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A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core
http://dcclothesline.com ^ | august 25, 2013 | Dana R Casey

Posted on 08/25/2013 1:39:28 PM PDT by lowbridge

I have been teaching for over twenty years. Generally, I have been given either no curriculum or curriculum that was focused on skills, not specific texts. I would have to get those skills taught in whatever way I wanted to get there. Sometimes I was given more direction and that direction was generally pretty good including texts, key terms, supplemental stories, and suggested writing assignments. These directions were created at a school level by the teachers in the school. I helped write some myself. Mostly, I have had a lot of freedom in how I could achieve the learning goals.

Not anymore.

Today I was in a professional development session for my school district. Our school system has swallowed the Common Core curriculum whole. Why wouldn’t they? The federal system has said that it is “voluntary”, but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective. Here is what the Washington Post reported Sen. Charles Grassley has to say about Common Core:

Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core.

The Washington Post also reported, “The Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is — an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children…”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commoncore; curriculum; education; learning; publiceducation; teaching

1 posted on 08/25/2013 1:39:28 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

I don’t understand how the Asians manage to standardize education and get great results while Americans can’t do it without screwing everything up.


2 posted on 08/25/2013 1:44:13 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I need to change my tagline.)
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To: lowbridge

Here’s the deal. Education better be taught in Espanol because the Baby Boomers who funded the Federal Government for the last 50 years didn’t have enough children to fund your bullshit! They couldn’t AFFORD to! Y’all hate us now? Come on, come on!!!


3 posted on 08/25/2013 1:46:44 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: ari-freedom
I don’t understand how the Asians manage to standardize education and get great results while Americans can’t do it without screwing everything up.

Probably because they aren't afraid the kids will grow up knowing too much to vote Socialist. :)

4 posted on 08/25/2013 1:48:31 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: ari-freedom

Asian countries generally start with smart kids and then don’t subject them to ed school/teachers union claptrap. Nationalizing standards IMO is not fundamental to their results.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 1:50:10 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ari-freedom
"I don’t understand how the Asians manage to standardize education and get great results while Americans can’t do it without screwing everything up."

I'll go out on a limb and surmise the Asian Nations you reference don't have powerful Teachers Unions.

6 posted on 08/25/2013 1:51:09 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: poobear

Education in Mexico and most of Latin America is much better than here, because they actually manage to teach kids to read and do basic math, which is why your Latin American yard guy can actually go on and found his own landscaping business once he has earned a little money here.

We need to go back to teaching kids facts. The problem with “Common Core” is that while it sounds like it’s teaching facts (”original sources”), it’s not. It’s actually aimed at teaching them the conclusions they should draw from reading one or another thing. In other words, it’s indoctrination.

Kids simply need to learn how to read, how to write coherently, and how to do math. They also need a basic civics course (that is, government structure, how and why to vote, etc.) and a basic history course that at least enables them to distinguish between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. I can tell you from personal experience that even college students are shaky on this.


7 posted on 08/25/2013 1:59:56 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
a basic history course that at least enables them to distinguish between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. I can tell you from personal experience that even college students are shaky on this.

The kids I know are shaky on the difference between Germans and Russians. They're not sure what language they speak in Venezuela (Venezuelan?). They're not clear what the difference is between the two world wars and who fought who. They don't know math. They don't know history. They don't know geography. They haven't read the classics. Nothing.

Our education system doesn't educate, it only indoctrinates, and does a poor job even at that. Kids are graduating with a cartoon understanding of the world at large. I just shake my head. Good kids, mind you, but clueless.

8 posted on 08/25/2013 2:18:29 PM PDT by marron
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To: livius

Honorable livius. That’s not the typical migrant I’m speaking of. You know it too.


9 posted on 08/25/2013 2:18:58 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: lowbridge
From the article: "the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program"

"Race to the Top," indeed. I take from this two unintended meanings:

- First, race has been pushed to the top--of everything.

- Second, which race is being pushed to the top, or rather, which race is being held down?

10 posted on 08/25/2013 2:28:25 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine
which race is being held down?

All of them, if they are educated in public school.

