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Common Core: Anatomy of a Failure
The American Thinker ^ | 3-30-14 | Bruce Deitrick Price

Posted on 03/31/2014 7:03:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

When Bill and Melinda Gates go to Africa and see healthy people and sick people, they presumably have a single thought: what can we do to make everyone healthy? The problems are easily understood; goals can be clearly stated. Given a big commitment, there’s a high chance of success.

~snip~

What fascinates Bill Gates is something else entirely: namely, the variety and incoherence from school to school, city to city, and state to state. It looks so messy and inefficient. And he thinks: a guy with my money and management skills should be able to organize all this disorder, turn it into an efficient machine, save the country, and make another fortune in the process.

~snip~

But at that moment he has lost the game. Because he is no longer talking about educational goals, which must be our main concern. He is talking about standardization. He is talking about a tidier assembly line. (But nobody ever said that democracy is supposed to be tidy. Dictatorship is tidy.)

Bill Gates brought a programmer’s sensibility to education. There is a maximally efficient way to design a piece of software. So let’s do that, and stop all this other nonsense. Bad plan, even with the best of intentions.

~snip~

If you state that henceforth all children should be able to do X, because that’s the new standard, does this mean that all children can do X? Can even half the children do X? Read some of the verbose standards, and you’ll probably conclude that virtually no kid can do X.

~snip~

Bill Gates and Common Core are obsessed with arranging things in standardized patterns, coast to coast. So we must have standards that will somehow apply to everyone. Then we need identical curricula, and we’ll need identical tests.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: billgates; commoncore; governmentschools; standardization; stopcommoncore; unions
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1 posted on 03/31/2014 7:03:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When Bill and Melinda Gates go to Africa and see healthy people and sick people, they presumably have a single thought: what can we do to make everyone healthy?

For one, start using DDT again!

2 posted on 03/31/2014 7:05:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If a guy wanted to impress a girl, why would he name his company Microsoft?


3 posted on 03/31/2014 7:08:56 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Republican has "I can" at the end. Democrat has "rat". Any questions?)
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To: Rummyfan

but...but...DDT is an ATTACK Pesticide...


4 posted on 03/31/2014 7:09:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Reintroducing the use of DDT would do much to roll back the gains of malaria in Africa. But the ones that would most benefit from such a policy would be blacks who would live longer and healthier lives. So for liberals, that policy is already a non-starter.


5 posted on 03/31/2014 7:14:00 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s not a failure. Its purpose is to equalize outcomes. The way to do that is to cripple the non-minoritah kids so the perform at the same level as the minoritahs.


6 posted on 03/31/2014 7:14:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: MeshugeMikey
I think you mean ASSAULT pesticide.

:>)

7 posted on 03/31/2014 7:15:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

yes an ASSUALT Pesticide....even the packages are Scarely Looking...

Keep the world Safe From ASSAULT Pesticides...


8 posted on 03/31/2014 7:17:55 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

does not comport with the goals of Planned Parenthood.....


9 posted on 03/31/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Do they teach Common Core at his children’s private school?


10 posted on 03/31/2014 7:25:11 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: afraidfortherepublic; ShadowAce

download the app....imagine an app to combat the lies of liberals.

A Common Core Game Changer

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3139035/posts

Sharing the truth “About Common Core” in every home, business, coffee shop and church in America is as easy as saying, “Hey, there’s a free app for that!”

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/need-more-info-about-common-core-theres-an-app-for-that/

Follow the money....
Michelle Malkin:
Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/get-to-know-the-common-core-marketing-overlords/

Bill Gates, The Man Behind Common Core Shows How Stupid He Really is About Education
http://agenda21radio.com/?p=6370

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3133827/posts


11 posted on 03/31/2014 7:30:06 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Bill Gates is typical of most people who not having a sufficient education or politics background and depend on others for expertise.

After Microsoft got cornered by the Clinton administration, when Reno tried to force him to provide a backdoor for government access to all his computers, he got a bit gun-shy.

Gates is a software whiz and is basically unschooled in both politics and education. So he has to depend on others to supply his information for him.

Guess who stepped forward to give him all the info he was going to need to work with?

He hired ex-Clinton administrators to run his foundation, because he didn't know any better.

I know of a top-notch and substantially proven reading education group who approached Bill Gates about their reading program and they were demised out of hand after his own "experts" told him that was not the way to go.

Instead, his new-found "experts" steered him toward Bill Ayers brand of Common Core.

No wonder Bill Ayers is crowing.

12 posted on 03/31/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“If a guy wanted to impress a girl, why would he name his company Microsoft?”

If you are a billionaire, it is no longer necessary to do anything to impress girls.


13 posted on 03/31/2014 7:39:13 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Dr. Ursus

I read somewhere that they don’t.

They don’t use it at Sidwell Friends either, where Obama’s girls go. They just use it at public schools and some misguided private schools, which will probably dump it down the road. Public schools have a harder time getting rid of bad curriculum, so unless public school parents threaten to pull their kids en masse, it will be around for years.


