(Thanks to Donna Garner for this chart and explanation.)

COMPARISON OF TWO TYPES OF EDUCATION: Type #1 (Traditional) vs. Type #2 (CSCOPE & Common Core)

Nov 4, 2013 by 




Type #1


Classical Learning


Type #2


Common Core Standards



Radical Social Justice Agenda

Instruction   Direct instruction by teacher   Self-directed learning, group-think


Emphasis on:

Subjectivity, feelings, emotions, beliefs, multiculturalism, political correctness, social engineering, globalism, evolution, sexual freedom, contraceptives, environmental extremism, global warming and climate change, victimization, diversity, acceptance of homosexuality as normal, redistribution of wealth



De-emphasis on:

Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution, national sovereignty, Founding Fathers, American exceptionalism


Curriculum   Academic, fact-based, skills, research   Social concerns, project-based, constructivism, subjective, uses unproven fads and theories
Teacher’s Role   Authority figure; sets the plan for the class; academic instruction   Facilitator
Student’s Role   Learn from teacher; focus on factual learning, develop foundation skills for logical and analytical reasoning, independent thinking   Students teach each other; focus on feelings, emotions, opinions; group-think
English, Language Arts, Reading (ELAR)   Phonics; classical literature; cursive handwriting; grammar; usage; correct spelling; expository, persuasive, research writing   Whole language, balanced literacy,Guided Reading; no cursive writing instruction so cannot read primary documents of Founding Fathers
Mathematics   “Drill and Skill,” four math functions learned to automaticity   Fuzzy math, rejects drill and memorization of math facts, dependent on calculators
Social Studies   Focus on American heritage and exceptionalism, national sovereignty, Founding documents   Diversity, multiculturalism, globalization, revisionist history, political correctness
Character Development   Pro-faith, self-control, personal responsibility, self-discipline, solid work ethic   Secular, moral relativism, anti-faith, victimization
Equality   Equal opportunities   Equal outcomes
Assessment   Students evaluated by earned grades, objective tests   Inflated grades, subjective assessments evaluated based upon value system of grader, group grades
Outcomes   Objective tests (right-or-wrong answers), emphasis on academic skills and knowledge   Subjective assessments; emphasis on holistic, “feel good” scoring


Original chart produced by Carole H. Haynes, Ph.D. – chaynes777@gmail.com

Revised chart produced 11.04.13.