So what is it about the Common Core curricula that has so many people upset?
Start with content. Many believe education is dumbing our kids down. It started with a math and a language arts component. Two teachers who had a hand in making the standards have interesting opinions on them. Stopcommoncore.com reports:
Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas served on the Common Core Validation Committee but refused to sign off on the ELA (English language arts) standards because of poor quality, empty skill sets, the de-emphasis on literature and low reading levels, such as 8th grade levels for 12th grade students. Even the Fordham Institute – a Common Core proponent – admitted that some states already had etter standards than the Common Core.
Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off, stating, “It’s almost a joke to think students (who master the common standards) would be ready for math at a university.”
Lauri Day, speaking to the Campaign for Liberty monthly meeting, said science and social studies are the next on the target list for the Core, diluting them as they did English and Math.
Unfortunately, though, content is not the only part of school they tinker with. Common Core is also about data mining of students and their families. “A 400 point data on every child is part of the plan,” says Ms. Day. They will ask personal questions such as do you have a gun in the house? They will want your religious association and how you vote. Any organizations you belong to; have you or are you in the military? Information about your health and mental illness in the family will be gleaned, too.”
Once they get that (and consider how Bill Gates is behind this and what it does for him), it isn’t finished. “There are monitors on their bodies,” Day says. “Cameras will record student facial expressions for use in teacher evaluations. Some schools in Texas are tinkering with wrist monitors.”
Day reminded the audience that this kind of information used to be illegal for the government to collect. But, “through an executive order, Obama overruled privacy rules for families. It was under the radar.”
Sound outlandish? It was summed up in this quote: “Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career,” said the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
This career tracking “is connected to the global work force idea,” Day said. She said 17 career tracks have been laid out.
Common Core calls for larger class sizes. “This will push out classroom teachers and it will go to computers,” Day explained. “Obama wants a master teacher corps – sound like Hitler? – with his Teach for America.” The state of Tennessee has hired 700 ‘core facilitators’ who get a year’s assignment and extra money.” They will monitor teachers and connect students to computers. “In Texas there are already some schools where they don’t take any homework home. Parents won’t then object to what they’re learning.” Core facilitators will help here, too.
What will embed Common Core are the ACT and SAT tests. Those test will reflect subjects taught in Common Core. Students outside of it will not do as well on the tests and thus be impeded in entering the top colleges.
In short, it is a brainwashing of kids and subjecting them to whatever propaganda the government wants. The government will not just have a foot in your door; it will have inserted itself into your house.
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