If you desire to comprehend why supporters from the Common Core are frustrated-OK, exasperated-by much of our opponents’ seemingly unlimited willingness to engage in dishonest debate, look at this latest episode.

On Monday, EAG News published content entitled, “Common Core math question for sixth graders: Was the 2000 election ‘fair’?”

Would you take into account the?question ‘Whom do you need to be president?’ to get asked to your third grader after a math class (or any class)?

Would you anticipate added bonus grader to remain requested to generate a chart of presidents as well as?political persuasions? Or, why not consider attorney at law on if the 2000 presidential election triggered a “fair” outcome? Or, imagine the teacher for the sixth grader was advised to “be prepared” to discuss the “politically charged” 2000 election –?all during math.

Common Core aligned, of course.

This was selected with the Daily Caller‘s Eric Owens on Wednesday, who piled on via his article, “Common Core MATH lesson plans attack Reagan, list Lincoln’s religion as ‘liberal'”

Another week has gone by and, like clockwork, even more hilariously awful Common Core math lessons have oozed from the woodwork.

And the storyline jumped to cable news today for a Fox segment, “Common Core lesson lists Abraham Lincoln like a liberal.”

So that is pretty damning for that Common Core, right?


Let’s start out with the lesson for the 2000 election. Exactly what is its link to the Common Core? It’s considered one of numerous lessons posted on Illuminations, an NCTM website. Like many lesson-sharing sites, this one appears to have little by strategy for quality control, though it does make an attempt to allow teachers to “align” these lessons to standards, including the Common Core. But was this lesson written towards the Common Core standards? That seems unlikely-since it’s copyrighted from 2008. Ahem, that’s 2 years before the Common Core standards were written!

Or have you considered the now-infamous “Lincoln was a liberal” lesson? This particular one was copyrighted in-2009! Oh, as well as the website that listed Abraham Lincoln’s religion as “liberal” (prior to being “quietly updated”), Infoplease.com, has absolutely zero to do with the normal Core.

This is like the Kevin Bacon game: six degrees of separation from your Common Core.

So let’s get this straight: EAG News found a few ridiculous lesson intends on an NCTM website, lesson plans written prior to when the Common Core, and calls them “Common Core math questions.” (Ironically, the author i have told, Renee Nal, claims within their saying that “her main objectives is to expose media and academic bias and then to lead to a positive change in culture; where integrity, honesty and independent thought are located in high regard.”)

Then the Daily Caller pushes the storyline further, which jumps to Fox News. And nowhere in this chain of events do the “reporters” tell their audience that (a) the teachings were written before the Common Core; (b) the teachings don’t even tell you he is Common Core aligned; (c) regardless of whether these folks were claimed to become Common Core aligned, that won’t necessarily get them to so; and (d) nothing while in the Common Core itself promotes these matters.

And which means you morning, huge numbers of people aroused from sleep to claims in regards to the Common Core on Fox News (this can be a actual transcript):

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Was Abraham Lincoln a liberal? That’s what one Common Core-aligned math lesson is about to explain to your kids. Look. In a very recommended hyperlink to Lincoln’s biography, which is meant to provide key facts about him, it lists his religion as liberal. Joining us with her tackle it is the executive director of the Eagle Forum, Glyn Wright. Certainly something shocking to see when children are meant to be learning history. Oh wait, however, this occurred underneath a math curriculum?

Glyn Wright: Right, right. This is more proof of poor people quality of education found with all the Common Core. And perhaps if it were conservative rhetoric we will remain opposed given that the reason behind our opposition is based on the fact that this can be a top-down, federally-controlled approach to education. It has started with standards who have already triggered national testing that will soon lead to a national curriculum. Could you suppose they were mandated even to our good teachers?

And it is on beyond this concept.

I go along with my friends on the Right there presently exists principled top reasons to oppose the Common Core. But I’m hoping friends and neighbors will know that a principled debate seriously isn’t what we’re actually having today-and that the style of dishonesty deserves to be called out as way, way to avoid it of bounds.

– Mike Petrilli

This first appeared to the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog.