Book of the Month

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Book of the Month

The Long War and Common Core: Everything You Need to Know to Win the War! by Donna H. Hearne, Freedom Basics Press, 2015, $10.00

“Common Core is the latest effort by a progressive, autocratic elite to completely transfer all decisions concerning children from parents, teachers, and school boards to themselves, and to completely transform America from a nation of responsible, moral, independent human beings endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to robots and servants of the state,” according to author Donna Hearne. Those elites include “big government businessmen, media, education think tanks, and labor organizations.”

Common Core is the latest in an incremental and “long war” against local control of education; it is a war out to destroy American freedom. Hearne examines the chief players that wrote, promoted, and schemed to make Common Core, the mandated tests, and the invasive data collection a reality for millions of schoolchildren.

Those who read this book will become familiar with the dangerous activities of Achieve, the NGA, the CCSSO, PARCC, SBAC, United Nations Agenda 21 advocates, and others involved in the takeover of American public education.

Readers will learn that Common Core is:

  • Not state-led or controlled. (The feds dictate the terms.)
  • Not voluntary. (States lose federal dollars if they fail to comply.)
  • Essentially a curriculum because schools will teach to the federal tests.
  • Is funded and enforced by the federal government and its “crony elites.”

Diverse groups in America that once shared an identity founded “on commitment to the values of individual liberty, dignity, and equality” have been thrust asunder by a school system that has encouraged the development of multicultural identities based on grievances against the nation.

The purpose of education has changed from reading, arithmetic, history, and acquiring actual knowledge to “values clarification” and indoctrination, including the sexualization of students through sex education and the normalization of inappropriately sexual literature. Yet the Bible is “off limits” and schools focus on a “toxic worldview devoid of a loving God.”

Hearne warns against Common Core-mandated student data collection, saying, “When data becomes the major determining point of advancing through life, those that control the data rule supreme.”

Chapter eight lists “solutions” that include state legislative provisions to end funding of Common Core implementation and testing.