Every person in America has a vital interest in stopping Common Core, a top-down, one-size-fits-all government takeover of our education system. Instead of teaching critical thinking and problem solving, Common Core stresses the lowest common denominator, punishes achievement, and forces all students to conform to government standards.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Common Core-Related Worksheet Teaches That Only White Schools Get New Textbooks

A Florida father is up in arms over a class worksheet his fourth-grader received that stated that “only schools in white districts” get new textbooks.
It was part of a story in a “cause and effect” lesson Tim Marden’s son was assigned at Newberry Elementary in north-central Florida:
One day some time ago, a boy named Jack was doing his homework. His mother began to examine Jack’s textbook. A puzzled look clouded her face. She noticed that the book was worn and missing a dozen pages.
The next day, she told the school’s principal that Jack deserved better materials. He agreed, but said that only schools in white districts got new texts. Schools in African American areas got old, damaged books.
So Jack’s mother met with a lawyer. They filed a legal case, claiming unequal and unfair treatment toward Jack. A judge decided that Jack’s mother was right. The board of education agreed to revise the system for providing materials to schools in the district.
Marden told TheBlaze he asked his child’s teacher about the worksheet, and the teacher agreed it was troubling and “developmentally inappropriate.”
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Alachua County Public Schools spokeswoman Jackie Johnson told TheBlaze the exercise comes from the state’s Florida Standards, which she described as ”pretty much Common Core standards with some changes.” She did not comment about the “appropriateness” of the example used.
Johnson said the goal of the unit is for students to “understand that the right of equal opportunity is or was protected by the Civil Rights Act, integration and changing laws; Martin Luther King Jr.; [and] the U.S. Constitution.”
“Any parent, student or staff member who objects to an instructional material may also request that the material be re-evaluated at the school level, then at the district level,” Johnson said.
Madden said he has no objection to his child learning about racism, but said the lesson should be more specific rather than the “obtuse nature” of the worksheet.
“It’s just a made-up story, it lacks concrete, fact-based information, ” he said. “We have so much history, why not use it?”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouri’s membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported.
Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards.
Common Core opponents wave signs and cheer at a rally opposing Mississippi's continued use of the Common Core academic standards on the steps of the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have vowed that the state will quit using the standards. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the state’s membership with the testing company is “illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.”
Missouri’s education department budgeted about $4.3 million for member dues this fiscal year.
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers developed the controversial Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has tied federal grants to states with adopting Common Core, which critics say makes it a de facto federal program. More than 40 states adopted the standards, but three states have outright repealed it, while numerous others are reviewing or rolling back certain aspects of the standards.
Two private testing companies are involved in administering the exams, Smarter Balance and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.