Common Core State Standards: Bad for Everyone

Common Core State Standards: Bad for Everyone

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an across the board education curriculum for all students K-12 regardless of individual students’ learning abilities or level. CCSS is said to benefit school children by preparing them for the workforce. Others say it puts too much emphasis on test taking and not enough on actual learning. By the time students graduate high school, they will only have a seventh grade reading level. Common Core State Standards is not a program that is advancing the students, but holding them back academically (Stop Common Core).

Common Core State Standards have been implemented in 45 states. The other five have opted out of the across the board program and others that have already implemented it are trying to repeal it, Missouri being one of those states. As of right now, CCSS has only been implemented in English, Language Arts, and Mathematics, but soon it will be implemented in History. These standards are only being implemented in the public school system; however it will soon be implemented in private schools as well as homeschooling curriculums. Parents will than have zero say as to how their child’s education gets carried out. According to homeschooling advocate Lisa Payne-Naeger, CCSS is an “assault on parental rights.”

According to Common Core State Standards Initiative:
The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them (CCSS Initiative).

These standards are said to be rigorous, state-led, voluntary, and designed to make the students college and career ready (Stop Common Core). However, CCSS does the opposite. It emphasizes too much on assessment testing and data mining and not enough on actually educating. The question has become “how does all this assessment testing equal educating?” it doesn’t.

CCSS is a violation of the Tenth Amendment, which says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people (Revolutionary War and Beyond).” CCSS comes from the federal government, not the states. It is being forced upon states using grant money as a bribe to indoctrinate the children.
In addition to the data mining, the cost of implementing CCSS is outrageous. It will cost Missouri three million dollars to implement CCSS. The federal government will pay for the initial implementation of this new curriculum, but what happens when those funds are used and states still need funding for this new mandatory education curriculum? The states will turn to higher taxes. Not only is the people’s tax money going toward the implementation of CCSS but the states will then raise taxes on its people just to keep it funded. It is another drain on the economy.
According to Common Core State Standards Initiative;

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy (CCSS Initiative).

Which translates to, the government will now, more than ever, control more children’s education and the parents of these children will have zero say in how their children are taught. If the parents wish to pull their kids from the public school system and place them in private school or homeschooling, they will have to endure the CCSS regardless.

CCSS will not offer special accommodations to students who may suffer from learning disabilities such as dyslexia. On the other extreme, it will also not offer special accommodations for children who learn at a faster rate than other students. There will no longer be an option to advance the curriculum, or slow it down for that matter, based on the individual child. More students will be failing or dropping out of school than ever before. The ones who learn at a slower pace or who have learning disabilities will no longer be helped by the teachers, will get frustrated and just stop going all together. The students who learn faster than others will get bored and stop trying because they are already beyond what is being taught. It is no longer challenging and they will to stop going.

In addition to the “rigorous” new standards that are being put in place, they also have aligned the ACT test with CCSS (Focus on Learning). This will ensure that educators are teaching for these tests and not for what the students should be learning. They are also doing data mining. Similar to what is happening with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and Conceal and Carry Weapons permits, they will take information form the students, personal information, and use it however they want, show it to whoever they want. These questions will ask about information from the moment these children were born. Questions like birth weight, any medications, counseling they may have received. These questions will be following them all throughout their lives.

A way to fight the CCSS implementation and repeal there is a petition that each person should take the time to sign to help keep this from going further. In addition to this petition, it is a good idea for people to call representatives and get their voices heard on this topic. Currently in the Missouri General Assembly there are two bills in the House and Senate respectively combating CCSS, House Bill 616 and Senate Bill 210.
Senate Bill 210, which is sponsored by John Lamping (R-MO) and co-sponsored by Brian Nieves (R-MO), states “the state board of education and the department of elementary and secondary education shall not implement the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative (Missouri Senate). Senate Bill 210 further calls for public meetings in all eight congressional districts prior to implementation of CCSS.
In addition to the Senate Bill, there is a House Bill. House Bill 616, which is sponsored by Kurt Bahr (R-MO) and co-sponsored by Speaker of the House Tim Jones (R-MO), which “Prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting and implementing the standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative (Missouri House of Representatives).”

It is forced curriculums like these that are making our country fall behind in academics, which is also causing jobs to go overseas. America has turned into a lazy, dumb country that depends too much on the government.

