Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage. After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Common Core Education
Is it really a better way?
By Linda Gilden
For many years immigration, abortion, and the economy have been hot topics in the news and in politics. But recently, a new topic has risen to join these others – Common Core State Standards for education.
If you are not familiar with what Common Core State Standards are, you are not alone. According to the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitude Towards Public Schools, 62 percent of Americans have never heard of the new standards, which are commonly referred to as simply “Common Core.” If you know what they are and adamantly oppose them, you stand with a lot of friends. If you believe Common Core standards are the best path for national education, your group is dwindling. According to the Fox News show “Outnumbered,” support for the standards has dropped from 65 percent in 2013 to 49 percent in 2015.If you are confused by what is going on and what this really means for the children of your country, you are in good company.
According to the Common Core official website, Common Core State Standards are “a set of high quality academic standards in mathematics and English language art/literacy (ELA).”
On the surface it appears to be a positive thing. Who can argue that teaching your children how to think critically and reason things out through a set of high standards could be a hindrance to education? Don’t you want all the children in this country to be prepared for college so they will get into the best universities? Of course you do.
But the objections are not completely about the radical change in curriculum. Common Core was developed with billions of dollars of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conditionally put into place. States would only receive the funds from another program, Race to the Top, if they adopted Common Core. Moms and dads are no longer able to help with homework because they don’t understand the new system. Parents are no longer able to opt their children out of portions of curriculum they feel is inappropriate such as topics involving sexual and morality issues. State and local educators give up control of the curriculum for students whose needs they know best and teaches students that it is not fair for some students to be high achievers; achievement should be a collective thing.
Says one veteran teacher, “Common Core is not good for all students. It will hold the top students back and frustrate them. It will discourage the poorer students because they will be grouped with others and not receive the special, individual help they need. This program is trying to make all kids alike and they are not. God made them each unique and they should learn in the way that fits their uniqueness.”
As Christian parents, teachers, and citizens of this country, how can you pray for the best outcome of this controversy over Common Core?
- Pray for your government. Do federal officials who are not trained educators really know what is best for students?
- Pray for state level educators. They are the ones who make the decisions concerning the educational system and whether or not to adopt new programming.
- Pray for the teachers. Many have to teach programming they do not believe is the best for their students. Bring listeners to hear what they have to say.
- Pray for the children. This one-size-fits-all education plan doesn’t work for a system where all children are not alike and do not learn at the same pace or in the same way.
- Pray for parents. Wisdom and discernment are needed in matters of the education of their children. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) You often hear this verse used in conjunction with training in the home. And certainly it applies. But when you look at the training children are receiving from Common Core is that system really the best and most godly training available for the future?
- Pray for this country. Children are the future of this country. They deserve the best education and preparation for the years ahead.
“Common Core is an extension of previous efforts to extend federal control and influence over public education,” says Dr. Duke Pesta, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This program, he says in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, puts a fundament value at stake – “The right of parents to control the education of their children through local school boards and schools.”.”
Linda Gilden is director of writing programs for a popular Christian communication organization. She not only writes full time but also directs two writers conferences, speaks, edits, and enjoys encouraging writers to fulfill their writing dreams.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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