Common Core Aligned: “Teaching Tolerance” – PT 2

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.”
Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conf. of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.

A few days ago, I wrote the first article in a multi-part series, Common Core Aligned: Southern Poverty Law Ctr’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’.

The article covered Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and their education arm, ‘Teaching Tolerance’. The overall aim is to provide free materials to teachers in order to push a particular set of social issues in K-12 classrooms; effectively turning little kids into activists. This is part two.

‘Teaching Tolerance’ – What Parents Should Know

This ‘teaching’ arm concentrates on using Common Core aligned readings with correlating activities with the intent of turning school aged children into activists for social issues and causes.  

This includes the use of Social media, which parents may or may not be comfortable with their child using.  The goal is clearly to spur social activism, as narrated by Teaching Tolerance’s materials, by children.

These materials could be in your child’s classroom right now. How would you know?



Teaching Tolerance is being distributed free of charge by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to more than 400,000 educators nationwide. It can be read at

“As educators, we strive to help our students recognize the humanity in everyone, but language, technology and our culture often reduce people to convenient stereotypes,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “Social media and immigration are two opportunities for educators to bring lessons into the classroom that help students look beyond the labels.”

Who Are These People?

‘Teaching Tolerance’ has announced its new ‘Advisory Board‘.

Parents at Frank Porter Graham Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina might be in for a surprise. Meet Barbie Garayua Tudryn. She’s on the new board. According to Facebook, she previously worked at the “Racial Equality Institute“.

‘Teaching Tolerance’ — Common Core Aligned Indoctrination

In the next installment, I’ll be taking a look at ‘Teaching Tolerance’s “Perspectives for A Diverse America”, which is described on their site as:

“Teaching Tolerance’s Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.”

More Information on ‘Teaching Tolerance’



About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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