Common Core Doomed in North Carolina?

The Common Core is the Obamacare of education, and from its inception, was also doomed for failure. The failure is in the reasoning and enforcement of the common core. Over the years, our education quality in the US has been steadily declining – even as observers have been pointing to the destruction. Why have we been unable to slow the failing of our education system?

Because all of our answers have been bigger government based solutions. And, as conservatives have been saying for years, these kinds of solutions don’t work.

It seems that North Carolina may be starting to figure that out…


 

Just before the Fourth of July holiday, North Carolina’s House and Senate appear to have reached a deal that could bring an end to Common Core in the state.

Both houses had passed bills in June that would appoint a new committee to create new educational standards that were exclusive to North Carolina. They were split, however, on whether the committee would be allowed to consider keeping some components of Common Core, or whether the controversial multi-state standards would be explicitly barred from consideration.

The House sought to ban it entirely, while the Senate was open to pieces being retained.

After several weeks of negotiations, by Thursday the Senate’s view appears to have won out, and a compromise position will allow a new state board to retain pieces of Common Core it thinks are unobjectionable.

Sen. Pat Tillman, who sponsored the Senate bill, said that the compromise will allow the state to choose the best standards without having its hands tied.

“The standards commission can consider anything rigorous and North Carolina-owned – anything,” Tillman told the Raleigh New and Observer.

Nevertheless, while pieces of the old order might remain, Tillman emphasized that the compromise “repeals and replaces the Common Core.”

If passed, the state will be the fourth to withdraw from Common Core this year, following Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina. The result may be less than activists hoped for, however. Hardcore Common Core foes have criticized Indiana for abandoning the standards and then adopting new ones they say strongly resemble them. North Carolina’s deal would leave the door open for a similar outcome.

As long as the new compromise doesn’t break down, a bill could be passed as soon as the middle of next week, once legislators return from the Fourth of July holiday. Even then, the bill would have to clear one final hurdle: Governor and Common Core backer Pat McCrory.

McCrory has long defended Common Core from criticism, saying that while implementation has occasionally been troubled the core principles are sound. Just last month, McCrory appeared ready to fight to defend the standards, condemning the legislature’s bills as “not a smart move.”

This past Tuesday, however, McCrory signaled that he could be preparing to give in to the burgeoning conservative revolt against the standards. While speaking to reporters, he pivoted away from defending Common Core and said his only concern was maintaining high standards.

“If you ask most North Carolinians if they want high math and reading standards, they’re gonna be for it. I don’t care what you call it…I could care less about the brand name,” McCrory said.

Supporters of Common Core indicated that while they did not want the state to pull out, as long as North Carolina remained focused on genuinely high standards the damage in their eyes would be minimal.

“If somebody wants to go more rigorous than Common Core, I say ‘more power to ya,’” Cheryl Oldham told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Oldham is the vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and the Workforce, a pro-business nonprofit that has backed Common Core.

 

By Steve Neff from the Daily Caller News Foundation

 







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  • Florence Smith

    As a kindergarten to 8th grade teacher I find the Common Core Standards to be high standards. They should be standards that people applaud having in their state: There are high phonics standards, there is a lot of critical thinking going on, the standards are high, and students are mandated to read foundational US documents.

    Instead people like Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty, authors of “Controlling Education from the Top” have poisoned the general perception by at least 30 pieces of misinformation in their article. These pieces of misinformation are the same things you hear passed around the conservative e-mail sites.

    Here is a small sample of their misinformation: 1) “clearly inferior to those of about a dozen states.” Footnote 39 which supposedly is their backing for this statement notes a reference saying there were only 3 states which had superior standards previously. 2) “intended to prepare students for nonselective community colleges rather than four-year universities” This statement turns out to be based on the OPINION of one person – no data. 3) “by nationalizing the standards, the Department is nationalizing the curriculum” There are over 100 publishers publishing various curriculums. Also google any standard number (RL.3.2, RF.K.3, etc.) and you will find oodles of ideas of ways to teach each standard. There is no national curriculum. 4) “states were required to demonstrate their commitment to the Common Core without having seen even a draft” This is contrary to the timeline shown at http://www.corestandards.org/a
    5) “misleading campaign to present the Standards as ‘state-led’ and ‘voluntary.'” Read the introduction to the Common Core and all of the state introductions. Time and time again they talk about “state-initiated” and “state-led.” I was told by Achieve when I contacted them that no federal money was used in the writing of the standards. 6) “Standards are not ‘internationally benchmarked.'” Please see http://www.achieve.org/Benchma… 7) “Placement of algebra I in grade 9 rather than grade 8″ Look at the math standards. Clearly there is algebra in the 8th grade. (Free apps are available at the app store. They have searchable features to look up any term you would like to look for.) I could go on and on (as I said I found over 30 pieces of misinformation).

