WASHINGTON, D.C. – An educator’s guide on “The Battle Over Gun Control,” published in cooperation with a National Public Radio affiliate, is raising concerns about how the national Common Core education standards play into important constitutional issues.
Alice Linahan, founder of the parents’ group Voices Empower, posted the guide to Facebook as an example of how Common Core is fundamentally changing how students learn about gun control, and other constitutional issues.
The guide was authored by Natomas Charter School teacher Kirsten Spall and Judge Memorial Catholic High School teacher Chris Sloan “in collaboration with the National Writing Project as part of the Newsroom to Classroom initiative,” according to the publication.
It’s sponsored by KQED, Northern California’s National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Station affiliate.
The intro reads:
Gun control is among the most divisive issues in American politics today. For many, it boils down to a basic debate over priorities: the constitutional right to bear arms and protect oneself vs. an effort to reduce violence. The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world and the highest gun violence rate of any wealthy nation. It also has some of the loosest gun control laws.
The issue took center stage in December, when a lone gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children and six adults in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Yet, months down the line, the 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.
The publication follows with a list of eight relevant Common Core standards on English, Language Arts and Social Studies addressed by provided materials, like gathering information from diverse media and formats, comprehending informational texts, and writing arguments in analysis of substantive topics.
The gun control guide then provides “key points on the gun control issue” from “The Lowdown” blog, which is KQED’s “Newsroom to Classroom” blog focused on gun control, with articles like “’Yet another Mass Shooting’ in America,” “U.S. Gun Homicides: Visualizing the Numbers,” and “The Loose Laws and Loopholes of Federal Gun Regulations.”
“Topic Background” provided by the gun control education guide – essentially summations of the KQED blogs – explain that “interpreting the intent of the framers of the Constitution is at the heart of the gun control debate,” and lists a lot of statistics that obviously benefit only one side of the debate.
“In 2010, there were roughly 31,670 gun-related deaths in the U.S. Close to 11,100 were homicides (35%) and about 19,400 (61%) were suicides,” one bullet point reads.
“In the last 30 years, there have been at least 62 mass shootings in 30 state. 25 have occurred since 2006,” reads another.
Other resources for the classroom include an infographic titled “Armed to the teeth: Gun ownership in America” published by Good Magazine, “A magazine for the global citizen” with an obviously liberal slant.
All of the multimedia materials presented in the guide come from The Lowdown and provide data that’s designed to bolster arguments for gun control.
The educator’s guide then offers some “guiding questions” for students.
“Are rules and guidelines that were created over 200 years ago still applicable today?”
“When a greater number of people in our society own guns, are we a (sic) safer or more at risk?”
“How accurate is this statement: ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’”
Other focus questions are designed to hit the major talking points trumpeted by gun control advocates.
Linahan emailed EAGnews:
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: ‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ The fact is, the 2nd Amendment is pretty straight forward and hard to misinterpret. That is, unless you have an agenda.
To those behind the Common Core ‘philosophy’ of education, facts are an obstacle to controlling the attitudes, values, beliefs, behaviors and worldview of the next generation of Americans.
Linahan pointed to Bill Gates’ recent admission that implementing Common Core has been harder than finding a cure for malaria, as reported by the Daily Caller. She also noted that some Americans are standing up for the Constitution, as evidenced by President Obama’s visit to Roseburg, Oregon last week.
Now, it is time for more parents to reclaim their parental authority and say “no,” we want our children to have an education of opportunity and freedom, because they know facts and they know America’s great success stories of men and women who will stand up for the right to be free.
The United States of America is the only country in the world who has that story to tell, and, it is because we were given the gift of the Constitution.
As attorney Robin Eubanks, author of ‘Credentialed to Destroy,’ clearly explained in this short audio clip …what is being mandated by federal statute if (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) is re-authorized, is that children are no longer to be taught facts. This is a fundamental shift in education in America.