Coming soon to a school near you. Nah, scratch that. It’s likely there already. Resistance is futile, eh? By 2014, they will be in full effect.
Common Core is part of the No Child Left Behind package that sounds better than it really is. It goes something like this:
Teachers will teach from one master plan from sea to shine sea so if Johnny’s family moves from San Diego to Freeport, ME, the class in Maine will be studying the same stuff he was studying in CA. Or so goes the theory. Truth is, our kids and classrooms are being used as a big lab experiment…only the rats are leading the experiments.
Here’s one little tidbit from this article:
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan often say that the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted by them. This is not true. They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core.
It disgusts me that it seems a lot of what’s driving “reform” is the two usual players- money and power. There’s a LOT of money to be made in this industry, especially by the test makers and educrats touting the benefits of reform. The conflict of interest is staggering.
Professionals with hands-on experience with kids see this for what it’s worth. It sickens me that this whole system reduces gifted teachers into test givers. And I’m sure if parents haven’t observed this already, the pressure on kids for high stakes testing has only just begun.
If you have a child in public school, it’s important for you to have a little familiarity on the topic. And if you’re a home educator, this should serve as another reason to NOT do “school” in your home.