Skip to comments.Woodland Park parents stand up against national education standards (Common Core: CO)
Posted on 08/10/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT by george76
A group of Woodland Park parents and educators want to get rid of the Common Core Academic Standards that are being implemented in Colorado Schools.
Teller County Citizens Against Common Core Standards maintains the new academic guidelines aren't as good as the ones in place. It also argues that the system is unconstitutional because it takes local control away from school districts.
It may lobby Woodland Park School District RE-2 and the state to drop out.
"We want to get the word out. The standards were just a money carrot for the state to get federal money,"
Among other things, critics say that classic literature and certain math subjects are being left out of the core standards.
Four states have refused the alignment. Last month, Douglas County School Board in suburban Denver adopted a resolution to oppose the standards in favor of its own, which they consider superior
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I don’t care what education standards are imposed.
The motivated smart kids always will succeed, and the loser idiot kids always will fail regardless of what system is in place. That was the case 100 years ago, and is so today. The idea that every kid must be educated and meet certain standards is absurd.
Are homeschooling parents upset about this?
Common Core national standards will set our children back one to two years. The math standards specifically are markedly inferior to all three sets of standards used for comparison .
So what is missing in the new Common Core Math Standards? A few examples:
Probability gone in elementary grades.
Mean, median, mode, and range gone in elementary grades.
The concept of pi, including area and circumference of circles gone in elementary grades.
Division of a fraction by a fraction gone in elementary grades.
The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic (prime factorization) gone completely.
Using fractions, decimals, and percents interchangeably gone completely.
Measurement (including density, velocity, and scientific notation) no measurement instruction after 5th grade.
Algebra inadequate readiness in the elementary grades and pushed back one year (from middle school 8th grade to high school 9th grade). This means most students will not reach calculus in high school, as expected by selective universities. And because algebra is the gateway to higher mathematics, Common Cores approach reduces the likelihood that students will be prepared for university-level math.
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I’ve never seen anything in the Constitution that authorizes the feral government to have anything to do with education.
Common Core has a core goal, to make certain that all American students who graduate are not very bright. Sounds like a rotten apple to me.
This is something I don't understand. I took Algebra in 9th grade, Geometry in 10th and Trig in 11th. Calclus was an elective And I never heard of AlgebraII.
Really Spooky Poem Praising Common Core Allegedly Recited by Dozens of 5th Graders
You really need to HEAR Beck and Stu perform this. It is worse than the Obama kids mentioned in post 11, because it is giving glory (worship, Kudos) to the curriculum, not a person, such as Obama.
Were 5th graders forced to recite We learn more with common core! poem?
The Wave - what is it about?
Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education
Your post has no basis in fact. None of the cited examples of topics dropped by common core curriculum are correct. Take it from a math teacher in a Coloradopublic school. The amount of false information out there about common core standards is incredible. Please be sure of your sources.
OK, let's move beyond assertion to proof with citations and links, if possible. I'm personally of two minds about this but I'm skeptical of anything where the feds are using a money carrot to accelerate implementation. Since your area is math, some direct comparisons of math skills taught by grade level using the previous curriculum and instructional plans with those under Common Core would interest me.
I would recommend reading at ccsstoolbox.com and corestandards.org, where the new standards are laid out quite plainly. It’s not the work of the devil or some grand communist plot I assure you.
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The Truth about Common Core (Bill Ayers).
Self admitted Terrorist Bill Ayers and Obamas Federal School Curriculum. As a terrorist, he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, had dedicated their Prairie Fire Manifesto to Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.
Common Core is part of an effort to implement regionalism, the replacement of local governments by regional boards of federally appointed bureaucrats, who in turn are beholden to international bodies. Regionalism will eliminate the freedom parents now have in choosing neighborhoods with good schools because tax funds will be distributed equally.
There will be no escape in home schooling or private schools either, because the curriculum will follow national tests. Students will be tracked through mandatory state records that will then be accessible to Washington bureaucrats. Ultimately, all students will be subject to education mandates implemented by Obamas radical cronies.
NOT LETTING A CRISIS GO TO WASTE
On the recommendation of Benito Cerreno, I went to read the CC standards @ commoncore.org and I’m finding your assertions about what is missing to be questionable and worth further investigation. CC may be out of line when it is used as a cudgel by the Dept of Ed for financing and that is a worthy discussion without starting from unfounded information on the actual curriculum.
Standards in Medicine are also being implemented to come into line with International requirements. I work in a very large National type laboratory. We are having to bring our workplace into compliance with standards that originate in Switzerland. Obamacare will bring our medical care level down to the same level as European Socialist medicine. Americans will NOT BE AMUSED. Our medical system was the best. It is rapidly being dismantled and, when Americans wake up and realize what is happening, it will be waaaaaay too late. It is already too late for many areas of medicine. More's the pity. This is what will happen with Nationalized education. STATES RIGHTS, PLEASE!
It really is communism core!
Seriously? You never heard of algebra ll?
We had algebra in 7th, geometry in 8th, algebra ll then trig, prob & stat & calculus in later grades.
Times have changed...
I’ve heard of algebra II - but not until long after I finished HS (class of 78). My daughter is taking it this year in 10th.