WASHINGTON, D.C. – A lot of people around the country are concerned with Common Core for a variety of reasons.
Americans are standing up and fighting back against this huge government intrusion. However, it turns out that schools aren’t the only people lining up to indoctrinate your kids into common core. Your little girls are getting common core in places you might not expect: in their toys and extra-curricular activities.
When I was a little girl, American Girl dolls were a way to make history come alive. I always liked the colonial girl Felicity and read all of her books over and over again (I didn’t have the doll), loving every detail of her eighteenth century American life. Yes, I was a history nerd from a young age, and the American Girl line was perfect to keep me engaged and interested. Those of my vintage will probably remember Felicity along with girls from other historical periods. Today’s American Girl dolls and accessories are very different.
The American Girl doll accessory pack promises everything your doll would need to go to school…at a school aligned with Common Core. That’s right, the text book in this set is a Common Core-aligned math book from texbook printing giant Pearson. So, every time you buy this product, you’ll be financially supporting Common Core. I can see that maybe they simply want the doll’s curriculum to be the same as a real little girl’s, but this seems like a bad move considering the common core backlash-a backlash which is now extending to American Girls. Who knew American Girl dolls were political now?
Also making a strange foray into the world of politics are the Girl Scouts of America. When I went to their website to look into Girl Scout Curriculum, I was greeted with a video of Michelle Obama. There’s nothing wrong with any First Lady supporting the Girl Scouts, but it was rather jarring in this instance as the page was about the Girl Scouts’ decision to align their badges with Common Core standards.
As Heritage pointed out, the Girl Scouts were founded to bring girls “into community service and the open air.… Girls Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learning how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.” Now, the mission of the Girl Scouts, as stated on their website is to “(build) girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” How? I guess I’m not understanding the point of modern Girl Scouts other than as indoctrination factory. Silly me, I guess that is the point. Is anybody else tired of government policies seeping into every little aspect of our lives? Even scouting and dolls aren’t safe anymore.