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Don’t Send Your Child to School for Another Day Without Reading This First

Dave Hodges March 15, 2014 The Common Sense Show stupid kids crossing I am not attempting to be the bragging father, but my 13 year-old-son is university material. He is not only bright, he also loves to learn and his academic performance is very good across all educational disciplines. Further, he never gets into trouble because it makes no sense to do so since that would take away from what he loves to do which is to master new subjects. Most of my son’s classmates share similar attributes. My son is having an increasingly rare educational experience. Every one of his teachers are highly trained, highly qualified and seemingly cares about the children they teach. As parents, we could not be happier with the professionalism of his teachers and the leadership provided by the school’s administration. As a parent, I am one critical hombre, but I have nothing but praise for the educational opportunities that my son is experiencing, except in one area. The educators in my state and in your state lack courage, nor do they possess the fortitude to stand up to injustice. Unfortunately, a disturbing thing happened at my son’s parent/teacher conference this past week. My son’s teachers and their bosses are unwitting accomplices in the active dumbing down of the curriculum and they are all aware of this transgression being committed against the integrity of our children’s collective educational futures. Your children’s teachers, administrators and school board members are this generation’s answer to the “I was just following orders” crowd. These educators frequently state that “I see problems with Common Core, but it would not be good for me to speak out.” Our children need educators, administrators and school board members who have the courage to speak out against all injustices which impact our children. The educators in America are proving to be among the biggest sheep in the country.

Consequences to Common Core

Under Common Core, a student is not expected to take Algebra until 9th grade. When you and I were in school, we took Algebra in the 8th grade. This means that if our children progress through high school on the Common Core sequence, our children will not qualify for entrance into a four year college/university. This is called the dumbing down of America and our teachers are aware of this fact.

Passive Complicity Is Challenged By a Renegade Parent

As we were talking about how my son was going to be testing into Algebra in the 8th grade, I brought up the point that a child should not have to test into something that every child was taking at the same age less than five years ago. I got the “Well, that’s the standard being put forth by the federal government and Common Core…” I responded with a statement of my own as I said “Don’t educators have an obligation to do what is best for our children when we fully understand the negative consequences of our naction?” At this point, you could see the mood of my son’s core teachers changing as they shifted their positions in their seats and started looking down in order to avoid eye contact with me. Most people are uncomfortable with conflict, however, this is my son’s future that is at stake, so I relished the moment. My son’s math teacher spoke up and said “Well, that’s the government…. (lol).” I was not laughing. I responded with “Even your Principal is aware of this as we discussed the fact that it would take summer school for my son to qualify for college/university entrance. She’s aware of it, you are aware of it and most educators are aware of it. When do people at the grass roots level develop the balls to say this is not good for our kids and stand up to the almighty and unconstitutional Department of Education and say NO?” And I added, “Over the next four years, as parents discover this major transgression against our children, they are going to be rightly screaming at you and the school board. Aren’t you worried about that day?” That day is not yet here, so these teachers focus on what will get them though today. The following is what I believe every parent should understand about Common Core and math followed by a description of what my family is doing to compensate for the sabotage being committed against our children’s futures.

 Common Core and Math Rigor

The educational mantra of the federal government is that they wish for our students to lead the world in math and science. This is not true! Let’s take a brief look at the Common Core academic rigor in the math domain to see if the federal Department of Education is making good on their commitment to America’s children.

  • The mathematics standards place Algebra I in ninth grade, rather than in grade 8 where it has traditionally been taught. This fact guarantees that the majority of students will not reach calculus in high school. Hence, my previously mentioned concern that nearly all school children will not be university qualified or ready following their senior year in high school. Unfortunately, there are a lot more problems with Common Core math than what I have previously identified with.
  • The standards require the teaching of geometry to follow an experimental method, which has never been used successfully anywhere in the world. And despite the claims made by Common Core advocates, the Common Core standards are not internationally bench-marked.
  • Common Core excludes certain Algebra II and Geometry content that is currently a prerequisite at almost every four-year state college.


In fact, exclusion of key math concepts is commonplace under Common Core. The Pioneer Institutes examination of Common Core revealed the following deficiencies:

  • “Common Core fails to teach prime factorization and consequently does not include teaching about least common denominators or greatest common factors.

  • Common Core fails to include conversions among fractions, decimals, and percents, identified as a key skill by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

  • Common Core de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation, which is a prerequisite for advanced mathematics, and instead effectively redefines algebra as “functional algebra”, which does not prepare students for STEM careers.

  • Common Core does not require proficiency with addition and subtraction until grade 4, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.

  • Common Core does not require proficiency with multiplication using the standard algorithm (step-by-step procedure for calculations) until grade 5, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.

  • Common Core does not require proficiency with division using the standard algorithm until grade 6, a grade behind the expectations of the high-performing states and our international competitors.

