Comments by Eppie

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Posted on August 26 at 4:33 a.m.

Why I Oppose the Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards are the biggest proposed change to education in the United States in our lifetime, yet most people have never heard of them! The name is misleading because they are not “state standards” they are “federal standards.”

Common Core is a “one size fits none” way to deal with problems in education.

Below is just the summary, for full article with supporting links here,

1) The Math standards are a downgrade (they put us two years behind high achieving countries)
2) English language arts standards are fundamentally flawed: the reading standards are mediocre at best, the writing standards are an “intellectual impossibility” for the average middle grade student, there is less literature, inappropriate reading material, and no cursive (handwriting) at all
3) The science standards are mediocre at best, and some object to the way controversial subjects (evolution and global warming) are taught
4) Incredible cost to implement
5) The flawed process used to create Common Core (CC), combined with the fact that five of the 29 people on the validation committee would not sign off on the standards
6) Most states signed onto Common Core before seeing the final standards. The reasons federal funds, and No Child Left Behind waivers
7) Common Core has never been tested
8) Education experts oppose CC
9) Numerous problems with the high stakes testing
10) Private schools and home schooled students cannot “escape” CC
11) Five states did not adopt CC, of the 45 states that adopted CC there is considerable opposition in at least 20
12) CC may be illegal
13) The Republican National Convention Spring 2013, and numerous state Republican Committees, have adopted resolutions rejecting CC
14) There may be a political agenda
15) Collection, storage, and sharing of student data like never before in the United States
16) Political – left and right find common ground opposing CC

As people (including elected officials) become educated opposition to CC is growing.

On An Idiot’s Guide to the Common Core

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