    These states that are listening to the arguments presented by Jane Robbins and getting rid of Common Core seem for the most part to be using the Common Core Standards to figure out their new standards. This would show me that the Common Core Standards are considered to be a great set of standards and the model to be referred to in creating new standards. Here in Arizona polls show that 84%of teachers are enthused about the Common Core Standards and 83% feel the standards will be beneficial to their children. I hear nothing about the children in all of these anti-Common Core arguments. Isn’t that who we should be considering? As a reading teacher I had over 70 students this year, and I would like to see them have the best chance possible for success.

    I strongly feel that what Jane Robbins is doing will be detrimental to American students. Why should this excellent set of standards be taken away from students who could use a high set of standards? As a conservative I thought I was on the side of the truth tellers, but conservatives are passing around very false information that I feel is provably false (See above).

    We need people in some states to stand up to all the falsehoods that Jane Robbins is promoting.

    • jessica22

      Florence, I’ll tell you why this “excellent set of standards” should be taken away. For the same reason that unions should be “taken away”. Or mind-altering drugs… or gangs… or abusive husbands… or any other form of dictatorship… Control… To gain loyal followers, you must control the mind.

      Excellence is rooted in free, independent thinking and once you start “standardizing’ expectations or defining outcomes your jeopardize the brilliance of the mind. Leave these expectations to the teachers, the educated, paid professionals who have been trained and hired to prepare educated students.

      What a slap in the face of a teacher to be given a barometer upon which to measure their success! Teachers have been trained and hired to know how to teach successful, educated children…

      • Florence Smith

        Have you read the Common Core Standards? I would guess not. There is nothing about “control” in them. The Common Core Standards has nothing to do with unions. It was state-initiated because the governors were concerned about so many students needing remedial help before they entered college or the work place.
        As a teacher I find these standards higher than the standards that had been used previously. So I am happy to be able to offer my students an even better chance at succeeding.

        • Uncle Albert

          “Common Core Standards”

          How about a link? Your repetition is giving us all a headache. I hope that you teach better than you “persuade.”

        • Florence Smith

          My school iPad automatically connects to the app store, but I believe you can get it at https://www.masteryconnect.com/learn-more/goodies.html Hope that works!

        • Dave from San Antonio

          It was “state-initiated” because governors did not want to lose federal funding…
          When I was a student…the “standards” were MUCH higher…you actually had to “pass” to get moved to the next grade…today if the kid can’t do the work and pass…they move them up anyway…so they don’t get their widdle feelings hurt…that is not how life works…people have to learn to deal with failure and learn from their mistakes…and if they don’t want to learn or want to work hard and overcome those mistakes…they become a “non-productive” member of our society, but it’s OK…they HAVE learned that they can get the the “Freebies” and all the “Entitlements” their little hearts desire…they just haven’t learned what work means…

        • Florence Smith

          You’re getting the order mixed up. Governors and state school chiefs approached the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers because of their concern that students were needing remedial help before entering college or the work place. The actual school standards were worked on through Achieve. (There was no federal money used to have Achieve write the standards.) The federal government became involved at a later date when the Education Department decided to encourage the states to adopt Common Core Standards. I think that if they had not decided to get involved the whole process might be going a lot better, because people are wrongly saying now that Common Core is a federal mandate.

        • ADRoberts

          Have you figured it out yet. There are a LOT of people who seem to disagree with you.
          1. You are dealing with a different situation than they are.
          2. You are not seeing SOMETHING because these people are talking about PERSONAL experience with their children.
          Really. If you are doing a good job and NOT indoctrinating students to be liberal, pro-abortion, socialists, then I commend you for where you are. God bless you.
          Just keep your eyes open and don’t ignore any red flags that pass your way.
          God bless you.

