Common Core’s Anti-Gun Lessons on Sandy Hook

classroomThe pundits may have thought that Barack Obama’s efforts to exploit the Sandy Hook School tragedy on December 14, 2012, where a mentally ill young man killed 20 elementary school students and 6 teachers, had been tabled for lack of support.  Now we learn that Obama’s Organizing for Action super pac is exploiting the one-year anniversary with fake memorials in order to resume the push for gun control.

Along with the efforts to reach adults are those to reach children in schools.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of Obama’s education initiative called Common Core (recently admitted to be an “Obama initiative” by David Axelrod) is aiding in the effort to eviscerate the Second Amendment by emotionally manipulating and indoctrinating students.

An Education Week article touts free “anti-violence” lesson plans for students in grades 4-12 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting.  Education Week is full of handy “tips” and “news” for teachers, but is really a Gates Foundation-subsidized Common Core propaganda outlet, as I noted in my report on Common Core for Accuracy in MediaEducation Week articles are frequently linked in the U.S. Department of Education’s newsletter, The Teachers Edition.

The “anti-violence” Common Core-aligned lesson plan that Education Week is promoting could hardly be more propagandistic.  It is written by shooting victim Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona Congresswoman, and Nicole Hockley who lost her son Dylan at Sandy Hook.   It claims the ostensible purpose of “turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation” and “To be open to all possibilities.”  It says students should be “Open to those with the most opposing views.”

But the only views teachers are told to give are those that advance an anti-gun rights agenda.

To prime students emotionally, teachers are asked to show a School Tube video from Roma High School to demonstrate how a student-led vigil can “show how people can come together after tragic events to make the world a better place.”  (No empirical evidence is given about the cause and effect.)

There is very little reading required in the lesson, but what there is a USA Today article by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, chiding “special interests,” like the NRA, which they claim is “advancing the interests of an ideological fringe” and “cow[ing] Congress” into refusing to take action on “common sense reforms.”  The other is an article linked to Giffords’s and Kelly’s lobby group called Americans for Responsible Solutions.  (There is an attachment for additional reading from Slate Magazine for “older students” that unscientifically aggregates the number of gun deaths by asking readers to send in news about gun deaths in their towns.)  Teachers are advised to have students read the “Sandy Hook Promise” from the website and discuss “why they feel the promise was created.”

Teachers are told that the first two paragraphs of the promise are “most helpful.”

These are the first two paragraphs:

“Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, non-profit organization led by community members and several parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. . . .

Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.”

Teachers are told to have students “brainstorm” on the question, “How can we work together to make the United States a safer place?”

Teachers are offered the suggestion of having students trace their hands on construction paper and then making cut-outs.

On these they should write one-sentence statements, beginning with the words, “I hope.”

As models, photographs of the lesson plan writers’ own construction paper hands are presented: “I hope for a country that can work together to prevent gun violence,” wrote Gabby Giffords on her hand.  “I hope parents can come together to build a future for our children safe from gun violence,” wrote Nicole Hockley on hers.


Show students the other postings on UClass [a “global lesson exchange” for teachers]. Have them comment positively on other students’ hands that have been posted on UClass. Urge them to do at least one thing to make the United States a better place.

Teachers are assured that the lesson plan follows the new Common Core education standards.

For grades 3-8, the “Correlating Common Core Standards” are:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

It gets a little more rigorous for high school students:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

In case the difference in these two academic standards is not obvious, students in upper grades are asked to “create a plan for their own anti-violence campaign” (words in bold in original). In other words, high school students should become activists.

The promoters of Common Core have repeated sales points about “high standards,” “rigor,” “close reading,” and including “critical thinking.”  Really?  Do you remember tracing your hand on construction paper in high school?

The lesson on Sandy Hook is typical of those now being produced and advertised as meeting Common Core requirements.

Of course, we know that many teachers have been using classrooms to indoctrinate students for decades now.  What is different under Common Core is that the lessons are even more ideological.  They profit the multinational publishing companies as they rewrite materials to adhere to Common Core.  And they advance the agendas of left-wing non-profits and the federal government.

The construction paper hands being produced in grades 4 through 12 to commemorate Sandy Hook show how Obama’s Common Core initiative is working (pardon the pun) hand in glove with his political pac.

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  • praymorenow1

    How to make the USA safer?
    1. School systems should not ‘pass along’ a student w/ obvious mental and emotional issues for years & years…… was the case w/ Adam Lanza.
    2. Teachers & administrators should not be allowed to ‘pass the buck’ w/ a troubled, loner, mentally ill student year after year.
    3. Schools should probably do more to provide security for each location, more than a sign that says ‘no bad people allowed’….like guards & gates & fences & cameras.
    4. Students should be required to read the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights from 1st grade on….item by item…..and learn why each right matters.
    5. Students should be allowed to hear voices and opinions different from their home teacher every month…………

    • The March Hare

      “4. Students should be required to read the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights from 1st grade on….item by item…..and learn why each right matters.”
      Great idea if only the conservatives were in charge of the schools, but won’t happen since the left runs them and they think the constitution and bill of rights are wrong.

    • BillG4

      I really like the last one. Why not assign monthly lessons on the Constitution to be taught by parents to the class. Kill two birds with one stone.

