Greetings ..... to all of the frustrated parents of K-12 public school students, who live in the 45 out of 50 United States of America. Without any public discussion or review, these 45 states adopted what are called the COMMON CORE STANDARDS. A goodly portion of the COMMON CORE CURRICULUM, (http://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum-assessments) has already been completed. This is no different than the nationalization of education. The ends justify the means. He who owns the youth, owns the future.
One of my readers came across the following 5th Grade Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies and ELA on the Human Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and posted it to Facebook.
It certainly caught my eye, so I commented on it. She recalled a piece I had written in 2012, in reply to an e-mail I had received from an 11th Grade IB student. She felt it was extremely relevant, and so do I. It's time for folks to wake up and see the forest through the trees. Enjoy!
TOMORROW'S COMMON CORE BRAINWASHED ADULTS - KISS THE U.S.A. GOODBYE!
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Comment:Let me start out by stating this: I understand your concerns. I also realize that the International Baccalaureate program isn't for all, taking into consideration the fact that some students don't enjoy rigorous academics. However, IB has helped me beyond explanation. I was failing my classes, bored of school, and overall didn't care until my parents thrust me into the program. IB may not highlight American exceptionalism for the reason that every country makes mistakes, and all countries are equally good. Now, as a Junior in IB, I have learned what it means to be a global citizen, especially now that I understand the full ethical implications of my actions. I cannot speak for people beyond myself and those I know who invested time and energy into IB, and I will sum up my beliefs and others' beliefs whom I know. This program has helped many students learn in many ways, and it caters to the needs of children like me who benefit from the global perspective. America is a great place, but other countries such as Japan are pretty cool too. Do you even know anything about Japan (well, besides what you were told in school about what a horrible place it is compared to America)? Japan is more technologically advanced than America, having robots that guide people on tours. Some of the famous Japanese electronics companies include, but are not limited to, Sony, Panasonic, and Nikon. That's only one example of my point. I apologize if you have trouble understanding the IB program, but I suggest that you quit this hopeless slander. IB is nationally and internationally accredited because of the exceptional level at which students are expected to perform. I sincerely regret your lamentable attack on us as a community, and I hope you find happiness (and hopefully some culture) in your life.
Signed, Concerned IB Student
Dear Concerned IB Student,
Thank you for writing. I appreciate the fact that you opened your e-mail by saying you understand my concerns, but I don't think you really do. Allow me to explain.
First of all, you say your parents "thrust" you into IB. Now my parents forced me to take Latin in HS, and while I argued that it was a "dead" language and I really didn't want to take it, in retrospect, I am glad I did. Latin is a very difficult, "rigorous" language but it is the basis for many English words (and it certainly helped me when I do crossword puzzles). However, forcing a student into a particular subject is very different than forcing them into a "programme" which, for all intents and purposes, does indeed "programme" you to believe a certain worldview - that worldview being one without borders and embracing redistribution of wealth. Let's examine this sentence you penned:
"IB may not highlight American exceptionalism for the reason that every country makes mistakes, and all countries are equally good."
This is a brutally FALSE statement. All countries are NOT "equally good". Can you honestly sit there and defend the barbaric treatment of women under Sharia Law in a theocratic, dictatorial country like Iran? Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, stands as the foundation for allowing America to develop into the greatest free nation on the planet. Why do you think millions of illegal immigrants risk their lives to cross our borders to live here? Can you point to ANY other country on the planet and say the same?
"Now, as a Junior in IB, I have learned what it means to be a global citizen...
What DOES the term "global citizen" mean to you? Let's look at the dictionary definition of the word "citizen": (from Merriam-Webster)
Definition of CITIZEN
1: an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman 2a : a member of a state b : a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it 3: a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state
1. You may be an inhabitant of the world, but there is no "global" entity which guarantees your rights and privileges as a free human being. Our Declaration of Independence, comes closest to being the most perfect definition of why being a citizen of the United States of America is the best citizenship in the entire world: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
2b - If you were to be arrested like those hikers on the Iranian border, as a "global citizen", would you turn to the UN for help securing your release? Or the U.S. State Department? All three of those hikers had American passports and it was the American government which negotiated their release. Do you think it's easy to get a passport out of say, N. Korea? How about Cuba? http://www.theexpeditioner.com/2010/02/17/how-many-americans-have-a-passport-2/ Only 1.5% of the Chinese have passports??? Now why do you think that is?
especially now that I understand the full ethical implications of my actions."