        • Fred

          You have to understand that the people you are dealing with on this site are mostly functionally illiterate. They parrot what they have been told by RWNJ’s in their e-mails and cannot think for themselves at all. They are anti-education and hate the fact that there is a black President in the White House. That being the case, then anything this administration says is good must be bad. They claim to be Christians but show no convincing evidence of such. They hate everything including our Constitution (which they don’t understand at all) our Country (even though they wave the flag and shout patriotic sayings) and anybody that is not exactly like them (minorities, other religions, etc..).
          You are never going to convince any of them that Common Core is a good thing for our educational system, our children and our country.

    • ADRoberts

      Strange. Where do you find ANYWHERE in the whole country, where a teacher teaches K-8? Nowhere except HOMESCHOOLING.
      I think you are lying.
      As to the 84 % of the teachers who are enthused, my guess is that 100% of them can’t read and certainily can’t teach.
      So I see your reference to conservatives. I guess that means that you are a flaming liberal.
      Oh, by the way, the ONLY time you find someone who finds NO FAULT with a program, you can BET that they are deceptive and are trying to sell it.
      If you were honest, you would have admitted the faults, such as the sex education, revision of history, and convoluted math that even people with math degrees like ME, can’t understand.
      WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU.

      • Florence Smith

        I teach reading, and I teach students from kindergarten through 8th grade. You can call me a liar, a liberal, and dishonest; but you did not disprove any of my facts. (Also I am a conservative who is trying to set the record straight, since there is much falsehood being circulated about Common Core.)

        There is absolutely nothing in the standards about sex education. (I would offer $200 to your favorite charity if you can find ONE K-8 standard that has anything to do with sex education. Free apps of Common Core are at the app store, and they have searchable features so you can search for any words you think you will find.) Students are mandated to read US historical documents, Shakespeare, and classics. Much of the math is based on Singapore math. Since Singapore came up with their math program their students have been some of the highest scorers in international competition. Teachers who have taught Singapore math have commented on how well students understand math concepts that they themselves didn’t understand until much later in their education. The math teaches math facts but also teaches students to think, reason, make sense, and solve problems.

        • ADRoberts

          Fact: Since I went to school in the 50’s and 60′, the liberal, “enlightened” rabble who call themselves educators have been trying to MAKE IT BETTER.
          Fact: The evidence is in the results and they have failed.
          Now you come up with some Singapore math to argue that this “new” idea is better.
          NOT
          I have a degree in mathematics. I have done some substitute teaching in math (Not reading) I have seen the light come on in the eyes of MANY students at the same class period when I used the most simple method of teaching. And I was teaching algebra.
          So I have PERSONAL experience. while you are using 2nd hand claims by teachers who claim to have seen enlightenment.
          The reports of sex education being taught to inappropriate grade levels were DOCUMENTED.
          And now we look at the REAL evidence.
          State after state are realizing the mistake that is Common Core and are KICKING IT OUT.
          This is NOT A FEW people who ;you can discount as being uninformed. These are large groups of parents, WHO ARE THE PRIMARY AUTHORITY for any education, and the legislatures of those same states.
          Let me guess.
          YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS RIGHT. LOL
          PS. We in Texas have experience the work of these liberal educators. They threaten teachers with legal action IF the reveal the circullum to parents. They claim to let you have APPS to see what is going on but when TRUTH IS REVEALED, what they let you see is cherry picked.
          WE DON’T TRUST EDUCATORS ANY MORE.

        • Florence Smith

          Well, I’m sorry you don’t trust educators. I have always felt that what I did was a noble thing. Every year I watch kindergarteners who don’t know the alphabet learn it, and students who struggle in reading figure it out. Since some states figure out their future prison population by how many students are behind in reading in 4th grade, I feel I may be helping the general population since many of my students significantly raise their reading scores.

          FACT: In a recent international study Singapore schools’ test scores ranked first – while U.S. students finished 19th out of 38.

          If you would look at my original post, I listed items that are being passed around in e-mails and they are provably false. Many of these are the same reasons the anti-Common Core people are using. I find these people have not even read any of the standards. They just are blindly following what someone else’s e-mail has told them.

          Here is an actual standard for 12th grade: “Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U. S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.”

