Common Core State Standards: Bad for Everyone
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.
Common Core: Stop Eroding States and Parental Rights
Focus on Learning Center
Indoctrination and Data Mining in Common Core: Here’s why America’s Schools may be in more trouble than you think
Common Core State Standards Initiative
Missouri House of Representatives: HB 616
Missouri Senate: SB 210
The 10th Amendment