With all due respect, you are a teenager. No teenagers understand the "full ethical implications" of their actions and this begs the question, WHOSE ethics? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. IB teaches moral relativism. IB claims "others with their differences, can be right", yet this is the most hypocritical statement IB makes because anyone who dares to question IB's programmes is demonized. I readily admit I am much more of an absolutist than a relativist. It is NEVER right to strap explosives to one's self and blow up innocent people. NEVER.
Do you even know anything about Japan (well, besides what you were told in school about what a horrible place it is compared to America)?
Although I have never had the opportunity to visit Japan, it is one of the countries I would love to visit before my brief stay on this planet is over. I love Japanese food, the graceful, gentle beauty of Japanese art, the humbleness and politeness of its people and the intricacy of the Japanese language/symbols. I have great respect for Japanese advances in technology, however having a robot lead a tour group is rather cold and depersonalized, wouldn't you say? Who told you Japan is a horrible place? (although I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the part of Japan that suffered the tsunami and is still suffering from the radioactivity of the nuclear power plant that was damaged) I would love to take my Nikon camera and shoot images of Mount Nokogiri or Fuji. Does that mean I would want to be a citizen of Japan? No thank you. I can appreciate foreign cultures without renouncing my American citizenship, something I feel blessed to have been born with and will fight to defend.
I apologize if you have trouble understanding the IB program, but I suggest that you quit this hopeless slander.
Ahem. I am counting to 10 before responding to this sentence. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Nope, that didn''t do it. I am now going to make myself some breakfast and come back to this e-mail in a few minutes................. okay, now that I've had my cinnamon French Toast I can respond without taking your head off. Young lady, your IB arrogance has no bounds. Where do you get off being so condescending to an adult? Where's that "tolerance" IB supposedly teaches you? I completely understand what the IB programmes entail and I don't like it! I believe that under the First Amendment, I am entitled to free speech and freedom of the press. Yet you "suggest" I should "quit this hopeless slander". Do you even know what slander is? to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone .Slander is oral, not written and it is personal, not pertaining to an inanimate object such as the IB Organization or its products. Furthermore, nothing I have said on TAIB is false, therefore your accusation of "slander" is simply offbase.
IB is nationally and internationally accredited ....
I'm sorry, but that is simply inaccurate. IB is not "accredited" by ANY scholastic organization or authority, nationally or internationally. IB World Schools are "authorized" by the IB Organization after a school pays boatloads of money for its mandatory teacher training, membership fees and "label". Universities may choose to bestow college credit for certain IB exams and scores, but that does not constitute "accreditation".
I sincerely regret your lamentable attack on us as a community, and I hope you find happiness (and hopefully some culture) in your life.
IB is a community? Now this is some scary stuff you've written. I actually used to have a page on this site titled "Is IB a Cult?" but because so many IB students went ballistic over it and were unable to focus on any other points I have tried to make, I took it down. But let's run with that thought for a minute. You consider yourself part of a community of global citizens, do you? A community of students who all believe that every country in the world is equal in terms of liberties and opportunities as the U.S.? In other words, our U.S. taxdollars are helping to breed a community of brainwashed Kommissar wannabes? Your e-mail simply reinforces everything I have come to conclude about this sham of a programme which is nothing more than Marxist indoctrination disguised as "rigorous" academics. Your insipid and obnoxious conclusion about MY PERSONAL LIFE, about which you know NOTHING, is beyond the pale. You know NOTHING about where I have traveled to, what languages I speak, what instruments I play, what relationships I enjoy or what cultural knowledge I possess. How rude of you, an IB teenager, to imply that because I oppose IB I am a miserable, uncultured individual. You should regret your choice of words far more than my opinion of IB.