CONEJO VALLEY, Calif. – Are the new  Common Core national standards nothing more than an effort to help liberal educators indoctrinate children into their political philosophy?

Michael PucherMichael Pucher, a teacher and “Common Core science specialist” in the Los Angeles Unified School District, recently claimed at a community forum that Common Core is necessary because of noted conservatives Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly.

He held up a piece of paper which he said was his Common Core “certification,” and suggested it was  proof of the program’s worthiness “for all the Donald Trumps out in the world.”

After a woman in the audience blurted out something about Kenya, Pucher responded, “And the reason we need Common Core is for that very reason. When you have half the country who, despite the fact that you show a birth certificate, still believe that the President of the United States was born in Kenya – people like Donald Trump – shows why we need Common Core.”

Later, he implied Common Core is so good, even those knuckle-draggers in Texas are implementing it. He’s wrong. Texas is one of a handful of states that have not adopted the national standards and instead, retained the ability to adopt and modify their own academic standards.

Pucher also suggested Common Core will supposedly help students think critically and not just accept what they’re told.

His example was Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (he didn’t mention the very one-sided liberal cable network MSNBC). Pucher said O’Reilly stated on his show  that Los Angeles schools don’t teach abstinence, so therefore O’Reilly led his compliant audience into believing a falsehood.

“So we need Common Core,” Pucher said in conclusion.

So Common Core is really a political scheme, to help students understand that liberals and Democrats are correct about issues and O’Reilly and other conservatives are wrong? We haven’t heard Education Secretary Arne Duncan offer that reason for supporting Common Core.

By the way, Common Core standards are supposedly only for math and English. Why does a school district have a “Common Core science specialist”?

The attached video is long but worth watching. Just remember the second largest school district in the country has bestowed the title of Common Core “specialist” on Pucher. That move alone – and the nonsense the so-called “specialist” is uttering – shows why Common Core won’t make education better.

But it will give partisans like Pucher ample opportunity to attack the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump, Fox News and Texans each day in their classrooms.

Perhaps that really is the main reason Common Core exists.

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