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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Truth About Common Core


by Sam Huntington

Common Core is a global (voluntary) initiative designed to standardize educational standards in mathematics and the English Language Arts.  It sounds tame enough, so why then are (some) parents alarmed about a Common Core-Islam connection?  It is because school districts have incorporated school-sponsored programs of Islamic indoctrination, which include but are not limited to:

  • Visits to mosques at taxpayer expense
  • Requiring girls to wear head scarfs in the Islamic tradition
  • Diminishing the Holocaust as a political scheme
  • Offering allegiance to the United States in Arabic
  • Adopting observances of Islamic holy days
  • Introducing Islamic vocabulary to students who are barely able to speak proper English, introducing Islamic cultural studies
  • Proselytizing Islam by creating pamphlets about Islam
  • Reciting the Shahada, which proclaims Allah as the one true god and renounces the God of Abraham


Qatar is the origin of global educational standards; global standards is funded through Qatar Funding International (QFI) and directing the QFI Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics is Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Moslem Brotherhood cartel.  In 2011, QFI partnered with the US Department of State (Hillary Clinton, Secretary) and the US Department of Education (Arne Duncan, Secretary) to facilitate relationships between US and foreign classrooms.  It is called "Connect the Classrooms" Project.

Here in the United States, Common Core is a product of the National Governor’s Association (NGA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the College Board.  Common Core standards have the protection of US copyright laws, which means that states may not change the standards once adopted; to ensure compliance with these standards, the NGA and CCSSO control the use of standards and licenses them.  The license requires that the use of the standards must be “in support of” the Common Core State Standards initiatives.

Of interest, Obama supporter and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers reportedly received $49.2 million from Vartan Gregorian, a board member of QFI who is also a member of the White House Fellowship Commission.  Gregorian is an integral part of the “connect all schools” program, through which QFI invested $5 million in order to teach Arabic in American public schools.  Of equal interest, one of Common Core’s leading and unapologetic spokesmen is presidential candidate Jeb Bush, whose father received his presidential library from the Kuwaitis, and whose brother enjoys strolling through the garden while holding hands with the King of Saudi Arabia and who facilitated the escape of the bin-Laden family after terrorist attacks on 9/11.

The largest contributor to the effort to transform America into a Sharia compliant nation is Pearson, the “world’s largest education company” with offices in 70 countries, providing a wide range of educational programs and services.  My guess is that most people do not recognize education as an industry.  As it turns out, that is all it is.  Who are the largest investors in Pearson?  According to the Financial Times, it is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Moslem Brotherhood cartel through the Libyan Investment Authority.  Pearson, meanwhile, argues that it has no control over its shareholders terrorist related activities.

The states accepting federal funds from the 2009 Race to the Top initiative, which encourages states to give up their sovereignty in exchange for federal money, were the first to adopt Common Core standards, but few of these states adopted Common Core through the legislative process; it was achieved fait accompli through state boards of education.  Only two years before this, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed documents that stipulate that the goals of the Moslem Brotherhood cartel included the indoctrination of American K-12 students by teaching Islam.  The seized documents were part of the Holy Land Foundation trial—the largest terror funding trial in American history.  However the caveat continues to exist, federal funding depends on whether states adopt important reforms.

What reforms?

Pearson Education now solely administers the Teacher Performance Assessment.  New York State no longer assesses its teachers, even though New York State is their employer.  No, the assessor of teacher performance is an industry that relies upon significant investment by terrorist organizations, which are determined to force American schools to propagate Islam.  Added to this, there is no federal oversight of university programs under the Higher Education Act, Title VI, who train teachers for grades K-12, and there is no supervision over the development of lesson plans or seminars on Middle Eastern studies, materials of which were obtained from Saudi Arabia and are sold to states by Pearson.

Why is this working so well to the advantage of American leftists (including the Bush family, Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Ayers, et.al.) and to the detriment of the American people and our children’s future?  It is because parents are completely unaware of the treason that is going on within state boards of education, the NGA, the College Board, and on local campuses to subvert American education to recruitment mechanisms for Islam.

