How Bobby Jindal’s 7-Year-Old Son Outsmarted Common Core #stopcommoncore #ccss

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Wisconsin educator calls national school standards ‘an overreach of federal power’

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PEORIA — A University of Wisconsin Oshkosh English professor and frequent critic of the Common Core academic standards assailed them Saturday in Peoria as “developmentally inappropriate and insufficient.”

Speaking at the Gateway Building, Dr. Duke Pesta gave a lecture titled “Dangers and Threats to American Liberty and Education.” He said this was his 234th speech on Common Core — a set of national standards for English and mathematics adopted by more than 40 states in exchange for Race to the Top program money or a waiver from No Child Left Behind.

“Fifty different studies have shown that national standards are so diffused that they have no impact on what your kids are doing in class,” Pesta told the audience.

According to Pesta, Common Core is a three-legged stool that consists of three supporting entities: federal government, Common Core committee and publishing companies.

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UPCOMING EVENT: A night with Dr. Sandra Stotsky in Washington IL #stopcommoncore #ccss

Dr. Sandra Stotsky is credited with developing one of the countries’ strongest set K-12 academic standards and teacher licensure tests as the Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education (1999-2003.)

As a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, Dr. Stotsky refused to sign-off on the final draft.  Since then, she has traveled the country speaking out against Common Core.

Dr. Stotsky will be speaking about her time on the Common Core Validation Committee and why she is opposed to the Common Core State Standards.

WHEN:  October 18th, 2014

WHERE:  Five Points, 360 N Wilmor Road, Washington IL 61571

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

4:30-5:00pm – Press Conference

5:30-6:00pm – Seating

6:00-6:30pm – Prayer & Introductions

6:30-8:00pm- Dr. Sandra Stotsky

8:00-10:00pm – Q & A

 

 

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Illinois teacher’s heart is breaking #stopcommoncore #ccss

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The landscape of teaching is changing. I wish I could say that I thought it is for the betterment of our students, but in my heart of hearts, I know it is not. As an educator, I have been entrusted with a most precious resource, your children. It is not a responsibility that I take lightly. I have tried to have a positive impact upon students and inspire a love for learning that will continue far beyond the confines of the classroom.

To be an effective educator, requires more than the mastery of a curriculum. It requires a big heart. A heart that is willing to see the whole child, and one that knows that each child learns differently, and values diversity. It requires a mentality that is much like the military in that you are not willing to leave any man behind. In this case, it means differentiated instruction, because all students learn differently. Accommodations are made so that each student can experience academic success. I am writing this because my teacher heart is breaking due to the mandate to teach common core. I have a master degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and understand the importance of data driven research and evidence based decision making.

As an educator, I am committed to being a life-long learner. The learning process never ends, especially in the realm of teaching. I believe that different learning strategies can help students learn concepts. However, I believe these conceptual skills should be deeply entrenched in research, and be evidence based. The common core has been thrust upon the education community. It is not research or evidence based. Thirty individuals worked on the common core learning standards, and five of them refused to sign off on them because they had the deep conviction that they were flawed, and that there were problems with validity. Teachers from all across the nation were not invited to participate in the development of these standards. Nor were we invited to any public hearings to debate these standards. Yet we are mandated to implement them even though we as educators have grave concerns regarding the implementation of these standards.

In states that implemented early through the Race to the Top program, many parents have serious concerns with the standards and the way they are negatively impacting the learning process. For example, students are crying during math homework time. It is entirely possible that students who used to excel in mathematics will become frustrated with the learning process. It is also conceivable that learners, who struggle with the mastery of basic concepts, may shut down completely, or develop phobias regarding mathematical processes. Many parents have expressed increasing frustration that their child’s grades and confidence have plummeted as a direct result of these standards. Moreover, parents are also concerned because students are expected to jump grade levels, and mater the concepts with no former exposure to the content of the standards. This is not fair to older students. In essence, this is an experiment in education that targets children without there being any sound pedagogy guiding the principles!

Have we not learned anything from the failed mandate of No Child Left Behind? A standardized test does not accurately measure a student’s ability level. Now we are actually increasing testing due to the PARCC implementation. With the demise of the ISAT exam, students will no longer be subjected to standardized tests once a year, but three times a year! Math education blocks are increasing all over the United States to meet the demands of high stakes testing. I fear that two hour math blocks will be a detriment, and as a direct result, students will no longer be receiving a well-rounded education which includes science, social studies, and the arts.

The pure joy of learning is disappearing from the educational landscape in the United States. I fear it will be a landscape where individuality is no longer valued. I fear that the landscape will also include a mass exodus from public schools because the parental frustration levels will be so high. It is a possibility that the educational landscape will be littered with academic public school ghost towns. I urge parents and educators across this great nation to please do more research. Ask questions, and above all, do with is right for our children! Say no to common core!

Sincerely,

Marsha Griffin

A Concerned Educator

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Gov. Walker: ‘If Reelected, I’ll Replace Common Core’ #stopcommoncore #ccss

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This weekend, Scott Walker announced that if reelected he will replace Common Core.  I’m sure the Common Core peddling Michael Brickman of the Fordham Institute is unhappy to hear that. Brickman was education adviser to Walker when Common Core was adopted. Brickman also did a song and dance at the NC legislature during the Common Core committee hearings.  I also had a chat with him on Pete Kaliner’s show on WWNC.

WKOW.com:

WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) – Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he will move to replace the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin in January if he is re-elected.

Speaking to media on a campaign stop in the Wisconsin Dells, Walker said he believes the Common Core guidelines do not provide state educators, civic leaders and parents with enough say in determining what children should be learning at each grade level.

“I think the people of the state should be in charge of decisions like that, not people from outside of the state,” Walker said.

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Common Core Math Will Reduce Enrollment in High-Level High School Courses

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Study Finds Common Core Math Standards Will Reduce Enrollment in High-Level High School Math Courses, Dumb Down College STEM Curriculum

Lower standards, alignment of SAT to Common Core likely to hurt low-income students the most

BOSTON – Common Core math standards (CCMS) end after just a partial Algebra II course.  This weak Algebra II course will result in fewer high school students able to study higher-level math and science courses and an increase in credit-bearing college courses that are at the level of seventh and eighth grade material in high-achieving countries, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.

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James Milgram Discusses Common Core Math Standards on Fox Business

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Stanford University Mathematician and former Common Core validation committee member Dr. James Milgram discusses his concerns with the Common Core Math Standards on the Fox Business Network yesterday.

You can watch HERE

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