By the information included in messages delivered by the two guest speakers at the Concerned American Patriots of Jackson County meeting on Monday evening, Common Core is "Rotten to the Core". However, there are others who are involved with the School Systems of Florida who would argue that the Common Core concept, standards, and purpose does have merit and should be implemented.
At Monday's meeting the invocation was delivered by retired Air Force officer, "Cap" Pooser. After the opening prayer, Pooser set the tone of the meeting when he stated, "I will now read to you the portion of the U.S. Constitution which describes the role the Federal Government will play in the national education system." He then stood silently for about twenty seconds, and concluded by saying, "And that is what is in the Constitution." His point, of course, was that the founders intended for the Federal Government to have NO role in education.
The first speaker was Mrs.Vaninda Root, a long time teacher, concerned grand parent, and outspoken critic of the new Common Core curriculum which is being pushed into public schools by the Federal Department of Education. The first argument against the system is that it is being forced on public schools by the Federal Department of Education, and is mandatory if schools are receiving federal grant funding in the "Race to the Top" program.
"You work for the government. The government will take care of you and provide everything you need to live." These were some of the statements included in social study materials given to second graders under Common Core, according to Mrs. Root. "This is straight from socialistic and Marxist doctrines," she emphasized. Then she read several statements from fourth grade materials which were obviously written by environmental extremists. The term "sustainable development" was often cited, which is the key wording for proposed environmental regulations promoted by the United Nations in Agenda 21. Pornographic, sexually explicit materials were distributed to the audience as examples of literature which is being provided under Common Core as reading materials for high school students.
"Education Administrators will sell their souls for a government grant," Mrs. Root stated. "The problem is they are also selling the souls of our children and grandchildren."
"Social study materials under the Common Core curricula includes materials which come directly from the Earth Summit held by the UN where Agenda 21 was developed," she continued. "They demonize the raising and slaughter of large animals, plowing, irrigation, golf courses, agriculture, single family dwellings, refrigeration, air conditioning, and a long list of other common parts of life. The protection of wildlife and the environment is more important than mankind."
She described how Common Core is just one element of an ongoing evolution for the implementation of these broader objectives. The speaker stated that the funding for promotion and lobbying to get these philosophies implemented is coming from liberal, radical environmentalists combined with entities which are making fortunes from the "green movement" worldwide. She cited George Soros, Bill Gates, General Electric, Microsoft, Google, A T & T, and even Wall Mart as huge contributors.
Mrs. Root described the group which is actually determining the curricula materials which will be used for study and testing under Common Core. It finally evolved down to five individuals, most of whom had very radical, liberal backgrounds.
"There are 36 pages in the materials which are dedicated to the study of Islam. This religion is heralded in the materials for its accomplishments and contributions. A relatively small amount of study is dedicated to Christianity study, and the materials are harshly critical of this religion. In fact, Palm Beach County School Board refused shipment of social studies books because of the Islam content," she stated. "Additionally many elements of world and American history are rewritten and slanted away from creating patriotic appreciation of our nation's history".
"Bill Ayres who is a felony convicted radical bomber from the 1960's, who now is a professor at the University of Chicago, has played a key role in the development of the 'Smart Balance Assessment Tests', which are used in the new system. He is a recognized liberal, radical, communist who hates the American system," Root stated. "Florida educators are in a state of turmoil over these issues at this time."
Next, the second featured speaker, Debbie Gunnoe, with the Little Red, White & Blue Schoolhouses organization and author of "Stopping Common Core" took the podium. She stated that Common Core is a curriculum of socialism. She proposes that the State of Florida follow the examples of numerous other states to opt out of the Common Core program and instead work to develop a State of Florida testing system for use in admission evaluation for Florida Universities and Schools.
She cited several books which contain pornography which is being provided for ten year old students, such as "The Bluest Eye", and "Its Perfectly Normal." The state of Illinois was in an uproar over inclusion of answers to question posed in materials, asking "What is Government?" The answers provided stated that "Government is like a 'National Family' which will take care of all of your needs."
Gunnoe proposed that the education system return to Classical Education which was use prior to President Lyndon Johnson's term. "The state constitution of Florida gives the local school boards the right to determine the curriculum in local schools," she stated. She also pointed out that during former Governor Crist's term the law was changed to make the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Board members all appointed positions instead of allowing them to be elected.
Gunnoe recommended that everyone read an article on common core which just appeared in the "New American" magazine. She also stated that Governor Jeb Bush was a globalist, and had accepted $1 million in his organization for promotion of Common Core.