14 posted on 03/31/2014 7:42:49 AM PDT by goldi
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To: dsrtsage

“There is a maximally efficient way to design a piece of software.”

That notion is lost on Microsoft.


15 posted on 03/31/2014 7:46:15 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Slyfox

Oh no! Gates demised them! Can’t resist a joke but your post cleared up much of what I didn’t understand about common core...


16 posted on 03/31/2014 7:58:57 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bill Gates would never be able to fix this nation’s education for one simple reason.This country’s teachers’ unions have far more money...and political clout...then he ever dreamed of having.


17 posted on 03/31/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: goldi

You are correct.

Except what is happening is that ALL state testing, the SAT, ACT and AP exams are being re-aligned to reflect the CC curriculum.

These exams are important for college admissions so to do well, students must be well-versed in CC standards.

They are being re-aligned to “catch” homeschoolers and private schools, to make them toe the line so to speak.

They’re making sure NO ONE escapes this evil plan.


18 posted on 03/31/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: VA_Gentleman



19 posted on 03/31/2014 8:07:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Got to make sure those ‘educational’ trains run on time, right?


20 posted on 03/31/2014 8:07:56 AM PDT by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: VA_Gentleman

“There is a maximally efficient way to design a piece of software”

This isn’t at all true. There are so many different ways to go about software design that efficient code or operation is a secondary concern to many many other factors. I can design the same piece of software in .NET, JAVA, C etc. What database, what middleware etc etc... Once you have all that put down and you’re actually writing code do you go pure Object Oriented or Procedural, maybe a hybrid?

I can write some incredibly efficient code, but it would be unreadable and barely maintainable. Familiar with really long Regex anyone? So most software engineers balance efficiency with maintainability.

Bottom line is Software design is not a Science, it’s an Art.


21 posted on 03/31/2014 8:14:39 AM PDT by RC51
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To: goldi

My kids’ private school has started using it this year.

I’m pretty sure that is why we are having problems with 11th grade US history. It’s the strangest class we’ve ever had at the school. It’s mostly projects outside of class. The class time is spent reading “primary sources” which are things like journals or other first hand accounts of what was going on at the time.

I think they are using it in English also, but that teacher is more experienced.


22 posted on 03/31/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Bon of Babble

My sister-in-law’s private girls school (where the governor of the state sent his daughters) does not and will not use Common Core. Bill Gate’s children’s school does not use Common Core, and if I remember correctly, the NY State Commissioner of Education sends his kids to a private school that does not use Common Core.

It’s only for the peasant class.


23 posted on 03/31/2014 8:21:13 AM PDT by goldi
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To: RC51

And Gates shouldn’t be the one talking standardization. Microsoft is horrible. Apple would be the one to talk to about standardization.

My husband and I are both software engineers. We think Commin Core was written by a bunch of people who are good at writing. So the kids that are good at math and science will be screwed.

I’m sorry, but it you are good at math you just do most of it in your head. Who cares how you did it if you get the right answer.


24 posted on 03/31/2014 8:21:36 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom

I can see using primary sources for research. That’s a good idea. I think the math curriculum is nuts.

Maybe your school is picking and choosing what they want and doesn’t buy into the whole curriculum.


25 posted on 03/31/2014 8:26:51 AM PDT by goldi
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To: goldi

True.

But they are still beholden to the SAT, ACT and AP exams if they plan to attend college which are being re-written as I write this to reflect CC standards.

I am a teacher, this is being shoved down my throat and I am receiving “training” in new state, SAT, ACT and AP testing methods that reflect CC alignment, especially its emphasis on “social justice” and global warming issues.” The tests reflect this because I’ve seen the prototype questions.

I do not know a single teacher who is in favor of this garbage, we highly resent it and what it is teaching the next generation of young Americans.


26 posted on 03/31/2014 8:32:54 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Bon of Babble

Then it looks like a bunch of kids who go to snooty private schools are going to be flipping hamburgers for a living.

Bill Gates will be so proud.


27 posted on 03/31/2014 8:40:05 AM PDT by goldi
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To: Bon of Babble; TEXOKIE

Common core is part of Agenda 21

Clint Richardson - Common Core, Agenda 21, And Global Privatization

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglZEZz_YcE

2 hours 50 minutes (upload date Dec 22, 2013)

This Power Point lecture was given in November, 2013 at the Utah County Fairgrounds by Clint Richardson

There are links under the video of other presentations by Clint Richardson.

At one hour mark: Begins to talk about common core
Around one hour 12 min: Talks about social security being in all countries HQ in Switzerland

At one hour 33 minutes: George HW Bush Executive Order, 1993 > EO 12803 Infrastructure Privatization

At one hour 42 minutes: State and local gov’t can be a school district

At 1:44 : Talks about courts being overseen by bar association – Don’t really have 3 branches of gov’t.

At 1:45: State services Organization – states have offices in DC – Hall of States
All of gov’t is done with NGO’s
The politicians meet and create the legislation and it is rubber stamped.

At 1:55 minutes: NGA – Governors Association is an NGO
Common core information is through the end of the video.


28 posted on 03/31/2014 8:47:45 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The creators of Common Core will not consider it a failure — so long as it centralizes education/indoctrination in America.


