Obama Administration Replacing Literature In Classrooms With Political Propaganda

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You can’t make this stuff up.

Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. According to the Washington Post, English teachers across the country are upset by what they consider the government’s effort “to drive literature out of the classroom.”

English teachers are right to be upset, but they shouldn’t take it personally. The government has nothing much against literature, per se. Rather, this initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. The study of literature is being downgraded in the process, but for a good cause.

Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class (this Executive Order was issued under President Bush, but it is still propaganda — a political sop to the environmental left, as Stanley Kurtz shows).

Another Common Core’s non-fiction exemplar is an excerpt from a 2009 New Yorker essay by Atul Gawande on health care. This too is propaganda – an effort to show that Obamacare is wise policy.

How is this happening? How can the federal government impose this policy on the schools? It’s yet another example of how states sell local control up the river for federal funding:

Consider also where the Common Core comes from? The Washington Post tries to make it appear that the new curriculum percolated up from the states. But at the back end of its story we find that “the Obama administration kicked the notion into high gear when it required states to adopt the common standards — or an equivalent — in order to compete for Race to the Top grant funds.”

So, in exchange for federal dollars, schools are being forced to replace Huckleberry Finn and Silas Marner with readers of political essays about the virtues of government health care.

Education is supposed to be about teaching kids how to think, and literature is an important part of that process.

This policy is about teaching kids what to think.

States need to take back education.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://thepoliticalinformer.com/ John-Pierre Maeli

    “information text” = Communist style propaganda legitimizing Obama’s policies.

    Planting propaganda is the next step after you convince half of the country to buy into your ideas. Now Obama has to convince the rest of us, by getting at our kids.

    • ellinas1

      From Rob Port’s text above: ‘Students would thus study government propaganda in English class (THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS ISSUED UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH, but it is still
      propaganda)…”

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        See how unbiased we’re being? We don’t care if it’s Republicans or Democrats.

        • ellinas1

          I see how it is.
          You, by sleight of hand and a photo of Obama made everybody believe Obama did it.
          Nice job.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            “You, by sleight of hand and a photo of Obama made everybody believe Obama did it.”

            Oh, really?

          • ellinas1

            Really!

            That is until you came along.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Thank you. I am sure that Obama will move quickly to abort this practice.

          • ellinas1

            You are opposed to it why?

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            First off, I am opposed to public schools. “Mass education” is an oxymoron, a Nietzschean assertion that has recently received definitive proof. Secondly, this doesn’t belong in English class except as texts for critical discussion (grammar, syntax, logic, factual accuracy).
            The practice of providing government propaganda to schools for distribution goes back at least to FDR, and likely much further. I can’t say for sure that it is more malignant now than then, but I suspect that it is.

          • ellinas1

            I understand your opposition. To me the alternative is too frightening.
            To the remainder of your post, I am not opposed.
            Critical thinking and discussion are a priority.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            If the purpose of education is to prepare the individual to be a good citizen, well-informed, with a critical mind and practical skills to support him-/herself, we are already in “the alternative.”

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “by a sleight of hand, a photo of Obama, and an inability to read the text in English…”

          • tony_o2

            It says that they would be reading material such as a particular
            executive order made by President Bush. It doesn’t say that President
            Bush is making the kids read “informational text”.

  • sbark

    The Left is in our school lunch rooms, they are teaching gradeschoolers to chant messianic songs about Obama, they’ve been in the science rooms for decades. They have distorted history for centuries. The Leftist teachers unions were among the most violent in Wisc. a couple of years ago………….They dumb down educ standards where they deem needed, as they have the office of POTUS to accomodate this affirmative action pretender.
    but hey …………lets pump billions to Educ to help them warp our society beyond recognition and dumb down our children with a so called education, but without giving them a ounce of actual knowledge.

  • Flamejob5

    The Feds sure have come a long way since passing a bill in 1866 to establish a bureau with the sole intent to gather nothing other than educational statistics in order to moniter progress. While even though such a petty & innocent unconstitutional precedent being set was rife with good intentions, the bill was still nonetheless…

    100% unconstitutional.

    The Constitution and Federal Jurisdiction in American Education

  • $8194357

    Every leftist since Lenin has followed this pathway..
    Folks never remember history as they are fed the same
    poison re-branded and renamed generation after generation..

  • OTA Mom

    Adolf Hitler ~1933:

    “When an opponent declares,
    ‘I will not come over to your side.’
    I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already…
    What are you? You will pass on.
    Your descendants, however,
    now stand in the new camp.
    In a short time they will know nothing
    else but this new community.'”

    • $8194357

      2 tru 4 marxist/jihadist skool..

    • Roy_Bean

      Oh my, now you won’t be able to be a sports announcer for NDSU either. They don’t like it when you point out the similarities between modern democrats and the German government of the 1930’s. Be prepared to be demonized by the enlightened and understanding leftists.

    • Jeremiah Glosenger

      Ummm…that is one of many reasons why my wife and I home-school our children. Mandatory leftist indoctrination will not occur on my watch.