If a parent did want to do something about this deplorable situation, they should start by examining their child’s social studies textbook.  It does not take long to do this; start with the index, find Islam, and determine the appropriateness of what their child is being required to regurgitate.  Second, a concerned parent might discuss these lessons with their child’s teacher and communicate whether the parent will approve of their child reciting Shahada (which renounces the God of Abraham).  Attend school board meetings, demand answers to such programs are requiring young girls to wear headscarves, visit local mosques, and so forth.  Then finally, allowing that the school board fails to satisfy parents, parents have a constitutional right to withdraw their child from these brain washing centers and enroll them in homeschooling programs, where they can have quality teachers such as our blog mistress (See Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 399, 402).

Currently, the United States government is spending $621 billion annually on public education; much of this spent on indoctrinating students with one religion to the exclusion of all other belief systems.  While Christians may not recite the Lord’s Prayer in school, schools enabling Islam have somehow found a way to recite the Shahada —and then leftists wonder why conservatives are angry all the time.  If parents cannot or will not do as I have above suggested, then maybe they do not deserve freedom of religion, but in ignoring this assault on American values, they are preparing a very unhappy future for their children and grandchildren.

48 comments:

  1. Even when parents discovered that Common Core has inherent problems -- beyond what is stated in Sam's blog post -- many parents, particularly those with their children in private schools and those homeschooling their children, shrugged off the coming changes and didn't go into the trenches at the school board level. After all, many states did not formally sign onto Common Core..

    Well, those parents are not shrugging now as they have learned that Common Core has won the war. Excerpt:

    ...The math and English standards designed to develop critical thinking have been guiding classrooms for years now, even as the political fight rages on in statehouses and on the campaign trail: Many of today’s textbooks, workbooks, software and tests are designed to teach the oft-bashed academic standards and measure whether students are meeting them....

    In more than half of all states, millions of students took new standardized tests last spring based on the standards....


    This is the new reality in American education.

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  2. Students without participation in Common Core won't be able to do well on standardized testing. Common Core affects every subject area.

    I spent hours upon hours this summer trying to figure out how to deal with the Common Core changes to the SAT and the ACT -- and, eventually, the GRE and the LSAT.

    And, now, the changes to the Letter About Literature, a national writing contest in which my students have participated for at least a decade. Pages upon pages of explanation ("full of sound and fury, signifying nothing")! In all those LAL pages -- Were the writers paid by the WORD? -- I found only two of the new worksheets/activities to be worthwhile, albeit one of the examples morally unacceptable, particularly for the Level One LAL.

    I have an inside track for the Common Core rubrics for Composition (private-tutoring students in the public school system here in Northern Virginia). Not all of the Composition changes are bad by any means. But, again, there is new terminology and new acronyms to master.

    But the Common Core terminology? Sheesh. New jargon for educators to master. Time consuming!

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  3. Welcome back, Sam. It is rare for me to give out this compliment:

    Your commentary is an absolutely excellent piece of writing.

    The massive movement of journalism into script-for-public-consumption and pre-constructed narratives continues along. Massive propaganda assaults are being mounted against the average American thinker. It is refreshing to note that many bloggers are aware of the dynamic and maintaining professional standards. These standards, far exceed those of mainstream media.

    Thank you, for your investment in research for this article.

    Kind Regards,

    Tammy

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  4. AOW... are there any links to support what Sam is saying, any empirical evidence?

    Former Sec Ed under Pres. Reagan, Bill Bennett, no typical libtard, as they are frequently called by some of your commenters, calls the very charges Sam levels lies and myths, and includes evidence to support his claims.

    Bill Bennet on Common Core

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    1. Dave,
      If he has a chance, Sam may stop by to address your concerns.

      Until then, you'll have to take my word that Sam is a man of the highest integrity and a man who researches thoroughly. He also examines curricula and makes his own evaluations.

      I have see for myself some to the changes which Common Core has wrought, particularly in Language Arts. See my comments above.

      Furthermore I am, on principle, opposed to national standards. The Department of Education is another governmental bureaucracy, anothehr leviathan of the crony capitalism variety.

      Question for you....Have you examined any materials that are Common Core compliant?

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    2. Also, let us keep in mind that Bill Bennet was once the U.S. Secretary of Education and, by default, supports the very concept of national standards.

