Education - Common Core Update

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I am please that so many of you have read my last blog concerning the plan Bulloch County, Georgia and the Nation have decided to use Common Core as a curriculum for educating our children. Since there have been few comments I have no idea what the community thinks. I will however add a couple of additional comments.
Since the bulk of the cost of common core is being paid for by the US Government and grants from the Gates Foundation consider these next three ideas. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry of Tulane University made these comments on MSNBC in reference to ownership of your children.

By Napp Nazworth, Christian Post Reporter
April 9, 2013|2:23 pm

Conservative writers are reacting to a new MSNBC commercial in which Professor Melissa Harris-Perry discusses education and tells the audience that children belong to whole communities, not families.

The reason that the United States does not invest more in education, Harris-Perry complains, is that Americans have a "private notion of children." Instead, Americans should have a "collective notion" that "these are our children."

"We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once we recognize it's everybody's responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments," she concluded.

Harris-Perry hosts MSNBC's "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show" and is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she teaches courses on social justice and African-American religion and politics.


Read a Florida father’s response to education using Common Core.

A Florida father says he was shocked to find a note in his fourth-grade son's backpack suggesting that his teacher instructed students to write letters on their willingness to give up their constitutional rights.

Aaron Harvey told that his 10-year-old son was told to write a note reading, "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure," after a civics lesson at the end of last year.

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An Albany New York School District teacher gave this assignment.

Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil.

Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: "You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!"

Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany's problems.

The exercise was intended to challenge students to formulate a persuasive argument and was given to three classes, Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. She said the assignment should have been worded differently.

"I would apologize to our families," she said. "I don't believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith."
One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, she said.

Vanden Wyngaard said the exercise reflects the type of writing expected of students under the new Common Core curriculum, the tough new academic standards that require more sophisticated writing. Such assignments attempt to connect English with history and social studies.

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Florida and New York are two of the forty four States that have adopted Common Core as the curriculum for their education system.

One area of concern to me is still the Text that it refers to, what happen to text books?

Again, this may be the best thing since sliced bread or a true wolf in sheep’s clothing but for me the more I learn the less I liked it.

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theflyonthewall commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 13:22 PM

Follow the money.

SusanS commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 14:42 PM

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.

Bryant commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM

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.

theflyonthewall commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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.

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