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–Tattooed Liberty

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Common Core State Standards Initiative

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Missouri Senate: SB 210

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. otterlimits
    May 09, 2013 @ 08:17:14

    **TIN-FOIL HAT WARNING**

    Common Core is pure Agenda 21 stuff!

    “…benefit school children by preparing them for the workforce.”

    What happened to educating our children to simply educate them? To make them better critical thinkers? To give them the tools to think for themselves instead of just regurgitating useless facts. Whatever happened to actual learning?!?

    As you said, it is a violation of the 10th Amendment. The federal government shouldn’t be involved in education in the first place. Education should be managed locally, where the people of the community actually understand the needs of its children better than some displaced Washington bureaucrat.

    Last year, I attended a conference where the speaker was discussing the indoctrination of our children and showed up a list of some of the approved text books that will be coming down the pipeline once the United Nations completely takes control of education (which Common Core is the first phase of). The textbooks look like they come from vocational schools. And these are textbooks not for high school students but grade school students! That is ridiculous! My 8-year-old and 7-year-old do not need to know how to fix a plumbing main before they know how to multiply and divide. They do not need to know how to fix an air conditioning unit before they know and understand the basics of the U.S. Constitution!

    Sadly, it is up to us as parents (and future parents for you) to ensure that our children are being educated properly. And unfortunately, that might be by doing it ourselves unless we can get the people around us to wake and realize what is going on in this country. Sadly, too many people spend more time reading TMZ to find out what the latest happenings of Snooky are (is she still relevant?) than they do parenting and raising their children.

    Personally, I have been teaching my children about history and politics and my 8-year-old boy knows more about the U.S. Constitution than some adults. In fact, he has been active in politics since he was 5 (going to conventions, parades and other political events with me and helping out with various events). He will grow up knowing what is wrong with this country and what needs to be done to fix it. I will not be the parent that lets this next generation grow up ignorant of their country.

    Ok, I’m done ranting now.

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  2. Sam
    May 17, 2013 @ 20:14:28

    I am an educator in Missouri and have undergone intense research and some excellent professional development in relation to the common core state standards. I am a strong supporter. I feel the new standards will benefit our students. Instead of skimming the surface of “skills” students will be asked to use throughout life, the common core will demand a higher level of thinking and problem solving. Students will be asked to apply and solve real life situations that apply to their age and grade levels. Students with special needs or ESOL students will still receive the modifications and accommodations as stated in their IEPs or as needed according to ACCESS scores. Along with that, the common core will require teachers to review student data to meet the needs of individual students-teachers will be required to differentiate their instruction, whether it be intervention, remediation, or enrichment. Before people go making judgements about the common core, I think they should “educate” themselves; compare current standards to the core, look at student growth for a year, and then perhaps express how you feel. The government is trying to get rid of the common core because it was an idea developed by educators. Perhaps they are afraid that our children will gain so much knowledge and thinking power that they will figure out what they are really trying to do to our country. By the way, I’m also a parent of a young child. I fully support the adoption of common core state standards!

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    • tattooedliberty
      May 17, 2013 @ 20:54:51

      Common core was developed by the government. The government does not want to do away with it but enforce it more throughout the country. CCSS is a way to indoctrinate young people into mindless followers. It does not push students further but hold then back educationally. CCSS teaches to the tests, does not teach critical thinking skills. There is a reason so many people, educators, parents of students, and others are fighting hard to repeal the CCSS that has already been implemented and to stop it from going any further. There is a reason there are two bills, HB 616 and SB 210.

      Not sure where you get your information, but I have done rigorous researching on this topic. I have looked at both the side in favor and the side opposed to CCSS. This post was actually a research paper I wrote for my English class, which I got a perfect grade on. This post is based on facts, not opinions. But I’d be interested in knowing where you get your information so I can see it for myself.

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    • tattooedliberty
      May 17, 2013 @ 21:42:32

      In addition, it was just brought my attention that the Missouri House passed SB 210 with a vote of 123 to 28. This bill requires that DESE holds a meeting with each of the eight districts before any implementation of CCSS can happen.

      Fingers crossed that HB 616 also gets passed.

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  3. Sam
    May 19, 2013 @ 11:02:35

    Wrong, not “developed” by the government, but supported by the government. Educated people, meaning educators, developed them. People who work or have worked with children/students and have an understanding of child development and how children learn. If you take a close look at the common core and our current standards, we are going to be asking more of our students, not dumbing things down. 6th grade for example, we will be “giving up” some of our current standards to other grade levels (in a sense “shifting” them) but we are also gaining some, from higher grade levels! Is this going to be asking a lot of our kids? Absolutely! But I have full faith in the fact that our student population can live up to those expectations! Do you?

