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December 3, 2013 - 5:07 pm

AND…creepier.

An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum”.

The survey is part of Oak Forest High School’s Common Core curriculum, which according to the school district’s website is to …”provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”

There is a screenshot of the questionnaire at the link, as well as the lesson’s purported objectives, all of which could ostensibly be taught without hitting the parents with what looks like a political party fundraising survey.

It’s not a stretch to believe that the agenda here from the Common Core overlords is insidiously political when you remember that these are the people who used sentences like “Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all” in an English lesson.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Dear teacher,

My son will not be completing your poorly designed questionnaire. I have allowed him to instead perform his own interview about my political beliefs and write a short essay describing them.

The questions you have provided are full of baseless assumptions, vague language, and sloppy thinking. For example, where you ask "Should the government protect the rights of individuals," which rights? "The government should take any steps necessary to prevent discrimination"--including capital punishment? "Affirmative action denies equality of opportunity to white students"--this is an objective fact; the dispute is not whether affirmative action denies equal opportunity but whether doing so is a justified remedy for historical and present discrimination.

The second phase of your assignment also contains a glaringly incorrect description of fascism as a "reactionary" movement. Reactionary movements are those that seek to restore earlier systems, such as monarchist groups in 19th century Europe. Fascism had no interest in reverting to traditional system, but seeked to create its own form of utopia. It is a progressive movement, as American progressives in the 1920s and 30s freely admitted. It was only mischaracterized as "reactionary" by communists and progressives after World War II as an attempt to remove the taint of the left's association with Mussolini and Hitler.

This time, I have corrected your assignment and given my child a much more educational one. If I have to keep homeschooling my child to make up for your poor assignments, I see no reason to force him to sit in your public school building for 8 hours a day.
43 weeks ago
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Does anyone remember how to say 'No' anymore? Everyone gets their hackles up because they give credence to the notion that anyone has the RIGHT to demand an answer to a question. Get off the Android and the Iphone and live your life. People are crazy.
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Well, the government has spent the last five years lying it's head off to us. Here's a chance to lie to the government, or at least to it's minions in the public school system.

Ever since Obamacare passed I've lied to the authorities every chance I get, or just refuse to give them any information at all. Can't always do it without messing yourself up, but a "homework assignment" seems the perfect place to throw a monkey wrench, or three, into Big Brother's gears.
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Actually, I went to the Core homepage and read their info which tells me absolutely nothing, except as I read between the lines another hidden agenda appears to me. This is an attempt at national standards (Federal Mandated) while it insists individual states determine how best to use this so-called new approach! I do not believe it. As a former teacher I recognise the bureaucratic rhetoric. What I do detect is a more determined effort to teach to the American student a world student/world citizen view. This sounds nice, but it really isn't. It is more anti-American because it will focut upon the importance of placing third world interests above American interests. Sounds leftist. But we already had that...ha ha and they (Core site)
have the nerve to say that our system is outdated because it is the same as the 1950 curriculum and standards. If only that were the case, we would have nothing to worry about. That is simply a lie. That was thrown out long ago. We have had so many *new approaches* crammed down out throats it is amazing anyone can read and write at all, even on the lower standard that we do. Those leftists are so cleverly destroying America. Just saying...
42 weeks ago
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Actually, I went to the Core homepage and read their info which tells me absolutely nothing, except as I read between the lines another hidden agenda, and that it insists individual states determine how best to use this so-called new approach. I do not believe it. As a former teacher I recognise the bureaucratic rhetoric. What I do detect is a more determined effort to teach to the world student a world citizen view. Sounds leftist. But we already had that...ha ha and they (Core site)
have the nerve to say that our system is outdated because it is the same as the 1950 curriculum and standards. That is simply a lie. That was thrown out long ago.
42 weeks ago
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Is this something the school drew up on its own or was this mandated by the Feds for all schools?
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He who controls the laws of the state and nation controls the culture. Christians in America and England have forgotten that they are a political party with political enemies. As disciples who are to make disciples of all nations, Christians have neglected and vacated the power centers of society: civil government, media, and education. There is a vicious war going on in the West against Christianity. Christians are just beginning to see the depth and nature of the conflict. This is going to be a bitter engagement because those seeking to overturn the West's Christian heritage are highly organized and determined, but by the help of Providence, Christians can restore there nation to its founding principles if we obey God's plan of action by keeping the Sabbath as a weekly town hall meeting for reviewing the laws of the land and the magistrates who execute them, and by this process, we raise up only those who declare Jesus Lord and who stand fast on the law of Moses. Article VIII to the US Constitution, restoring America. Read it: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com
42 weeks ago
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TWO IRONIES

An irony about our failed educational system is that we have learned little, if anything, from its continuing to receive a solid “F” year after year (www.nationonfire.com). Governmental education, otherwise known as “public education”, represents, perhaps, the most egregious example of federal intervention into affairs best left to the states pursuant to the Constitution. So, what do we do? We allow politicians in Washington, far removed from local schooling districts with varied needs to set educational agendas nationally; to oppress locally via educational mandates imposed under tyrannical, negative control; and to support organized, union-based opposition to any correctional changes.

A second irony is our hard-headed refusal, as a nation, to employ Science in restructuring the educational system . . . or any of the other three cornerstones of society, for that matter; namely, government, law, and medical delivery (www.inescapableconsequences.com). Under the control of ultra-brief “sound-bytes” from self-serving politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, and ideological commentators, few Americans have the interest or patience to peruse more lengthy, thoughtful, articulate presentations of alternatives to the current distressing policies driving the nation into decline. Trying to state a meaningful message in less than 140 characters just ain’t gonna make it, Dude!

By the way, if you’re under thirty, a question. Can you sign your name in script, or can you only print at the level of a third-grader? If the latter, repeat the following phrase” “I am an Epsilon. It’s good to be an Epsilon.”(1)

Reference
1. Huxley, A: “Brave New World”. New York: Harper & Row Publishers (1932, 1946).
42 weeks ago
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I don't understand why these Marxist just don't come out and ask the question to the children, do your parents read their Bibles, and clean their weapons?

That seems to me where the whole thing is going. Do your parents vote Democrat? Good. Do they like Transvestites on Thanksgiving parades? Good. Do they worship G-d in Christ's name? Get them!
42 weeks ago
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How are we to take common core seriously when they can't even spell libtard correctly?
43 weeks ago
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And before long the Common Core communists will want to know even
more personal information about students and their famiies.
Is grandma or grandpa living with you?
How many glasses of milk does your child drink each day?
Do you discuss politics at the dinner table?
Do you fly an American flag outside your home?
Who is your doctor and what is he treating you for?
Etc. Etc. Etc.
If your child is in a Common Core school program, remove them ASAP.
43 weeks ago
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You forgot - Are there guns in your house ...
43 weeks ago
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Please note that this curriculum was prepared by Pearson Educational. Common Core is a set of standards that schools adopt as their goals for instruction; curriculum materials like this are prepared and sold independently by private companies like Pearson. This one is creepy; it's also well below the language arts standards for high school. Protest to the school and to Pearson all you want, but the state of Illinois (which adopted the Common Core standards) and the U. S. Department of Education, which has pushed them, are not responsible for this one.
43 weeks ago
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Nothing like recruiting children to be spies. Most will answer all the questions and tattle more besides as long as it makes teacher smile and be happy. If they say a few untrue things for that positive attention...

This is why the great dictators of this last 100 years always made such a big play for the kids. The kids would do the dirty work and not even realize the harm they were doing because they're kids.
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