Common Core at Work

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The things I saw beggar description.  While I was touring the camp I encountered three men who had been inmates and by one ruse or another had made their escape.  I interviewed them through an interpreter. The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick.  In one room, where they were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed by starvation, George Patton would not even enter.  He said he would get sick if he did so.  I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops the tendency to charge these allegations merely to “propaganda.”

General Dwight D.  Eisenhower letter to General George C. Marshall, April 15, 1945

 

 

Very strong content advisory in regard to the video above.  Hattip to Ace at Ace of Spades:

 

 

The Rialto school district planned to revise an eighth-grade assignment that raised red flags by asking students to consider arguments about whether the Holocaust — the systematic killing by the Nazis of some 6 million Jews and millions of others — was not an “actual event” but instead a “propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”

In a statement released Monday, a spokeswoman for the Rialto Unified School District said an academic team was meeting to revise the assignment.

Interim Superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam was set to talk with administrators to “assure that any references to the holocaust ‘not occurring’ will be stricken on any current or future Argumentative Research assignments,” a statement from district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri read.

The 18-page assignment instructions included three sources that students were instructed to use, including one that stated gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and that no evidence has shown Jews died in gas chambers.

 

“ADL does not have any evidence that the assignment was given as part of a larger, insidious, agenda,” the blog post read. “Rather, the district seems to have given the assignment with an intent, although misguided, to meet Common Core standards relating to critical learning skills.”

In her statement provided to KTLA, Jafri said the district’s “CORE team” would meet to revise the prompt.

 

Go here to KTLA 5 to read the rest.  The most important “critical learning skill” is to be able to distinguish truth from hogwash.

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18 Comments

  1. This post is a service to all who have eyes to see and hearts to understand.
    God bless the truth. Nothing can take its place and stand the test of time.

    Lies die and never can extinguish the Light. Never! Great post.

  2. Stupidify education
    Constrict energy supply
    Restrict health care access
    Escalate food prices
    Emasculate the military

    Such is liberal progressive Democracy

  3. In France, the Loi Gayssot (Loi No 90-615 de 13 Juillet 1990) provides

    “Art 9 – those who have disputed the existence of one or more crimes against humanity such as they are defined by Article 6 of the Statute of the International Military Tribunal annexed in the Accord of London of August 8, 1945 and which were a carried out either by the members of an organization declared criminal pursuant to Article 9 of the aforementioned statute, or by a person found guilty such crimes by a French or international jurisdiction shall be punished by one month to one year’s imprisonment or a fine….

    Art 13 – publication or publicly expressed opinion encouraging those to whom it is addressed to pass a favourable moral judgment on one or more crimes against humanity and tending to justify these crimes (including collaboration) or vindicate their perpetrators shall be punished by one to five years’ imprisonment or a fine”

    Those who palliate or justify genocide are art and part (ope consilioque) guilty of it.

  4. Most Americans know little or nothing of the Japanese biological warfare conducted from 1932 to 1945. Chemical and biological experiments were conducted on humans were among the worst war crimes of World War II. From injections, to the infections of wounds with anthrax, to live human vivisection, the Japanese turned Manchuria into a living hell. For more than half a century the Japanese Army Unit 731 has been shrouded in mystery. Set up in 1935, in a remote, high-security headquarters in a village in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, the unit was where Japanese soldier-scientists carried out freezing, ballistics and other experiments on Russian, Chinese, American, British and Australian prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese were exterminated by plague and other diseases. The aim was to make a biological weapon that would win the war for Japan. Incredibly, information about these crimes was covered up by the U.S. government who agreed to look the other way if those involved shared the results of their experiments. For many years critical attention has focused upon the abuses of power by U. S. authorities – and especially by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who personally guaranteed to preserve the liberty of members of Unit 731 in exchange for their cooperation with American scientists. Many of Unit 731 former members went on to assume high positions in the Japanese scientific community.

  5. It is easy for we Americans to become self-righteous when we consider the evil perpetrated by the Nazis and Japan, but we should also realize that the United States has conducted secret experiments with human subjects in hundreds of studies during and since the end of World War II. We now know that American scientists tested humans with mustard gas, other chemical agents, exposed others to radiation tests, and still others to a variety of pathogens without the subjects’ knowledge or consent. In many instances, the most distinguished scientists from the most prestigious American universities participated both in deceiving their patients and in conducting the experiments.

  6. Somebody on the school level and the school district level should be outed. Common Core may be at the root as the rabbi said, but also enthusiasts and cooperators make it happen. I think you have to decapitate hydra one head at a time.
    Accountability. We lose accountability and help the devil when we willingly soft pedal personal responsibility and satisfy ourselves with blaming a faceless system or bureaucracy or situation.
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  7. Victor, I have very little tolerance for the moral equivalence argument in regard to the US and the monsters of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, who were mercifully defeated 69 years ago at a hideous cost. If we had lost that War the world now would likely resemble a global charnel house of horror. Any more such comments will be tossed in the trash where they belong and you will be banned from this blog. First and last warning.

  8. Donald, there is a difference between righteousness and self-righteousness, and I did not interpret Victor as in any way suggesting that our defeat of the Axis Powers as anything but fully righteous. I think he was only warning against a disorderded self-righteousness born out of a hubris we have not earned as evidenced by our own sins, which, while not remotely equivalent to that of the Third Right or Imperial Japan, are nonetheless also serious and important to acknowledge. Self-criticism is essential for self-improvement in most things, including moral matters, and such criticism is not always moral equivalence.
    Though perhaps I misunderstand Victor.

  9. We will have to agree to disagree Mike. This post was about the Holocaust, full stop. It had zero to do with what Victor was bringing up, and I am tired of the fact that whenever the depravities of the Third Reich are mentioned that people often feel compelled to bring up their laundry list of misdeeds regarding the United States. That the US will never be confused with utopia does not negate the fact that World War II, from the perspective of the United States, was as just a war as it is possible to imagine. There are endless forums where people can luxuriate in reciting their litanies of US misdeeds. The comment thread on this post is not going to be one of them.

  10. There is enough sin all around but truth is becoming a rare commodity. We should tell, tell, and tell the truth.

  11. If you really wanted to use the Holocaust to teach critical thinking, you can do no better than to review the entirety of the David[?] Irving affair.

    Personally though, I’d rather grasp a sacred cow by both horns, so to speak, and have the kids read both Martin Bernal and Mary Lefkowitz.

  12. Wow, Common Core has Holocaust deniers. Who’d have thunk it?

    “Interim Superintendent Mohammed Z. Islam”…..is not likely a Maronite, Melkite or Coptic Catholic. Just sayin’. Holocaust deniers exist in radical Islam.

    My dad worked with a fellow who was born in Auschwitz, a Polish Catholic.

  13. I know this will sound stupid, but how is this a result of common core? Maybe I misunderstood the legislation.

  14. “ADL does not have any evidence that the assignment was given as part of a larger, insidious, agenda,” the blog post read. “Rather, the district seems to have given the assignment with an intent, although misguided, to meet Common Core standards relating to critical learning skills.”

  15. Common Core takes the right of parents to direct their children’s education and places the right to direct the education of children into the hands of government officials who have agendas to indoctrinate our minor children with whatever opinion they decide serves their purpose.
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    Taxation without representation. Kidnapping by the state.

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