New report examines ‘far right’ efforts to destroy ‘Obamacore’
LA School Report | May 8, 2014
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You think you have problems with the implementation of Common Core?
Have a look at a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a human rights organization that tracks groups engaging in hate and bigotry to further their causes.
The report, “Public Schools in the Crosshairs,” examines the far right’s efforts to eliminate the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by California and 43 other states to improve literacy and math skills of students in public schools
It concludes that to its fiercest critics, the Common Core is something quite different — “a plan to indoctrinate young children into the ‘homosexual lifestyle,’ a conspiracy to turn children into ‘green serfs’ who will serve a totalitarian ‘New World Order.”
The critics are led by “the likes of Fox News, the John Birch Society, Tea Party factions, and the Christian Right,” the report says, as critics characterize “Obamacore,” as an attempt by the federal government to steal control of public education from states, local school systems and parents, turning schools into “government indoctrination camps.”
But the real objective of their efforts, the report says, is to end public education as we know it by reprising themes from “earlier battles over the teaching of evolution, school prayer, sex education, and more recent efforts to stop the bullying of LGBT students.”
The full report is available here.