    • fush

      Parents should be allowed to fail students who are not performin to standard, and insist that they repeat a year. This should occur with sufficient frequence that the shame factor is minimal.

      • BagLady

        There was a girl in my class who had stayed down 3 times in her school career and was 3 years older than me by 5th year. She felt no shame and went on to become Miss World and never looked back.

  • Hugh J

    “On these they should write one-sentence statements, beginning with the words, “I hope.”

    “I ‘hoped in one hand and crapped in the other…know which one filled up first?”

  • tagalog

    Maybe the Common Core anti-gun campaign should start with the idea of disarming the police and taking away their M-16s and M-4s, along with those semi-automatic pistols and, of course, their high-capacity magazines. After all, it’s the police who are terrorizing black neighborhoods, isn’t it?

    • BagLady

      Jeez. There was a time a policeman rode a bicycle and carried a baton.

      • tagalog

        There’s nothing wrong with the .38 revolver and the 12-gauge shotgun, along with the Taser, which is what they used to get issued to them before they turned into paramilitary forces.

  • Jerry G

    Anyone who seriously looks into the facts of Sandy Hook would realize that this incident was a complete hoax, orchestrated to further the anti-gun movement. In other words,”false flag”.

    • TexTopCat

      Until there is proof, it is just one more example of “gun nuts” wearing tin hats. Just as “F & F” was planned to be another tool for gun control, the public has not become outraged, When the public becomes outraged then we will see change.

  • fush

    An important question for all school aged children to consider:

    Might history have turned out differently if the Polish Jews had guns?
    Or even the German people for that matter – the optimist in me wants to believe that many Germans knew what was happening was wrong, but felt powerless to do anything about it. If they had been armed, would things have been different?

    • John

      And if The Jews would have had guns then they never would have been slaves to the Egyptians. Moses would have been without a job and The Ten Commandments might not have been written. Pro Gun this, Pro Gun that: after awhile your rhetoric borders on anarchy which is either sad or laughable depending on one’s outlook.

      • Acttorneyatliar

        Beats helplessness in the face of adversity, now doesn’t it.

    • Howard

      Godwin’s Law at work.

  • Acttorneyatliar

    Indoctrination is the result of the liberals’ inability to stifle reason by other means.

  • Recynd

    I couldn’t help but notice in the School Tube video how all the student council kids who appeared in the video were Hispanic (read “under-served” or “under-represented”). It would be interesting to see if schools receiving Title I funds are somehow being encouraged to promote a certain flavor of activism.

    Common Core is an extension of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) which comes right out of the Soviet playbook. While Obama might be taking credit for CC behind closed doors, its genesis goes back to Clinton’s GOALS 2000. GW Bush gave that program a much-needed shove with NCLB, setting the stage for CC. For all the information one could want (and more!) about the ideological foundation of CC, see Robin Eubanks’ blog, Invisible Serfs Collar.

    How do we make the USA safer? Start by pulling your kids out of the machine and let them learn at home. Starve the beast and free a mind in one fell swoop.

  • Mgh999

    Common Core – 12 years to get an 8th grade education….proudly keeping us 15th in the world!
    Mnay college students can’t find Iraq on a map and too many don’t know Joe Biden is the VP and think Palin said she can see Russia from her house. They’ve never read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence or Bill of Rights – just the pablumized politicized Cliff notes.

    • TexTopCat

      I agree, at some point we need to make the schools a place of learning again. Today schools are tools of the “progressive movement” and we let it happen over the last 30 years or so. We have proven that more tax money and more teacher unions do not improve education. There is a big difference between equal opportunity and equal outcomes.

    • Robert Lande

      Just before the last presidential election, I saw a news reporter on TV ask a coed at The Ohio State University what she thought about Benghazi. Her response was: “Never heard of him”. She was at an Obama rally. Unfortunately, I think that this student is typical of the type of “educated” persons our colleges and universities are producing.

      • BagLady

        Not all students are political. Luckily, many move gradually from childhood to adulthood enjoying themselves and studying the subjects closest to their hearts. Politics comes later in life for most people.

  • TexTopCat

    Schools are part of the government, so expecting them to provide a view that citizens need to be responsible for their well being instead of thinking government will “provide” is problematic. When the “school voucher system” was being considered I was against it thinking that public schools would only get worse, but I was probably wrong in hind sight.

  • 191145

    “I hope”…. School boards across the nation adopt a policy of teaching K – collage senior, the federalist papers and the Bill of Rights for two weeks each and every year . (picture my hand) Long Live the Republic !

  • ramrodd

    Be aware – Mental health is the avenue to gun confiscation..
    Coffee drinkers are now listed in the latest DSM..

  • Tom Harvey

    Well, I guess I’m an activist since I’m against violence and think that things like the massacre at Sandy Hook are horrible tragedies.

  • Dantes

    The last hurdle progressives have to overcome for total control and coercion of our lives “for our own good” is to disarm us. That’s the driving force for universal backround checks, aka total gun registration. Saving lives, safety, etc. have nothing to do with it.

  • My2Bits

    The only thing missing from the plan is a post-card to send in your $$ pledge.