March 04, 2013

Is this the sort of stuff we can expect from Common Core Standards?

Texas:

Sixth-grade children in many Texas public schools are being tasked with designing flags for a new socialist nation as part of the state's curriculum, EAG News reported Monday.

"Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag," says a lesson plan being used as part of CSCOPE, the curriculum being used by over 70 percent of Texas school districts.

"Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?" the lesson plan asks.

Y'know, if this lesson plan is utilized as part of a comprehensive lesson on political symbolism, and students are also asked to create flags based on democratic principles (and other philosophies), then I don't see much of an issue here. If not, it's just dumb.

Posted by Hube at March 4, 2013 03:33 PM | TrackBack

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That's pretty disgusting. It shows you how far gone education is in our country. Makes me glad I'm not in school anymore...

Posted by: Carl at March 4, 2013 05:17 PM

Hube -- as someone familiar with Texas social studies standards (you know, because I teach social studies down here in Texas), I can tell you that the lesson is directed at assessing student understanding of the standard that deals with different sorts of political and economic systems. As such, I'm not disturbed by it -- and nobody would ever seriously call me a liberal.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 5, 2013 07:37 AM

That's kinda what I thought, RWR. Thanks for clarifying.

Posted by: Hube at March 5, 2013 07:43 AM

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