Monday, December 03, 2012
Has Obama Changed Your Child's Curriculum?
Those hearts and minds belong to Barack Obama and the Democratic party.
Out: Huck Finn, and other "easily read" nonfiction
In: “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration.
Think I'm kidding you? The Washington Post article is here, while Stanley Kurtz has more here and here.
Some money quotes - first, from the bureaucrat in charge
“There’s a disproportionate amount of anxiety,” said David Coleman, who led the effort to write the standards with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Coleman said educators are misinterpreting the directives.
Just relax, we know what's best for you. It'll be just like ObamaCare - if you like your curriculum, you can keep it!
Sheridan Blau, a professor at Teachers College at Columbia University, said teachers across the country have told him their principals are insisting that English teachers make 70 percent of their readings nonfiction. “The effect of the new standards is to drive literature out of the English classroom,” he said.
They call it re-education. Obama's bureaucrats call their program "Common Cure"...
Think about the road we're on, when your kid comes home trying to decipher the fine print of Section 2521 of Obamacare...