11 posted on 08/25/2013 2:34:03 PM PDT by marron
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To: lowbridge

I’ve never seen anything in the Constitution that entitles the feral government to take command of education.


12 posted on 08/25/2013 2:38:48 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: marron
All of them...

But some more than others. AA is focused on whites and Asians. Common Core promotes similar liberal values.

13 posted on 08/25/2013 2:39:12 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: poobear

Actually, the typical migrant we have here is exactly what I’m talking about. Their skills are way above those of Americans willing to take low-end jobs.

Latin American countries have very little economic freedom because they are very socialist in their structure (thanks to a combination of early 20th century Marxist influences that turned these countries into oligarchies ... Pemex is still a state owned company...and 1960s university Marxist “revolutionaries”). So if they want economic freedom, they come here.

But the reason that Latin Americans are hated by blacks is that even with the language barrier, Latin Americans do better because they have a basic foundation. They can read Spanish, and they learn to read and speak the English they need very quickly because they actually want to make money here. They can also do basic math, which is something I can attest - from personal experience working with lower income kids, both black and white - is something not learned anymore in American schools.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 2:40:42 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Sounds like you’re speaking of kids from the neighborhood I grew up in. I speak Spanish fluently livius and I can tell you these MFs coming into America don’t have the Democracy you or I believe in. They broke their own country. They are complete sponges and you’d better wake up! Keep dreaming!


15 posted on 08/25/2013 2:50:45 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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16 posted on 08/25/2013 2:51:44 PM PDT by narses
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To: Standing Wolf
I’ve never seen anything in the Constitution that entitles the feral government to take command of education.

Which is why they claim it's voluntary. Volunteer or lose the money we send you. See. No command.

17 posted on 08/25/2013 2:53:39 PM PDT by BfloGuy (People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.)
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To: ari-freedom

How about letting parents choose the form of their child’s education?


Modern schooling is babysitting. I can prove it in one sentence.

If you wanted a group of people to assimilate some information, would you assign them to 100 hours in a classroom, or would you tell them that they could advance to the next subject once they demonstrated mastery of the subject, through passing a sequence of tests?


18 posted on 08/25/2013 2:58:39 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: livius

Having worked in several countries in latin america I’ll agree with you that the education is often better. It is infected with a leftist bias, but softened by the overall catholic assumptions. (If leftism undermines catholicism, the reverse is also true...) The kids are smart.

The left bias guarantees that they can’t change the direction of their governments, though.

As you say, the ones who want economic freedom go far and wide looking for it (especially these days) and tend to do well. I work with quite a number of south american exiles and they tend to be our star performers. Technically well prepared and determined to prove it.

Another difference: Here, kids don’t for the most part grow up wanting to study engineering. There, engineering is a prestige job. They have a different self-image.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 3:42:02 PM PDT by marron
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To: lowbridge

I don’t see anything wring with common core in math and english. It’s good to know across states which schools have students better able to solve for x in 5x + 2 = 7.


20 posted on 08/25/2013 3:44:19 PM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

That’s what they want you to think this is.
But it isn’t.
It isn’t even close.


21 posted on 08/25/2013 3:50:34 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: lowbridge

but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective
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Dana, honey, voluntary now means involuntary. You need to catch up your Newspeak. OINK!


22 posted on 08/25/2013 3:54:16 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Scotswife

AND here is the real agenda - ONE WORLD EDUCATION

Common Core – The Qatar Connection: A Wahhabi State Skypes With Your Children – Connect All Schools

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3058348/posts

http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2013/08/common-core-the-qatar-connection-a-wahhabi-state-skypes-with-your-children/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

From article:
The acronyms for America’s New World Order education are mind-numbing – all the better to keep you from connecting who is connected to who/whom/which. First, I have found one source that connects Common Core Initiative Standards (CCIS) to “Connect All Schools,” and that is on the “Connect All Schools” website page titled One World Education (OWE).

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The program is the first of its kind in New York City to integrate Arabic into an elementary school curriculum, organizers said.

The classes are a joint program between the Language Project and the Washington, D.C.-based, non-profit Qatar Foundation International.

“This is important because in the near future, Arabic is going to be a global language,” Mamdouh added.


