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Recently, in Antioch, Calif., a hapless wanna-be bank robber handed a Wells Fargo Bank teller his heist note – but he didn’t get a cent.
Local headlines snickered that his “handwriting” was so bad the teller couldn’t read it.
Media got a big yuk over that; I looked at it a bit differently.
If the note was “written,” it’s entirely possible the teller simply could not read cursive writing.
If she was a recent graduate of one of our public schools embracing the new Common Core curriculum, that’s probably the case.
On the other hand, if the thief went to our schools, perhaps he was attempting to “write” but since he never was taught how, he didn’t know what he was doing.
Either way, the note was unintelligible.
Common Core is being foisted on all California public schools, and indeed, initially on schools in 45 states and D.C.
One of the basics in the plan is the elimination of penmanship – cursive writing.
The children don’t “write”; they only print.
The rationale is that they’ll spend their lives typing on a keyboard and so they don’t need to learn cursive.
What will we do about a person’s legal “signature”? Is this the end of “love letters” and “Dear John” letters, or will they all be tweets?
I’m not exaggerating.
A few weeks ago, l left a note for a young man who was doing some maintenance work on my property. I wrote it carefully and legibly because my writing can sometimes be a bit messy.
I later asked him if he took care of what I’d mentioned in the note and he said, “no.”
I asked, “Why?”
He said, “Because I can’t read cursive.”
He said he only learned printing in school and literally can’t read a “written” note.
Of course, he also didn’t have the reasoning ability to know he should have asked me or his boss to “translate” my note to him.
He just ignored it.
He’s lucky I wasn’t his boss; I’d have fired him.
This affects many areas.
Daytona Beach law enforcement training specialist David Agata, a 20-year police veteran, laments the problems in recruiting millennials, including communication.
“[W]e have all this great technology, but I got a kid,” he told Breitbart News.
“He can probably text 250 words a minute, but can they write a report?”
You can guess the response.
Thank you, Common Core.
While the kids can’t write or spell, they also can’t do math – even basic arithmetic. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are so convoluted under Common Core that parents can’t help their children with homework.
Multiplication tables? Don’t be silly. That’s so yesterday. But I memorized them and still remember them. Today, memorization is out.
Experimentation on our children isn’t new. My own children were saddled with what was then called “New Math” in California schools in the mid-’70s.
It was touted as a new concept that would prepare them for the world of the future, but parents were warned not to try to help kids with homework.
It was a disaster; kids cried, parents screamed in frustration and, finally, teachers who cared did the same.
The whole concept was dumped but not without making life difficult for millions of children, many of whom never mastered even the simplest methods of calculation.
Most young people today can’t make simple change. If they handle money, they need the computer to tell them what to do.
In a local store recently, the power went out. A register was open, but since the clerk couldn’t figure change, business just stopped.
Common Core has limited literature, too, because it says kids need to learn to read technical manuals.
Paper and pencils are disappearing. Every student will have an iPad or laptop.
Books are being eliminated, libraries reduced or cut and all tests will be online.
Private information about children will be fed to state computers to be passed on to any federal department that wants it, and parents will never know.
All of this emanated from Barack Obama’s administration, through the Education Department, the Governors Association, private special interest groups, cronies of Obama and the lure of federal money.
Governors suckered in and agreed without their legislatures voting on it or the public being informed.
I found out about it by accident because I attended a local school board meeting because of another issue, and decided to stay to the end and hear what transpired.
Because of that, I heard about this “new program” that required teachers to take special courses to learn how to teach the new material and how to give the new tests.
It was a massive change and was buried at the end of the meeting. I was the only member of the public in the audience.
There was nothing in local newspapers for a couple of months, and finally, some information was buried in a column, not a news story.
But as parents and politicians find out what’s really happening, a revolt is brewing. A number of states already have opted out and others are passing laws to do the same.
And there are money issues. Hundreds of laptops have been stolen from schools. In Virginia, a school employee is charged with stealing 1,200 laptops and selling them on e-Bay. A New York teen stole more than 100 from several schools. They need to be replaced.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is in the middle of a $1 billion effort to equip every student with an iPad, and belatedly is dealing with who is responsible if the child “loses” it! Hundreds have disappeared.
Common Core isn’t only an educational and social disaster in the making, it’s making education even more expensive for taxpayers and the result will be dumbed-down students.
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