Author Topic: Common Core Instructs Students to Learn About Gettysburg Address Without Mentioning the Civil War  (Read 181 times)

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Offline flowers

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According to the government’s new Common Core education standards, the Gettysburg Address must be taught without mentioning the Civil War and explaining why President Lincoln was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Student Achievement Partners instructions tell teachers to, “Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as the seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”

Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, responded in a blog post, “What a travesty…How is it possible for any student to understand the meaning of the Gettysburg Address without knowing the historical context in which it was delivered?

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but rather he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, April 16, 1781.

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