Dr. Terrence Moore, author of “The Story-Killers,” to Speak January 6th!

December 27, 2013 0 Comments
In my opinion, one of the greatest developments in the Common Core battle this past year has been  the involvement of Hillsdale College professor Dr. Terrence Moore.  Any who have had the pleasure of hearing him speak, or who have read his articles, know why I say this.  Dr. Moore  is more than a great communicator – he is a great thinker.  This college history professor and  former Marine served as the founding principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools for seven years.  He also is a principal advisor to Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, through which he has helped start four classical charter schools and is now helping found a dozen others.  For all of these reasons, Dr. Moore has a unique lens through which to gauge the Common Core. He does so quite elegantly in his new book The Story Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core.  Finally, as luck or rather God would have it, Dr. Moore is a Hoosier and, thus, lives in the state where Common Core push back has made some of the greatest strides and has the potential to set the course for the nation.
Dr. Moore’s latest article Uncommon Opportunity does a wonderful job of explaining the premise of his book.  In it, in reference to the ELA Standards, he states:
My thesis is simply that the architects of the Common Core are story-killers. They are trying to remove the great stories of a great people from the classroom and replace them with either postmodern tales of self-induced malaise or outright political indoctrination. Without great stories—stories of heroism and love and sacrifice and faith—a people can hardly be great. And, as Plato pointed out long ago, whoever controls the stories of any society controls the politics. Stories, like music, speak straight to the soul; they shape the soul. A person’s soul determines how he will live and act in the world and, yes, vote. The struggle over the Common Core—the current manifestation of the hundred-year march of progressive education—is nothing short of a struggle for the souls of the nation’s children. It is really that simple.
It wasn’t until I started reading Dr. Moore’s writings that I fully comprehended the significance of just what America was about to lose. His recent article, “Bah! Humbug”: A Dickens-less Christmas from the Scrooges of the Common Core further delineates this point, as it begins with the following:
Any people is known by and knows itself through its stories. In addition to the true story of its existence—its history—there are stories that technically never happened. While these stories get assigned to the “fiction” section of the library, that does not mean they are not true—at least true to nature. The myths, parables, poems, plays, novels, and, occasionally, epics—that are given the high name of literature—are the vehicles through which the greatest observers of human nature explain that human world to their fellow human beings. Through stories we learn about the struggles and longings, the triumphs and defeats, of ordinary men and women. We learn about the human virtues and their opposite vices. We discover the sources and meaning of love, justice, freedom, and happiness, as well as of hatred, injustice, slavery, and ruin.

In a sane world, any flourishing people has sense enough to teach its best stories to its youngest people. It does so for several reasons. Stories inculcate civility and the virtues, which any people wishes to pass on to its young. Stories unveil the permanent truths of human life—that do not change with every innovation in technology or swing of political mood. Best of all, great stories are irresistible since they invite the human imagination to embark upon adventures and encounters that never grow old: to fight alongside a warrior named Achilles, to feel for a young woman in love named Elizabeth, and to float down a river with a boy named Huck.

No sensible people deliberately forgets its stories. In fact, it would take a deliberate, premeditated act to forget them. Stories are a substantial part of any culture: the agency that cultivates the human soul and teaches a people how to think and feel. A people setting aside its stories would be tantamount to a person deliberately choosing amnesia: deciding not to know who he is or where he comes from, who his friends are and, if he has any, who his enemies. Who would ever do such a thing?

Be sure and read Dr. Moore’s articles, as well as the subsequent articles in his three part series, in their entirety.  If you do, you will most definitely want to attend Dr. Moore’s next public speaking appearance in Indiana on January 6th at 7:00 p.m. before the Wabash 3C group.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  The event is being held at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, which is located at 2147 N. State Road 15, Wabash, Indiana.  For those who don’t live in that area, I can assure you it is worth the drive to hear Dr. Moore speak!  For more information you can contact Laura Cole at lcole01@gmail.com.

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