The Southern Poverty Law Center blasted the thousands of parents with legitimate concerns over Common Core as “conspiracy theorists,” even though most criticism against Common Core is directed at its poor teaching methodologies.
The controversial group claimed criticism of the federal public school program is based on “outlandish conspiracy theories” and “wildly untrue claims,” but parents are generally upset with Common Core because it penalizes students for correctly answering questions.
“The latest and most virulent example of [Common Core criticism] is the rapidly spreading idea that the Common Core State Standards, an ambitious effort to lift student achievement across the country, is actually a dangerous conspiracy to indoctrinate young people into ‘the homosexual lifestyle,’ communism and globalist ideology, all the while collecting detailed and highly personal information about millions of citizens,” the SPLC asserted.
However, the vast majority of criticism from parents against Common Core has nothing to do with the “homosexual lifestyle” or “communism” but rather that Common Core teaches children overly complicated methods to solve simple math problems.
In a recent example, a third-grader was penalized for correctly answering 5+5+5=15.
“The first question asks the student to use repeated addition to solve the question 5×3,” the Daily Mail reported. “The student answers 5+5+5=15, but is marked incorrect.”
“Instead, the teacher writes that the correct answer should have been 3+3+3+3+3=15.”
“In the second question, students are asked draw an array to solve 4×6,” the Daily Mail added. “The student draws six rows of four and is again marked wrong, with the teacher drawing four rows of six as the correct answer.”
And in another notable example, a Common Core teacher took nearly a minute to solve a simple math problem which could easily be solved by children in a few seconds.
In a “Homework Helper” video filmed for a Buffalo, N.Y., news station, the teacher, Ilene Ryan, takes 56 seconds to explain how to add 9 plus 6.
“Our young learners might not be all together comfortable thinking about what 9 + 6 is, [but] they are comfortable thinking about their friend 10,” she oddly explains. “Ten is emphasized in our young grades as we’re working in a base 10 system.”
After the video was uploaded on YouTube, viewers were quick to criticize her lesson.
“Let me explain why this is bad,” wrote pastorart1974. “The young Marine, on the battlefield, knows his rifle has a 15 round clip; he has fired six rounds already, and his sergeant asks how many rounds he has left. During the Vietnam War, the Marine replies, nine!”
“In our next war, by the time our young Marine figures out the answer, he and his sergeant would have been killed by the enemy.”
However, according to the SPLC this legitimate criticism of Common Core is simply a “conspiracy theory,” as bizarre as that sounds.
But that’s the kind of rhetoric coming from the controversial group as its influence over public opinion declines.
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