So there are people who claim that Common Core is anti-American. I posted on this once before, and it was pointed out that the complaints are all about math and American History. To clear up any confusion, here are the required Common Core benchmarks for 8th grade American history. Here are just a few of the 112 benchmarks that are required for the course:
SS.8.A.3.3: Recognize the contributions of the Founding Fathers (John Adams, Sam
Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, George Washington) during
American Revolutionary efforts. Examples may also include, but are not limited to, Thomas Paine, John Jay, Peter Salem.
SS.8.A.3.9: Evaluate the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the Articles of
Confederation and its aspects that led to the Constitutional Convention.
SS.8.A.3.11: Analyze support and opposition (Federalists, Federalist Papers,
AntiFederalists, Bill of Rights) to ratification of the U.S.
SS.8.A.3.12: Examine the influences of George Washington’s presidency in the formation of the new nation.
SS.8.A.3.13: Explain major domestic and international economic, military, political, and socio-cultural events of John Adams’s presidency.
Explain major domestic and international economic, military, political,
and socio-cultural events of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency.
The Common Core, at least as adopted here, doesn’t tell teachers HOW to teach, but merely what the children should be able to do at the end of the course.
I think that people are making a big deal out of nothing. Here is a link to the Florida version of common core. Get the facts for yourself, don’t fall for politically spun hyperbole and urban legends.