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Two Moms vs. Common Core
National Review ^ | 05/12/13 | Maggie Gallagher

Posted on 05/12/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady

A great deal has been written and spoken about Common Core, but it is worth rehearsing the outlines again. Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely with Gates Foundation money and pushed by the Obama administration and the National Governors Association. The standards define what every schoolchild should learn each year, from first grade through twelfth, and the package includes teacher evaluations tied to federally funded tests designed to ensure that schools teach to Common Core.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: arth; commoncore; education
How an eight-year-old’s homework assignment led to a political upheaval.

If Indiana can fight this beast, so can the other states.

Part of Obama's plan to "fundamentally transform America" by dumbing down our kids.

1 posted on 05/12/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: Wisconsinlady

I’ve never seen anything in the Constitution that entitles the feral government to define lesson plans for the nation’s school children.


2 posted on 05/12/2013 1:16:25 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

True. Unfortunately, we have had LOTS of laws rammed down our throats lately that are not constitutional


3 posted on 05/12/2013 1:31:08 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Benghazi makes a difference to more people than you thought, Hillary)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Wahoo for these ladies! I attended a meeting about Common Core a couple of days ago. It is almost unbelievable what our government is doing to us these days.


4 posted on 05/12/2013 1:31:39 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Text book reviews and evaluations are public and go through state boards. CSCOPE is worse because it was adopted by 3/4 of Texas school districts as supplemental instructional material - so no public oversight. And the teachers are FORBIDDEN to give parents lessons and lesson plans. You find out what they teach when your child brings the graded test home.


5 posted on 05/12/2013 1:49:23 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Standing Wolf; All

The idea that Math and English should be the defining subjects for ALL students is one reason we have serious dropout problems especially in inner cities. I have a brother and a son who were very dyslexic and have done well in life. The brother is a craftsman builder, and the son is an electricion and does condominium building maintenance. Both suffered in the early years before their ability to read click in around the fourth or fifth grade. For students like them, the earlier grades should provide some exposure to English and Math, but focus on other skills and knowledge.

After my son went through Special Education evaluation he was permitted to take oral tests rather than reading/written. His scores jumped from the 40th percentiles up into the 90 percentiles. In my son’s case I was able to encourage him that he had such good social skills that he could always hire a secretary if he wanted to do the kind of work where the dyslexia was a handicap. My brother also has good social skills and has also done well selling real estate.

There is not and never will be a one size fits all successful pattern for learning and education.


6 posted on 05/12/2013 1:54:29 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Wisconsinlady
I help my son with his sixth-grade math homework and most of the problems are straight math, but some have some really questionable questions, like demonstrated in the article ("How do you know [your answer is correct]?"). I've noticed them doing this more and more.

Get back to the more realistic type problems that show "real-life" situations so kids can understand what the question really is (the old tried and true story problem).

7 posted on 05/12/2013 2:10:27 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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8 posted on 05/12/2013 2:12:36 PM PDT by narses
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Bump.


9 posted on 05/12/2013 2:30:22 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Parents in states that have adopted the Common Core curriculum should start a class action lawsuit against the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for creating a database in which their children’s information resides, from data collected by local schools. That’s a rather deep pocket for trial lawyers to attack.


10 posted on 05/12/2013 2:35:33 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: tbw2
Text book reviews and evaluations are public and go through state boards. CSCOPE is worse because it was adopted by 3/4 of Texas school districts as supplemental instructional material - so no public oversight. And the teachers are FORBIDDEN to give parents lessons and lesson plans. You find out what they teach when your child brings the graded test home.

Fortunately the Texas legislature is correcting that oversight with new legislation to put those materials under the jurisdiction of the SBOE. A couple of friends of mine, who are concerned mothers, have spent lots of time testifying before the Texas legislature on this issue.

11 posted on 05/12/2013 2:42:37 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I know my daughter in Oregon is upset that they wont be teaching cursive writing. At least she managed to move her son from a school that spoke only Spanish for half the day.


12 posted on 05/12/2013 3:13:55 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Wisconsinlady

Math is math, and as a teacher, I have no problems with standards or fixing what’s currently broken — miles-wide, inch-deep instruction, too much repetition — but they expect every teacher to reinvent the wheel to teach it the new way without much in the way of example asto what is expected.


13 posted on 05/12/2013 4:23:03 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Twotone
I attended a meeting about Common Core a couple of days ago. It is almost unbelievable what our government is doing to us these days.

Education is Bill Ayers' cash cow. And it's the [Bill] Gates Foundation's prime target. And Obama owes them a whole lot of favors.

14 posted on 05/12/2013 4:27:24 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: Wisconsinlady
From the article (bold emphasis mine):

On April 20, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R., Mo.) sent a letter — co-signed by 33 other congressmen — to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, asking for a detailed accounting of changes in student-privacy policies associated with the new national database the Obama administration is building as part of its Common Core support. The letter pointed out that the Education Department had already made regulatory changes — without consulting Congress — that appear to circumvent the 1974 law that limits the disclosure to third parties of any data collected on students.