  • Anonymous

    SAB’s gone full retard. Non-fiction reading comprehension is indisputably an important skill and most of the texts have nothing to do with politics, like Euclid and primary historical documents. You pick one Executive Order to support your claim that Obama’s is trying to infiltrate the classroom with propaganda You fail to note, however, that that order was one issued in 2007 by George W Bush containing such non-controversial policy goals such as requiring Federal agencies implement their mandate in”an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound, integrated, continuously improving, efficient, and sustainable manner.” http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/102452

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I didn’t fail to note that it was a Bush executive order. That’s clearly noted above, and it doesn’t make this any better.

      Also required reading is a New Yorker column in support of Obamacare. Guess you missed that part, which is ironic given the topic at hand. Maybe you should spend some more time reading.

      And maybe this sort of policy should be set locally. So we run less of a risk of this sort of political influence.

      • Guest

        What you did completely fail to mention was how an executive order telling agencies to be more economical was in any sense propaganda If you’re going to report on something you’re outraged about, you should at least not be so lazy that you don’t even bother to read what your upset about. For example, you complain that the New Yorker article supports Obamacare, but if you’d bothered to read it, you’d see the article completely foregoes any discussion about the individual mandate and instead address the issue of why health care costs in McAllen, Tx are three times more expensive than average yet achieves a lower quality of care while the Mayo Clinic can achieve above average results with lower costs largely as a result of restructuring the incentives a doctor has in making medical recommendations by moving to salary based compensation instead of the quantity of services provided. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=1

        The Common Core does not throw out Twain, in fact Tom Sawyer is on the reading list. All the proposal does is recommend non-fiction materials as well, as comprehending those materials are arguably more important for professional success. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

        Perhaps if you had been provided a better opportunity to develop such reading skills, you would actually have attempted to bother reading what you purport to be so upsetting.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well of course you don’t think any of the Obama administration’s required reading is objectionable given that you’re a liberal.

          But what if we elect a Republican one day, and the required reading shifts to the Bible or something you might actually find objectionable?

          The political motivation in this is transparent to anyone who isn’t a blinkered partisan. Dissemble all you want, you’re wrong.

          • Guest

            Well of course you do think it’s propaganda because you haven’t read any of the materials. Your argument that a Republican might require the Bible is absurd, as nothing on the list (eg the Declaration of Independence, Tocqueville, etc.) is objectionable beyond conclusory assumption that it is propaganda. If the political motivation is so transparent you should be able to identify objectionable parts, but have completely failed to do so beyond labeling it propaganda It’s laughable that you think the New Yorker article supports Obamacare as it’s thesis is that the reforms do not address the underlying structure of prescribing treatments that the article identifies as driving up costs. One of the Doctors interviewed in the article even blames the government for driving up costs. Again, perhaps if you had acquired any semblance of reading skills and weren’t a complete f*cking hack, you’d wouldn’t label a rudimentary understanding of articles as dissembling it.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Of course the New Yorker article supports Obamacare, and the executive order is a sop to the environmental left. And once the foot is in the door on this thing it would get worse.

            Hacks like you can try to dismiss the clear political bias of some of these sources, but they’re pretty self evident.

            By why don’t we set the debate over the nature of the sources aside, since we’ll never agree on them, and admit that we don’t need national policies about what kids read in school. That sort if policy should be set locally, so that we can avoid even the appearance of this sort of top-down politicization.

          • Guest

            Wow, how unsurprising that you can’t support your argument yet again with any passages that you claim to be propaganda. Since you can’t support your argument with anything besides the conclusory allegation that the material is propaganda, you’ve absolutely, completely, and undeniably proven yourself to be a hack. Thank you.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I am supporting my position. I just get the feeling that if I were on here saying the sky was blue you’d be telling me it wasn’t. And that I can’t defend my positions because you don’t want to believe it.

            Yawn.

          • Guuest

            You are in no sense supporting your positions . You claim it’s propaganda by just point to a few materials, wholly ignoring their contents, and calling them propaganda. Again, if they were so clearly propaganda, you should have no trouble identifying offending passages to support your argument, but you’ve completely failed to do so.

            If simply selecting one piece of material and conclusory labeling it as propaganda can in any sense be considered supporting an argument, then I can pull a few entries from this blog and call them supportive of NAMBLA and claim I supported the argument because it’s self-evident that the material supports that conclusion. Since you’ve likewise completely failed to show how the material is propaganda besides lying about it’s material and pretend as if you’ve given any semblance of valid argument to support your conclusion, thank you for again proving that you are absolutely, completely, and undeniably a delusional hack.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            You should look up the term “straw man argument.”

            I object to this entire premise as well as specific content in multiple sources. You disagree with me, but the best you can do is accuse me of misrepresenting the sources, which is your subjective opinion, while not addressing at all the core premise which is the federal government presuming to impose this sort of a mandate to begin with.

