Proposed Common Core Standards Omit ‘Liberty’ From List of America’s Founding Principles
By Kyle Olson
ALBANY, N.Y. – Common Core is only related to English and math, as some “conservative” proponents say.
The state of New York is currently proposing a set of Common Core social studies standards for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
Among the standards is how students will learn about the history of America. On page 32, the draft document deals with “civic ideals and practices.”
“The United States is founded on the principles of democracy, and these principles are reflected in all types of communities,” it reads.
That’s fair enough, we suppose. The early United States had a very limited democratic process, with most states limiting voting rights to male property owners. Only later was the ability to vote and participate in government extended to average men and eventually women.
But then the social studies draft takes a noticeably progressive turn.
“The United States is founded on the democratic principles of equality, fairness, and respect for authority and rules,” the standards document says.
Further, “Students will explore democratic principles such as dignity for all, equality, fairness, and respect for authority and rules, and how those principles are applied to their community,” it reads.
What happened to “liberty”? You know, a word that actually appears in the Declaration of Independence? It’s a word that means more than just about any other word in our national history. It refers to personal freedom, and the right of citizens to live their lives without the intrusion of tyrannical government.
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