Common Core Standards are based upon the premise that every child should have a common experience in life. To distribute the wealth of knowledge across cultural, economic and social lines, education has been dumbed down in an attempt to create equality. The fatal flaw within this K-12th curriculum is that life isn’t meant to be fair. Subsequently, one person will be rich, another poor, some will be blessed while others are cursed and the disciplined will achieve great heights as the lazy fall short of the goals they set in life.
So the last will be first, and the first last, Matthew 20:16.
Somewhere along the way, public education has placed a priority on self-esteem instead of fulfilling Darwin’s teaching. My best recollection of high school was survival of the fittest, a series of tests and trials to reveal the best One of my greatest teachers, Mrs. Ehrig challenged me, pushing me to a place I never thought I could reach. She didn’t care about how I felt, just ways to motivate me to unlock my potential. The myriad of excuses must end, replaced by the core principles which once made America’s schools elite.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
Outside of the classroom, churches must communicate a biblical message explaining how and why life isn’t fair. If sermons portray unrealistic teachings like a prosperity gospel, believers will be set up for disappointment. Experiences shape beliefs so to prevent individuals from a disenfranchised faith, truth should rise above fiction. While each person is dealt a different hand in life, you have to play with the cards, talents God gives you. Although some days you may feel as if the deck is stacked against you, make the most of each day you are given as you endure the good, bad and ugly circumstances within this life.
by Jay Mankus