  • Common Core starts teaching decimals only in grade 4, about two years behind the more rigorous state standards, and fails to use money as a natural introduction to this concept.

  • Common Core fails to teach in K-8 about key geometrical concepts such as the area of a triangle, sum of angles in a triangle, isosceles and equilateral triangles, or constructions with a straightedge and compass that good state standards include.”

What’s a Good Parent to Do?

There are schools which go beyond Common Core so the dumbing down factor is removed. However, parents must act at an early age in order to minimize the damage being done by the government. Unfortunately, some of these schools enforce such rigid standards that a child cannot be a child. My son’s best friend attends one of the Basis Schools. The education is top notch, but we opted to not enroll our son in Basis, because he would have stopped being a kid. Our son is involved in karate, cross country, piano, golf, choir and the school play. If he were at Basis he would be taking 9-10 subjects at a time and many of his interests would disappear so he could survive the educational demands. In reference to my son’s best friend who attends Basis, he has three to four hours of homework a night, every night. I have noticed that since this boy has started attending Basis, he is showing visible signs of distress and anxiety and I understand why. If this boy arrives at his home by 4pm every day, he has an hour to eat dinner and then start on his homework which he completes by 9pm and it is time for bed. And this is when everything is going well. I am becoming convinced that if parents are going to save their child from Common Core, it might be necessary for children to be home schooled in an environment in which the parent can control the scope and sequencing of the curriculum. However, this requires one stay-at-home parent and in this economy this is increasingly more difficult to find. In fact, only 14% of American families fit this model. The news goes from bad to worse. I would like to report that Common Core only impacts the math curriculum. However, other subjects are impacted as well. Most importantly, your family values and your authority over your child are increasingly being challenged by Common Core and this is something that I will be exposing on an intermittent basis over the next several months. For now, my son gets math tutoring for six weeks in the summer, from a math expert who comes from South Korea. The instruction is excellent. Also, I have resigned myself to the fact that he will be taking a summer math course in order to compensate for Common Core. In the interim, I would appreciate hearing from parents who have found successful alternatives with regard to the education of their children, because I am not seeing many good options out there at the present time.

Please join me in the second hour, on March 23rd from 10-11pm (Central),  when Charlotte Iserbyt, President Reagan’s Assistant Secretary for Education, joins me to discuss the dangers that Common Core poses for our children.

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  1. Frank March 15, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I don’t know where you went to school but in Rockford, Illinois Algebra I was a 9th grade subject and Geometry was a 10th grade subject. This was back in 1963-1964. So, to say that Algebra I has always been an 8th grade subject is totally untrue. However, do NOT forget that at that time the the states had control of education and not the Feds. The math programs now are appalling and sentence diagramming and English are no longer taught. They don’t know history, geography, biology or just about any other subject that takes some effort. I was a Dean’s List student in college and graduated with a double major and a double minor in courses with terms and words that most people can’t even pronounce or understand. When I was a student there a group of guys there that spent almost all of their time partying and drinking. They studied for finals two days before their tests and barely passed those. Who were they? None other than education majors, teachers. Those who can’t teach!


  2. Joe March 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Dave….Thank you for your work; you are greatly appreciated! Schooling of our children…We have opted to cut back in all areas of life, no cable, no internet, no car payments and so on. We have greatly reduced our cost of living in order to homeschool our children. We are a much happier, harmonious family. Our children are as sponges and are learning at a rapid pace. We are teaching them to be individuals and leaders…not followers. I am so proud of them. God bless you and yours!

  3. Karl Helder March 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    We all wants the best for our children, no mater what age or problem that faces them !
    I do feel there are worse things waiting for them then poor math education …

    I’m not alone fearing for the the war to come . Hot spots like Syria , Iran, Hezbollah, gaza, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel !
    Or Ukraine, Russia, Crimea EU and NATO !
    Not to forget Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and USA …

    There are big pro cents chanse of war in all of the above mentioned parts of the world . Nukes and biological warfar can be the result that will impact most of us …

    I do self have children in the same age as you Dave, thou I come from Scandinavia, problems seams to be similar !

    I love them both and spends lots of time driving them back and forth to different sports activitys . But even thou life goes on like there are no big problems ahead, that is all thou my biggest concern for them, my family, friends and fellow citiesens …

    If I would give all of you who are reading this my best advise, leave for a neutral country the first thing when you hear war is on …

    Then we will solve better aducation later on, together !

    God bless !

  4. bert March 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Here’s a “standard” for child rearing and education most do NOT speak to at any time:

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

    Before the LORD

  5. Jane March 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    You are incorrect. Four year colleges and university do NOT require students to have calculus in order to be accepted. In truth calculus has always been best taught at the collegiate level. The calculus that high school students receive is not very rigorous and is not very helpful to their over all goals.

