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    Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core

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        Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core

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    1. Common Core is a Federal Takeover of Education

    The ultimate goal of Common Core is to have every school district follow the same national standards. This is a failed educational approach that will undermine educational quality and choice. States and local communities better know how to design standards based on their students and parents’ needs than Washington bureaucrats. 

    2. Common Core is Bad for Parents

    Parents will not have a say in their child’s education under Common Core. They will not be able to suggest changes to their local school’s standards or enroll their child in another public school with better standards. Common Core would limit parental choice and shut their voices out of their child’s education.  

    3. Common Core is Bad for Teachers

    Teachers would have little control over their classrooms under Common Core. They will be forced to comply with standards decided upon by federal bureaucrat. This leaves little to no room for teachers to innovate to meet the unique needs of their students. 

    4. Common Core is Bad for Taxpayers

    Common Core has a hefty price tag that will be paid by taxpayers in states. Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction estimates that Common Core will cost the state $300 million. California Department of Education estimates it will cost $759 million to implement the nationalized standards.   Common Core will cost taxpayers a lot of money while not improving education quality. 

    5. Common Core is Bad for Students

    Common Core is a one-size-fits-all education policy that assumes every students learns exactly the same. A top down and centrally controlled standards will hurt students’ creativity and learning.  Good education policy realizes that all students have different learning styles, preferences, and paces. 

    6. Common Core Violates Privacy 

    The Race to the Top Grants associated with Common Core violates privacy by “data mining” information about students that will follow them the rest of their lives. The information collected is more than just test scores and academic progress. Common Core will track information on religious practices, political beliefs, “sex behaviors and attitudes”, and more. 

    7. Common Core Resembles Failed No Child Left Behind Program

    A main criticism of the failed No Child Left Behind program is that teachers “teach the test.” This means that students are memorizing rather than learning and critical thinking about information. Common Core would resemble No Child Left Behind by requiring students to take national standardized tests to measure their progress.

    8. Common Core is Unconstitutional 

    The federal government should not control education. Since education is not specifically listed in the Constitution, the authority over education should be left up to the states and the people. This allows localities from New York City to rural Alabama to design unique curriculums that are best for their students. 

    9. Common Core Will Require Some States to Move Backwards

    Some states have advanced standards that are designed with students and parents in mind. Sandra Stotsky, a professor at the University of Arkansas, who served on the committee to validate Common Core standards said, “The standards dumb American education down by about two grades worth.”   Some states would have to move their standards backwards to comply with Common Core standards. 

    10. Common Core Is a Failed Education Approach 

    Washington has tried one-size-fits-all education approaches time and time again. Centralized education programs have not worked and will never work. The quality of education has only declined over the past few decades. The solution is to get the federal government out of the education business.  

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    Gilbert Schwob's picture
    Gilbert Schwob
    05/16/2014

    I heard Matt Kibbe position today! Such a position implies that, if you are not educated enough and ignore , p. ex., scientific developments or, on a larger area, what public schools teach to your children, you should be rich enough as to send them to a private school. Otherwise accept the ideas of the already elected people in your area. Elected because they were rich enough to campaign!

    If you are not wealthy enough and agree with non-scientific positions (as p. ex. climate change, human life starting with the brain constitution, gravity needed to create elements, genes governing the sexual orientation, etc.) then one should be wealthy enough in order to educate the children otherwise.

    In other words, good orbad, education should be reserved to wealthy people exclusively ... even if such an education impedes the nation to progress.

    And this goes for health care as well: kids may be protected by cariy but adults could be disrespected and even pass away for lack of personal means.

    Coomon Core is far from perfect, as private education is as well, not because of a lack of means but of a lack of knowledge. Up to which point shall we accept, even on a restricted area, ignorance governing us?

    Common core provides to our children the "lowest common denominator". However, despite my degrees, my grand-children are far more knowledgeable on some points than I. Should I disrespect hem? Should I deny their knowledge? Or is my money more important than their knowledge, just because I can't understand or, eventually, deny trying even to understand?

