Common core promises to radically reshape American education in exciting ways, giving students the tools they need to function as responsible members of a modern liberal society. In addition to enforcing rigorous academic standards, it also covers a range of relevant social justice topics and life skills, such as racism, sexism and detailed sex education.
The common core reading list has been selected to include a variety of relevant societal and social issues. For example, the list includes the book “Barrack Obama”, which highlights the racism motivating many whites to vote for other candidates during in 2008. Common core also teaches children that they do not have to accept the race, gender or religion that they were born with. They are taught that race and gender are social constructs, and that other religions such as Islam are available in addition to Christianity.
Sex education is also integrated into every subject in common core, including math, science and English, and is taught from kindergarten. This prevents extreme Christian and conservative families from keeping their children in the stone age about important sexual topics and ensures that they are not hindered sexually in the real world. Children are taught a variety of sex acts, and that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ sex, helping to demystify the oppressive taboos imposed by conservative society.
What’s more, common core is not just a set of educational standards. It also seeks to use technology to revolutionize the way we monitor educational progress. Common core requires each State to maintain a database of student performance and behavior. This will allow the federal government to analyse what works and what doesn’t, and will also open the gateway to family monitoring, allowing parenting experts to make sure parents are raising their children appropriately.
Conservatives criticize common core for its set of rigid standards, without acknowledging that these are simply a set of basic educational requirements, and if schools would like to add their own material on top of this, it would be permitted within boundaries. Opposition to common core inevitably emanates from the far right, who seem determined to keep education stuck in the past. As society progresses, there is inevitably a resistance to new ideas and new methods of teaching, but if we want our children to be healthy, happy and successful in the modern world, we have to embrace common core, and focus on preparing our children for the future.