          Is this something we should all be fighting against and removing from the schools ASAP? There are many excellent phonics standards also which some states did not have previously. There’s lots of critical thinking: look at all the standards that start: “Compare and contrast,” “Evaluate,” “Analyze,” etc.

          I would agree with you that sex education in some states is taught at inappropriate levels, but that was decided before Common Core Standards were even implemented. There is nothing in Common Core about sex education.

        • Dave from San Antonio

          A true “educator”…I trust…most of the teachers I see today…well that is another story.

        • ADRoberts

          My three year old granddaughter KNOWS the alphabet.
          Her 5 year old brother, who only goes to kindergarten this fall, was in the kitchen one day and asked his grandmother, “What is quick ice”. That was a button on the refrigerator door.
          I CAN teach WITHOUT being certified. Teaching is NOT a science. It is an art. And there are some one can teach naturally. Others become prinicipals and superintendents.
          There are two criterion for education:
          1 What is determined as to what children should learn and WHO decides. Right now, it is the liberals and the pervert who heads the Dept. of Education.
          2. Did the student learn.

          Personally, I believe that right now, even private schools are inadequate. There is this MONEY factor that ALWAYS comes into play.
          So the best IS homeschooling.
          Amazingly enough, there are resources out there that WILL provide enough to allow people who DON’T know a subject to teach it anyway.
          YOU,with no knowledge of much math CAN teach calculus IF you are using SAXON MATH. It is that good.

        • drbhelthi

          As I recall, the faculties you mention were taught prior to the common core curriculum.
          Regarding standards for grade levels, a great deal of flexibility was utilized by teachers, many of whom did their best to individualize.
          Grade level standards ? That´s sort of a laugh for the last thirty years.

        • Uncle Albert

          So are you paid commissions for selling this dreck? If so, by whom?

        • Florence Smith

          It’s my students who I would like to benefit. It is quite distressing to see good standards that will help my students demeaned by people who (usually) haven’t read any of them and are operating on a lot of false information.

    • Dave from San Antonio

      If you find that Common Core has “high standards”…your standards are pretty low, then.

  • woonsocket

    There should be MORE support for public schools. If there’s a problem then fix it. The far right is trying to do away with most govt. That means only the wealthy will survive. Conservatives are more interested in serving the 1%. If you want a mostly illiterate country then by all means, vote Republican.

    • hAAngarpilot

      The public education system in the United States of America should be dismantled and kicked to the curb. For the most part it isn’t working. Schools should have to compete for students by offering educational excellence. Students should be allowed to choose where they want to go to school. By doing these two things crap ass schools would close or be forced to become competitive. Schools that have much to offer would thrive. Disruptive students would be told to leave, allowing those that desire to learn to have a wholesome environment in which to do so.

      • ADRoberts

        They have teachers who got their degree from colleges where they did not care to REALLY teach. Some of these teachers cannot even read. Many do not care if the kids read, as long as they have tenure. Unions keep molesters and wicked teachers on the payroll. Administrators push anti-Christian and pro-muslim and moralless sex education.
        Teachers cannot discipline the kids. So the bullies control the classroom and the schools. Good teachers get out when their principals demand that they be bilingual.
        What happened. Like Ben Carson said. We have destroyed the family and kicked God out of our nation.
        “Sow the wind. Reap the whirlwind.”
        But I would guess that most public school graduates would not understand that.

    • ADRoberts

      It does not work. Government involvement in ANYTHING does not work.
      When in the military, we spent most of our time sitting around or playing pool. Government is ALWAYS a waste.
      Now to your OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM that less government will mean that only the wealthy will survive. TWO HUNDRED YEAR PROVE you wrong. About 40 years ago, government got past the point of reasonable. Now, NOW only the politically connected will survive.
      Now the next lie. I am a conservative. And I have NO desire to serve the 1%. I also do not desire to serve the 49% who are on welfare.
      But it would be cheaper for me to serve the rich. There are fewer of them. And they are the ones who are PULLING YOUR CHAIN and getting you to vote for socialism. WHY? Because even in socialism THEY will still be in charge.
      As to QUALITY EDUCATION. the very best is HOME SCHOOLING with a parent who CARES for their child. They ALWAYS score higher than PS.
      Well, so much for you opinions, based on falsehoods.
      But that is what you are ALWAYS about.