29 posted on 03/31/2014 8:57:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
Alexis de Tocqueville


30 posted on 03/31/2014 9:15:22 AM PDT by galtman (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: goldi

I don’t mind primary sources as a supplement, but the teacher rarely lectures. They do tons of group projects.

It’s a bizarre class. My gifted daughter hates it, but has good grades. Her twin sister with special needs hares it and her grades are bad. She’s not learning anything, especially from the group work. The other kids in the group are basically doing the work. My daughter thinks that is wrong on multiple fronts.

I wonder if colleges will stop requireing the SAT after it switches to common core next year.


31 posted on 03/31/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: goldi

I heard a lot of Catholic schools are using C C


32 posted on 03/31/2014 9:35:29 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes. It is much, much easier to create equality in a horse race by handicapping the leaders than by getting the scrubs to run faster.

I don’t believe this is a concious goal, at least for the great majority of “education reformers,” but it is inevitably implicit in their goal of reducing inequality of outcome.

The true goal of education, IMO, is to help every single child reach his/her maximum potential. If that were possible, then every single child would fare better than under present conditions. But the gap between the top and bottom would also be much greater than now.


33 posted on 03/31/2014 9:39:05 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
It is definitely a "conscious goal."

Has been since the days of Johann Gottlieb Fichte gaining control of the German education system after the Napoleonic wars.

The fact that so many Germans could be herded like sheep to follow Hitler can be directly attributed to Fichte's vision of what education should be about.

34 posted on 03/31/2014 9:43:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Sherman Logan
http://educationordoamoris.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/destroy-the-free-will-or-hitlers-take-on-education/
35 posted on 03/31/2014 9:46:51 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Whenifhow; Mr. Silverback; cripplecreek; NoLibZone; Lucky9teen; Pete; bicyclerepair; apillar; ...

Pinging the Agenda 21 interest group!

Thanks for the heads up, Whenifhow!


36 posted on 03/31/2014 9:48:06 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Oh, is that because working class people are too stupid to let their children be properly educated? They would probably teach their children the awful values that accompany a working-class life. Damn those hard-working, inadequately compensated working class parents. Damn you.

"Working class" is a term that has many and varied meanings, especially over time.

The German working class of 1807 has essentially nothing at all to do with what most of us probably think of as the working class, the blue collar American workers of most of the 20th century. That working class has largely disappeared along with the jobs they did.

Today, the "working class" is often just used, especially by liberals, to mean "the poor," and it is a class that on average does remarkably little work.

37 posted on 03/31/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: ArtDodger

It passed the spell-checker!


38 posted on 03/31/2014 10:22:43 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: luckystarmom

Some colleges are not requiring the SAT now. That’s the argument my sister-in-law made when she said her school would never use Common Core.


39 posted on 03/31/2014 12:00:29 PM PDT by goldi
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To: Whenifhow

Thanks.

I’m amassing quite an arsenal on this beast that’s being unleashed as I’m writing this. Teachers, if they can, are starting to retire in droves to get away from CC - these are experienced, highly effective, hard core teachers of math, English, non-PC history, AP science, who came in in the old days, when there was strict subject matter testing for teachers, before ed schools switched to pedagogy over subject matter, and are completely dedicated to student learning. They are keenly aware that the methods they’re going to be forced to use to teach PC social justice issues across the curriculum are going to be a disaster.

One of my cousins is throwing in the towel this year, a bit early, he teachers AP physics and calculus in a university town and said he won’t teach what CC requires and teach according to CC methods (mostly student “guessing” and “estimating” answers).

In California, my evaluation will be based on CC test scores and soon, I’m sure, my salary. My union is opposed to CC but has been completely emasculated.

I was able to switch to an almost entire schedule of electives a few years ago, art, gardening, teen living, things like that that are still required for graduation — before CC hit (I saw it coming a mile away, we all did). I do have two classes (unfortunately) that are part of the core subject curriculum and I would drop those in a heartbeat if I could. Electives aren’t subjected to strict testing schedules and evaluation methods as are math, English, science, etc.

DH says I’ve got two more years (he keeps an eye on our retirement status).


40 posted on 03/31/2014 1:12:22 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Bon of Babble

teen living???


41 posted on 03/31/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

YES!!

Believe it or not, home ec departments have been mostly eliminated - cooking, sewing, etc. Gardening too, except on a VERY limited basis. Lots of kids came to school b/c of fun electives, some even found career callings through these classes. No more.

Classes like teen living and marriage and the family are book-based classes — but they still beat trying to teach the new PC-driven/global warming/social justice curriculum that is overtaking math, science and English.

I’m waiting for it to hit the art curriculum, I have a feeling we art teachers are not going to escape.


42 posted on 03/31/2014 1:30:12 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for posting this. There are a lot of interesting comments. It’s kind of exciting to watch the tide turn on CCC.


43 posted on 03/31/2014 4:46:01 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice (education reform)
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To: TEXOKIE

Thanks for the ping!


44 posted on 03/31/2014 7:19:21 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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