Many have accused the materials for teaching the new and very controversial Common Core national educational standards as politically biased toward a “progressive” or liberal political viewpoint. While it appears that may be true, one sentence in the language arts materials for 5th graders and which has been cited as a example of political bias caught my attention.
“The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.”
Many would infer that this is a liberal or socialistic point of view. However, I think not. What makes this a socialistic or free market statement is the answer to the question, “Who decides whether something is in the best interest of the nation?” If one answers “the government”, then that is a socialistic point of view. However, if one answers “the people”, then that is an American and free market point of view.