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Research Professor of Education says ‘Common Core not good for K-3’

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There will be Primary races on May 20, 2014, all across the US, which will narrow the playing field for the election in the fall. There are many issues of interest to voters in both the Primary and General Elections. One of them is the highly controversial Common Core education debate.

In the 1960’s at a PTA meeting at Mt. Olive Elementary School in East Point, Georgia, a former NEA member made a prediction regarding the schools and education of students that seemed almost impossible to believe at that time.

He resigned the NEA because of what he had learned as a part of that organization: National Education Association.

He said that the goal of the NEA and the government was for a complete takeover of all children in America. It seems his prediction is coming true.

He stated that parents would have control of their children from birth to school age; and then they would become the property of the government. In those days, it was hard for parents to visualize such a thing happening; but today it seems to be more and more a reality.

It is election time all across the United States and there are those running for various posts that has to do with education. Here in Georgia there nine individuals vying for State Superintendent of Schools.

One of the leading issues here in the state is the Common Core experiment in schools. Many people are also asking those running for other offices how they feel about Common Core while some are openly campaigning with the promise to rid Georgia of Common Core. Many Georgia voters are planning their votes around those who oppose this government intrusion into local schools.

Most parents, who have taken a good look at the curriculum, are totally not in favor of all schools across America using the same material, regardless of the individual local school board curriculum that is more desired by both parents and teachers.

So many people involved in education are concerned about what actually amounts to a take-over by the federal government to brainwash their children into liberal thinking leaning toward socialism. Common Core boldly advertises that it is for preparation of students for college and career – not life.

There is also a major concern about the materials that re-writes history and ignores the facts. It also centers on propaganda that is meaningless to the overall basic education that parents want for their children. The school system will no longer be interested in teaching values, character, and learning skills other than from their pattern book.

The entire curriculum will be based on the economy and how students will play a part in the overall scheme of making and spending money.

Life is more than that. Over thirteen years of this kind of teaching, America will be turning out students like identical cookies from the same cutter. That is not what America has always been about. In recent years, the public schools have turned out more gangs, dropouts, and disillusioned kids in the history of America; and some have graduated… but uneducated. Schools have become war zones and slaughter houses and this is a direct result because of the lack of moral teaching.

"A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district--all studied and appreciated as they merit--are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty." Benjamin Franklin

There is still a large number of parents who feel that this teaching will ultimately be detrimental to their children’s education and will inhibit them from thinking and learning for themselves.

This program could become like foreign schools that exist only to train children to become what the government wants them to become. Children at an early age will be classified according to what the government feels is their potential and will allow them be educated accordingly.

Diane Ravitch, who is a Research Professor of Education at New York University, writes a blog about education on May 9, 2014. She wrote an article outlining why she believes that Common Core would be detrimental to younger children from the start.

On her website at dianervitch.com she gives the following profile which seems to qualify her for her opinions that Common Core is not advisable for children in grades Kindergarten through third grade. She gives reasonable arguments against it on her blog.

She says:

“I am a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University. I was born in Houston, Texas, attended the Houston public schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1960.

I received my Ph.D. in the history of American education in 1975.
I am the mother of two sons. They went to private schools in New York City. I have four grandsons: two went to religious schools, the third goes to public school in New York City, and the fourth will go to the same wonderful public school in Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn, New York.”

A group of early childhood educators explain below why the Common Core is inappropriate for children in grades K-3. This statement is an excerpt from their joint publication “Defending the Early Years.”

1. The first mistake of the Common Core is that it “maps backwards” from what is needed for high school graduation and ignores the kind of learning that is developmentally appropriate for young children.

2. The second mistake is that the CCSS assumes that all children learn at the same rate and in the same way. However, “Many of the skills mandated by the CCSS erroneously assume that all children develop and learn skills at the same rate and in the same way. Decades of child development research and theory from many disciplines (cognitive and developmental psychology, neuroscience, medicine and education) show how children progress at different rates and in different ways.

3. A third mistake was that those who wrote the CCSS did not include anyone knowledgeable about early childhood education: “The CCSS do not comply with the internationally and nationally recognized protocol for writing professional standards. They were written without due process, transparency, or participation by knowledgeable parties. Two committees made up of 135 people wrote the standards – and not one of them was a K-3 classroom teacher or early childhood education professional.”

4. A fourth mistake was that “There is a lack of research to support the current early childhood CCSS. The standards were not pilot tested and there is no provision for ongoing research or review of their impact on children and on early childhood education.” Those of us who urged field testing of the standards were ignored.

Read the rest of the article to understand other mistakes that CCSS made in writing standards for K-3. Then you will understand how foolish it was for a kindergarten class to cancel the annual class play because the children needed more time for rigorous academic studies. If educators think that CCSS cancels out the well-researched principles of child development, they make a terrible mistake.

On Ms. Ravitch’s page you will find a link to an interesting background scenario involving the backdoor involvement of wealthy individuals and politicians who endeavored a complete take-over of public schools in Newark with little improvement in the education and learning of students. The article was written by Dale Russakoff . It involved Democratic Mayor Corey Booker, Republican Christ Christie and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame.

It seems the prediction, made by the former NEA member back in the 1960’s, is coming true when he said that the goal of the NEA, and the government, was a complete takeover of all children in America.

The New Yorker exposes the multi-million dollar attempted buyout of public schools by wealthy businessmen and politicians who poured millions of dollars in the schools in Newark schools; but with little improvement in education for the children. It was all about control. The article is entitled “Schooled, Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.”

Below are statements about education from our founding fathers: This “ain’t” what they had in mind when they were helping to form the government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Local schools should be….of the people….by the people….and for the people.

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves And if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power. Thomas Jefferson

"It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness." James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791

For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that moral are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God. Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.

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