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    3. Perhaps you should enroll in a World History class, and then return to answer the following question:

      "How did Muslim conquerors treat those they conquered?"

      because the one and only correct answer in the book is:

      “With tolerance, kindness and respect."

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    4. Your Bradley County source is a one man operation of dubious veracity. It does have some intriguing articles, however.
      I like the one about the muslim training camps outside Chattanooga. He may be related to the guy who asked the question about muslim training camps in northern N.H. at the Trump rally (they're still looking for them).
      But it's a good example of the way unsubstantiated conjecture becomes truth on the Internet. Kinda sad.

      As for conquests, well compare to the Crusaders slaughter of Jerusalem or the Golden Horde's destruction of Baghdad.
      Was it a Coptic pope who destroyed the library of Alexandria.
      It's complicated.

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    5. Thersites,
      Thanks for that information in your comment of October 16, 2015 at 12:46:00 PM EDT.

      Ignore Duck's quacking. THE LINK speaks for itself.

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    6. At least the "levels" of PC here in America haven't yet reached that of the Brits! :)

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  5. AOW... Not being an educator, nor having school age kids, I have delved too deeply into the fracas. I understand a desire for more local, as opposed to federal control and I don't have an issue there.

    But that is not the main issue Sam brought up. He cited Islamic indoctrination, a charge Bennet calls a flat out lie.

    As a layman, I try to see both sides, seeking out people who are serious in how they approach an issue and provide well sourced backup for their opinions.

    Bennett did that. Sam did not.

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    1. Dave,
      Bennett did that. Sam did not.

      You don't know that.

      Am I saying that Bennett is a liar? Not exactly. But Bennett is a neocon and, therefore, as a big-government guy, would naturally support national education standards. I do not. Just look at the results therefrom so far! Hasn't worked well in practice. Not at all.

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  6. Welcome back, Sam!

    Even Thersites' page doesn't seem to have the information Dave Miller (and I) would like to see. I do want to see the actual guidelines....not just stats and frequently asked questions, etc....
    I want to know specifically if those awful points Sam listed are literally part of this plan once a community accepts it.

    Dave, it's ridiculous for you to call out "libtard" when you yourself know the awful things you've said at certain blogs about conservatives, and how other leftwingers are constantly using withering adjectives for us, so please.....let's not whine when we're not at all innocent, even more nasty than those you accuse. Thanks. That was just a cheap shot you needn't have included.

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    1. Z,
      Even Thersites' page doesn't seem to have the information Dave Miller (and I) would like to see.

      Here's the deal. Those who promote Common Core are not going to be up front with the realities.

      I have seen the realities for myself, and explained a few of them in a comment above.

      You know that I have over 40 years of teaching experience.

      I presently tutor students who are in the public school system. I see the materials which are Common Core compliant. So much gobbledy gook and jargon -- and acronyms galore.

      And verbosity. Take a look at THIS PDF FILE for the the Letters About Literature.

      My students have participated for years in the Letters About Literature contest. Never before did we have these droning-on sets of instructions such as those in the PDF file! Verbosity on steroids! Having more words does not equate with improving education.

      The same holds true for the coming Redesigned SAT, which is Common Core compliant. IPresident of College Board David Coleman. Note that Coleman is one of the architects of Common Core.

      Get the picture!

      It's a tangled web.

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    2. Perhaps the very requirement that the common core curriculum developed be evaluated for it's cultural competencies is sufficient to impart an ideological bias contrary to fact (that Islam is a" religion of peace" and not a savage medieval institution that sanctions the murder of infidels)?

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    3. Thersites,
      Gad! What a link! Makes me want to make use of my editing pen.

      But I do get your point. Boiling the frog -- or drowning it in jargon.

      Thanks for the link,

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  7. and, by the way, I have total respect and believe in Sam's integrity, too.
    Always have. I hope we can expect him to be around more again.

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  8. Hard to know where to start critiquing Sam's exposé. Let's try:

    1. Mandatory mention of Bill Ayers -- Was the group Ayers was associated with given the grant as part of the Annenberg Challenge or Common Core?

    2. Financial Times -- You mention its trashing Pearson. Is it still owned by Pearson? I'm too lazy to look it up. It was rumored last month that it would be sold to the Agnelli Group. Pearson has also been reliably linked to the Gates Foundation, Sysco, IBM and Intel. Maybe you can clear this up.

