An article on Independent Record online stated that all of the recipients of the “Montana Teachers of the Year” award support Common Core. Now that’s down- right scary that these supposedly accomplished teachers would support Common Core. What’s even more disturbing is the fact that it will cost the state of Montana to pay out about $34 million just to implement it. Add to that the cost nationally which is expected to exceed $16 billion over the next seven years. Someone please explain where this makes any sense given our already dying economy and the burdens being felt by states and individual citizens, as well, because of the disaster known as the Affordable Care Act or more commonly known as Obamacare.
Have these teachers been on a trip to outer space for the last several years and are just returning? This is just unreal.
Granted, our educational system is in need of repairs and upgrading, but to implement Common Core is to commit educational suicide.
The idea that the Common Core State Standards are “rigorous”, evidence-based and will prepare students to be “college-ready” is a fallacy.
If you read the previous article “Do you understand Common Core?” (The first in a series on Common Core), there were a couple of videos showing just how math and English language arts are taught within the CCSS. They are ridiculous to say the least. How are these standards going to prepare students for college much less any kind of successful future?
If implementation of Common Core Standards continues in our schools, our children will be “dumbed down” and will have a very bleak future ahead of them.
Not only will it be detrimental to students’ education, but it will take control of our educational system out of the hands of states, school districts, teachers and parents. They will no longer have any say or recourse in changing what and how students are being taught. To add insult to injury, the privacy of every student will be at risk and the cost of implementing this piece of garbage will create, yet, another tax burden on Americans nationwide.
Common Core is not something new; it’s been around for quite a while without the knowledge of the general public and legislators. That is not surprising knowing that our government over the years has frequently gone behind closed doors to implement plans in their agendas and set things in place for them to move forward. Of course, they always sugarcoat everything to make it look very appealing so it will be accepted without questions by the un-knowing public.
This is how they managed to get 45 states out of 50 to sign on to it, thinking they were doing something good for their respective states. Some, however, are finding that it is not everything they thought it was and now states across the country are raising up in protest to its implementation.
The only states that rejected signing up for Common Core were Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia.
The Department of Education in Louisiana is convinced that Common Core State Standards will increase the development of students’ proficiency in math and English language arts. Students in Louisiana are presently ranked 44th and 46thth in these areas of learning. Even though Louisiana has adopted these standards in hopes of bringing their students’ level of achievement up to par or above, it is very likely that they will realize far too late that their students are lagging even further behind than before.
Arizona was one of the states that signed on to Common Core. According to the Arizona Department of Education, “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards re being implemented to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in College, career and life. In support of this implementation is the “Arizona Public Engagement Task Force.” This is as statewide collaboration of more than 30 organizations that have worked together to inform and provide resources to parents, educators, students and business leaders about the standards.
Now, presumably, this is part of the Common Core State Standards since Arizona did sign on to implement CCSS. If you go to the Arizona Department of Education website, you will find information there about their “new” standards. They have cleverly not identified them as Common Core, but if you check out what they have on their website, you will see that everything there falls within the bounds of CCSS. You will also find this 3-minute video (found also on YouTube) which is part of Common Core’s advertising: http://youtu.be/5sOrRk9sERO it hails the benefits of Common Core needed for students to excel.
Hopefully, getting the word out about what Common Core really is, people will wake up before it’s too late for our children to get a good education. Here is a short video that exposes Common Core Standards: http://youtu.be/XrpjiywhSQU
For your enlightenment, here is a copy of a letter template to be sent out to parents and families:
Template Letter for School Leaders to Send to Parents
This letter was prepared as a tool for school leaders to use to communicate with parents and families in their communities. School leaders are welcome to use the content of the letter in full or in part and may edit the letter as needed.
Dear Parents and Families:
Greetings! I am reaching out with some important news about how Arizona is raising the bar to help all students receive a world-class education. Across the state we are implementing new academic standards in English language arts and math in grades K-12, called Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, that will help your child have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. The Standards will not only improve what your child learns, but how he or she learns by teaching critical-thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills. With your support and our partnership, these Standards will better prepare your child to achieve in K-12 and beyond.
Why Do We Need New Standards?
The world has changed. Employers expect more today than they did in the past from their employees. They expect to hire staff with some type of education or advanced training beyond high school. In fact, 85% of high growth-high wage jobs in Arizona will require it by 2013. Employers are also expecting to hire employees who have the skills to help their companies compete in the global marketplace and keep up with rapidly changing technology. Today’s employers need their staff to be able to acquire new skills quickly, work with less supervision and identify sophisticated problems and make crucial decisions.
Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards will help prepare your child to be successful with these skills. The new Standards are more relevant to the real world and reflect the academic knowledge and skills that your child will need to be successful in college and career.
How Were These Standards Developed?
College and career readiness is a part of a larger initiative, led by a coalition of states to raise the bar to ensure students are prepared for college and a career. States worked together to develop the Standards and to date, 46 states and the District of Columbia are working to implement them and develop assessments that will be consistent across states. A diverse group of teachers, subject matter experts, parents, and school administrators - including some of Arizona’s best and brightest leaders – worked together to create the Standards that reflect both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. The Standards were also benchmarked against countries with top-notch education programs, to ensure our future generations are ready to compete in the global marketplace.
How Does this Impact You and How Can You Play a Role?
By having the same, consistent and rigorous standards and assessment across states, parents, schools, districts and states will be able to see how well a is performing in a way that is not possible now. This will ensure our students successfully meet the necessary goals and remain competitive. The Standards will smooth the transition of a family move by enabling your child’s new school to assess a student’s abilities and determine where they need support using the same set of common standards.
The Standards will also allow parents, students and teachers to be on the same page and set high expectations together for student learning. As a parent, this is a great opportunity for you to support your child’s learning at home and in school. At home, you can play an important role in setting high expectations and supporting your child’s achievements in learning. At school, you can create a strong working relationship with your child’s teacher by having ongoing conversations about your child’s progress.
We are on track to implementing these Standards, and working hard to make sure our students transition successfully. Your support is critical. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me. You can also visit the “Families” section of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards web site (www.azed.gov/azccrs) for more information.
Can you see how easy, reading this, it is for parents and others to go along with the CCSS program?
This whole thing about Common Core is a fiasco and one that will bring unwanted and un-hoped-for results. Why are states and parents not being more aggressive in determining what their schools are teaching? Why are they so docile about their children’s education that they are ready to jump at something just because it sounds great? That’s what happened when Obama got elected. Apparently people haven’t learned much from that fiasco.
There is so much information out there about Common Core that most people aren’t aware of. Please do your homework and check it out for yourselves. In the meantime, there will be additional articles to help inform you so you will be armed with the truth and hopefully be able to help stop this egregious program. Once you’ve learned enough to be knowledgeable about it, call your congressmen and tell them you want CCSS stopped before it becomes fully implemented and you no longer have the right to say anything about it.