    The reason to resist common core and other such nonsense is because the program teaches nothing but fluff and lies


  6. Frank March 15, 2014 at 6:31 am


    I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin which is a very expensive private school with outstanding credentials. Marquette University, in Milwaukee, liked to get Carthage grads in their grad school as they knew the quality of a Carthage student. I had majors in Economics and History and minors in Math and Biology. All this while I started my first business and earned my first Black Belt. I was going to be a doctor but I’ve got numerous doctors in the family and it’s not what I wanted after seeing their work load. I knew I was for too smart to be a lawyer after taking an interim class in law. If one looks at my professional and athletic accomplishments there are few qualified to carry my gym bag. I can tell you from personal experience today’s teachers are NOT the caliber of forty years ago. I will compare my education and accomplishments to anyone’s! Most don’t even have a chance.

  7. James March 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

    All I know is in about 1967 the first day or two of Algebra (8th Grade) Ms. Mayo said, “A=B and B=C, therefore A=C!!!!! I knew I was in the wrong class.

  8. Frank March 15, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Jane is right! Colleges do NOT require calculus. It is and always has been college level math. How do I know? I was a math minor and had calculus in college, NOT high school.


  9. iwitness02 March 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Everything that is perpetrated against mankind by the controllers is so deliberate, cold, calculating, vicious and greedy.
    I know of an invisible source that has the best “Intel” in the business.
    I also read that my source has a plan for those who have grand plans.
    It is all so wonderful and terrible at the same time. Both hope and despair.
    Fukishima(?) is the sand in the hour glass. No matter what other problems and solutions that may come and go, the radiation is still not back in the bottle. Nor do I see it going back in the bottle any time soon. The radiation is not going to run out. We will run out of people first.
    Forget the economy, forget war, forget famine and drought. Forget about what may or may not be in twenty years time. It doesn’t matter it we can’t fix our planet. We will all die sooner rather than later. All this just to say that the time is now.
    We are in SHTF right now. It anyone is going to be part of the solution, it is time to act like it.
    Your life style should represent independence at the highest level achievable. To me, it feels as though useful time is very short before it becomes Time To Just Say No. No to any “authority” that will come into your neighborhood/home and demand anything from you because they “say so”. However because of Judges, cops, and lawyers, it is hard for people to just say no. To say “no” means a fight. The fight is always rigged.
    The laws we live under that force us to buy things, and do things, and not do things, according to some strange will not our own is just hideous. When this thing “blows” its going to be big.
    The score card is really lopsided. The common man is actually a good score keeper.
    I believe the score is about to change for the false flagged side.
    For now my source shall remain anonymous.
    (am I really that transparent?) 🙂

  10. Karl March 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    It is MUCH worse than academics!

    IndoctriNation (http://indoctrinationmovie.com/) disclosed the danger and Operation Jericho (http://www.natcure.org/operation-jericho/) is showing the solution. Additionally, please see http://insectman.us/exodus-mandate-wv/index.htm.

  11. Linda Williams March 15, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Each parent must attempt to grapple with the problem, as best he can. It is ideal for a student to develop as a person, as you have chosen for your son, Dave, and for the deficiencies in the academic program to be identified and supplemented. It is vital that parents help each other to be informed, since the schools are designed to be obstacle courses.

    Sadly, the system deliberately targets teachers who are courageous advocates for students and their families. Any who get in are attacked covertly through many hidden, often extreme methods and forced out. Think battle ground. There are lots of pro Agenda 21 people woven into the fabric of schools, watching and ready.

  12. Steve March 15, 2014 at 7:19 am


    Great article. I am a high school math teacher in Texas, where fortunately we have not drunk the Common Core koolaid. I teach Geometry, a traditionally 10th grade subject, but since I teach at a college-prep magnet program (public school system), most of my students take their Algebra 1 in 8th Grade, which typically requires their parents to make that decision back when they are in 6th Grade to move them into the accelerated math program.

    Texas is changing its standards, and there are voices that are saying that it is dumbing down. The biggest single issue is not requiring Algebra 2 for graduation, but while taking away that requirement, Texas is requiring all students to graduate with an ‘endorsement’, a type of certification signifying some kind of college- or career-ready course of study. Some of the endorsements pertain to business and health care, which are not math-intensive, while others pertain to STEM, and those will be very math-heavy. One such endorsement will require 6 years of math, which will require not only 8th Grade Algebra 1, but will also require taking TWO advanced mathematics courses concurrently in either their Junior or Senior year.

    The point of all this is recognizing that not ALL Texas students are going to college. And of those going to college, not all of them are going to start out at a 4-year university. Every student does NOT need calculus to be successful in life, but yes, students going for an engineering degree at Texas A&M will DEFINITELY need HS Calculus, just so that they are prepared for Freshman Calculus in college. For one, I am glad to see that we are not painting all our students with the same broad brush.

