Not According to Obama Education Policy
Imagine a social studies or history class in public school. The discussion for today is slavery –
Johnny: I think it was wrong to free the slaves. Every white person should own at least one.
Teacher: OK Johnny. Can you please explain how you came to that conclusion?
Johnny: Sure. Look back at how things were when we had slavery. Life was easier for people like me (we can assume Johnny is white). We didn’t have the crime problems that we have now. My dad is always complaining about high taxes. If we still had slavery, we wouldn’t have to pay taxes for things like food stamps and welfare.
Teacher: Very well reasoned Johnny. I believe that you’re wrong, but I can certainly understand how you came to that answer.
Sound ridiculous? Of course it is. There’s just one problem. With the Obama administration’s “Common Core” education initiative you can expect your children (if they are in public schools) to be taught this way. Watch the video below:
Mathematics is a priori knowledge. It can be proven rationally, with no need for empirical evidence. If little Johnny can get away with 3 x 4 = 11, then there is no possible argument that little Johnny can’t also hold a supposedly informed opinion that slavery was good, that the Holocaust never occurred, women should not have the right to vote, or that Jim Crow had a net positive social impact.
We should be careful what we wish for … unless that wish is for Idiocracy.