    3. Sharia instruction -- You have absolutely no corroboration for your initial assertions about Islam in the public schools and NOTHING connecting these assertions to Common Core.
    I know there have been instances of a push to recognize Eid al-Fitr as a school holiday but I don't believe that has been widespread outside NYC.
    I'm interested in the meaning of your assertion that the Holocaust is being diminished .
    Female students required to wear the hijab as part of Common Core? I don't think so.

    Pitch till you win< Sam. Nothing compelling here and as someone who lives in an area with a small but significant Muslim population I have not seen this shift toward sharia.

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    1. Duck,
      I have neither the time nor the inclination to address every point in your comment.

      But I will address this one....

      Female students required to wear the hijab as part of Common Core? I don't think so.

      That is indeed happening. I'm not basing this on merely something I read on the web. I'm basing what I'm saying on things reported to me locally by parents with their children in public school classrooms.

      Got get copies of Prentiss Hall's textbooks on World Studies. Read them. Then get back to us with your findings.

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    2. Seems like hearsay, AOW and the link to Common Core is missing.

      I suspect the Prentiss Hall may go a little light condemning Islam for some tastes.
      I suspect it might even continue the meme that the Puritans were seeking religious freedom while failing to mention they denied it to everyone else.
      History is a thorny subject. Try to remain neutral and you have bland history that is no more accurate than theories which have a bias.
      Writing a neutral history book must be like trying to make a neutral documentary, impossible unless it's purpose is as a soporific.

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    3. Duck,
      Of course the link you're looking for is missing.

      Again, please examine some curricular materials, then get back to us.

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  9. Reciting the Shahada makes one forever a Muslim in the eyes of the ummah -- whether or not one means the words when saying them.

    Answer me this....Are any public school students reciting the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed in their World Studies courses?

    If it's fine for students to learn the Shahada when studying Islam, why isn't it fine for students to recite Christian creeds?

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    1. Exactly.

      Maybe the Constitution should get re-written so as to separate "Christianity" from the State...for as Gay Marriage proved, it is a "living document", after all.

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    2. Eager to hear Ducky's response....he's too busy pitching till HE wins.....
      'bland history' ...imagine? If it's not angry and insulting to the Right, or if it's too pro American, apparently it's BLAND :=-)

      No Creed from Christianity allowed...you're so right.
      THEREIN lies the biggest problem..hypocrisy

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    3. Eager to hear Ducky's response....he's too busy pitching till HE wins.....
      'bland history' ...imagine? If it's not angry and insulting to the Right, or if it's too pro American, apparently it's BLAND :=-)

      No Creed from Christianity allowed...you're so right.
      THEREIN lies the biggest problem..hypocrisy

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    4. No Z, if it's slanted it get's challenged. Debate ensues.

      Try to stay in the middle and you get a yawn.

      Can you name a compelling documentary with a neutral POV?

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    5. if it's slanted it get's challenged.

      lol! Surely you mean, "If it's not slanted (favourably towards Islam), it gets challemged".

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    6. The Left is Hell bent upon presenting Islam as a non-threat to the West. Their agenda is to present Muslims as a decaffeinated, non-threatening "other", just a friendly guy who'd make a good neighbor. Anyone who states otherwise is told to check his privilege.

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  10. Z,
    HERE is some information for you to read. Click on the names of the publishers to read detailed material.

    Some of the material is a bit outdated. But I've seen the newer materials. The same.

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    1. Oh my GOSH!! I only looked at ONE publisher and it's astonishing.....

      PLEASE...everyone ought to have that alongside Sam's article.....THAT NAILS IT.

      The amazing dishonesty toward the Crusades, by the way, is rampant and incorrect opinions are held by really bright people I know...solid Christian (Leftwingers I know) will bemoan the horrible Christians behind the Crusades. They haven't a CLUE of the history.

      Sadly, now, I believe WIkipedia, too, is so slanted that we simply have a generation growing up with Wikipedia Brains..........leftwing "believe whatever you hear from other leftwingers or muslims and run with it" brains.

      thanks, AOW....that is an eye opening link there.