    Having said that, Common Core is bad policy, and students who show capability and drive, like your son, should have all the barriers removed so that they can achieve their highest level, whatever that is. The system should NEVER be the barrier for high-flying students.


  13. Pamela March 15, 2014 at 7:22 am

    BTW… all Community Colleges in Virginia will accept High School grads without any minimum standards if the have a “diploma”.


  14. A Lil Wacked March 15, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Both of my daughters had algebra in the 8th grade. One is now 28 and the other is 24. Both took advanced mat classes their first two years. Because they move so fast, one did well, the other didn’t. Her homework was always fine, it was the testing. The one that did well took calculus her senior year, even though she had no use for it. Now in her doctorates program, she often helps younger friends and family members with their math. Common Core is indeed a dumbing down of your children. They are punishing the achievers or the sake of a few unmotivated or slower learners. And now they’re also dumbing down the SAT’s…. then they’ll ask for more money cause they’ll say we’re not doing enough for our kids….. all the while, they’re propagating a larger and ‘dumber’ lower/lower-middle class….

  15. Syrin March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    This is one of the MANY reasons I home school all three of my kids. My sons who are in 5th and 7th grade just passed an online COLLEGE astrophysics course (yes, as GRADE SCHOOLERS). My daughter as a future junior in high school will be taking college courses on campus at two different colleges and is already a national merit scholar, but she will have MUCH more free time than she did in school which beat her down with excess busy body work in subjects that will never be of use to her. People, it’s time to WAKE THE F’UP. School is now more about indoctrination and imposing their ideals onto your children than it is about getting kids college prepped or ready for a trade. We slide every year despite spending more per student on education than any other nation on the planet by a WIDE margin. If the gov’t wanted to fix a crisis, it wasn’t health care, it was education, but of course that crisis was CAUSED by the gov’t to start with.

  16. Willard Aztec March 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I detect a bit of pride in Dave’s responses. Instead of insisting on his point of view he should admit that once in a while, everyone can be wrong.
    By and large his articles are very good, and, we agree “common core” is nothing more than teaching herd mentality but to argue that “I am always right!” is not becoming.
    By the way, why take education away from the feds and give it “back to the states?” Where it really belongs is in the family. If two incomes are necessary, cut your standard of living, live on less and devote some of your time to the kids. That is worth more than any “university education” where communism is just taught at a higher level.
    The bible teaches the parents should be the educators not the “public schools, be it primary, secondary or higher.” education.

  17. carla naumann March 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    just because you can do math, does not mean that you are wise….home school — I have been a home school mother for the past twenty years and would not trade this career for any other. I left a government position after 20 years. I saw the corruption at all levels. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to remain honest in this corporate run (government) system of lies and deceit. We lost our country in 1871, when our Constitution was changed without our knowledge. (ACT OF 1871) We are all slaves, students and teachers. You are a citizen slave owned by the privately owned (Rockefeller, Rothschilds, Warburgs, Queen of England, British/Dutch Royalty) Federal Reserve Bank by Acquiesce. Look it up. This is fact. Your birth certificate is SOLD as a Bond owned and traded by Federal Reserve Bank a month after you (parents) register. The Trading starts at 33 Water Street, NY, NY. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge. Most college graduates are waiting tables or unemployed with a tremendous amount of debt (with interest) USURY to repay to these corporate criminals. = FIAT (printing money out of thin air and charging you and your children interest) Read the Creature of Jeklyll Island G. Edward Griffin fpr a real education not taught in our Deliberately Dumbed Down Educational System (prison) . Our children are leaving these universities (ponzi scheme) with debt that will be impossible to repay. Their investment should be in themselves (a skill at something they love to do) other than investing in an outdated system of learning, putting them in “little boxes” that benefits the corporate criminals in this system. Its what our children ARE NOT learning that is important. God gave the parents the responsibility to Train up a child, the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Our children are used as lab rats, with the next failed system (Common Core) to prove it. If this does not work, just have the teachers playing doctors prescribe one of the hundreds of mind numbing pharmaceuticals to your Little Johnnie.

  18. carla naumann March 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    God same the children

  19. Edwin : O'Keefe March 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Dave when I was in high school….junior in 1962, both geometry, and algebra were available in the 9th grade. While I disagree in point, I do not in principle….The dumbing down of our kids is in full swing….Thanks for bringing this all important issue again to the forefront..

  20. Jus'Say'n March 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Why waste your Valuable SHORT time worrying about what the LIBTARDS (Single Mommies, Illegals, Homothexuals, etc) have and are doing in the schools anyway?!
    No need to worry about that/them – the Russians and Chinese will be here (Or at least their Nukes will) to put an end to it all soon!!!


    Best just be teaching your Children how to survive the Tribulation Period. School will be out forever soon!!!
    Or does anyone really believe that school will still be in session after the coming World Catacylsm?!
    WAKE UP!!!!

