What 4th-Graders are Reading in the Common Core Obama Biography

I knew leftists were brazen. But I had no idea just how brazen they were. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from the Common Core approved Obama biography intended for fourth-graders:

But some people said that Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.

Barack decided it was time to speak to Americans about race. The country’s history of slavery had left the nation in pain, he said. Black people and white people are too often angry with one another. All people were going to have to work together to solve the country’s problems. Only in that way could Americans make a more perfect United States.

There’s so much wrong with this Common Core garbage. First, lots of white people voted for Obama. Second, our country’s history of slavery is pretty long over. That racism is still even an issue has way more to do with what happened after slavery was abolished. As in, all the ways that the civil government ensured that former slaves would remain second-class citizens—from Jim Crow laws to affirmative action to welfare. Third, Obama is not the first person “to speak to Americans about race.” And he has not been the most effective either. In fact, Obama has not been effective on the subject of racism at all. Racial tensions are worse now than they were when he came into office.

But let’s set that all aside for a moment. Why are children in fourth grade reading Common Core biographies of a still living person? If it is not for the purpose of indoctrination, what purpose does it serve? Obama’s life and work have not yet been firmly established in history. We have not yet had time as a country to determine Obama’s legacy. The reason why children used to read books about George Washington and Ben Franklin was that we could be reasonably sure what the upshot of their actions had been.

And most countries recommending that their children study living public figures are Communist countries. You can imagine Chinese kids studying Chairman Mao, or Soviet children studying Stalin. This comparison is not promising.

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