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Common Core & The Shape of Western Culture

February 4, 2014 by Jeff


Remember, culture is transmitted in large part through stories. According to Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College in Michigan Common Core is replacing the stories that have built, shaped, and nurtured Western Culture for thousands of years with “post-modern tales of cynicism and ennui.”

Let me be clear about what I mean when I say “culture” – I’m talking about, at least in part, the way a society of men and women think, including chiefly their moral calibration.  If you take out the story of even a modern text like, for exampleTo Kill a Mockingbird and replace it with A Mother of Monsters you aren’t just swapping one text for another.  You are making a radical adjustment of worldview.

If Dr. Moore is right, and it appears he is, Common Core isn’t just going to bring horrible scholarship to our students but will in effect attempt to re-create Western Culture in the image of something much less worthy than what it is replacing.

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