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8:54 AM, Dec 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The educrats have decided that if students are to be taught about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, then it might be best to leave out any mention of that … well, that war that was being fought at around that same time.

As Fox reports, in line with the Common Core approach, teachers are being told to:

“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as the seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”

The possibilities here are endless and not lacking in a kind of charm.  The Declaration of Independence without mentioning that disagreement with the English.  Roosevelt’s ‘Day of Infamy’ speech without bringing up that unpleasantness at Pearl Harbor …

And so on unto universal ignorance.

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