            As for your NAMBLA nonsense, that doesn’t even make sense. It would make sense if we were talking about some recommended reading list. And yes, if something as objectionable as that were included in a reading list, it would call into question the entire premise of the list,

          • Guest

            I agree it’s a nonsense argument because I used it to show exactly why you haven’t “supported” your conclusion. To support your claim that these materials are propaganda, you selected one New Yorker article and claimed it supported Obamacare. Simply labeling something as propaganda is not an argument and you have completely failed to back up that conclusion. You’ve been given multiple opportunities to identify one, just one, offending passage that could reasonably support that conclusion, and the best you’ve been able to do is say your conclusion is ‘self-evident.’ Since you have repeatedly failed to in any way support your conclusion, thank you again for demonstrating that you are absolutely, completely, and undeniably, and without qualification a delusional hack.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Delusional hack? Teapot meet kettle. Rob, don’t get drawn in by this moron.

            His every argument entails “you’ve brought no evidence” as though you’re supposed to bring citations, Comrade Guest fails to do so himself and somehow his argument is supposed to stand on it’s merits merely because Comrade Guest “says so.”

            His is a circular argument is simple blather to consume your time… apparently from the quantity of his posts he’s got nothing else to do to occupy himself.

            Leftist Ideologue, you seem somewhat read… do you honestly believe that literary classics should be replaced by the statist dreck that now pass for the edicts drawn up by our authoritarian government? Next, you shall advocate for the reading of the thousands of pages of wasted paper products that is the Obama”care” Mandate.

            Yes, excellent conclusion Comrade Guest…. why not have em read the Minneapolis Metro Phone Book? The drudgery would be as stimulating as your pathetic arguments above.

          • Guest

            I didn’t bring evidence? I gave links to the materials and the list of the materials and I pointed out the New Yorker article contains no reference to Obamacare or its components. The only things you guys have been able to point to anything of the hundreds of materials on the list as propaganda is an executive order from the Bush administration and a magazine article that’s only relationship to Obamacare is that they both talk about healthcare.

            If there’s any evidence or passage that you or Rob could identify as propaganda, please respond with it, because Rob repeatedly failed to provide anything besides repeatedly re-iterating the conclusion that their status as propaganda was ‘self-evident’. The drudgery is watching Rob having multiple opportunities to identify just one sentence of the materials that can be considered propaganda but being able to do so. It’s not my fault you guys are so pathetic that you can’t identify how the materials are propaganda besides just saying they are.

          • $8194357

            And I repeatly posted links, facts, and comments to support the
            marxist core value usurption of American education with mainstreaming communist ideology and the devils deceptions but
            “you choose” to reject them..
            So what..

          • Guest

            You haven’t posted one sentence from the list of common core reading materials which you object to as propaganda. Anything you call propaganda that is not on that list is wholly irrelevant to the issue of whether the material on the list is propaganda. Since you could not identify one sentence from the common core materials that can be considered propaganda, thank you for your constructive admission that there is no support to conclude that they are propaganda.

          • $8194357

            (His is a circular argument)
            The wheels on the lefitist education bus just
            spin round and round and round and round……
            Lies/accusations/deceptions have that common tendency huh…

          • Guest

            No. My argument was it isn’t propaganda because there’s no evidence to support that conclusion. Rob’s argument is it’s propaganda because it’s self evidently propaganda.

            What a surprise that in the many posts on this topics, you conservatards have completely failed to identify just one sentence from the materials that can support your claim that any of the materials should be considered propaganda.

          • $8194357

            http://mason.gmu.edu/~amcdonal/Propaganda%20Techniques.html

            Propaganda
            Techniques

            Edward Filene helped establish
            the Institute of Propaganda Analysis in 1937 to educate the American public about the nature of
            propaganda and how to recognize propaganda techniques. Filene and his colleagues
            identified the seven most common “tricks of the trade” used by successful
            propagandists (Marlin
            102-106: Propaganda Critic: Introduction).

            These seven techniques are called:
            (you conservatards have completely failed )

            1. Name Calling
            (tea bagging tin foil hat racists?)

            2. Glittering Generalities
            (rich white conservitives…. Christian homophobes
            capitalist pigs)

            3. Transfer
            (KKK went to the Republican party…
            Democratis gun control history wasn’t really against blacks)

            4. Testimonial
            (and we aren’t going back to those Democrat days of Jim Crow…
            big oil destroying “mother earth from the “communist” Mother Jones)

            5. Plain Folks
            ( Barry to OWS…I hear ya..I feel your pain
            roll up “our” sleeves and get to work)

            6. Card Stacking
            (teachers unions… government worker unions…
            ballot box stuffing to 158% of the eligiable voters
            SEIU/ACORN POLL WORKERS)

            7. Band Wagon
            (Green energy/enviromentalism is our
            SUSTAINABLE REDISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE global future)

            ect..ect..ect..ect..ect..
            The educational leftist statist wheels go round and round huh..

            http://propaganda.mrdonn.org/techniques.html

            https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?landing_page=Common+Core+Landing+Page&gclid=CILrn7-OjrQCFUxxQgodqE8AQQ

            Take off the rose ‘red” ideological glasses and
            read and learn ‘grasshopper’
            God Bless now, Hear?

