The federal government's Common Core standards are being implemented in many states. The video below is a prime example of the propaganda being put out to get parents, teachers, and students excited about this new way of teaching our children. Towards the end of the video, the woman says some very interesting things, which when looked at in print instead of just hearing the presentation, should be very alarming to any parent, grandparent, teacher or concerned citizen.
"You have to change what the teachers are doing with instruction. So with the instruction you really have to change the type of assignments you are doing, you have to change the way you question the students, but in addition to that you also have to change the assessments. You can't ask knowledge recall questions on your assessment when you're trying to teach a student something to application level. So you really have to think about that problem based learning so that the students are applying the content. So when we are rolling out Common Core, we're not just rolling out those standards, we are rolling out a change in education for a new level of teaching and learning...
We are taking it to a different level... In a nutshell, we recognize this is not just another course of study, it really is something different and we have to change teaching and learning in Alabama. ... We've told them, the people on our math and English language arts leadership teams, if you are not passionate about this, and if you don't see how this is going to change education in Alabama, then let us know and we are going to find somebody else to be on our team because we need people in our schools that are passionate about this and that understand how this can make such a difference in the lives of our students."
We do not need a new way to teach our children, we need to go back to the basic education of the 1950s and 1960s, before the progressives infiltrated all levels of our educational system, from kindergarten through college. If we want to take back the education of our children, we have to act. We have to insist, at the local and state levels, that they do not implement Common Core in our schools.
The legislature in Alabama is voting on a bill to stop Common Core on Wednesday (tomorrow 2/27/2013)