  21. Diogenes Shrugged March 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    So, we’ll all agree to pipe down if THEY agree to teach algebra in the eighth grade? We’ll all be happy once again if THEY add back a few topics that are presently missing from Common Core? Is that what we’re saying here?

    Imagine for a minute no public schools, and imagine nothing but one-room, free-market school houses where students of all ages are taught together in the same setting. Neighborhoods with lots of money will afford better teachers and better curricula, and will turn out some world-class, top-notch students. Poor neighborhoods will do everything in their power to match the better schools. Society demands INCREASINGLY competent doctors, scientists and technicians because progress in these areas means the intellectual requirements are constantly increasing. The system I’ve described will supply the full spectrum of workers when those students reach adulthood.

    Contrast that with public schools where the goals are uniformity, fairness, equality, tolerance, obedience, fealty toward government, love and respect for political leadership, patriotic support for the military, obedience – – all facets of the socialist government religion (did I mention obedience?) All students are EXPECTED to to end-up equally dumb and unmotivated (and entitled) because fairness trumps excellence. For government schools to succeed, every cookie must resemble every other cookie on the assembly line as much as possible.

    The problem isn’t Common Core. The problem is turning our children’s minds over to government regimentation and propaganda in the first place. Until we quit turning our children’s minds over to the government, who the heck cares when they learn algebra? The cost of that remedial math course they’ll have to take as college freshmen can just be tacked onto that crippling student loan they’re going to carry into middle age.


  22. Susan March 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I am posting from a different perspective. I am a housekeeper in a hospital. I feel it is one of the highest jobs I could have. I spend my time while working, praying, confessing, worshipping. The bottom line, God is being glorified and lives saved. I have 5 years education with a degree, but that means nothing to God. What is esteemed in the eyes of man is an abomination in the eyes of God. God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. I am not wise according to this world, but when smart people can’t figure things out around me, I ask the King and He shows me how. He gets all the glory. I agree we are being dumbed down, and not just through rock music, TV, prescription drugs, HAARP, fluoride, and the education system of lies, ect. But religion that professes godliness but has no power. He said He would destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Just saying……….

  23. Valerie March 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Dave, I took Algebra I in 9th grade, too – that would be the early Seventies. I taught my two at home, late Eighties to late Nineties, so can’t comment on when/why Algebra I diverted to the eighth grade, but schools look at a wide range of factors when they decide whether or not an applicant is accepted to a college. Not just math.

    One of my children got into university via home education (and has a Ph.D in English); the other as yet has chosen to not go that route. Our home school was light on both science and math. Agreed that many families have painted themselves into corners where home education is not a possibility: I was willing to endure a great deal of near-poverty in order to see my own through.

    Not everyone is made of the same stuff.

    Enslaving kids to excessive homework, study, and/or stress, however, is never a good approach. If a college degree requires that much preparation, it might not be the life to aim for…

    Great many people are beginning to realize that college guarantees a future slavery to debt via excessive college tuition – and in its four years, strips away what parents spent eighteen years teaching about life, faith, integrity and honour…

  24. Truthy1 March 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I attended public school in northern Va. and Algebra was an elective class in 8th grade that you had to test into or apply for the advanced math program.

  25. wendy March 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    My mother confronted one of my son`s teachers back in early 90`s.
    She was a teacher back in the 30`s.. told his elementary teacher,
    ” your hands are tied aren`t they”. The teacher just stared back at her.
    No Common Core back then but it was obvious to my mother the limts
    put on teachers by an ‘infiltrated’ school administration. She also warned
    me there was a homosexual agenda in progress, she was right.
    It`s tragic, ‘the future of our country’ is being indoctrinated, not educated!
    Teachers must now follow a ‘dictated’ cirriculum, low-key style of teaching
    designed to discourage critical thinking, creativity, individuality.. no more
    stepping outside the box to stimulate minds or encourage children to reach
    for the stars! It`s a disgrace.. all teachers should be screaming against this
    deprIvating agenda forced upon them and America`s children!

  26. Dusty March 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Dave, teach your son to shoot and let him try BASIS (the number one charter school in the country teaching the classics, Latin and Chinese). Give him the opportunity to excel. If he chooses another path you can always switch and many do.

    My son is bored with common core, has blown the top off the standardized tests and is excited for a new challenge at BASIS next year (the vast majority of people at the orientation.were east Indian and Asian descent).

    Your comparison of teachers IQs as high as lawyers is an insult to teachers (sorry about the inside joke, I am a non-Indian non-Asian lawyer).

    There is also a great kids program at the Arizona Game and Fish for shooting, archery and outdoor skills for little or no cost. Teach them to be smart, kind, aware, and fear nothing while preparing them to survive the brave new world.

