Common Core Isn’t the Solution! Revise the Curriculum Back to Basics

Common Core — the latest liberal strategy when it comes to indoctrinating the youth of America. It follows on the footsteps of all the liberal propaganda, political correctness, and disregard for learning the fundamentals of the various subjects.

Needless to say, all of this liberal garbage needs to be done away with in our schools, and the fundamentals need to be brought back. Examples include emphasis on the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic). In addition, the teaching of history must involve 1) historical accuracy, 2) cultural literacy (e.g. knowing basic historical facts), and 3) getting rid of political correctness (as Leslie Nielsen once said in The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear — “the truth hurts, doesn’t it… not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts”). Cultural literacy and phasing out political correctness can also be applied to other subjects.

And what exactly should be taught in our schools? Here is a plan that I came up with for restructuring the curriculum, in order to insure that every student gets a quality education.

Grades 1-5: Reading, Language Arts (Spelling, English), Mathematics (Arithmetic), Science (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Technology), Social Studies (History, Political Science, Geography, Global Studies), Typing, Computer Science, Health, Physical Education, Music, and Art.

Grades 1-5 could be done via seven periods per day for the school year, divided into quarters (and each quarter having either Health, Physical Education, Music, or Art). For Science, Grades 1-2 would have Integrated Science courses, while Grades 3-5 would focus on the previously mentioned topics. Grades 1-2 would also have Integrated Social Studies, while Grades 3-5 would focus on specific topics previously mentioned. Typing would be taught in Grades 1-2, while Computer Science would be taught in Grades 3-5.

Grade 6: Reading, Language Arts (Spelling, English), Mathematics (Arithmetic), Science (Life Sciences), Social Studies (Global Studies & Geography), Typing, Health, Physical Education, Music, and Art.

Grade 7: Reading, Language Arts (Spelling, English), Mathematics (Pre-Algebra), Science (Physical Sciences), Social Studies (World History, Political Science), Computer Science, Health, Physical Education, Music, and Art.

Grade 8: Reading, Language Arts (Spelling, English), Mathematics (Algebra I), Science (Technology), Social Studies (American History, Political Science), Computer Science, Health, Physical Education, Music, Art, and an Elective.

As with Grades 1-5, Grades 6-8 would consist of seven periods for each day.

Now for the High School Curriculum.

Grade 9/Freshman Year: English, Mathematics (Algebra II), Biology, Global Studies and Geography, Computer Science, Health, Physical Education, Foreign Language.

Grade 10/Sophomore Year: English, Mathematics (Geometry), Chemistry, World History, Foreign Language, and two Electives.

Grade 11/Junior Year: English, Mathematics (Trigonometry), Physics, American History, Foreign Language, and two Electives.

Grade 12/Senior Year: English, Mathematics (Calculus), Earth Sciences and Astronomy, Political Science, Foreign Language, and two Electives.

High School would also have seven periods per day, or an extra course could be added, in which each semester would consist of four periods per day (and thus eight courses for the school year).

The college curriculum would vary due to the type of school and the majors it offers, but it should put emphasis on fundamentals and rid itself of the liberal indoctrination.

Image: http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imageRetrieve.action?guid=527c5a4116eb02bc66a7b850bd2195f3fbc06708&t=2; author: Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo; Public domain photograph from defenseimagery.mil

About the author: Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.

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