    • Dave

      As a former teacher I can tell you that as long as the teacher’s unions & National education association control the education system it will remain broken. Local control & Charter schools are the only hope.

    • Evan White

      My opinion overall is Commie Core demotes writing and good literature. It’s grades are too high.

      • Florence Smith

        This certainly is an OPINION. You cannot have read any of the Common Core Standards if you think it demotes writing. There are writing standards for every grade. Most grades have 8 writing standards. (Check out the free Common Core app in the app store and see for yourself.) One critic says it contains too much writing. As for good literature check out Appendix B. There is lots of good literature. High school students are MANDATED to read Shakespeare, classics, The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. There are also many good literature suggestions for other optional reading.
        I would offer $200 to your favorite charity if you can quote anything in the K-8 Common Core Language Standards that is “commie.”

    • readmylipsnow

      You are totally wrong. Our schools are supported…at least where I live. The right just wants truth taught without bias. I don’t understand how only the wealthy survives if all are given the opportunity for a K through 12 education. Perhaps it has something to do with accountability, responsibility, and application. The Republicans are for the most part Constitutionalists, and want able-bodied and able-minded people to learn, earn, and contribute positively to society. They want less debt and less government control. They believe in state rights.

      • dotti322

        I agree with you we want our children educated and the democrats want their children dependent on the government

    • dotti322

      I must disagree with you it’s the other way around!

    • danstewart

      ‘Swoonsocket’ troll is here.

  • ADRoberts

    Tilman COMPROMISED. And by doing so, he left the door open for Common Core to come back in There will be a few radicals in the commit that will continue to push for all of Common Core. But they will take whatever they can get.
    This is NOT the way to stop the destruction of our nation.
    When you have a SNAKE, you cut off its head and bury the body.
    Anything less will still kill you eventually.

  • jhforsythe

    Good for North Carolina! It is about time they woke up to what the progressives are trying to do to us.

    • Florence Smith

      Common Core has nothing to do with progressives. I would challenge you to give ONE standard in the K-8 standards that could be called progressive.

  • mbnick

    Smart move. Common Core teaches alternative life styles and how to get free food. Things the kids will need to get a job? Nope.

    • Florence Smith

      Your statements are totally false. I have read all of the Common Core Standards and use the K-8 standards daily. They are standards we should want in our schools. You can’t have read the Common Core Standards and say what you did. What is your backup?

      • mbnick

        Get real. The only ones who want those “standards” are lazy control freak Democrats and the teacher’s unions. Has nothing to do with kids being prepared for jobs. No child left behind was “too hard” for them to teach unless of course they got a big fat raise.

        • Florence Smith

          I asked you to give something to backup what I said were totally false opinions. I’m a conservative Republican PC (precinct committeeman) who teaches K-8 reading. I work at least 10 hours a day as a teacher. (This year with changing to Common Core I worked even longer hours since I had to change all my previous lesson plans to adjust them to the Common Core Standards. It was a hard year, but I think my students benefited from the higher standards.)

        • Dave from San Antonio

          Florence
          Hate to break it to you…but you ARE being ignored. I’ll leave it to you to figure out why.

      • danstewart

        Troll alert !!!

  • jerry1944

    but that sounds like a kind of give but it dont sound like it took the teeth out. If you have commie core you have to teach what all the states are so they can all pass the test. And if agress with what the muslumms want then it WILL be taught so they can pass the test. We are in a fight now but the bessy board is going with it while the gov didnt sign it. I feel its a way to make the country over and us not even know what happen

  • drbhelthi

    I would trash “Common Core,” as anything it contains – that is unobjectionable – was already in existence and copied by the subversives that designed Common Core. Experienced, American, patriotic educators created public school curriculum prior to the incursion of the subversives that were described in the Report of The Reece Committee, 1954. Subversive propaganda that constitutes Common Core, snuck into U.S. public education by the Carnegie Endowment, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation, is not needed by patriotic educators. Piss on Common Core and the subversives who created it.

    • Florence Smith

      Can you name me ONE standard in the Common Core Standards that you object to? (Free apps of Common Core are available at the app store with searchable features) As a kindergarten to 8th grade teacher, who has read all of the English Language standards for K-12, what you are saying doesn’t make sense if you have read the standards.

      • drbhelthi

        Read beyond the English language standards.
        Where were you prior to the common core curriculum ?