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    DeFalco
    04/26/2014

    In response to
    Ashlee Freeman
    04/14/2014
    Obviously not one single person has looked up where the common core standards came from or how they really work. First of all the standards do NOT say how a teacher should teach!! I am a teacher from Ca and I am truly excited about these standards and what they allow teachers(who are willing) to do. The standards were NOT created by the federal government and they are NOT mandated by the federal government. (1.)They were created by researchers who looked at the development of children and the standards already in place by states. (2)Some states had standards that included more for each grade level and other state standards included less. Now the standards are aligned with the mental capabilities of the student at every grade level. (Stages of Cognative development) They made everything align better and give teachers the opportunity to bring in depth of a topic not just skim the surface and move on. The standards are NOT vague to a teacher, they are actually VERY specific. Take math for example, the standard is written and then in italics is an example of the standard in the classroom. PLEASE DO THE RESEARCH!!! It's obvious the person writing this article has no idea what common core is about!!!

    Correction:
    (1)
    ★ Cody: Is the Common Core the Rosetta Stone of Corporate Reform?by dianeravitch 12/14/13
    ...The Common Core weaves together and makes plain what once seemed to be disparate themes:
    1. It unveils the powerful role of the Gates Foundation, which poured nearly $200 million into creating and promoting the Common Core standards.
    2. It shows the heavy hand of the federal government, manipulating states into adopting the Common Core, despite the fact that it is prohibited by law from influencing curriculum and instruction in the nation's schools.
    3. It has revealed the extent to which nonprofits, including the teachers's unions, accepted funding from Gates to advance the Common Core.
    4. "The Common Core is propelled by a vision of education as serving the needs of commerce and corporations. Many of the arguments for Common Core portray our children as products on an assembly line. As a high level Gates Foundation official wrote recently, "I am pleased to see the excitement in the business community for the common core. Businesses are the primary consumers of the output of our schools, so it's a natural alliance."
    5. Common Core reinforces NCLB's insistence that schools be held accountable for constantly rising scores.
    6.Common Core was designed to cause tests scores to plummet.

    " We (The National Ass. for the Education of Young Children - experts in the field) have grave concerns about the core standards for young children…. The proposed standards conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn, what they need to learn, and how best to teach them in kindergarten and the early grades….
    Yet they had no role in the creation K-3 Core Standards

    It’s important to point out that there were no Governors, State Superintendents of Schools, or State Legislators actively involved in the process of creating the Common Core State Standards.  There were also no state administrative or legislative staff involved in creating the standards.  The role of state governments was literally restricted to signing onto the standards created by the two trade associations, the NGA and the CCSSO.  Many of the states that did sign onto Common Core State Standards did so to receive waivers to No Child Left Behind requirements or to qualify for Race To The Top money.  They were literally bribed into signing onto the standards before they were even drafted.
    Common Core State Standards were developed by individuals coming from interests in the testing, textbook, training, and student and teacher tracking industry. 
    If you compare the Members of the English-language Arts Work Group and the Members of the mathematics Work Group you will find some of the same names on both the English and math group: Sara Clough, John Kraman, Sherri Miller. All three belong to a company. Other members on the “Work Group” are either one of the three founders of Act, Inc., Achieve, or are a member of the College Board.
    The Feedback Group have credentials for the job and are from reputable universities.
    Final decisions regarding the common core standards document were made by the Standards Development Work Group. The Feedback Group served as an advisory role, not a decision-making role in the process.

    Bill Gates’Common Core
    Gates Foundation spent $163 million to develop the CommonCore and corresponding curriculum, and to get lawmakers and business leaders to support it...”

    The Common Core State Standards were created by two trade associations by individuals who worked for interests with a great deal to gain by creating a national standard for education in the United States!
    Common Core
    In 2007, two national trade organizations—the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers—started work on a common set of curriculum standards in English language arts and mathematics.
    In December of 2008, these two groups produced a document on national education standards that would guide the Obama Administration during its transition into office. Two months later, the Secretary of Education announced a federal education grant program known as “Race to the Top” (the name is an obvious nod to the failures of No Child Left Behind).
    This program included money from the 2009 “Stimulus Bill,” which was to be used by states to improve academic standards and assessments. In order to receive Race to the Top grants, state had to commit to “a set of content standards that define what students must know and be able to do and that are substantially identical across all states in a consortium.”
    In 2011, the Obama administration made the decision to adopt common standards even easier. Most states were still obligated to meet onerous NCLB requirements. The U.S. Department of Education promised NCLB waivers to states that adopted a common set of college- and career- ready standards and assessments. And while the U.S. Department of Education did not require states to adopt the Common Core specifically, these standards were—and still are—the only standards that met the Education Department’s criteria