  27. Bob Nelson March 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    First of all, since when is it legal or moral for me to use a third party entity to handle something that I as a parent should pay for? Let’ see, what if we name this third party “government” and we give this third party the “right” to commit violence against people, kill them if they feel like it and steal their property either through taxation or seizure, or both. Of course, that money will go for the common good, to educate Dave’s son. What if I have no children, or they are all grown up? Why should I pay for other people’s children, even when I am old and retired?
    I know, it is all for the common good. Supposedly, so is Obamacare. It is communism, pure and simple. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
    They are NOT public schools. They are government schools. You do not own them or control them. They are owned and controlled by that same third party we call “government”. They are used by the government to indoctrinate children for a long time. Ever wonder why one of the planks of the Communist Manifesto specifically states that mandatory education controlled by the government needs to be in place?

    Let the free market handle education along with the parent. Close all government schools and that huge tax savings will go back to the taxpayers. Then you can set up your own school systems in your neighborhood or home school. Churches can cease being extensions of the government and get back to doing what God told them to do. Preach the Gospel and minister. They also can set up parochial schools for low cost.
    I have read Iserbyt’s book and it is excellent. More people do not want to heed the warning as they do not want to get that involved with their children. I believe that they prefer them to be gone for most of the day.
    Sad our society has sunk that low.

  28. Jim In Montana March 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    “Won’t you come with me – VOTE for me – as we “fundamentally change” America?”

    Anyone who does not know who made that awful promise deserves to be sent to the de-watered showers.

  29. Jim In Montana March 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Lil Wacked has it right. The dumbing down began when the Dept of Ed was created and a whole bunch of otherwise useless people found jobs there. It is the same with EVERY Federal agency: they are full of people that no one in business would hire. Time to clean house.

  30. Cindylu March 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Dave,
    have you seen this new executive order, signed this week, that gives the President the power to seize all your assets?at the end of the order it says “national emergency declared”. HE HAS DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. I have not heard a word about this anywhere but in this article. It was posted on infowars.com. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/06/executive-order-blocking-property-certain-persons-contributing-situation
    I tried to save the link on my computer and when I went back to it, the page was gone. That worries me.


  31. JayJay March 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    What will the public do when these graduates start building houses??

  32. Rhoda March 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    My father’s parents were first generation German and right off the boat Irish. He and his older brother and sister grew up during the depression era. Both of his siblings graduated top of their class from University of Illinois. My father was the black sheep and only ranked third of his graduating class at Illinois Institute of Technology in a little known field of Fire Protection.

    He spent the majority of his career as the fire protection engineer for Argonne National Laboratories, in Lamont Illinois. His job was to retro-fit all the buildings on ANL 500 acre campus with sprinkler systems. This project took over 30 years.

    My father would sometimes take us to Argonne and what a great thrill it was to sit in a fire engine and blow the siren! Without us knowing, he introduced his children to many of the fascinating research projects Argonne was working on. I toured the Zero Gradient Synchrotron (ZGS) and saw things that looked like huge robots; walking bubble chambers. I saw areas of biological study. I was 8 or 9 years old and was always fascinated by another trip to his work; this instilled in me the joy of learning.

    When I was in 7th grade, the school system changed math gears and went to something called “new math”. I really enjoyed math and knew that Dad was a great back up for me. I once approached him with a new math problem that I couldn’t figure out. He spent much time with the book, and a man who was conversant in calculus, could not give me an answer; it made no sense.

    His office was in Argonne’s Fire Department. There was a firefighter that was going to night school to become a fire protection engineer. He was stumped with a math problem and approached my Dad for help. My Dad asked to look at the problem and then looked at the firefighter and said, “Yes, I can help you if you do one thing – forget what they have taught you and listen to me”. The man then understood how simple the problem actually was.

    From a family of immigrants, all their children excelled in school and their choose careers. Their k-12 teachers did not have master degrees, but what those kids did have were two very strict, and loving, parents that actively participated in their lives. They did have the three R’s; reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. They are the best example of “if you can read, you can learn anything”.

    todays students who excel are a shinning example of a quote from Mark Twain, “I never let my schooling get in the way of my education”. We have a four year old grandson who is WAY to smart for his own good. Imagine what he is going to encounter when he goes main stream first grade. He could recite his alphabet at age two and count to twenty at three. I am hoping that I can help our daughter homeschool him until he is old enough to mentally and emotionally defend himself, not from other kids, but from the teachers.

    It is up to the parents to become involved in their children’s schooling and to understand that some of the most blind and stupid people have PhD’s (piled higher and deeper) behind their names; ignorance is curable, stupidity is terminal.