        • Florence Smith

          “Subversives” did not create the Common Core Standards. corestandards.org says, “The Common Core drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country”. Also seehttp://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/oct/21/public-comments-common-core-hearing/teachers-were-not-involved-developing-common-core-/
          I still am suspecting that you have not read any of the Common Core Standards. I would again challenge you to find ONE of the K-8 standards that would be objectionable.
          .

        • Dave from San Antonio

          “The Common Core drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country”.
          For some reason…I’m beginning to think you actually believe that. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk…

        • Florence Smith

          Did you read the websites I referred to? The politifact article is checking out what you seem to believe and reaching a different conclusion.

        • drbhelthi

          Since I know the derivation of “Common Core,” the K-8 standards are of little interest to me.

          Were you previously “Ellen” of the “Hawaii birthers” ?

  • LABobfromNYC

    Unless you live in Mississippi North Carolina is one of the last states you want to be educated in! It’s funny how the states with the worst education systems have no use for standards.

    • danstewart

      Damn, another troll.

  • Dave from San Antonio

    Common Core…not worth the paper it’s written on…and it makes our children dumb.

    • Florence Smith

      Have you read any of the standards? Common Core isn’t even used in Texas.

      • Dave from San Antonio

        It does NOT have to be used in Texas for me to have read the so-called standards for it and for me to oppose it. The “standards” and the un-American “propaganda” it imposes on children wrong in so many ways. You sound as if you have read the standards…if so…under “sociology” and possibly “gov’t”…what is the highest form of society and gov’t we can achieve? It emphasizes this very strongly. Hint: It shows it in a “stair-step” or “ladder” form with people trying to reach the top. If you can’t get it right off the bat…I’ll give you some time…

        • Florence Smith

          Yes, I have read all of the K-12 Language Arts Common Core Standards. I also use the K-8 standards daily as a K-8 reading teacher. Neither the words “sociology” or “government” are in any of the standards, so I think you have not read the standards if you think these things are in the standards. (check out the searchable features of any Common Core app) I’m not sure what you’re talking about the “stair-step” or “ladder” unless you are talking about the progression from one grade to another. You can follow a standard up the grade levels and watch as it grows increasingly more rigorous. (ex.: RL.K.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, RL.3.3, RL.4.3, etc. – RL stands for Reading Literature, the next letter or number is the grade level – the next number is the standard number – each year builds on the last and becomes increasingly more challenging)

          There is no “propaganda” in the Common Core Standards. Here are some kindergarten standards: 1) Capitalize the fist word in a sentence and the pronoun I. 2) Recognize and name end punctuation. 3) Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds. I wouldn’t call this propaganda. As another teacher has said, “This is what we have always taught – just in other words.”

        • Dave from San Antonio

          It states that Communism” is the highest form of “social order” and it uses a “stair step” or ladder to illustrate this. Now, back to ignoring you…as you’ve had way too much kool aide…and I think you are intoxicated…badly, too.

        • Florence Smith

          I would say that you are the kool aide drinker. My Common Core app has a searchable function: The word communism is not used once in the Language Arts standards. Neither is the phrase “social order.” I’ll offer $200 to your favorite charity if you can quote a standard with either of these.

  • jerry1944

    No its not dead i dont think . They just have it worded so ppl think it is for now It want be dead till we get it out of every state but the union teachers want klet that happen Our gov didnt sign the bill but the bessy board are going for it anyways. Just think this comes from us not paying attention to our local school board and thats where we put lid school board members to mess our kids heads up

  • marinyx

    It is not the standards that are a problem, it is the way they are implemented. We have always had standards, the problem is that we are trying to make children into little machines and they are human…being human they learn at different rates. The progression is also lacking in the implementation of the standards. Fragmentation is never useful if you want children to UNDERSTAND what they are supposed to learn.

    • Florence Smith

      I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that “we are trying to make children into little machines.” Appendix A of the Common Core Standards talks about students learning at different rates. What about the Common Core is “fragmentation?” There is a very good progression from one grade to another. You can follow a standard up the grade levels and watch as it grows increasingly more rigorous. (ex.: RL.K.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, RL.3.3, RL.4.3, etc. – RL stands for Reading Literature, the next letter or number is the grade level – the next number is the standard number – each year builds on the last and becomes increasingly more challenging)