Skip to comments.Ron Paul: ‘Common Core’ Nationalizes And Dumbs Down Public School Curriculum
Posted on 05/26/2013 9:45:07 PM PDT by Ghost of Jesus Gil
Sadly, but not surprisingly, instead of improving education by repealing No Child Left Behinds testing and other mandates, the Obama administration is increasing national control over schools via the Common Core initiative. Common Core is a new curriculum developed by a panel of so-called education experts. The administration is trying to turn Common Core into a national curriculum by offering states increased federal education funding if they impose Common Cores curriculum on their public schools. This is yet another example of the government using money stolen from the people to bribe states into obeying federal dictates
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Absolutely on target. I am dreading its full adoption by the dhimmi-for-brains libtard NYC education system. I consider it to be merely a means of eventually having control of the nation through the minds of its children. Any time you have a monolithic way of considering things, you’re in trouble. The renown creativity and Yankee ingenuity which grew this nation to greatness will be stifled. We will become a nation of borgs.
Benghazi Barry wants our children as stupid as he is.
..on this one, the Dr. is right on—scrap the whole thing...
The curriculums are pretty damn dumb already.
Is that possible? I thought it is already as dumbed down as it can go.
Central Planning is the antithesis of Diversity in Education...
Gee, i though the Dims wanted “Diversity” well in everything but thought it seems..
Dem Bumper Sticker:
Diversity in Everything
“Diversity in Everything
That’s a good one. Kudu’s.
You know better than to ever say that things can’t possibly get any worse.
education experts, DEF.........trained and funded propgandists and brainwashers of our children
We have to be the change we seek. We cannot simply wait for help that may never arrive. We are the help.
Innovate... Challenge the system, the status quo. Recall that Langley bore the full blessing and imprimatur of the establishment yet it was a couple of status-quo challengers, Orville and Wilbur Wright who made human flight happen. They had no free rides, no college education, no wind at their backs. They just did it.
True, it's tougher to be a Wright brother or a Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, or even Steve Jobs than in their day owing to increasing dependency (which in turn can be traced to the overall intellectual malaise that is the fallout of the very technology that intellectual genius developed). But we must be that inspiration.
Don't put hopes in "education", either - at least as traditionally understood. A college education today, esp. in this age of ridiculouly widespread dissemination of information, fails the ROI test. Nope, we need real learning, real innovation, and real can do'edness. With respect to that establishment, we need to be the woman in that 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad, today more than ever.
The key here to accentuate is the bribe factor of the states with tax payer money,offer the states cash and they will adopt Stalin or Hitler education curriculum.
You've made some great points. I've just started teaching after working in business and raising my own family. I teach high school science, and most of my students are average youngsters taking their core biology course. It has been an eye-opening and somewhat discouraging experience. The curriculum standards of our (parochial) district are generally ambitious but not unreasonable. Unfortunately, a large percentage of my students are unprepared to learn at that level. They are coming in with such poor basic literacy, numeracy, and study skills that I have high failure rates on tests unless I dumb them down or grade on a curve. I spent part of the year in the inner city, and part of it in the suburbs and saw the same problem in both locations. It's far worse in the city, as you might imagine.
There are certainly students who can handle the grade-level material, and some who excel at honors levels. Unfortunately, many of what we would consider average kids are only passing because they get points for doing worksheets and because they do small-group projects in which they collaborate. As a teacher it is very frustrating. Our administration discourages us from giving failing grades, and by high school, it is nearly pointless to give them anyway. These students have been socially promoted for so many years that their academic deficits are very deep.
From what I can see, many of these average youngsters are failing to build a strong foundation for learning during their pre-school or early elementary years. I suspect that what we are seeing is the impact on average kids of single-parent families, parents with too little time for their children, and 'feel-good' no-failure policies in elementary schools. It's not good, and not something that's easily fixed once broken.
I recently spoke with the author of our science text and asked him about this issue. He said that he's seeing the same problem broadly, and advised that high school science teachers 'just hang in there' as it won't get better for some years. His hope is that with stronger standards (i.e. Common Core) we will raise the academic achievement level and have stronger students coming into the secondary schools. Until then, we don't have a way to address it. I don't share his optimism that Common Core is the answer, but agree that it's difficult to fix these problems in high school. And yes, most of these kids are college bound . . .
Our idiot district knows common core sucks but always falls in line. The administration spent several thousand dollars sending out glossy, full color mailers telling us how great common core is, while some teachers won’t teach what is mandated. And what NY state has done to the HS Regents exams — horrible. So once again kids are stuck in the middle learning nothing, and not even being “taught to the test”. But at least we’re spending money on the whole thing. It’s for the children. /S
Those prolific one-room schoolhouses were the home-school of yesteryear and look at what they produced just as the home schooled of today! Did any of you see that family on Fox and Friends last week that had 10 or 12 children all home schooled and the 17 year old was going for his Masters degree in college! All of the others were light-years ahead of where a “grade school” education would have put them at their ages. We must, must! do away with public education!
It’s daddy Bush who introduced the idea of a nationalized curriculum and it’s George Jr. who got it into law (no child left behind). Ofcourse, the Union commies, globalists, and their diversity tribalists are going to shape it into trash.
The Bushes were not born yesterday. They knew what they were doing to the Republic.
While I'm not qualified to definitively opine having not researched the initiative, I suspect Common Core represents another ham-handed "throw money at it" solution.
Great teachers captivate students. Physics Prof. Lewin at MIT is a particular personal favorite. How could one not become excited about science after following his lectures and doing his homework? Trouble is, how to you captivate that whose atrophied state, a brain rotted on mental junk food, permits only a bond on the most base level? You cannot do this on your own as a teacher. You didn't create the problem, naturally, and ought not feel guilty that you cannot singlehandedly lift these kids out of the post-modern morass where 2+2= whatever you feel like.
I am curious, though: What is your hope for the future of education in the U.S.?
As of this year, our school district U46 in Illinois has banned the “F” grade. In addition, absences can only affect the grade of the the top 10%. It cannot affect other students.
This was the deal for Illinois to opt out of NCLB, and how they got an exemption.
Those who perform at the bottom 25% will not be included in the law, because they will be considered “handicapped”, and thus immune from the overall ranking of national schools. Also, those on public aid, and those on medical waiver will not be included (almost every minority) and those who receive free lunches, are not included in the pool of MAP testing, because that would be racism.
This was pushed by the union, and you can be that Illinois will meet all of our goals next year, prompting an automatic 22% raise for all public school employees (which is not really a raise! It’s due to performance!!!!) blah blah blah. Plus their raise for classes they attend (which is automatic) and for tenure and years in, plus bonus for kissing ass.
I expect a few responses from teachers telling what an evil fuck I am.
If you are not a resident of Illinois, Don’t Tread on Me.
Stupid children tend to grow up to become stupid adults. And that’s the way both he and his fellow progressive chauvinists like it.