Common Core – No Intelligence Allowed

Mohammad Z. Islam, a Rialto Unified School District [interim] Superintendent, (who is apparently Muslim himself) is under fire for an assignment that asks Rialto eighth grade students to determine the veracity of the claim “Is The Holocaust a Hoax?”

This is outrageous on its face. A question like this would be understandable in a university law class where debate skills and facts and evidence are essential to the students’ forthcoming career, but never in America’s middle schools.

According to the assignment sheet, the question is to be answered through research and “critical thinking” and by debating in writing whether or not the student thinks that it is in fact true history or “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

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holocaustThis is a very troubling question to ask students! Why take a fact of history that only a select few on the fringes of humanity deny and ask children to be the jury and judge of something that is absolutely settled. It makes no sense … unless there is an agenda?

We used to call this propaganda, but under Common Core we call it “outcome based education.” And so we should all ask ourselves: what is the outcome that the Common Core developers want our children to conclude?

Why not give them a question a little more challenging and fun, like perhaps, “Are There Intelligent Beings On Other Planets?” Beyond purchasing an Enquirer or Star journal at the grocery line check out counter, I’m certain the answer would be a resounding no. But it would be a fun exercise, nonetheless. Inquiring minds want to know.

There are two things stand out in this explosive news story that has been all over the internet that should get the attention of parents of school age children everywhere.

The first is just how clearly Common Core shows itself to work, (the horror stories are legion) pushing kids into finding their own answers, versus learning true facts and gaining true knowledge. Facts of history are objective truth. What these Common Core exercises accomplish, what they are meant to accomplish, is to give comfort to students’ personal, subjective, and emotional conclusions.

The second thing we see is that Common Core — rather than enhancing thinking — is actually replacing critical thinking skills with emotional based outcomes. This is something liberals have perfected — basing decisions on emotion and not rational thinking. Is Common Core the final tool of the left to wrestle full control of our children from their parents?

Do high school students no longer need to read Plato’s “Republic” in the ninth grade, or “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in tenth? Do we no longer need to read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or Lincoln’s anti-slavery response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision?

Perhaps this is why Common Core is moving towards more “informational texts” and “sexualized stories” rather than the reading of my youth, such as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” or “1984” which is explicitly about critical thinking (and liberty). The classics by Shakespeare and John Milton are being replaced by “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “Dreaming in Cuban” by Christina Garcia. Look them up, they all have vulgar language and pornography.

So within Common Core, we can debate whether the Holocaust is true, but…

• Can we debate global warming or global cooling?
• Can we debate macro evolution or intelligent design?
• Can we debate Common Core?
• Can we debate the harm of an invasion of illegals?
• Can we debate abortion? Whether it stops a beating heart?
• Can we debate if second hand smoke is actually deadly?
• Can we debate the harmful effects of legalizing marijuana?
• Can we debate the cultural harm of same-sex marriage?
• Can we debate the personal harm of homosexuality?
• Can we debate whether a property owners rights trump a rat or tortoise?
• Can we debate historical fallacies in the History Alive! textbook?
• Can we debate the 1,400 years of Islamic terror, slavery and murder?
• Can we debate whether jihadists are actually following Islamic holy texts?
• Can we debate whether or not the First Amendment applies beyond Congress?
• Can we debate whether or not the Second Amendment protects an individual right?
• Can we even debate at all in America anymore?

schoolduncesThe simple answer to these questions is no. Liberals, progressives, journalists, the media, Hollywood, professors, universities, administrators, government — nearly everyone on the left and the institutions they control has determined there is no debate — these things are settled and no further discussion is allowed. Bring them up and you are considered a public nuisance, at best, and a threat to the public safety, at worst. You might even get arrested if you read out loud from one of the Common Core textbooks.

You see, liberals have a copyright on “Intelligence” and anyone trying to use it; is to be shouted down or sued.

The left will shut you down — not with speeches, but with single words, slung like arrows, shot like bullets.  They will label you racist, sexist, bigot, prejudiced, intolerant, homophobic, or Islamophobic.

How do these words shut down debate and take effect, you might ask? You might recall the poetic words of yesterday, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me.” But today these words are no longer valid, for the words used by liberals are more than mere descriptions — they are weapons, like the exploding money bag that splatters the thief with purple dye. Your name is discolored and you are thereby deemed a political leper forever more.

One word arguments, that’s what is in the liberal’s quiver. And they have the chutzpah to call other people narrow minded?

I recommend every parent seek out the reading list for the school in which their child attends and make sure the standards of your school are higher than the standards of Common Core or the superintendents who defend it.

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About the author

David Whitley

David is a deacon at his local church and a perpetual student of religion, politics and American history. Author, speaker, blogger, David lives in Southern California with his wife and their three children. You can follow him on Twitter @cogitarus or online at He's available for speaking engagements upon request.

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