COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
OPPOSITION



WHAT IS COMMON CORE

Here is a great link that explains everything about Common Core in simple words.


American Principles Project has five videos that will explain Common Core, how it will affect your family's privacy and what it means to local control of education.  I hope you will take time to watch these.


REASONS TO OPPOSE COMMON CORE

 Here are my top 10+1 reasons why I now oppose The Common Core Standards

·        The standards have not been field tested.

·        Homeschooling and private schools would be governed by the Common Core Standards making homeschooling and private schools no different than public schooling.

·        They were not approved by the Congress.

·         40 states adopted these standards before the standards had even been written.

·         Usurps local control of curriculum.

·         Standards have been designed so that all students will be able to enter a community college or a trade school thus the standards have been lowered.

·         Will burden local government with unfunded mandated regulation.

·         DEA circumvented the 1974 law that says no third party can gather information on students.

·         The Department of Education has violated federal law that says that the DEA cannot influence curriculum and assemble a national database.

·         These standards are written, owned and copyrighted by two companies.

·         The people didn’t get to vote!

 

COMMON CORE HOMEWORK HELP

Melissa Strzala is a nanny who has been posting videos to help parents understand how to do Common Core math. She shows how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.


COMMENT:  There is nothing wrong with teaching students new ways to do a problem.  HOWEVER, if a student knows a way that is working and the problem is counted wrong because he didn't use the Common Core method, then that is just wrong!!


STATE UPDATES

RECENT COMMON CORE STUDY
September, 2015

The following was taken from a report by Seattle Education about a Common Core Study on the usage of computers in the classroom and how computer usage IS NOT impacting test results.


IF computer are not making a difference on State testing, WHY are millons of dollars being spent to make sure every student has a laptop?  In California, these laptops are assigned to students and they take the computers home.  Many of the computers are broken within a few months of start of school.  Some are lost.  

In the end, 15-year-old students need good comprehension and analysis skills to do well in either the print or the digital worlds. This study leaves me thinking that technology holds a lot of promise, but that it’s hard to implement properly. Yes, maybe there are superstar teachers in Silicon Valley who never get rattled by computer viruses, inspire their students with thrilling lab simulations and connect their classroom with Nobel Prize-winning researchers. But is it realistic to expect the majority of teachers to do that? Is the typical teacher’s attempt to use technology in the classroom so riddled with problems that it’s taking away valuable instructional time that could otherwise be spent teaching how to write a well-structured essay?


August 7, 2013

According to ONE NEWS NOW, states are starting to back away from the testing component of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The testing component is known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.


This assessment will only be viable if ALL states use it otherwise there can't be a true comparability.  Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Utah and Alabama have elected not to use this test.  Florida is considering whether to back away from the test.


August 8, 2012

Douglas County School Board in Colorado passed a resolution opposing Common Core Standards, a federal mandate.  The board stated that they opposed the CCS because they thought that the standards were to low.


Over the past year, the board members worked hard to develop their Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.  The school board stated that their standards are "more rigorous, more demanding, more thorough, and reflect higher expectations and aspirations" than Common Core.


The board also said that their Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum better meets the needs of their students than does Common Core Standards.


COMMENTS

I would love to hear from you and what is happening in your state with the Common Core Standards.  I welcome comments from teachers as well as from parents.

Use the What's Your Opinion form below to contact me.


COMMON CORE INFORMATION LINKS
and RESOURCES



American Principals Project


CATO Institute - Neal McCluskey


Freedom Project Education


How to Stop Common Core - a book written by Marian Armstrong, a former educator who investigated the upcoming standards.  She didn't like what she learned so she wrote a book to inform parents how to stop common core standards.

Kansans Against Common Core


New American and video




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