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    2. What dishonesty about the Crusades?

      My point is that is was a war of conquest that unleashed a viciousness that expressed itself in extreme antisemitism and the end of any hope for reconciliation with the Eastern church.

      Question: Why did Jews join Muslims in the defense of Jerusalem against the Crusaders?

      Just curious.

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    3. Z,
      Around the time I started blogging, I reviewed some Social Studies textbooks for Fairfax County Public Schools. I actually spoke on the phone with the county's Social Studies curriculum head, who phoned me after she received my review. We talked for a long time. She had a Ph.D. or two in History.

      The situation got quite involved -- with the curriculum head taking an early retirement. She said that she could no longer continue in good conscience if the county wanted to proceed with adopting textbooks filled with "misstatements." One issue which pushed her out: the vilification of the Crusades so as to whitewash Islam. You know which side CAIR was on, right?

      Until Mr. AOW's stroke, I was in the "curriculum trenches." Since his stroke, I simply haven't had the time to be as involved as I once was.

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    4. Duck,
      Were I you, I'd quit quacking.

      Sam has administrative powers here -- and is not nearly as patient as I am. Just sayin'.

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    5. Did I post something vulgar?

      Did I post something ad hominem?

      Did I violate the forum rules in any way?

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    6. Duck,
      I'm just saying that Sam isn't as patient as I am, that's all.

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    7. Laura Biding said

      She means you never cease to function –– calculatedly and with deliberate intent –– as a pain-in-the-ass

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    8. Ducky, you almost never understand there isn't Black and White in every situation, you aren't good with nuance.
      The Crusades were to protect Jerusalem/Christianity from Muslim hordes and Jews were simply in the way; except you're not totally correct because many Christians tried to save the Jews.
      Christian Crusaders came to the region to protect Christianity from Muslim marauders who'd started all of it......
      To jump on Christians every time as the bad guy is misinformed and, well...just plain stupid...

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  11. Common Core compliant material from the Letters About Literature guidelines (revised this year to comply with Common Core):

    It is mere ink on paper. That’s all. Just a “by-the-way-I-have-to-remind-
    Herbert-to-buy-milk-at-the-supermarket” scribble. But it lifts you up and throws
    you crashing to the ground. By jotting down ideas of life and love into a forty-six line poem you, Andrew, stormed into my safe bedroom chamber and aroused me from my deep sleep. You taught me there is a difference between being alive and living.


    Is this appropriate for 4th graders? The guide says so, but I maintain that this sample is not appropriate for 4th graders.

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  12. Years ago I reviewed Andrew Bostom's book for the Marine Corps Gazette:

    http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Jihad-Andrew-Bostom-M-D/dp/1591026024

    Mr. Bostom maintains a high level of scholarship and uses primary source documentation for his book.

    Kindness? Islam is a deeply flawed geopolitical gestalt and until we demand a bit of honesty, the whitewash will continue.

    Any of you remember this event - not exactly remote history?

    https://thelastenglishprince.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/amputation-of-limbs-a-tenet-of-the-islamic-gestalt/

    Islam allows for barbaric punishments, quite medieval in application. These practices are still in play today. There should be no place in modern, enlightened society for pandering to this failed governance model. We should not apologize for speaking the truth. The truth is not hate speech.

    Tammy

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    1. But how do you feel about Donald Trump ?

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  14. Sages and Evil Geniuses Alike Succinctly State Profound Statements of Principle. In the words of our Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident."

    Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.

    - Joseph Stalin


    Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.

    - Ludwig von Mises


    Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself."

    We do not need copious statistical studies, fact-filled tomes, and droning lectures from professional policy wonks in order to know right from wrong, good from bad, truth from falsehood. But we DO need to learn how to "read the signs" and "read between the lines." "Things are seldom what they seem" –– at first glance. And we are always in danger of being blinded by our acculturated biases and pre-conceived opinions.

    Literalism Suffocates and Maims the Human Spirit.

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    1. Wise words, my friend. Bennett obfuscates; he knows full well that Islamification is not part of Common Core and no one has made that argument here. Rather common core has become a vehicle for perpetuating multiculturalism ... an insidious plan to deny Americans their culture and their history.

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