Common Core has taken a lot of criticism for many reasons since it was passed. There are complaints that the quality of the lesson plans and curriculums are subpar, that there is political propaganda inserted into it, and that it pushes forth a pro-Islamic agenda.
While in the past most of the Islamic content in Common Core was limited to a few vocabulary exercises, it was still controversial for good reason as it obviously intended to paint a positive picture of Muhammad and gave an unrealistic positive depiction of Islamic history. However, the new content in Common Core is a step up in their Muslim program.
The new content which is a worksheet called “Five Pillars of Islam” is full of questionable material. One example asks for students to complete sentences like “Islam is a religion of peace,” and “We call God Allah,” with the words “peace” and “Allah” missing. Other exercises required students to know that Muslims must pray five times a day and visit mosques on Fridays, that “there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” They also discuss making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime fasting from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan.
The worksheet also attempted to cut off any possibility of criticism of Islam. It featured fill in the blank questions to say how Muslims feel (bad) that “a few people of my religion committed terrorist acts” Another example had students circle whether Muslims do or do not believe in “terrorists’ ideas of ‘holy war’”
Another example of Islamic propaganda inserted into Common Core came from a three week unit on Islam. The unit made students pick a Muslim name, recite Islamic prayers, and celebrate Ramadan. This particular incident culminated in a case overseen by the Supreme Court, which rules that school prayer is unconstitutional but allows Islamic propaganda as “instructional”.
Some school districts have attempted to defend the Islamic indoctrination found in Common Core by stating that “Students are exposed to various cultures, values, and beliefs through the reading of multiple types of literature, but teachers certainly aren’t advocating for any of them”.
Despite that claim, when Fox News asked the district to provide examples of worksheets that related to Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism the school district did not reply. A student interviewed at the school district stated that they were not given any other assignments that related to religion outside of Islam. Some cases even have schools teaching students that 9/11 was America’s fault.
It may seem unforgivable to see a school district attempt to defend such blatant pro-Islamic and anti-American propaganda but it is also of note that they are essentially forced into acceptance. The government had arranged a competition for $4 billion in grants called “Race to the Top”. They ranked the approval of funding on a point based system awarded to school districts. Extra points were given if they were accepting of Common Core or were a part of, or had the approval of, teacher’s unions.
In addition to what amounts to extortion by the federal government in the application of Common Core, many complaints have been lodged towards quality issues with the curriculum as well. There have been compilations of the ridiculous math problems in Common Core, which includes a NewSpeak translator that lets you know that they are replacing the old language. One example shows you a simple math problem of 62+26=88. The “new way” shows students to do the problem as 60+2 20+6 80+8 to get to 88. Another example shows 7+7 and instead changes it to “Use number bonds to help you skip-count by seven by making ten or adding to the ones”.
Others cite the clear constitutional violation that Common Core presents as it ignores federal laws that ban federal control of public schools and curriculum. Three states have repealed Common Core so far, Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Carolina. Ten other states are in process of reviewing or revising Common Core and four states have already revised the standards. The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right for states to repeal Common Core but has not made a ruling on the constitutionality of the curriculum itself yet.
It is doubtful that the new Trump administration will allow the Islamic indoctrination in Common Core to continue with recent statements he has made to harken back to when the United States of America was an openly Christian nation. With the concern over subpar standards, corruption, constitutionality, and Islamic indoctrination, the future of Common Core is shaky at best under the Trump administration.