“The Common Core places inappropriate limitations on the influence of states and localities, while burdening them with additional, unfunded expenses,” Representative Luetkemeyer [said] via e-mail.

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is taking the lead nationally in shining light on the Obama administration’s key role in promoting Common Core. On April 16, Grassley was joined by seven other GOP senators (including major presidential contenders Ted Cruz and Rand Paul), who signed a letter calling on their colleagues to stop funding the implementation of Common Core, which, they point out, appears to violate federal laws that explicitly forbid the Education Department to influence curriculum or assemble a national database.

15 posted on 05/12/2013 4:42:20 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: Wisconsinlady
More from the article about the naked power grab, not to mention a huge opportunity for political pay-offs (bold emphasis mine):

But moms have a more elemental objection: The whole operation is a federal power grab over their children’s education. Once a state adopts Common Core, its curriculum goals and assessments are effectively nationalized. And the national standards are effectively privatized, because they are written, owned, and copyrighted by two private trade organizations.

“Legislators are incredulous when they learn the standards and assessments are written by two private trade organizations — the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This creates concern why public education is now controlled by two private organizations,” says Gretchen Logue, a Missouri education activist and one of the co-founders of Truth in American Education, a network of activists and organizations opposing Common Core. “They also don’t like that the standards and assessments are copyrighted and cannot be changed or modified by the states.”

16 posted on 05/12/2013 4:46:26 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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Thanks Wisconsinlady.
Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely with Gates Foundation money and pushed by the Obama administration and the National Governors Association. The standards define what every schoolchild should learn each year, from first grade through twelfth, and the package includes teacher evaluations tied to federally funded tests designed to ensure that schools teach to Common Core.

17 posted on 05/12/2013 5:12:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Wisconsinlady; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

18 posted on 05/12/2013 5:41:46 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

Thank you for the “ARTH” keyword. I was not aware of it, but will search for it on education type of subjects. Or should I say NON-education type subjects.


19 posted on 05/12/2013 5:47:25 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Benghazi makes a difference to more people than you thought, Hillary)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I like the way you think. ;^)


20 posted on 08/04/2013 4:13:08 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Tanniker Smith

How many changes in methods of teaching has there been within the last fifty years?


21 posted on 08/04/2013 4:14:59 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Rusty0604
At least she managed to move her son from a school that spoke only Spanish for half the day.

Interesting. Is this a public school?

Personally, I would be more than happy if schools began teaching Spanish from K or Gr 1. For one, children learn languages much easier at an earlier age. We can hate it all we want, but the reality is, speaking Spanish will be an expected (and paid for) skill for today's elementary school student.

22 posted on 08/04/2013 4:22:21 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee
Personally, I would be more than happy if schools began teaching Spanish from K or Gr 1. For one, children learn languages much easier at an earlier age.

to those who want them? or force them all?

Because the government schools would rather force Arabic on them and Islam

23 posted on 08/04/2013 4:24:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Albion Wilde

Does anybody have pictures of Bill Ayres and Gill Gates together? You have got to shame them. We all know that Ayres has no shame but Bill Gates has alot to lose as far as the respect of the nation.


24 posted on 08/04/2013 4:28:51 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: workerbee

If the Gang of Eight, Obama and the Chamber of Commerce get their way. :^(


25 posted on 08/04/2013 4:33:16 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: GeronL

For myself, I’m more concerned my kids be able to communicate in Spanish than Arabic. If you have demographic trends to the contrary, I’m open to hearing them.


26 posted on 08/04/2013 4:34:41 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

I was saying let the family choose what language to learn, some want to learn French or Korean. I don’t think government should force it on anyone.


27 posted on 08/04/2013 4:46:32 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: cradle of freedom
I don't know. I've only been teaching for about 10.

And the nuns I had in school ... well, it's like Fight Club ...

28 posted on 08/04/2013 5:33:54 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: GeronL

A local district should have the final say, but IMO, Spanish should be compulsory, or at the very least, offered as an alternative to P.E., art or music.


29 posted on 08/04/2013 5:39:56 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I’ll point out that Governor Palin knew to reject what the GOPe/RINOs’ Ivy League and law school-educated, dream candidate for 2012 (Mitch Daniels) and the vast majority of governors didn’t know enough to reject: the Common Core standards and Obama’s “Race to the Top” federal dollars.

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/alaska-is-bringing-common-core-through-the-back-door/

Of course, the GOPe/RINOs’ dream candidates for 2016, such as Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, were big proponents of it as well.


30 posted on 08/05/2013 1:46:47 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Rusty0604

And cursive writing and penmanship will help them how?


31 posted on 08/05/2013 2:15:17 AM PDT by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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