November 11, 2014
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Despite the controversies surrounding Common Core, Callista Gingrich has written her bestselling history series “Ellis the Elephant” to comply with the federal educational standards.
“Whether or not you like Common Core, it is a fact as it exists in almost each of our 50 states,” Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV Tuesday.
“It’s very important to have educationally sound principles, but we need to avoid politically driven messaging,” she explained.
“In the case of children’s books, Common Core is most concerned with the use of proper grammar, syntax, and age-appropriate vocabulary which most of us would agree is a pretty good idea,” she said.
“So Ellis the Elephant and I are going to continue to use good grammar and syntax, keep our historical facts accurate, and make history easy and accessible for young kids,” she added.
Gingrich has just released “From Sea to Shining Sea”, the fourth volume in the history series, which details the Lewis and Clark Expedition, written for children from ages four to eight.
“These books are about patriotism and our nation’s humble beginnings,” Gingrich told Newsmax.
“They’re not meant to be Republican books or conservative books, but rather pro-American books, and I really hope that many families will see them as a celebration of our patriotism and of our nation,” she explained.
“I believe America is truly an exceptional nation, and it’s more important now than ever that our children understand just how special this country is and to do that, they need an understanding of American history,” she contends.
“Unfortunately today many of our schools are failing to teach American history, including our founding principles and values and instead teaching revisionist or politically correct history,” she said.
“As a consequence, a lot of our kids are really missing out on the basic history of this nation,” she added.
According to Gingrich, “if you look at some of the statistics today, it’s very sobering — today just 20 percent of fourth graders, 17 percent of eighth graders, and 12 percent of twelfth graders are actually at grade level proficiency in American history.”
“We’ve got some work to do, and we owe it to our kids to give them the tools they need at a very early age so they can begin to appreciate the greatness of this nation.”