    CC ignores the imagination. Common Core not only imposes a new curriculum but limits the thinking skills to be taught. New York Learning Standards builds on prior knowledge and makes learning fun when children’s minds are activated in bridging prior knowledge to the new. Common Core ignores the interactive approach. NYLS are, furthermore, age appropriate; the objective is developing thinking skills not over loading the memory with facts. Common Core’s emphasis on facts is in opposition to the standards of the past.
    “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
    Albert Einstein
    Common Core ignores years of research by learning theorists that guided our teaching prior to Common Core adoption. For centuries philosophers have debated what schools are for. Basic for John Dewey was developing critical thinkers by starting with the child in relationship to the curriculum and ending with the child - applying information to the child and to his/her environment. Everything students study should be related to the students in some way but CC doesn’t want background knowledge to enter the picture. CC limits higher order thinking skills of analyzing and comparing to “close reading.”
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1
    “Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.”

    CC: Believes that the answers are to be found in the text itself so they concentrate on the text instead of starting with the child and what the child knows.

    “Closed reading” negates the years of research stating the importance of utilizing prior knowledge.

    Common Core- Problematic on all fronts: philosophically, psychologically, sociologically, methodologically, politically, economically, and morally

    "PLEASE DO THE RESEARCH!!! It's obvious the person writing this article has no idea what common core is about!!!"

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    concernedparent
    04/25/2014

    I just watched a number of sample videos of common core math in action at, I believe, a Cupertino high school in CA (links provided below). I must confess that it was excruciating painful. A simple high school geometry concept was turned into this unbelievable brain-storming, creativity exercise that students were left to "persevere" through and manifested in their "convincing" their fellow students about their "conjectures". This evidently spanned over a whole week of math classes. How could we educate our kids like this? Students in any sensible education systems would probably breeze through the same subject in less than half a session. I think Dr. Stotsky's two grades down comment was a big understatement! What happened to teaching our kids the elegance of mathematics? What makes math, or education for that matter, so powerful is that it makes complicated subjects simple - elegantly and practically, not the other way around! I can see the benefits of using this kind of approach when students have trouble understanding the material, but not carte blanche to all students without any regards to their abilities. I don't know why any educators would support Common Core. May be they believe this can help the students that are struggling in school. However, I think the results is an even bigger separation between the top students and the rest and a drastic increase of the pool of ill-equipped students. The top students will just learn whatever they need to learn outside the classroom, so the cost to them is the waste of a few precious hours everyday to deal with the nonsense of common core. The average students will be much worse as they now follow a much lower bar. The struggling students might receive the needed help to grasp the concepts better. However, since the bar is so much lower, I strongly question its overall benefit. Ironically, the reason a particular student, or a school, struggles probably has more to do with factors other than how a certain subject is taught in school. To the teachers and principals who are involved with Common Core, I plead to you that please, please stop Common Core. You are the ones that have to face the students everyday. Please do not frustrate their education. A teacher that doesn't teach is bad. A teacher that holds back a student is evil.

    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/1078576#anchor

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    Ashlee Freeman
    04/14/2014

    Obviously not one single person has looked up where the common core standards came from or how they really work. First of all the standards do NOT say how a teacher should teach!! I am a teacher from Ca and I am truly excited about these standards and what they allow teachers(who are willing) to do. The standards were NOT created by the federal government and they are NOT mandated by the federal government. They were created by researchers who looked at the development of children and the standards already in place by states. Some states had standards that included more for each grade level and other state standards included less. Now the standards are aligned with the mental capabilities of the student at every grade level. (Stages of Cognative development) They made everything align better and give teachers the opportunity to bring in depth of a topic not just skim the surface and move on. The standards are NOT vague to a teacher, they are actually VERY specific. Take math for example, the standard is written and then in italics is an example of the standard in the classroom. PLEASE DO THE RESEARCH!!! It's obvious the person writing this article has no idea what common core is about!!!