23 posted on 08/25/2013 3:57:46 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: ari-freedom
I don’t understand how the Asians manage to standardize education and get great results while Americans can’t do it without screwing everything up.
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Their parents spent big bucks to send their kids to after-school tutoring schools.The tutoring schools are **PRVATE**! ( Gee! Imagine that!)

Maybe, just maybe, their government owned and run socialist-entitlement and single payer K-12 schools are just as crappy as our socialist-entitlement and single-payer schools!

24 posted on 08/25/2013 3:58:09 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: fso301

see post 23 - meant to include you in the ping


25 posted on 08/25/2013 3:58:58 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: ari-freedom

I assume you are not talking about the Philippines, which has an awful education system.

The definition of Asian is about as clear as the word Hispanic


26 posted on 08/25/2013 4:21:39 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: Whenifhow

All people need to know is that this President WANTS it - and Bill Ayers, the “curriculum expert”, is very active in this mess.

This has absolutely nothing to do with “standards”. At least, not in the way people normally think of them.


27 posted on 08/25/2013 4:26:12 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: ari-freedom

“I don’t understand how the Asians manage to standardize education and get great results while Americans can’t do it without screwing everything up.”

It probably has something to do with the notion that in most countries in the world, there is not an ever-widening cabal of smug and arrogant elites seeking to destroy the existing order or lack of order for their personal gain. At least not on a longstanding basis. I am not saying there aren’t plenty, indeed, a majority of politicians in every system seeking personal gain. There certainly are. But the great majority of them do not view their nations as rotting corpses where, if they not get their scrap of meat off the bones, there won’t be any left.


28 posted on 08/25/2013 4:43:11 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Both parties are trying to elect a new PEOPLE.)
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To: lowbridge

I have little doubt Common Core will soon turn whatever is left of our once fine public education system into a Common Corpse...


29 posted on 08/25/2013 4:54:44 PM PDT by Gritty (Government money is not about the money. It's about the government and social engineering-Mark Steyn)
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To: livius

I don’t know what planet you’re living but the illegal aliens I’ve come in contact with when I was in construction couldn’t read or write their own language and most of them had never set foot in any classroom.


30 posted on 08/25/2013 5:37:34 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: fso301
Aren't you shocked that some entity is dictating what books this teacher must cover? And how to teach them?

If you mean to refer to grammar and basic writing competency, assuming one accepts a traditional approach, then yes, common standards, measurable, might be desirable.

Literature, however, must be left to the teacher for a host of reasons. If a principal does not trust the reading choices and approaches of a teacher, then that teacher must not be hired.
31 posted on 08/25/2013 8:25:19 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: jobim
Aren't you shocked that some entity is dictating what books this teacher must cover? And how to teach them?

My understanding is that reading choices are largely determined at the state and county level. Teachers may choose from an approved list.

If you mean to refer to grammar and basic writing competency, assuming one accepts a traditional approach, then yes, common standards, measurable, might be desirable.

Those two are what I specifically mentioned in my original post.

32 posted on 08/26/2013 1:49:21 AM PDT by fso301
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To: poobear

“Education better be taught in Espanol because the Baby Boomers who funded the Federal Government for the last 50 years didn’t have enough children to fund your bullshit! They couldn’t AFFORD to!”

They chose not to (and their children and grandchildren continue to choose not to), and now the meek are inheriting the earth.


33 posted on 08/26/2013 4:06:15 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: poobear

Teaching Math in 1950:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1960:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1970:

A logger exchanges a set “L” of lumber for a set “M” of money. The cardinality of set “M” is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set “M.” The set “C,” the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set “M.” Represent the set “C” as subset of set “M” and answer the following question: What is the cardinality of the set “P” of profits?

Teaching Math in 1980:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math in 1990:

By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels “feel” as the logger cut down the trees? There are no wrong answers.

Teaching Math in 2002:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120. How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?

Teaching Math in 2010:

El hachero vende un camion cargado de lena por $100. Su gasto de unga bunga munga funga dunga...


34 posted on 09/01/2013 9:12:35 PM PDT by Me1onCollie
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