Common Core Curriculum Takes Aim at Gun Rights

Common Core Curriculum Takes Aim at Gun Rights

Common Core Curriculum Takes Aim at Gun Rights

In the wake of the 2013 Newtown shootings, two English teachers — one from Sacramento, California, the other from Salt Lake City, Utah — co-published a five-page curriculum on how to teach gun issues to children. Called “The Battle Over Gun Control,” the document supplies statistics about gun violence in the United States, and asks students to argue for and against stricter gun laws in a variety of exercises.

The two-year-old curriculum didn’t draw national attention until last month, after it was reposted following the shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. Conservative pundits were quick to bash the handout over its treatment of gun ownership in the U.S. “Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda,” declared a headline on the Fox News website. “Pro-gunners outraged over Common Core gun policy lesson,” wrote Jennifer Cruz for Guns.com. MegynKelly.org’s take was “Common Core’s brainwashing study plan on gun violence has patriots seeing red.”

The media firestorm over the curriculum — which is available online for free, making it difficult to discern how many teachers have incorporated it into their lesson plans — reflects a wider debate over how Second Amendment issues should be taught in schools, a dispute that has spread beyond classrooms to include at least one state legislature.

Conservatives have taken issue with the 2013 educational guide at least in part because it seeks to fulfill Common Core standards, the federal education parameters set by the Obama administration in 2010, which have been heavily criticized by both the left and the right. The guidelines tend to focus on the development of students’ reasoning abilities, rather than mastery of specific math or language arts concepts.

 

Read full story: http://www.thetrace.org/2015/11/how-students-learn-second-amendment/