    CommonCoreisBad
    01/06/2014

    I thought everyone may appreciate an eighth grade perspective of the new Common Core system. I live in Annapolis, Maryland where our Board of Education is downright terrible but they follow the guidelines. In 6th grade, the first marking period of math was basic fraction which everyone worked on in 4th grade. Every person in our grade was "gifted" so they didn't split us into different groups. Soon, they handed out tests labeled out easy or hard and the students chose. Imagine which one everyone picked.... Our scores were so high no one was below an A. I quickly became frustrated and spoke at our Board of Education meeting where I was completely disregarded. I spoke with my math teacher and she said nothing. Finally a seventh grade teacher pulled ten students (including me) into an Algebra one, seventh grade class. This presented us with a problem of challenging our education or staying behind. We all decided it was best to keep going and not be stuck behind. Today, I am in an Algebra two class, using a computer to learn from my teacher. Having a teacher in front of me would be better but, thuis is more preferable than the option of taking extremly basic math that my peers are being instructed in. I have seventh grade encores(including health) instead of my friends because of Common Core. Students who have to go out of thier way for a challenge are not in the wrong. This entire system is flawed and I will be able to get out of high-school early by my sophomore year. I don't want to but, what class can i take? None. They dumb ed down everyone's education.

    Joe McCampbell
    11/14/2013

    haha! your website monitors and filters comments, OBVIOUSLY that's true press, so you'll probably never ever see my comment that's an actually educated and informed response, LOL! how's that for communism

    Joe McCampbell
    11/14/2013

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    Logan Freeman
    09/24/2013

    I'm a seventh grader at a public school. This is horrible, in math we have 8 core "standards" which have very little to do with math, plus we are doing a project with them. We have to add a picture of what the standards mean to us, and then 2-3 sentences about them. I thought we were doing math... Plus in that class we have been adding and subtracting integers, which is basically 2+-2. The problems don't even go beyond one digit, in seventh grade advanced math. Plus, today in adv. science, we had to do a spelling test. This is just pitiful.

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    Ashlee Freeman
    04/14/2014

    The 8 core standards are across the curriculum and are designed to be applied in all subjects.

    JamaicaMom
    09/12/2013

    I'm going to guess you haven't actually READ the Common Core, just listened to opinions and incorrect information.

    Patricia Ladd-Warner
    09/07/2013

    Actually, it looks like the federal government is just another puppet on a string. A huge, multinational corporation is at the heart of Common Core standards- Pearson PLC, a London-based multinational corporation that has taken over most of the publishers who produced the educational materials used in our schools. According to Wikipedia, Pearson PLC is now the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world.
    If that isn't troublesome enough, it get's even better. Not only do they publish the educational materials, they also publish the achievement tests used to measure what the students have learned, and of course, these tests are based on their materials, which are based on their world agenda. So even if you homeschool, you cannot get away from this corporation's vision for education.
    Recently I learned about their new initiative called "WriteToLearn" which is a web-based English and Language Arts program that uses a computer program to give "feedback" to students and track their "progress". I can see using a computer to spell check and even grammar check a student's work, but what about areas like "Ideas" and "Voice". These are just 2 of the 6 categories measured by the computer program. The others are, Organization, Conventions, Fluency, and Word Choice. Really? How does a computer rate a composition for those attributes? It is based on "samples" of poor, good, and excellent, provided by the programmers.
    So where is creativity in all this, which I thought was a major element in writing? It isn't. The whole system is designed to homogenize everyone into identical little robots. I wonder how Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech would score using this program?
    So, are we going to let a virtual monopoly on education run our schools? But more than a monopoly, this is part of a larger, global agenda, and we need to stop it NOW before it's too late!

    Rick Chappell
    09/12/2013

    Julie, do you have any direct sources (beyond the CommonCore Fails website - which itself is merely using indirect sources). I've been following the concept for years and have read quite a bit and pretty familiar with the program, and all 10 of your reasons don't jibe with what I've seen and worked with. I'd sure like to know where the info comes from.

    sharon ellison
    08/15/2013

    Are people watching what is being done with teacher's licenses? Please check your state . Surprise! guess who is doing this, oh yes, the Govt. pawns.

    Yvonne Gasperino
    07/28/2013

    Is this list in accordance to importance? Or is it just simply a compile of the the Top Ten? Just curious..

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