          • Guest

            So to support the conclusion that the materials on the list are propaganda, you simply gave a list from some website listing different types of propaganda. Where in your profoundly retarded response do you even tangentially address how any of the materials in the list even remotely fall into any of those categories? You’ve been given multiple opportunities to give just one sentence from any of the materials listed in the common core that could be considered propaganda and the best you could do is point to things not in the common core that you consider to be propaganda. Thank you for being a great example of the profound failings of your educational background.

          • $8194357

            (So to support the conclusion that the materials on the list are propaganda, you simply gave a list from some website listing different types of propaganda)
            Well hell…Its obvious your to smart for me, huh..

          • Guest

            Still haven’t provided one sentence from the list of materials that can be called propaganda. Your only argument is other things can be considered propaganda which has absolutely no bearing on whether the materials at issue are propaganda. Since you could no identify one sentence from the common core materials that can be considered propaganda, thank you for your constructive admission that there is no support to conclude that they are propaganda.

          • $8194357
          • Guest

            Still haven’t given one sentence from the materials in the common core which you object to as propaganda. Since you could no identify one sentence from the common core materials that can be considered propaganda, thank you for your constructive admission that there is no support to conclude that they are propaganda.

          • $8194357

            You really are stuck on stupid…
            But that doesn’t surprise me at all…
            Most of you useful idiots are…
            The rest know and support Americas full destruction.

          • $8194357

            (Where in your profoundly retarded response )

            These seven techniques are called:
            (you conservatards have completely failed )

            1. Name Calling

            Your self rightous arrogance is showing, huh?

          • $8194357

            https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/common-core-state-standards-elementary-school
            Common core
            Common core values IS the communist manifesto idiot…
            Values
            Ethics
            Vision Statements
            Mission Statements
            Loyalty Oaths…
            Ect..ect..ect…
            The ‘soviet’ building blocks of statist
            ideology/structures for the masses…
            They don’t apply to the elitists on top either, huh……..
            And you call me stupid………..

          • $8194357

            Secular false morality wether it is social justice or
            character counts, is what it is…State sponsered
            morality under the guise of ethics/fairness, whatever..
            The “structure” of six pilllars or “charity by force” for social justice redistribution…Any time the “state” forces compliance to a code
            or structure it IS tyrany as it takes individual freedoms/liberties away
            and gives them to committee or state.
            But your so smart…….

          • $8194357

            Bill Ayers fool tool…Good communist commrade to Barry…..

            Look up what he has done to public education in the last 30 years

            writing international third world social justice “core values” for the teachers colleges accredidation courses.

            STORM…

            Van Jones ‘first attempt” at organizing a Vangaurd of elites

            to over throw America…He has since joined “core value commrades” in DC and like Sherman Hemsly, moved on up to the big time..

            http://www.beaufortobserver.net/pageimages/STORMSummation.pdf

          • Guest

            Still haven’t been able to provide one sentence from the listed materials that you object to as propaganda.

          • $8194357

            UNESCO Revisionism lefty…

            Study on it…

            https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/reading-like-a-historian-corroboration-complete-lesson?fd=1

            First off…

            Mr.Colglazier starts with Revisionism when he said Democrat JFK called for or led the civial rights movement from DC.

            He then tells them even JFK like as all whites didn’t understand the black community…

            Factual history shows Republican blacks led and communists and other democrats took credit for it.

            Then he has small “focus groups” “soviets” to get together to come up with the common revisionist outcome from all the other revisionist sources.

            Pre determined revisionist outcome……
            Democrats led the civial rights movement in America….

            Starts with lies and revisionism…
            And ends with lies and revisionism…

            Predetermined out come no matter what
            input is put into the program.

            Lesson Objective

            Corroborate information from multiple sources

            Questions to Consider

            How does Mr. Colglazier build off of what his students already know?

            (what they already know is wrong and so are the sources checked and quoted)

            How does Mr. Colglazier sequence the sources he presents? What is the impact of this sequence?

            Notice how Mr. Colglazier facilitates discussion. Which strategies could you apply in your own classroom?

          • Guest

            That video is not on the common core reading list. You still haven’t given one sentence from the materials in the common core which you object to as propaganda. Since you could no identify one sentence from the common core materials that can be considered propaganda, thank you for your constructive admission that there is no support to conclude that they are propaganda.

          • $8194357

            pi$$ off then blind lemming useful idiot..
            This ain’t burger king…
            Ya can’t have it your way right away
            so take your buisness elswhere fool tool…

          • Guest

            Still haven’t provided a single sentence from that list that you can cite as propaganda.

          • $8194357

            Does your momma know about your home videos?

          • Guest

            Still haven’t provided a single sentence from that list that you can cite as propaganda.

          • $8194357

            183 pages of legalize spin and deception for just the Liturature portion of the “agenda”…

            Educations version of Barrycare…Ya have to read all 2000 pages
            to find the poison pills hidden within..Here ya go barrister…

            http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

          • Guest

            Yes, that’s the list I posted over a day ago and nothing on there is propaganda, unless you object to the Declaration of Independence or To Kill a Mocking Bird as propaganda. Since you could not identify one sentence from those materials that can be considered propaganda, thank you for your constructive admission that there is no support to conclude that they are propaganda.0

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          • $8194357

            http://www.nbra.info/

            Two years ago I told my employer the Black history propaganda
            put on the company walls were misleading to say the least..