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    • tattooedliberty
      May 19, 2013 @ 13:22:14

      How can the government support it if the government wants to eliminate it? “The government wants to get rid of common core”, your words, not mine. But now you’re saying “government supports it.” Hmm

      “Educated people, meaning educators, developed them.” So according to you, only educators are “educated people”, interesting.

      In your previous comment, you mentioned that people should educate themselves on CCSS. Well, I already have. I think if you explore and research more than what DESE has to say, you will have a completely different take on this across the board, government mandated curriculum, and join the countless other educators who oppose it.

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  4. Sam
    May 19, 2013 @ 14:19:13

    Your guess is as good as mine. I know the Obama administration has supported the common core, and now we have people in the legislature trying to stop the implementation of the CCSS. Obviously, members of our “government” don’t work well together. Some people have this crazy notion that the Obama administration was the one to start the development of the CCSS, when in actuality, the development of CCSS started back in1996 with an entity called Achieve. NGA and CCSSO led the development and continue to lead the development today. States across the country collaborated with teachers, researchers, and experts to design and develop the CCSS. These people are the ones that provided input into the development of the CCSS, not the government. How is this turning our youth into “mindless followers”?

    And no, I didn’t say that educators are the only “educated” people. There are many educated people in a variety of fields. But, educators do know more about teaching kids than say a journalist!

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    • tattooedliberty
      May 19, 2013 @ 16:17:27

      So now you’re saying because I’m a “Journalist”, I don’t know about teaching? Hmm sounds like someone needs to do some more research before they open their mouths.

      I have not heard anyone say that CCSS came from Obama. No where in my article says that. But it is from the government. Again, read more about it than what you see on DESE websites.

      Yes, mindless followers. I don’t think I stuttered. Again, do more research than what you see on DESE websites.

      You might get heard if you took that foot out if your mouth.

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  5. Sam
    May 19, 2013 @ 16:41:52

    When you say government, who exactly are you meaning? Which branch or entity? Who in our government thinks they are “experts” at educating our children?

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    • 1776CommonSenseSolutions
      May 19, 2013 @ 20:05:09

      By the way Sam, you said you are an “educator”. Are you a teacher? IF so for how long, what grades, public or private schools, what subject/subjects and do you happen to belong to a national teacher’s union? A few questions I would love to know the answers to as you seem to keep asking TattooedLiberty questions . . . . but not REALLY answering her’s. *wink*
      Look at reality and fact: The Common Core may raise standards in some school districts, but it has not been field-tested anywhere. The Common Core does not address the root causes of underperforming schools, such as hungry students or dangerous neighborhoods. And the Common Core forces thriving school districts to adopt programs that may be a worse fit for the student body.

      Catch that? IT doesn’t address the ROOT CAUSES of underperforming schools. It ASSUMES the problem is curriculum. And you know what assuming does? Yea . . . .

      This is like raising taxes to cover a deficit problem. It doesn’t address the ROOT CAUSES.

      Anyway Sam, let’s call a spade a spade, rattle off some facts that aren’t being put out here and resolve the gaps in the truth you are leaving.

      1. Common Core was not created by lifelong teachers as part of a grassroots initiative.

      After President Clinton failed to get the national test he wanted corporate leaders and their political allies took their turn and we get Common Core. So who are those behind it and more interestingly, the funding?

      To start with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation carefully distributed hundreds of millions in grant money (coinciding with the threat from U.S. Sec Arne Duncan to withhold federal funds if individual states don’t sign on the dotted line) to political allies such as:

      American Federation of Teachers ($1,000,000)
      Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ($823,637)
      The neoliberal Center for American Progress ($2,998,809) – yea . . . Do I really need to educate you as to these folks?
      National Writing Project ($2,645,593)

      And the big buddies of Bill Gates?

      Achieve, Inc.: $25,787,051
      The Council of Chief State School Officers: $71,302,833
      National Governors Association Center for Best Practices: $30,679,116

      What about the only mathematician on the CCSS validation team Dr. Milgram of Stanford University? He refused to sign off on the math standards!!!!

      A radical professor and favorite of anti-capitalist terrorist Bill Ayers is directing the creation of one set of CCSS tests, did you know that?

