Is Opting out of History possible?

Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of history in decision making for the future. He explained it this way, “History is a relentess master. It has no present, just the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” Is he perhaps saying that to deny history in education is to insure a reduced quality of future decisions?

Some cities prohibited celebrating Columbus Day this year. But in New York State the governing body of the school system, the New York State Board of Regents, found a better way to erase Columbus Day, the entire early history of America, even those pesky ancient empires. At their October 20, meeting the board unanimously voted to simply eliminate all state standardized test questions on history prior to 1750. But the regents assured New York parents that this move, combined with new standards allowing high school students to substitute a local exam on advertising or hospitality management or another ‘career-focused’ subject for history exams, will raise academic standards.

This latest move to fully implement common core training of students as mind-numbed ‘career-focused’ workers follows the 2010 decision to eliminate social studies, history and geography from 5th and 8th grade curriculums. The reason for those changes, according to the regents, was to free up teachers to concentrate on preparing students for the common core standardized tests on reading and math.

In a New York Newsday article the co-president of the Long Island Council for the Social Studies, Gloria Sesso, stated, “America’s heritage is being eliminated as a requirement for graduation.” The council and social studies teachers lost the first round in their fierce counter attack on the new standards. Opponents of the new curriculum believe that students’ ability to function as citizens will be lessened.

Litterally forcing their common core curriculum into local classrooms, Obama and his co-conspirators continue to transform America by virtually federalizing the education system. These changes, coming soon to all of Colorado, are openly moving toward creating a class system with workers and leaders chosen very early in life. Public education will soon be so focused and narrow that graduates will have few choices in life other than those chosen for them by “educators.” But the good news is that without wasting time on history, social studies and those rediculous arts, young workers will be better prepared to enter Bill Gates’ and Tom Steyer’s Next Genration workforce.

Not familiar with Next Generation, Bill Gates’ and Tom Steyer’s and Mark Udall’s involvement in Common Core Curriculum? Shame on you.

Craig Masters

 

 

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