            They describe accurate black history with a minor twist..
            Political affilations in the propaganda started with JFK and the

            Democrats while all previous factual history political affilations were curously absent…The ‘sin’ of ommission for the agenda of false ideology…

            I took him copies of the same pictures and excerpts used for the propaganda from Wiki were they were lifted off the net….

            All Rebublican affilation was missing from what mother company was pushing as truth…
            Go figure huh..

            Same thing with womens history diversity month…
            Most facts used were true…

            But Rebublican affilations deleted and political affilations began with the communist PC radicle feminist womens rights advocats from the 60’s….
            UNESCO revisionism brought to the American shores via mother russsia and the UN…

            A little omission here..
            a spin there…
            and an out right lie is born huh…….

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          All the proposal does is recommend non-fiction materials as well, as comprehending those materials are arguably more important for professional success.

          Right. And if those non-fiction materials just happen to be political sources casting the liberal agenda in a favorable light why, no big deal right?

          Maybe we should start posting political officers in the classrooms too. You know, in case the kids have any questions. Or start reaching the wrong conclusions about the subject matter.

          • Guest

            Holy sh*t, thanks for removing any doubt about going full retard. So teaching Tocqueville and the Declaration of Independence is the same as having political officers in the classroom? You can’t provide any quote or selection that can be identified as propaganda and are a great example of the failings of our current education system and why more comprehensive reading programs are needed.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I identified the pieces I thought were objectionable. You disagree. Fine. You wouldn’t if we were talking about a Republican president, but I digress.

            How about we agree that these sort of sensitive issues of curriculum should be decided locally by parents and teachers closest to the issue?

            Or does that reasonable request also make me a “retard?”

          • Guest

            No you haven’t; all you have given is a false description of what the material says and are now trying to change the issue from whether the material is propaganda to whether local schools should decide what to teach.

            Lying about the material and being to lazy to read it yourself is what makes you a ‘retard’.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I’m not lying. I brought the material up that I find objectionable. And I’ve pointed out that I find this whole concept objectionable.

            That’s my principled position.

          • Guest

            Assuming your conclusion and being unable to a give a shred of evidence to support it not a principled position.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            See, the thing is that I’ve made my argument on the merits I feel are important. You keep talking about ” evidence” because you can’t like contentions but can’t seem to find a good argument of your own. So instead we have a debate about the debate.

            Which seems to be a theme with you.

          • Guest

            My argument is that your full of sh*t about calling these materials propaganda and you’ve repeatedly failed to back up your allegation. I challenged your conclusion that the article you object to as supporting Obamacare by pointing out it doesn’t even talk about the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate, or the Medicaid expansion and instead addresses the problem of doctor’s ordering unnecessary treatments which is an issue wholly removed from Obamacare.

            Providing no evidence to back up your meritless conclusions seems to be a theme with you.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            No, I think you’re a dumb kid who shouts about evidence because you have no idea what you’re talking about.

            I’ve made my point. I’m hardly the only one who feels this way. Sorry you disagree.

          • Guest

            As the only person you hasn’t provided anything to back up his point, you’re the one who doesn’t have any idea of what you’re talking about. You said the New Yorker article supported Obamacare and provided nothing to support that conclusion. When countered with the fact it never talks about the Affordable Care Act nor any of it’s components and instead focuses on the issue of unneeded treatment and procedures which are wholly apart from the ACA, you just re-iterate your conclusion with nothing to back it up. You’ve been given multiple opportunities to identify any passage from those materials as propaganda and repeatedly failed. Consequently, your argument is constructively wholly without merit.

            You’ve made no point besides a conclusion that assumes it’s premise. Of course you feel that you’re right, because feelings about being right are all you can have when you have no rational basis to conclue you are correct. Sorry you refuse to be rational and failed to support your conclusion with anything besides conclusory allegations.

          • Guest

            As the only person who hasn’t provided anything to back up his point, you’re the one who doesn’t have any idea of what you’re talking about. You said the New Yorker article supported Obamacare and provided nothing to support that conclusion. When countered with the fact it never talks about the Affordable Care Act nor any of it’s components and instead focuses on the issue of unneeded treatment and procedures which are wholly apart from the ACA, you just re-iterate your conclusion with nothing to back it up. You’ve been given multiple opportunities to identify any passage from those materials as propaganda and repeatedly failed. Consequently, your argument is constructively and wholly without merit.

            You’ve made no point besides a conclusion that assumes it’s premise. Of course you feel that you’re right, because feelings about being right are all you can have when you have no rational basis to conclue you are correct. Sorry you refuse to be rational and failed to support your conclusion with anything besides conclusory allegations.

          • Guest

            “I think you’re a dumb kid who shouts about evidence because you have no idea what you’re talking about.”

