Scruples..... you have done some great investigation. Everyone ought to care as much about the education of their children. Long ago, we turned education over to the government and it was a bad, bad choice.
Common Core has a LOT wrong with it. For starters, it is nationalized education, which smells like totalitarianism. that may sound harsh, but we need to have our eyes wide open.
Although some will say "Common Core will help develop critical thinking skills."... any good teacher can develop critical thinking skills without an expensive new curriculum model.
And common Core adds additional testing, evaluation, etc, which we DON'T need. the ability of a teacher to creatively teach (the best form of teaching) is being done away with. They are not allowed to think; they need only do what they are told.
It is tying the hands of great teachers, and the pressures to "measure up" are just too much.
If only we were able to use these units of measure on our politicians! They would all be gone.
We do need to stand against this. There is an education meeting - open to all - at Statesboro High tonight. (Thursday) I encourage you and others to attend.
PS: Gov. Deal recently interceded in the legislative process and did not allow them to vote on the issue of Common Core. He bowed to the almighty dollar, and said "We are going to accept and implement this program because people are bringing lots of money to our state and it will provide jobs."
Sooo... let me get this straight Mr. Governor.... you sold out on our kids.
It's the take the money and who cares who it hurts mentality.
He does not get my vote ever again.
Scruples, you cite an incident which supposedly happened at the end of last year (I presume the end of last school year) about a student writing a note, "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure,". What's the big deal? All Americans did the same under the Patriot Act. Those who would sacrifice freedom for security shall have neither - a paraphrase from Benjamin Franklin (I believe).
I do not know enough about Common Core to express an opinion as to it's merits. But your cites do not instill any great fear in me for our children's educational future. It appears to be another attempt on a national basis to impose standards to allow state and local school boards to suck at the Federal government teat. I predict it will be just as successful as NCLB.
Scruples. Common Core does not represent some dark conspiracy.It does represent the conjunction of stupidity and greed. The greatest danger is the further dumbing down of a curriculum that has already been dumbed down.
Hand the schools back to the teachers .The bean counters and pols have been found wanting. We would all be better off if the business community would just stick to business.An MBA does not confer universal wisdom .Politicians need to study some of the policies that they put in place and to listen to their constituents.