing back against Common Core, which OneNewsNow documented most recently here

The developer of the English standards for Common Core is David Coleman, a controversial figure who has little if any teaching experience. Robbins says Coleman believes students should simply read the words on the page.

“Don’t look at any context,” says Robbins. “You don’t look at any knowledge about the author [or] what he was trying to do.”

Coleman has some authority over scholarship, however, because he heads the College Board that oversees developing and administering the SAT and ACT, which are necessary for college admittance. 

A recent story by PJ Media warned homeschoolers and private schools that Common Core could reach them, too, because of Coleman’s work on the pre-college tests.

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