            I think this quote encapsulates everything wrong with your outlook- criticizing someone who wants evidence and support to determine the validity of a conclusion. What a complete hack.

          • Guest

            My argument is that your full of sh*$#t about calling these materials propaganda and you’ve repeatedly failed to back up your allegation. I challenged your conclusion that the article you object to as supporting Obamacare by pointing out it doesn’t even talk about the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate, or the Medicaid expansion and instead addresses the problem of doctor’s ordering unnecessary treatments which is an issue wholly removed from Obamacare.

            Providing no evidence to back up your meritless conclusions seems to be a theme with you.

      • Anonymous

        Of course Rob didn’t read any of those articles. SAB is what happens when wife-beating Home of Economy managers are to stupid and ugly to do anything in politics so they start a blog.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I always know I’m right about something when comments like these start coming out of the closet.

          I’m actually proud of my time at Home of Economy. I had a lot of fun, but the opportunity to write for a living was just to attractive to pass up.

          And I’ll have to tell my wife that I beat her. She’ll get a kick out of that.

          • Jess Port

            That’s cute! I didn’t know that you beat me. It must happen all the time if this jackass knows about it! Nice of you to clue me in to my beatings. But I am just a stupid stay at home mom and wife. What the hell do I know? ;)

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Shut up and get back in the kitchen, woman. :-)

          • Neiman

            Take advice from an old man – that is where the big knives are kept, in the kitchen.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Haha!

            I’ll keep that in mind!

          • Jess Port

            He does beat women, check ND’s public records.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Tell her to take her shoes off, too!

          • $8194357

            And “stay” pregnant dag nabit…

          • $8194357

            Mine reminds me I have to sleep sometime when
            I say that to her….joke

          • $8194357

            Probebly home schooled or sometning..
            hee..hee..
            Conservitive women rock…

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          ” to (sic) stupid…to do anything in politics”

          Sounds like your autobiography in seven words, Anonymoose. Add “cowardly” and you’ve nailed it!

    • willieB

      Speaking of “full retard”

      • Guest

        It’s late afternoon, shouldn’t you be jackin’ your micro-dick with a tweezers?

        • $8194357

          Hes not a liberal so that doesn’t thrill him
          like it does you one point wonders…

          • Guest

            Yes, requiring factual support for a conclusion is a terrible characteristic of liberals. We like being reasonable and considering the contents of something before judging it, while you like licking the cum and fecal matter off a dick that’s just ripped your @sshole open.

          • $8194357

            Watching your home videos again mighty quinn?

          • Onslaught1066

            He probably video taped his impeachment for the laugh factor.

  • Tim Heise

    States need to not ever except fed money or get in position to do so.

    • JustRuss

      The problem lies in being taxed by the fed, and those taxes being used to fund things in the states which are unrelated to federal operations. Should the states simply say “no thank you, we want none of our dollars back”?

  • gene lalor

    America’s ONLY National Anthem and Madison Rising

    Notwithstanding the uproar among students and parents at Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia, ”The Star Spangled Banner” still remains the official national anthem of the United States of America and most Americans still revere it and some of us still get a lump in our throats whenever we hear it.

    However, some people such as the African-American principal of Capital High, Clinton Giles, believe the so-called ”Negro National Hymn” aka “The African-American National Anthem” aka “The African National Anthem” must be revered as much as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our “Pledge of Allegiance,” and the American flag.

    Until the policy was ostensibly rescinded (See below) following student and parent objections, Capital High students were expected to respectfully stand for the Pledge, the National Anthem–no problem there– and the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and they were punished if they refused to acknowledge what some called the “other anthem.”

    Giles’ favored anthem seems innocuous at first, until one considers the source–black racial agitator and community organizer James Weldon Johnson–and examines its lyrics.

    For example, the first stanza begins with lofty rhetoric and sentiments: “Lift every voice and sing/ till earth and heav’n ring,/ Ring with the harmonies of liberty/ . . . Sing a song full of the faith/that the dark past has taught us,” then concludes with the line, “Let us march on till victory is won.”

    Of course, America has no “other anthem” aside from “The Star Spangled Banner”–except in Giles’ alternate universe–and lines such as “Let us march on till victory is won” smack more of conflict and protest and revolution than they do of peace and stability and patriotism. The song would be fine in South Africa but has no place in a twenty-first century American public school any more than the white racist ditties of Johnny Rebel.

    Fortunately, there are saner, more patriotic voices out there, notably a popular, new hard rock group known as Madison Rising who have recorded a video performance of America’s only, true national anthem which will knock the socks off everyone who hears it–except perhaps the socks of Principal Giles and the rest of his ilk.

    Watch Madison Rising’s rousing, impassioned video rendition of ”The Star Spangled Banner” here http://tinyurl.com/8r3x6ct. (Mr. Giles, you may remain seated.)

    At first glance, the talented members of Madison Rising evoke memories of the worn-out hippie culture of negativism, revolution, and chaos but scratch beneath their surface appearance and you find an exceptional group of young men who clearly and deeply love our country and aren’t afraid of expressing their politically-incorrect patriotic fervor.

