A Georgia teacher, Meg Norris, who is a doctoral candidate in education and a certified teacher in Georgia walked away from her dream job in one of Georgia’s schools because of the controversial Common Core curriculum and wrote an apologetic and explanation letter to her former students on Saturday.
Common Core, a federal education mandate program under the Obama administration, describes itself as internationally bench-marked, aligned with college and work expectations, and states that it is evidence-based.
Teachers like Norris and other opponents say that it is not true, it's only a government takeover of education and according to Norris, a money making proposition for businessmen.
Norris said in her letter to her students, “Common Core is the first time in the history of this country that a privately written and copyrighted plan has become public policy. There is no research to back it and it has never been tested. Politicians are pushing it because these corporations are giving them money to push it.”
“I saw you struggling with Common Core skills. Even with the new curriculum from the district, no matter how I broke it down for you I could see you didn’t understand. I saw the frustration on your faces… and when time ran out and we had to take the county’s test (on the county’s schedule), I saw the tears roll from your eyes. You failed. I saw you missing school more days than normal. You came early every day for homework help, but it didn’t make any difference. You still could not understand,” Norris said.
“There is a new test coming to replace the CRCT, which is why politicians like Governor Deal and Superintendent Barge want to keep Common Core. Have your parents demand a portfolio of your work be kept and that your hard work be used to decide if you should go on to the next grade, not a random test. Any test not written by and graded by your teachers should never be allowed in the classroom.”
Norris also noted that she was banned from her former school employer due to her opposition to Common Core.
“I met with members of your Board of Education and told them what was happening. They ignored me. I went to the local newspaper and they ignored me too,” Norris said. “When I spoke to the state Senate education committee they dismissed me as a political nut job. When I came back to chaperone your fall dance I was told I was “no longer one of you” and I could not come in because of my position on Common Core.”
Conservative blogger and Fox News contributor, Michelle Malkin began a three part series called, “Rotten to the Core: Obama’s War on Academic Standards” back in January 2013 that explores the problems with Common Core and the federal government’s plan to take over education across all 50 states.
In her series, Malkin said, “In practice, Common Core’s dubious “college- and career”-ready standards undermine local control of education, usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre and incoherent pedagogical theories on America’s schoolchildren.”
“America’s downfall doesn’t begin with the “low-information voter”… it starts with the no-knowledge student.”
The Heritage Foundation has also covered Common Core in detail in a series of reports over the past year.