Core-aligned lesson: Obey government

In the rush to align curriculum to the Common Core, Pearson came up with a real doozie: A third-grade lesson tells students that “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all,” and that “the wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation,” reports EAG News, which links to MinutemenNews.
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The unit on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War – “Hold the Flag High” – doubles as an English assignment on possessive nouns. Students are told to make sentences “less wordy by replacing the underlined words with a possessive noun phrase.”

All six sentences are about the president.

It starts: “The job of a president is not easy.”

Students are supposed to write: “The president’s job is not easy.”

Problems start with the fourth sentence: “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair.”

That’s the judicial branch’s job, notes EAG News.

The president – as head of the executive branch of our government – is only charged with administering the laws passed by Congress, the legislative branch.

The Pearson Education lesson leaves students with the mistaken idea that American presidents have king-like powers, a concept our Founding Fathers would find abhorrent.

The indoctrination continues with sentence five: “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”

That’s a chilling concept, one that any constitutional attorney would be quick to take issue with.

Sentence six states: “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.”

Perhaps Mr. Spock would agree, but a constitutional lawyer might wonder what happened to the Bill of Rights.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    So what does a teacher tell the kids instead? What does a teacher tell an outraged parent?
    How many BTUs in a pile of these things?

    • Normally I abhor book burning. In the case of such odious propaganda, I’ll make an exception.

  2. D's Squirrel Food says:

    Obnoxiously authoritarian, but I’m not clear on what Common Core has to do with it.

  3. So… Washington and Jefferson Adams and all those guys were really great at obeying and stuff. And we should be, too!

    Ohhh, if only those little kids could defend themselves with some sarcasm and some truth…

  4. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Let’s see.

    You send kids to a government-run school that gets a huge chunk of its cash from the executive.

    Then you’re surprised that the school tries to paint the executive branch as the supreme leader of the universe.

    I dunno — this seems pretty predictable.

    • Predictable, yes. But also ignorable until you have your nose rubbed in a particularly egregious example of government-run schools being used for political purposes.

      • Mike in Texas says:

        The people doing the nose rubbing are the “reformers” you love.

        • Sorry Mike but part of the purpose of the public education system *is* indoctrination.

          About the only thing that changes is who’s making the decisions about what constitutes the unquestionable truths that have to be rammed down the throats of children lest they not come to the appropriate conclusions on their own.

          I know you don’t care one way or the other as long as your paycheck clears and its continued arrival isn’t contingent on you displaying a speck of professional skill but I do and so, based on the continued vitality of the public education reform movement, do a lot of other people.

          Don’t be such a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy. You may be in a position to enjoy a second, historic transition on par with the falling of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of international communism. You may live to see the collapse of the American public education system.

          That’s got to some consolation for losing a job you hate.

  5. Another symptom of an absolutely rotten system. Once you’ve decided that it’s OK to distort your own history in order to “properly” indoctrinate your children, it’s a very small step to airbrushing out the double-plus-ungood for everyone.