    Named in honor of America’s fourth president James Madison, co-author of the “Federalist Papers,” “Father of the Constitution” and author of our “Bill of Rights,” Madison Rising represents the antithesis of all that is wrong in our country today.

    From individuals like Giles who foster racial division rather than national unity to groups like the ACLU . . .(Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=29033.)

  • igx

    The founders would absolutely freak if they could se the country today. Unbelievable.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      I’ve no doubt that seeing a black President would freak them out. Good Call.
      George use to own them, ya know.

    • ellinas1

      No doubt about it.They would freak out.
      Space travel, airplanes, trains, automobiles, computers, internet, air conditioning, refrigeration, aircraft carriers, ballistic missiles, ICBM’s, nuclear power, a black president, race based slavery abolished and a new class based slavery instituted.
      Good catch.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Not to mention gangnam style or the neo-tea party crowd.

        • $8194357

          It never ceases to confirm the irrantional leftist false views on life,
          when they embrace the OWS, Black panther, jihadist forms of protest and free speech, and fret and fear over the conservitive useing free speech and right of assembly peaceably…

      • two_amber_lamps

        No doubt about it. They would freak out.
        Rampant buggery, child molesters abound. Corrupted ideals, moral relativity…. a pederast’s dream come true!

  • awfulorv

    Reading of the indictments, trials, sentencing, and where are they now, of Illinois Democrats will be, without a doubt, required reading for their children soon, I would imagine. Some great non-fiction articles there, to be sure…

  • Jeremiah Glosenger

    The states signed up to receive this federal grant money prior to the “common standards” being determined. This was obviously going to be the result if Obama won the election; it was always the plan. That is why they had to commit to the standards sight unseen to get the money. I laughed at that when Obama kept bringing up his “Race to the Top” program during the debates. I was hoping that Mitt would point out that Obama’s federal school program hadn’t even been fully implemented, yet he was already touting it as a great success. Reminds me of Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize for simply getting elected. What an embarrassment to that institution. I wonder what they think about his drone assassinations of US citizens without due process. Sounds like he was another MLK Jr or Mother Teresa to me! (dripping with sarcasm)

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Agreeing to standards sight unseen. Sort of like what the states are being asked to do on Obamacare.

  • Guest

    This is one of the stupidest posts I have ever seen. Common Core is not federal standards and there are a variety of organizations that states can choose to join and states can even draw up their own if they want. There are no national standards and there are no required reading lists. There are sample texts that are meant to show what different reading lexile levels look like but the teacher can choose what books or articles they would like to teach the standards. The reason they are moving away from fiction is that they have found instruction manuals, college textbooks, and most materials that workers are faced with have more difficult reading levels than what they are doing now. Maybe it will not turn out to be great education policy for our kids. I would advise not to get angry or jump to conclusions when the writer of this blog posts is either lying to make you angry or just does not understand what he is talking about.

  • $8194357

    Goals 2000…Bridges…..School to work…..ect..ect..ect..
    It is what it is..The ‘state owned citizen’ being indoctrinated into the states
    brave new worlds leftist social engineering agendas…

    UN AGENDA 21 is coming to fruituion as over 100 years of
    ‘ground work and seed bed preperations’
    are almost completed to see it to completion…..

    A THING CALLED BY ANY OTHER NAME
    is still the same thing..social engineering statist tyrany…
    Now going global “fast and furious”

    Every leftist since Lenin has followed this pathway..
    Folks never remember history as they are fed the same
    poison re-branded and renamed generation after generation..

  • Flamejob5

    The entire list of suggested exemplars is here:

    http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

    Trying to view the list from an truly objective vantagepoint in today’s highly divisive & polarized political environment is quite impossible. One person’s “propaganda” is their neighbor’s “truth.”

    From a paleo-libertarian viewpoint, i can tell you i found the list as an attempt to appease both ends of the ever-expanding political spectrum. From the students’ perspective, due to the “butting of heads” regarding the highly diametrically-opposed choices presented, i would think most students (high school in particular) would exit from school very confused towards exactly what they should believe concerning just about any subject after repeatedly being exposed to one opposing viewpoint after another.

    In addition to the ones Rob mentioned above, personally, i gave a thumbs-down to a number of other choices such as… “FedViews by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco”,(acknowledgment of an unconstitutional agency) “Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference”, (Lenin-inspired feminism) “Lagemann, Ellen Condliffe ~ Education”, “Before Columbus ~ Mann, Charles C.” (revisionism), “Brown, Dee. ~ Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, (truth mixed with revisionism), “Partridge, Elizabeth ~ This Land Was Made For You & Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie” (Guthrie an avowed Communist) and book “A History Of US” by revisionist multi-cultural agent Joy Hakim.

    I must also say i was surprised by the large selection of America’s organic documents included among the list. Although with the large number of socialist-leaning school administrations among us i doubt many of those will end up being chosen. But what’s most surprising of all is the fact that that we’re discussing something that the Federal government shouldn’t be involved in whatsoever.

