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Dumbed-Down Common Core
Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 03/11/2014 12:14:02 PM PDT by Academiadotorg

Big name Republicans and putative conservatives signing onto the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms in the belief that they will raise standards in public schools may want to entertain the possibility that they will actually lower them.

Stan Karp writes in Rethinking Schools that “For many teachers, especially in the interim between the rollout of the standards and the arrival of the tests—a lot of Common Core’s appeal is based on claims that:

“It represents a tighter set of smarter standards focused on developing critical learning skills instead of mastering fragmented bits of knowledge; “It requires more progressive, student-centered teaching with strong elements of collaborative and reflective learning; “ and “It will help equalize the playing field by raising expectations for all children, especially those suffering the worst effects of ‘drill and kill.’”

Available evidence indicates Common Core adherents may be disappointed in all of these expectations. “David Coleman, head of the College Board (of SAT fame) and sparkplug to the creation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), seems to believe that if we can measure it, we can know it and evaluate it,” Aaron Barlow of the American Association of University Professors writes. “He also seems to believe that measurement results in truth absolute, not truth relative, a mindset more comfortable to 18th and 19th-century thought than it should be to the 21st-century world of post-Einsteinian understanding.” Barlow is an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

Coleman’s College Board has revised the SATs. “The new exam will contain ‘relevant’ vocabulary words, focus in greater depth on fewer math topics, and ask students to cite specific passages that support their answers,” Eric Hoover reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “The revised exam will have three sections: ‘evidence-based’ reading and writing, mathematics, and an essay.”

“The latter section will be optional and will be scored separately, meaning the SAT once again will have a 1600-point scale, just like when your father took it.” How many students are going to take up that option?

The change in the status of the essay was fairly widely reported. Another alteration Hoover reported on was not. “Another change: Students will no longer have points deducted for incorrect answers,” Hoover recounted. “Currently, each wrong answer results in a quarter-point deduction.”

Barlow avers that “Coleman is certainly going to yoke his revised SAT to his CCSS, leading American education further down a defined and restrictive path to a model of education completely unable to change with the times and that sees itself only in terms of itself.” This is indeed a distinct possibility, and one that does not augur well for the alleged rigor of the Common Core standards.


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1 posted on 03/11/2014 12:14:03 PM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

This is all about government dumbing down schools so the outcome is equal.

If they can’t teach the slow ones, they will hold back the smart ones.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 12:24:02 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Academiadotorg

“It requires more progressive, student-centered teaching with strong elements of collaborative and reflective learning; “ and “It will help equalize the playing field by raising expectations for all children, especially those suffering the worst effects of ‘drill and kill.’”

THAT right there, is what you call ‘edu-speak’ and it says absolutely NOTHING!


3 posted on 03/11/2014 12:24:44 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Academiadotorg

“Currently, each wrong answer results in a quarter-point deduction.”

A deduction from the total number of correct answers?


4 posted on 03/11/2014 12:32:37 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Academiadotorg

The group that Common Core will most likely hurt will be the children that are homeschooled.


5 posted on 03/11/2014 12:41:31 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Academiadotorg

I just hung up on a fool woman who called to push common core in Tennessee! Is little barry bastard boy paying for this scam with taxpayer funds? ... I’m learning to really hate democrats, the criminal slugs.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 1:04:34 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Biggirl

Why? Won’t they be way ahead of the dumbed down students in government schools?


7 posted on 03/11/2014 1:16:09 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: SMARTY

My kids’ school is using it this year, and my daughters are hating 11th grade history for the first time.

It’s all group projects. One of my daughters wishes she would have taken AP US History. She didn’t because she’s having tendonitis and writer’s cramp, and her doctors don’t want her writing a lot. She hates the commn core USHistory.

My other daugther has a brain injury and has communication problems. She’s never had problems wth histtory until this year. She had one group project where 2 out of the girls just did the work between themselves and never emailed or put info in google docs. My daughter was so frustrated. The teacher is useless.

Only 1 more year to go, and they’ll be done with high school.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 1:31:10 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: DLfromthedesert

They will be, but I have heard that the SAT’s is being reworked around this common core stuff. I could be wrong, but please do correct me if I am wrong.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 2:00:58 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Academiadotorg; All
Educate yourselves - and if you want your children, grandchildren to be anything but totally dependent on the state - and working the jobs assigned them BY THE STATE, and living and creating the Agenda 21 OWO of the state...
yank your kids out now - home school yourself or get grandparents/other family members too - organize parents/churches to start small local schools - renting out weekdays use of churches (they have the facilities: kitchen, bathrooms, classrooms, ‘assembly hall’ - and in the neighborhood, eliminating hours on buses, and bringing back the parental oversight/participation - even cup cake sales :) -

Or get ready for being herded into pretty little Gulag cities, under total control. It will be Hitler's/Stalin’s world on steroids.

It's up to YOU/US.

http://askmarion.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/common-core-how-it-is-dumbing-down-americas-school-children-part-2/

10 posted on 03/11/2014 3:53:46 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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