I had heard bits and pieces about Common Core but honestly wasn’t too interested in it since we homeschool. Then I kept hearing it come up in news articles and on blogs and realized it’s something we ALL need to be concerned about whether we homeschool, send our kids to public school, have grandchildren, niece and nephews, etc. it’s something we all need to learn and voice our opinion about.
What is Common Core?
As with any issue, there are always two sides. This issue is no different. As far as the supporters (those making money off it) are concerned it’s simply a national curriculum designed to make sure everyone gets the same level of education. Sounds great right?
I think these are some of the most disturbing changes:
Elimination of Classical Literature: “English classes teach no more than 50% classic literature making room for informational texts in elementary grades; and by twelfth grade, the percentage of allowable classic literature is further reduced to only 30%” Funny how the greatest minds that ever lived were educated primarily from classic texts, yet the common core informational texts will help our children rise up and become great? Hmm…
Leaving out the Over and Under Achievers: This “common” core leaves out those who are advanced learners as well as those who are struggling. There is no room for those who learn differently than others and these standards have not been proven or tested for their effectiveness. While they say teachers can continue to teach their own methods, the teachers are still put in a bad position because they have to prepare their students to meet these new tests and of course if they don’t teach them the answers for the test, they’ll be viewed as failures, which means they have no time to deal with the under and over achievers. Nothing will have changed except the people who are pulling the strings and making money on the new curriculum.
Tracking Personal Information: Also, isn’t it a bit odd for American public schools to engage in data mining, even going so far as to allow the use of MRI machines in schools??? I used to think Glenn Beck was a bit dramatic and his theories rather far fetched, but he hit the nail on the head with this one http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/27/indoctrination-and-data-mining-in-common-core-heres-why-americas-schools-may-be-in-more-trouble-than-you-think/ This data mining facility called the “spy center” is right across the street from where I used to live in Utah. How nice.
Completely Unconstitutional: This is NOT a state-run program, it is a federal program that was brought to pass through bribery. States should be in charge of government NOT the feds, and while they say “it’s completely run by the states” the fact is ALL states have to agree- that means individual states have no control- it’s a national system. Their website specifically says “ The federal government was NOT involved in the development of the standards.” Really?
Then why did they offer “grants” (taxpayer money that we can’t afford!) for states who adopted this curriculum (which they had NO say in creating). Read this article for more info http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/26/why-i-oppose-common-core-standards-ravitch/
Have you ever gone to a government agency and tried to get something done? They are the most inefficient organization ever and we are turning the education of our children over to them? If this program works we might as well embrace socialism because capitalism will certainly fail if everyone has a “common” education.
Here in Germany, they divide children up around age 10 or 11 based on what the government run school sees as best for their chances of success. If you do well you can move up to work towards college, if you’re not as smart, you can enter the field for trade schools, etc… It seems to me that “Common Core” is aligning themselves for this kind of system. And as they state in their Mission Statement “our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy“. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want the government (state or federal) deciding what kind of education or career my child is fit for.
Hitler said: “I begin with the young. We older ones are used up but my magnificent youngsters! Are there finer ones anywhere in the world? Look at all these men and boys! What material! With you and I, we can make a new world.”
It WILL affect homeschoolers:
Take a look at this article: http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/and-then-they-came-for-the-homeschoolers/ They want to include homeschoolers in their data mining, imagine that. Many of the companies producing curriculum for homeschoolers have already adopted common core http://homeschoolwise.com/2013/03/02/popular-home-school-curricula-and-common-core/
College entrance exams will also be aligning with the common core. Forget creative talent or exceptional genius. If you are not programming your children to answer the right questions and show their math work in the prescribed method, they will not do well on the exams (which of course will be designed around this new curriculum). http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/out-of-bill-gates-own-mouth/
What can YOU do?
Read these articles, sign these petitions. Let your voice be heard!
http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/ (your state probably has one, do a search for it and sign it!)
Stop Common Core:
What One Person Can Do to Stop Common Core: http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/what-one-person-can-do-to-stop-common-core/
Truth in American Education: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Controlling-Education-From-the-Top-PRINT.pdf
How Does the Common Core Affect Homeschoolers: http://www.cheekybumsblog.com/2013/03/how-does-the-common-core-affect-homeschoolers-answers-to-our-most-frequently-asked-questions/