The Common Core…Uh-Oh….

Suddenly any jocose banter about the Common Core (aka ObamaCore) doesn’t seem so amusing anymore.

As a matter of fact, after seeing this video of a friendly looking and intelligent fellow American being abruptly and unceremoniously dragged out of a public meeting, I am now scrambling to see whether it is possible to have my entire electronic trail expunged and cleansed from the internet.

He was apparently attending a public forum on the Common Core somewhere in the vicinity of Baltimore. The meeting was all smiles until this troublemaker had the audacity to stand up and ask a question. And I don’t think he was dragged out just because he was a little long winded and a little tough to follow!

Now in light of witnessing this man’s experience, I would certainly NOT want ANYONE to think that I am in any way opposed to the grand and visionary schemes…pardon…I mean the beneficent and sweeping plans of the federal government with regard to the doting care that it has for each and every child to whom the Common Core is lovingly directed.

And so perhaps we need to make some clarifications about this whole thing together just to make certain that there are no misconceptions.

I hope none of my readers think that I have ever been the least bit negative about the Common Core.

For example in a previous post you may have misunderstood my comparison of the servile Common Core to the 5th century BC Persian invasion of Greece. And I don’t say “servile” with any negative implications. What’s wrong with servility? The history of humanity is filled with servility and that’s just the way things are.

The fact of the matter is that I really am very fond of Persians. After all, the Persians were fairly advanced with respect to their educational ideas. In what three things was it, again, that Herodotus says a Persian boy’s education consisted? – to ride well, shoot straight, and speak the truth? Certainly these would go far in making any student “college and career ready.”

Who on earth could be against kids learning how to be “college and career ready ?!?”

That is practically the whole aim of a classical liberal education isn’t it?

I think the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman has an entire chapter on being “career ready” in his famous work… The Idea of a University,  which if my memory serves correctly is fundamentally a book about Liberal education as the best preparation for a career….

That’s why we teach Latin right? And Greek and Literature and History and Euclidean Geometry and of course Theology.

No one is ready for college, much less a career, without knowing some Theology…..right?

 

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About marklangley

Academic Dean at The Lyceum (a school he founded in 2003, see theLyceum.org) Mark loves sacred music and Gregorian Chant and singing with his lovely wife, Stephanie, and their twelve children.
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