As students struggle to use pencils and learn about ‘moderate gun control,’ President Trump is focusing on his campaign promise to trash Common Core and give power back to the states.
By signing the Education Federalism Executive Order last week, Trump has paved the way to start a 300 day review of Obama era regulations that forced states to follow the same guidance for testing and teaching in school districts thousands of miles away from Washing, DC. With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as his side for the signing in the Roosevelt Room, Trump has empowered her to root out and modify measures that can be considered overreaching by federal busybodies.
Trump told the crowd after signing the Executive Order:
“For too long, the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been less education that spends more and achieves far, far less. My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities, states — give power back to localities.”
Trump went on to say that past White House administrations had increased their influence on schools, calling the measured imposed by the feds “whims and dictates” from Washington. But, it will be his government that will stop the madness.
“We know local communities know it best and do it best. The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”
Right now, Common Core impacts students from kindergarten to grade twelve. Changing up Common Core is part of Trump’s wider education plan, which is to allow more school choice programs to flourish.
The ‘architect’ of Common Core is David Coleman, who previously designed the SAT exam and AP tests. As of 2014, Common Core standards have been adopted by 44 states. Jeb Bush is considered to be a prominent supporter of the standards described in Common Core, which effectively puts education into the hands of the federal government.
Common Core Fail: Kids Can’t Hold Pencils Anymore
In February of this year we reported that several pediatric doctors have been trying to call attention to the overuse of touch screens that have been causing children to never develop their fingers enough to hold pencils. The doctors blame the “erosion of basic motor skills” on tech-heavy childhoods.
“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” pediatric occupational therapist Sally Payne said. “Children coming into school are being given a pencil. They are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.”
The occupational therapist went on to say that it’s easier to give a child an iPad to play with than to give them skill building toys like building blocks or allowing them to pull ropes or use scissors.
Homeschool and Common Core
In California, one family received a letter under the heading “child welfare” where home schooling parents were told that they were under investigation for the fact that their children were not going to public schools.
“This school district is implying: ‘We determine whether your teachers are qualified, whether your attendance records are adequate, and whether you’re teaching the correct subjects,’ ” explained Mike Smith, HSLDA’s contact attorney for California. “But they don’t have the authority to evaluate private school programs.”
Contrary to the school district’s letter, the California Board of Education does not set education standards for students in home-based private schools or campus-based private schools.”
Common Core On Guns
While Obama was still in office, one of the study guides developed for Common Cores by a group affiliated with National Public Radio was called ‘The Battle Over Gun Control.’ In the guide, they blamed the NRA for making sure that ‘moderate gun control’ measures that were introduced following Sandy Hook were not able to go forward. According to the guide,
“…he issue remains highly controversial: An attempt to enact moderate new gun control measures this spring was voted down in the Senate, due in part to the powerful political influence of gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.“
Not liberal bias at all! Nothing to see here, move along. Students in America weren’t indoctrinated about “moderate gun control” and against the NRA. Nope.
Sources: Washington Times, Science Alert