In abandoning his support of the Common Core standards, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told his Fox News Channel audience, “Common Core is dead.”
The truth, however, is that Common Core is becoming part of every aspect of children’s lives, leaving many American parents concerned about intrusion into privacy and indoctrination.
A recent post by FreedomWorks at EAGnews.org demonstrates that very young girls are being reminded of the Common Core standards even in their toys and after-school activities.
The American Girl dolls, long a fun way for little girls to immerse themselves in play associated with American history and culture, have now met Common Core. A new American Girl doll school backpack set comes complete with everything a doll will need in school, including a Common Core-aligned math textbook, published by Common Core industry giant Pearson–the same Pearson whose charitable foundation is paying a settlement of $7 million for allegations of illegally helping its corporate parent develop Common Core-aligned courses.
As a result, the parent backlash against Common Core now extends to American Girl dolls.
If a young girl doesn’t get enough Common Core in school, she can also be exposed to the new standards at her next Girl Scout meeting. According to the Girl Scouts, “the content of all Girl Scout national proficiency badges and journeys have been correlated by grade level to national Common Core Standards… for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”