  33. Zechariah March 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    In southwest Ohio, Algebra I was normally reserved for the Freshman year of H.S. This was true when I entered H.S. in Fall of 1961. Plane Geometry (“right-brain stuff”) was usual Sophomore year fare, Algebra 2, Junior year, and several options for the Senior year. I have noticed since then, during my tenure as a college mathematics teacher myself, that curriculum was shoved back perhaps a year in order to allow able students to take calculus in High School. Not sure if that is a good idea or not in that a lot of remediation has also been shouldered by the universities. Algebra is the mathematical equivalent of language development and, as such, demands a great deal of time and practice in order to become second nature. High School is where this needs to happen.

  34. Seen2013 March 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    … Debt multiplier.

    If students go to summer school, community college, and 4 year college, the student adds to the required registration and admissions, school profits, and the student increases the student loan bubble. It’s about the money.

  35. Arizona March 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    your all dreaming,america is about to discover where hells at,cause it’ll be in the street,Right in front of your house,if your alive to see it……….JUST a friendly little warning……………….

  36. Pat March 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Not all children are alike. I was one who had a difficult time with math. Algebra, in my day, was not required. Basic knowledge of math was required and no calculators allowed. So, if you got to graduate you had a working knowledge of the everyday mathematics you would need for daily life. Sadly, today I see students who may be great on paper but take the calculators away, throw away the batteries or unplug and you find they really don’t know anything. Now that’s dumbing kids down and you don’t have to go to McDonalds to find those kids. Some are actually in college. We owe it to our kids to make sure they understand the basics. After that you will see some doctors, lawyers, teachers etc, but not all want the higher education nor will they ever desire that. The key is a good foundation and all, back to the basics.

  37. CEO constitutional enforcement officer March 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    O K guys are we straining at a gnat to swallow a camel ?. History , history , history , His story. Without His story it all means nothing , once truth was removed what do you have ? NOTHING of any value, . Miss Susan on previous reply nailed it one hundred percent, and good point Just saying on your reply. Focus ya’ll.

  38. J March 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Regarding “Common Core”, this is not just about revamping the K-12 system of education, it will directly involve revamping the Collage and University educational mentality and process as well. University and Collages educational process is a direct reflection of the K – 12 educational process. When you fight for your child’s education, you are also fighting of the collage and university as well!
    In America, Common Core may be about money, the reality in other countries is this method and mentality is about socialization and control.

  39. Sal Tumminia March 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Dave I find that this non stop coverage of this missing plane and no coverage of Ukraine has me very nervous that something bad is brewing and they are distracting us with this missing plane 9 days of non stop coverage its not even an american flight your sources have any updates for us brother we appreciate your article and sincerity god bless you and you family

  40. In the Valley of the Sun March 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm


    Thank you for spreading the word. I too was in school in Illinois. I was in accelerated math in Algebra I in 8th grade. In spite of acing the course, my father (ex-math teacher) insisted I take it again my Freshman year. What a hindrance toward getting ahead. I think I received a 99% percent rather than 98%, as in 8th grade. 10th grade was Geometry followed by Trigonometry and finally Algebra II/pre-Calculus. There was AP Calculus available, but not since I wasted a year in Algebra. I cannot agree with Zechariah. I found Algebra so easy in 8th grade I believe I could have handled it in 7th. My older child is currently studying Algebra in the equivalent of 7th grade and doing fine.

    Thank you also for your feedback about BASIS. I am currently homeschooling, but have looked at BASIS for my older child. There is another local charter company based upon the trivium called Great Hearts. They have several schools here in the valley. The bottom line is that if one researches Common Core enough, one will discover that this program stifles local and parental control because it is a copyrighted program under the company CORE in India, largely funded by multinational corporatism for the purpose of more deeply securing human resources who question nothing. Search for the CORE Education and Technologies Limited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Search also for Clint Richardson’s video with Jan Irvin (gnosticmedia.com) about this report on YouTube.

    One can find that both math and English language arts standards were not approved by the only teachers asked to evaluate the curriculum, and that the standards are actually designed to leave our children at a 6th grade level after 8th grade. “College readiness” is admittedly, by the creator who coined the term, nothing more than a set of standards crafted to leave our children only prepared for community college and not a 4-year university.

    I have not even mentioned the data mining, data storage, and other monitoring tools such as MRI devices listed in Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance Report as published by the US Department of Education.

    Another well-done video series on YouTube I found on the Arkansas Against Common Core group is located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coRNJluF2O4&list=PLWqL2Og4ICdvllViIJu00MBc15yaXp2UH

    I cannot imagine the damage this Common Core program will yield. I am already appalled by the lack of all-around intelligence I witness displayed by neighborhood children. I fear it getting worse. I guess in the end that most will not see the damage because they have already succumbed to the mass dumbing down that Charlotte Iserbyt so comprehensively explains in her book. Keep up the good work.

