It is a good thing that Donald Trump does not approve of the Common Core State Standards. If he did endorse them, then he would have to honor the fact that Frederick Douglass’s autobiography is actually mentioned in the “English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Range of Student Reading 6-12” portion as a text that fulfills the standard.
Also, it would mean that he would have to know American history – you know the history of the very country that he is the president of.
Last week to commemorate Black History month, Trump said the following:
“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”
So he notices that Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job that people are recognizing!
If one goes into the standards attached to the English Language Arts, there is a paragraph that summarizes the importance of grasping language skills.
To build a foundation for college and career readiness in language, students must gain control over many conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics as well as learn other ways to use language to convey meaning effectively. They must also be able to determine or clarify the meaning of grade-appropriate words encountered through listening, reading, and media use; come to appreciate that words have nonliteral meanings, shadings of meaning, and relationships to other words; and expand their vocabulary in the course of studying content. The inclusion of Language standards in their own strand should not be taken as an indication that skills related to conventions, effective language use, and vocabulary are unimportant to reading, writing, speaking, and listening; indeed, they are inseparable from such contexts (http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/CCRA/L/ ).
So maybe Trump and those he chooses to use language for him would know the meanings of words that are deemed rather elementary in difficulty? Like the word “ban?”
If you didn’t see Jake Tapper’s illuminating scolding of Sean Spicer and the use of the word “ban,” then treat yourself to this:
It’s fun and painful to look at.
And just when you thought it was safe to maybe escape the alternative standards of Trump’s uncommon core standards, we get this from Kellyanne Conway.
In an interview last week with Chris Matthews on MSNBC Conway also weighed in on the “ban” that Spicer says and doesn’t say exists or is nonexistent.
“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. It didn’t get covered.”
Bowling Green. It’s in Ohio. Home of Bowling Green University which is the home of the Falcons.
Apparently revisionist history is built on alternative facts, and Conway has already stated the dependence of the Trump administration on alternative facts.
Rumor is that the next executive order that Trump signs will be to ban Frederick Douglass from Bowling Green, Kentucky.
I can’t wait for Sean Spicer to answer questions about that in his next press conference and for KellyAnne Conway to explain what Spicer said the next day on television.
In the meantime enjoy this: