Dropout rates are already a problem for many high schools across the nation. A friend of mine told me that he was glad that his son graduated high school since his school has a dropout rate of nearly 60%. Hopefully, most schools aren’t that bad, but I know that some are even worse.
However, that could all change if a recent report is true. Researchers with the Carnegie Foundation and McKinsey Group believe that the Common core standards are set too high and that millions of students will fail to reach those standards set to graduate high school and enter college.
Alexander Russo is a Spencer Fellow at the Journalism School of Columbia University and, according to the Washington Post, writes one of the best blogs on education in America – This Week in Education. He recently wrote about the Carnegie Foundation report, saying:
“How did I miss it? The single most important study on Common Core implementation was published by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013, but its key finding has been ignored.”
“Carnegie’s Leah Hamilton and Anne Mackinnon, in Opportunity by Design, and the McKinsey Group estimate that the implementation of Common Core (without first establishing a level of systematic supports that would clearly be impossible) would double the nation’s dropout rate.” [Emphasis mine]
“Even if Common Core was implemented only by top-quartile teachers – who ‘move’ student performance at the rate of 1.25 grade levels per year’ – the best teachers ‘cannot possibly meet the demand to raise student achievement to Common Core levels.’”
“School reformers have long misused multi-colored graphs by the McKinsey Group to argue that improved teacher quality could drive school improvement. So, it is doubly important that Carnegie commissioned McKinsey to use the reformers’ data ‘to test whether or not it might be possible to avoid large drops in graduation rates using human capital strategies alone.’”
“A year ago, Carnegie and McKinsey concluded, ‘The short answer is no: even coordinated, rapid, and highly effective efforts to improve high school teaching would leave millions of students achieving below the level needed for graduation and college success as defined by the Common Core.’”
“They determined that the six-year dropout rate would double from 15% to 30%. If, as Carnegie projects, the four-year graduation rate drops from 75% to 53%, that would be a blow that Common Core probably couldn’t survive.”
“And, what about high-poverty urban school systems, where the graduation rates have slowly risen to 65% or so? Surely, their graduation rates would drop even further. Even if they declined by the national average of 30%, the outcry should be deafening.”
Over the past year, I’ve written about Common Core teaching and promoting pornography, incest, rape, anti-America, anti-Christian and socialist philosophies. Now we’re hearing that it could drastically increase the dropout rates of all categories of students.
Has anyone heard of a truly positive aspect of Common Core that would sufficiently offset all of these negatives? What is the real purpose behind Common Core? The only thing I can think of is to train good little socialists who won’t be able to graduate or get good jobs and will be dependent upon the federal government for their livelihood. The welfare and entitlement rolls will swell more and more until over half of America is relying on government handouts, thus setting up the perfect scenario for the establishment of a socialist government.