      Your trying to tell us that teachers did all this? Nah . . . . they didn’t. We all know that “educators” and “teachers” are two COMPLETELY different things. People keep trying to tell us that Common Core is state-led and not part of the Federal Government . . . . . well I missed the invitation to discuss this before it was decided for me and my children.

      Let’s keep going shall we?

      2. Who are the chief architects of the literacy content for the Common Core content?

      A lawyer and David Coleman, an education entrepreneur. Coleman actually gained notoriety as he flew around the country preaching the importance of nonfiction and a bastardized form of New Criticism . . . you remember that don’t you? The literary theory abandoned long ago by everybody . . . . except Mr. Coleman. Lol You know Coleman actually had the nerve to declare teachers must tell students: “When you grow up in this world, you realize people don’t give a shit about what you feel or what you think.” So what is Mr. Coleman doing now?

      Well he has moved on to head the College Board ($31,178,497 in Gates funds provided). And the Student Achievement Partners, an outfit he co-founded, is now churning out Common Core curriculum. Whoops!!! Yep, they are bankrolled by $6,533,350 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $18,000,000 from the General Electric Foundation.

      Hell of a guy . . . . Coleman decries offering students with any learning problems any type of alternate resources, insisting that simple repetition will clear up any and all difficulties with the mandatory complex text. And thus, based on this and the Common Core, the New York City Department of Education wants 4 and 5 year-olds to forgo building blocks and crayons, and get busy writing “informative/explanatory reports.” This includes writing a topic sentence. All that is going to do is make beautiful, young, imaginative kids cry . . . but of course Sam the corporate imperative doesn’t stop for tears now does it? Try to do that to MY child and as far as I’m concerned you’re going to have to pry the crayons out of my cold, dead hands.

      Let’s keep going shall we?

      3. What about some Common Core specifics?

      CCSS math teaches an experimental geometry method created by a Soviet mathematician, in the 1950’s, that was abandoned in K-12 because . . . . wait for it . . . . . . it failed!!!!!

      Did you know children will be required to select a career path as early as 8th grade? How many 13 year olds do you know as the “educator” you are, that have stated they wanted to be one thing then but that was what they actually did when they got older? They are also supposed to be choosing school-to-work or college at this time? No . . . . they are supposed to be having fun and being kids.

      Common Core articulates a single set of educational standards in language arts and mathematics. Although the Common Core claims not to tell teachers what or how to teach, we all know school districts must prove to state legislatures or the federal government (via the Race to the Top program) that they are complying with the Common Core. The Common Core transfers bread-and-butter curriculum decisions from the local to the state and national level.

      And now the CCSS (let’s be honest . . . the Federal Government) will require massive upgrades in computer equipment and upgrades to current bandwidth. How I that done? Wait for it . . . . . the purchase of software from . . . wait for it . . . . . Microsoft!!!!

      4. I mean come on . . . . . Microsoft bundled its Explorer search engine with Windows and refused to have Windows run WordPerfect, the competitor to Microsoft Word. Bill Gates wanted everyone to use the same program. As THE funder of the Common Core, he wants to do the same with our children. LOOK AT THE FACTS! Gates is the financial backer of this movement. Looking at this connection enables us to see why the United States should be wary of letting any one person or group acquire too much control over education policy.

      Hell, on the Common Core website, Gates applauds this stating that the initiative brings the nation closer to “supporting effective teaching in every classroom.” Here is where we see the link between Gates’ business and advocacy sides.

      I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. We did just fine. We grew up to be doctor’s, scientists, engineers, authors, construction workers, teachers, lawyers, and workers of all kinds. We put men on the moon, and brought about the most advances in technology, science, literature, music and everything else in a shorter amount of time than in all of history. We were doing something right.

      Why not go back to doing what we did right? History holds the proof.

      So by now your deciding how to respond without answering my very direct questions and are trying to figure out if it is possible to turn the tables on me, isolate me and change the topic off the facts I have provided using Rule #5 & Rule #12.

      Don’t bother trying, trust me. Just walk away and go back to the bridge . . . . and next time, save people time and tell people you are collecting tolls for it.

      God Bless us, EVERYONE!

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    • tattooedliberty
      May 19, 2013 @ 23:32:23

      What does being an expert have to do with anything? In this case, absolutely nothing. The federal government thinks they know what’s best for everyone, which is why they try to control everything. This is no different from them wanting to ban large capacity sodas. It’s a direct violation of the Tenth Amendment. Look it up.

      You can stop trolling my blog at any moment, there are no tolls to give here. You can move along now.

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