  41. criss March 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Amen Valerie…You said “Great many people are beginning to realize that college guarantees a future slavery to debt via excessive college tuition – and in its four years, strips away what parents spent eighteen years teaching about life, faith, integrity and honor…

    I am watching the insidious indoctrination of my children with every semester steel the hard work and sacrifice of years of home educating my sons. I don’t know what they will be when they are “done”…

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  43. pslwoman March 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I graduated high school in the 80s aling with my two sisters in MA. We had algebra in 9th grade and geometry in 10th. None of us took calculus. We all went to top notch schools….Fairfield University in CN, Babson College in Welsley, Ma, and Franklin Pierce University in NH. I homescool my children but through the school district curriculum. It does include the things you are saying it doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong… I love your articles and loathe Obozo more than anyone..but I did have to comment that your experience may not be the case everywhere.


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  46. Brittany March 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I am a public high school gov/Econ teacher and you are so right on about most teachers being sheeple. I work very hard to expose kids to what’s going on; we even had a town hall with Congressman Pete Sessions and grilled him on all kinds of things from the federal reserve to 911, crushing debt loads and the two party corruption. But when I invited the social studies department to the town hall, not one showed up. If I knew a bunch of kids in another class were going to do that, I would be the first one in the meeting.

    Some up of us are working very hard within the system but most teachers are afraid of doing anything to disturb the status quo. It really is disgusting. I get so much praise from parents that I am very surprised more teachers don’t show their courageous side.

    There is an art to delivering the information so that you don’t get in trouble. Even if I got into trouble, I know I am doing the right thing. But it’s sad to watch all the good teachers leave the profession because of bureaucracy.

    I love being the”crazy” conspiracy teacher at school. The kids absolutely love it and I love waking them up. The kids are much more awake then we give them credit for as they are immersed in the Internet. Many come to class ready aware that things are hugely wrong in the world.

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  47. Tony2Wolves March 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Texas never left much doubt about where it stands. In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry wrote the White House and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to say that Texas leads the way in education reform and would not waste tax dollars on “the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests.”

    Perry estimated adoption and implementation of the Common Core at $3 billion in textbooks, training and testing materials for Texas. He also dropped references to “state sovereignty” and “unwanted federal intrusion.”

    Texas is not perfect but we do have a few things going for us. On a daily basis I carry deadly weapons which are illegal in many states. We can even carry switch blade knives in Texas now. Gun and knife rights will once again be expanded in Texas during the next legislative session. There was a question on our last vote ballot which asked about 2nd Amendment expansion and a vast majority of Texans said yes! More guns and knives up to 5.5 inches long and no common core in Texas; what’s not to like.

  48. Sheryl Anne March 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Like Frank from above , I was educated at all Catholic schools in Milwaukee, Wis. Went to summer school at Marquette and then to Cardinal Stritch College. Majoring in biology and minoring in economics. Algebra began for me in the 9th grade. If you were good the nuns boosted you up
    to an advanced study. Calculus was the same in 3rd and 4th year high school. If capable in math or science the nuns boosted you to advanced
    studies and this was back in late sixties-early seventies. I am grateful for the education that I received because it was solid from beginning to end and
    anyone could accomplish whatever they wanted with that education.

    Yet, I know that our forefathers received an even MORE rigorous education that I did. They spoke several languages and probably had solid math
    at earlier ages. They seemed to have had a depth of overall knowledge far exceeding anything I know of today.

    Common Core is a Soviet style education for the majority. The elites will have what they always have had. Connections, status and power – whether they are smart or dumb as a box of rocks – they will have all the advantages while nothing will go to the masses.


  49. Norbert March 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Dear Dave Hodges:

    I understand this issue in the same way. Here, in Alberta Canada, our province adopted this new teaching method called NWCC or something like that. The kids in this province of Canada used to score among the top 15 in comparison to the world, ie. Singapore, China, Japan. Now with this new Math, our kids’ scores have dropped below top 15. My kids now learn everything they learn one grade level after when I learned it. My son learns the math in grade 5 that I learned in grade 4, plus we had to memorize timetables, now it is only recommended. As a kid I learned Algebra in grade 8, not in grade 9 like today under this new Common Core as you call it. Yes our kids are being dumbed-down on purpose by the global elitists, so the future generation will be easier to control. Today’s kids are also being brainwashed about the environment and global warming/climate change. Social engineeering anyone. Thanks, Norbert.

  50. Plowboy March 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm


    1) We must free the children from the public schools by implementing a voucher system;

    2) classroom sizes are becoming prohibitively large;

    3) nutritional deficiencies in the standard American diet (SAD), scheduled vaccinations and floride in the water are impairing brain function and cognitive performance;

    4) disruptive family issues, i.e. divorce and abuse are impairing children’s focus and readiness to learn;

    5) classroom discipline problems are not being handled by the administration;

    6) those not proficient in the English language demand an inordinate amount of teacher time and attention;

    7) certification courses can be condensed or cut and elementary level educators required to complete a degree in a content area and;

    8) the NEA needs to be neutered.

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