    • Guest

      Exactly. We should only use materials that we can be absolutely sure all people wholly agree with. That’s the only feasible path forward. We certainly don’t want to have kids develop critical reasoning and reading skills to analyze and materials for themselves either. Derp.

      • Flamejob5

        Uh-huh.

        Like i said, i’m sure the local, unionized Socialist-bent education administrations in the overwhelming majority of public schools in the U.S. who rely heavily upon government for their sustenance are gonna choose a real balanced & diverse list for their students in order for them to become seasoned future critics. lol.

        I’m sure books like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, a speech by Patrick Henry, George Washington’s Farewell Address or the most anti-government, pro-successionist document in existance – T. Jefferson’s Declaratiion of Independance – will be on top of the list.

        • Guest

          I know right, even though there are materials we like on the list, it’s only reasonable to think that none of them will be taught and all the ones we hate will be taught. I mean, what kids have ever heard of the Declaration of Independence? Derp.

    • Guest

      Lenin inspired the Seneca Falls Convention before he was even born, huh? Thank you for demonstrating why people like you should have no say in what children should be taught.

      • Flamejob5

        Oh man… Ouch! Boy, you really got me there didn’t ya!

        I never meant he inspired the actual convention itself. It was simply an analogy for the similar brand of feminism presented at the convention in 1848. You know… the same year internationally acclaimed Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto happened to be released.

        Thanks for demonstrating poor reasoning & comprehensive skills with knee-jerk reactions like this one.

        • Guest

          Yes, how unreasonable to think that someone saying that Seneca Falls Convention was feminism inspired by Lenin to think that Lenin would have any association or responsibility for it. I suppose you won’t have any trouble with this then: Hitler’s Mein Kampf (Flamejob5 inspired neoconservatism). I don’t mean to say you had anything to do the Holocaust, just as an analogy to your similar brand of right-wing hatred and ignorance. Derp.

          You could’ve said Marx inspired, but you didn’t. You said Lenin inspired, attributing resonsbility for such controversial claims such as women should be able to vote to Lenin. Thank you for demonstrating your incredibly poor writing and logic skills to show why people like you should never be allowed to decide what children should be taught.

          • Flamejob5

            We can sit here and jaw about silly litle semantics all you want. Doesn’t change the more important fact that materials with Marxist leanings are being taught by malcontents like you across the entire US who should never be allowed to be within sight of my kids.

            Sorry, but nobody should “wholly agree” with allowing materials pushing foreign values from an enemy ideology (a repeated historical failure) which opposes the American founding philosophy of individual liberty based upon Natural Law.

            You should be ashamed of yourself if your teaching this feel-good, forced-equality-based collectivist garbage.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Propaganda in English classes is not new to the Common Core. It appeared in the choice of literature as well or in the way the teacher presented it. Propaganda isn’t in the Common Core standards. It is in the teacher.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You’re right, though the feds pushing down a reading list (with some overtly political selections) and backing it with the force of funding (or lost funding, as the case may be) is also an attempt at propaganda.

  • factsarefacts

    I’ve been busy working with our kids in the public school system.

    However, I love how everyone continues to bash public education.

    Yet, what is the alternative?
    Home school? Ha. There are a lot of good social skills to be learned. (sarc)
    Cyber school…..
    Private school? (money..)

    The public educational system has its flaws, but, come now. I am hoping the states do take over.

  • $8194357

    What happens when socalism/communism becomes “spiritual” like in China?
    Barry is the ONE for the social justice/enviromental nazi left …

    Ya can’t get more “spiritual” than that huh…
    What ‘core values’ ? Who’s “core values”?

    When socialism/communism becomes spiritual………

    http://english.qstheory.cn/culture/201109/t20110924_112464.htm

    Quote Chinese guy:

    The guiding ideology of Marxism, the common ideal of socialism with Chinese characteristics, national spirit centered on patriotism and the spirit of the times centered on reform and innovation, and the concept of socialist honor and dishonor form the basis of core socialist values. These four basic elements represent the refined and concise essence gleaned from the development of human society and the rich ideological and cultural achievements made during the long-term leadership of the Chinese people by the CPC, and epitomize the socialist values and concepts. The guiding ideology of Marxism, which is the soul of socialist values, provides a powerful ideological tool for understanding and shaping the world, as well as comprises the theoretical basis and action guide for building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The common ideal of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is the main theme of socialist values, represents the pursuit of bright prospects for the future development of the country and nation. National spirit centered on patriotism and the spirit of the times centered on reform and innovation, which comprise the essence of socialist values, provide the impetus for forming common ideals. The concept of socialist honor and dishonor, which represents the foundation of socialist values, provides a way of judging the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the actions of all members of society and provides value standards for making morally sound choices. Each of these four basic elements is influenced by the others and plays a role in the other elements. The four elements therefore form a unified whole that will supply the value orientation required to build socialism with Chinese characteristics and become the common ideological foundation for uniting and mobilizing the entire Party and all the ethnic groups of the country in the effort to develop China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous and strong, democratic, civilized and harmonious.

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