What’s Wrong with the Common Core? Responding to the Talking Points

MYTH COMMON CORE IS A GOOD IDEA – EVERYONE DESERVES THE SAME EDUCATION AND WE SHOULD HAVE HIGHER STANDARDS FOR OUR STUDENTS

    FACTS

  • Common Core does not mandate that every child be given the same education but that every child achieve the same results  – you can mandate instruction if you choose but you cannot mandate results
  • The Common Core Standards were written primarily by businessmen NOT educators – the entire national education system has effectively been removed from the education community and turned over to a small but powerful conglomerate of publishing/testing companies
  • There is ZERO evidence that the Standards and/or the methods they promote are appropriate or effective as they have never been tested in any educational environment
  • Every child should be offered the same opportunity but every person has different aptitudes and abilities – they do not all learn the same or have the same talents therefore cannot be mandated to learn the same thing or the same way or achieve the same results
  • Under the Common Core program, teachers are rated not by how well they teach the material, but by how well their students learn it (which is entirely beyond their control) – mandating how and what children learn is an absolute practical impossibility
  • The Common Core program is currently controlled by a very small group of corporate investors and government policy makers who control what will be assessed and therefore, what will be taught – all social and political content within our education system are now being directed by this very small conglomerate of financial and political power brokers who remain answerable to no one and who are unrestricted in their ability to socially and politically direct every aspect of every child’s education
  • The education of our children is now little more than a money making proposition fueled by financial and political interests rather than endeavor for educational achievement 

MYTH THE PROBLEM WITH COMMON CORE IS ITS POOR IMPLEMENTATION

    FACTS

  • Common Core has not been implemented poorly, but PERFECTLY.  It is doing exactly what it was designed to do:
    -overhaul the national education system
    -destroy state sovereignty with regard to education
    -eliminate local control and teachers’ and parents’ voices in their own children’s education

WE NEED HIGHER EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS

  • Maybe, maybe not – The Standards and statistics used to justify them DO NOT account for demographics such as poverty and social circumstances
  • Either way, these are NOT high standards:

-Common Core ELA Standards REDUCE reading and analysis of classic literature which fosters critical thinking

Common Core Math ends before full geometry – No Trigonometry; No Calculus – Extensive research strongly indicates that college success is tied directly to higher math proficiency;  Common Core Standards are NOT “College Ready” standards

MYTH COMMON CORE ARE JUST STANDARDS – NOT CURRICULUM – STATES AND TEACHERS HAVE AUTONOMY

    FACTS

  • Measure of achievement of Common Core Standards is standardized tests which are subject to

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVAL

  • ASSESSMENTS DRIVE CURRICULUM –In Common Core’s benefactor Bill Gates’ own words:  “When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—”
  • The vast majority of states are participating with JUST TWO TESTING CONSORTIA:  PARCC and Smarter Balanced – two huge testing monopolies with:

-Substantial financial interest

-NO Transparency
-NO Accountability

MYTH 45 STATES HAVE ADOPTED AND EMBRACED THE STANDARDS

    FACTS

  • Common Core was implemented in absolute STEALTH almost 4 full years ago and only in the past 10 months have people even heard what it is
  • Most states committed to adopting the Standards and the binding associated conditions of data collection and teacher rating systems before the Standards were even written in exchange for Race to the Top funding – It was a FUNDING BRIBE , NOT a decision based on true education reform
  • Many of the states which originally “embraced” the Standards (or rather the funding) are now finding out what they’ve gotten themselves into and are working to remove themselves from participating in the national Common Core program and return state sovereignty and local control of education to their states

MYTH THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY DEVELOPED AND SUPPORT THE STANDARDS

    FACTS

  • The Standards were developed, copyrighted and implemented by corporate financial interests and private trade organizations including:  Achieve Inc., National Governors’ Association (“NGA”) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (“CCSSO”)
  • The education community was and continues to be almost entirely excluded from the development and consideration of the Common Core program
  •   The panel that created the early childhood (grades K – 3) standards had 135 members.  NOT ONE OF THEM WAS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER OR PROFESSIONAL.
  •  At the high school level, the panel that created the “College and Career Ready Standards” in English and Mathematics DID NOT INCLUDE ONE SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER OR FRESHMAN YEAR COLLEGE PROFESSOR.
  • Dr. Sandra Stotsky, the nation’s leading ELA specialist, and Dr. James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, are two of five Validation Committee Members (of a total committee of 29 members) who refused to sign the validation statement because they do NOT support the Standards or the program and could not substantiate the Validation Statement claim that the Standards were “research based and internationally benchmarked” – their dissention was not mentioned in the final report
  • 500 early childhood educational professionals wrote, signed and hand delivered to the Common Core development team a letter detailing strong concerns and opposition to the Standards –  The letter was ignored

REFUSING THE TESTS

  • The standardized tests were designed and legislated as a mechanism to rate teachers – NOT STUDENTS.  Our children are being used by the state.  Children are being forced to sit for tests (including field testing which is the testing company using our children to sample their test questions) for the purpose of the state rating teacher performance.  Adults who participate in rating practices and field testing are ASKED and PAID to participate.  But the state and the testing company monopolies are forcing our children into service.  TELL THEM NO.  Tell them that they may NOT USE YOUR CHILDREN.
  • When parents tell the schools that they will not allow their children to be used, many are being told that the MINOR student must “refuse the test themselves”.  This is a violation of parents’ rights and responsibilities for their own minor children.  Challenge the state that they do not have authority to usurp parental rights to speak on behalf of their own MINOR children.  Do not allow the government to bully you into abdicating your right to protect your own children.

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What’s Wrong With Common Core