Common Core battles are being waged throughout the country. Although proponents of Common Core swear that it’s more stimulating to children’s thinking and raises the standards of their education, there is some opposition to it; mainly from parents, but also from some legislators and school districts. Some of those states who originally signed on to it are now re-thinking what it will ultimately mean for the children and their parents in their respective states. Some states are beginning to see, that they were blind-sided by the offer of money to them by the federal government. Honestly, they should have seen it coming. With all the underhanded things our government has done just in the past several years during this administration, you would think that they would be a bit suspicious when the government is ready to just hand over money to them for whatever pretended motive they may have. Hasn’t it become clear that when the government offers you money, it’s either to keep you quiet or it’s to get you to see things their way? Duh!! There are never any good intentions from this administration when it comes to doling out money to the states.
The big reason many parents object to its implementation is not only the drastic change in how their children will be taught, but the fact that it will be run by the government, giving parents, school districts, educators, or anyone and recourse if they are not satisfied with the curriculum or any part of the Common Core State Standards. Once it is fully implemented, it will be a done deal with the government controlling what and how our children and future generations will be taught. http://youtu.be/oOB1uCegUPc (www.perserverinnocence.org)
Common Core has been ‘enthusiastically defended” by the Fordham Institute to the tune of $6.7 million it accepted from the Gates Foundation. Of course, the Gates Foundation knew that waving millions of dollars in the faces of states’ leaders would make it difficult for them to refuse. This is especially true of states where their economy is on the shaky side. Then, too, knowing they would most likely grab the money being offered, they knew that it would be pretty easy to get them to agree to sign on to something they knew little or nothing about. However, we know how good this administration is as sugar coating everything to make it look good so people will fall for it. Unfortunately most of the time, they do. This is such a sad state of affairs in our country, especially when considering that 45 out of 50 states signed on to Common Core.
Let’s take a look at how these new state standards work for Georgia. Implementing Common Core to replace the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) would not raise their education standards at all. In fact, their own standards have been proven to be better.
According to an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com) the new math standards would make their students ineligible for college or any higher learning beyond community college which is not a four year college.
Here is an example of the Common Core math standards. It would move Algebra I from 8th to 9th grade, there would be little trigonometry, no precalculus, and no calculus. So how, exactly are these CCSS giving our children a higher level of education and preparing them for college? The answer is simply; they’re not.
According to Bud Peterson of Georgia Tech, those who graduate from high school under the CCSS would be ineligible for admission into Georgia Tech. Why? If a student hasn’t had Algebra I in 8th grade and calculus in their senior year, they don’t meet their requirements. So, if they would not meet those requirements, what other major schools of higher learning would they be eligible to attend? Would they be accepted to any major colleges and universities across the country? What do you think?
English language arts are compromised by CCSS by taking away much of the old classic literature that has been always been taught in our high schools and colleges and replacing them with nonfiction and informational literature which is supposed to broaden students’ minds. This is crazy and anyone who thinks it’s the answer to promoting better education and supports it needs to re-think the whole thing and consider the ultimate consequences. Here’s what one retired teacher has to say about Common Core: http://youtu.be/elHjTORtSN4 .
Although Michigan Governor Rick Snyder supports the state’s participation in CCSS, the state’s House and Senate have approved a budget that prohibits spending on them.
Indiana lawmakers voted in April to delay their full participation to allow themselves times to study costs of either implementing or abandoning them.
Governor Tom Corbett from Pennsylvania is dealing with some controversy over a proposal to create a set of standards that would allow them to mold some of their old standards with the Common Core standards. He asked the state education officials in May to clarify that the combined standards are not uniform national standards. Somehow, it seems that acceptance of any part of CCSS will at some point evolve into full government run Common Core standards.
The Republican Party in Utah approved a resolution in May opposing Common Core standards. Here’s what some teachers and parents are saying in Utah about Common Core. After watching these two videos, please go to the link given in both videos and see for yourself what they are talking about. In case you didn’t write it down, this is the link: www.CommonCoreFacts.blogspot.com. These are the videos you need to watch: http://youtu.be/MKOD16mNbp4 http://youtu.be/SXBsbxYJHms.
Any system of education that takes the role of education out of the hands of parents, teachers and school boards/districts is not good. Why on earth do some educators see Common Core as an improvement when it obviously is not? Maybe it somehow makes their job easier? However, that is not what it is all about. What it is about is improving students’ minds and allowing them to grow intellectually while also giving those closest to the students the right to regulate the curriculum and testing standards. Then, again, it may all come down to the money. Yep, the money their states were bribed with to improve their educational systems while not knowing exactly what the consequences are. It’s kind of like selling your soul to the devil with the promise of prosperity. He makes it enticing enough that he gets people right where he wants them and then there's no turning back. Isn’t that pretty much what has happened with the states who signed on to Common Core? Fortunately, there is still time to so something about it before it is fully implemented in 2014. If you do your homework and check it out, you will see that there is nothing good about Common Core. http://youtu.be/lc1KLDVY5QA
It’s hard to believe that any teachers are on board with these new standards. Do they not see that they are not going to improve anything in our educational systems? How can we get them to open their eyes and see what it’s going to do to the children and their futures? Well, that is the reason for these articles about Common Core. Hopefully you won’t get tired of reading about it, but it’s so important that this information gets out to as many people as possible and perhaps, you the reader will pass it on to other parents, teachers and school boards. You might also contact your senators and representatives and let them know how you feel about your children being forced to be taught under this new set of standards that will dumb them down and ruin their chances for a bright and successful future.
It seems obvious that Common Core is just one more government reach into our lives to try to socialize our entire existence. They want to run everything that affects our lives so they can be at the helm and tell us what we can and can’t do, even with our children.
What other consequences could we see from implementing Common Core? Well, it’s not really known just what the cost will be to fully implement it. Then there is the problem of trying to make one size fit all. It may work with some things, but it’s doubtful that it will work with education. One other important thing is data mining of students which basically takes away their privacy. This is not a good thing. Here’s what NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forrest has to say: http://youtu.be/KdCav9-2Ri4.
Here’s a question for all you who are reading these articles and watching the videos: Do you get it, yet? Do you realize, from the videos, that once Common Core is fully implemented in our school systems throughout the country, you will no longer have any say about your children’s education or what happens in the classroom?
There will be at least two more articles forthcoming, maybe three, about Common Core and they will reveal to you things about it that are even more shocking and, to be honest, pretty scary. Here’s hoping you will continue reading, getting educated and educating others.