Facts About Common Core Curriculum

March 21, 2013 |

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DID YOU KNOW……………

  • Your Governor agreed to CCSS before the standards were written or even knowing what was in them.

  • The Common Core State Standards Initiative was a coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

  • The Common Core Standards although accepted by 45 states, have not been presented on any state legislative floor and voted on.

  • CCSS is NOT state led? NO! The evidence shows that powerful and influential people and organizations have collaborated to create a global education system that will track our children and move them toward a global perspective that seeks to erase state and individual sovereignty.

  • Schools must adhere to the program word for word, with the ability to add only a small amount of content—but that  additional content will not be on the exam.

  • If you do not like what is being taught,  neither you nor any official in the state or local school district will have any power to change it or have anyone to call.

  • No one really knows how much CCSS will cost now or in the future.

  • The estimated extremely high cost of CCSS will rest on the backs of the taxpayers to make up any shortages.

  • Federal Government will require massive upgrades in computer equipment and upgrades to current bandwidth and the purchase of the software from Microsoft to be used to track everything about our children from Pre-K to workforce college and this informationis to include information on their whole family.

  • Even though the federal government said the program was voluntary, Florida had to adopt the CCSS to be eligible for Race To The Top money and President Obama has said he wants to tie Federal Title 1 funding to the adoption of CCSS.

  • While CCSS was advertised as “internationally  benchmarked” it is not? Studies done by the American Institute for Research (AIR) show that International benchmarking is not a good reason for adopting the CCSS especially since the individual state standards already are internationally benchmarked.

  • The federal government by law is not allowed to maintain a national database?  They are evading this law by requiring the state to collect the data and then forward it to the federal government to be used by other agencies and  private foundations? The individual states are being used as the “collector”.

  • CCSS math teaches an experimental geometry method created by a Soviet mathematician, in the 1950’s, that was abandoned in K-12 because it failed.

  • A world-renowned math expert who worked on the CCSS stated that the CCSS fails to meet the stated goal of improved US K-12 mathematic achievement.

  • Dr. Stotsky (member of CCSS validation team) considers CCSS ELA and reading standards as “simply empty skill sets.

  • At least in grades 6-12 English teachers would be required to spend at least 50% of their time on nonfiction and informational texts such as US political documents, court decisions and scientific and technical manuals.

  • English teachers would need to be retrained in order to teach children how to read technical manuals instead of works of literature and our children will no longer be taught cursive handwriting.

  • Dr. Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the CCSS validation team, refused to sign off on the math standards.

  • A radical professor who has been a colleague of, and is a favorite of, anti-capitalist terrorist Bill Ayers is directing the creation of one set of CCSS tests.

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major funder? What do they know about education? They sure know how to sell computers and software though which is where the school districts are expected to make their purchases.

  • Bill Gates’ Microsoft and many other companies will benefit handsomely from the implementation of  CCSS.

  • A child could answer a math question correctly but be marked wrong because he did not use the CC prescribed method for getting to the correct answer.

  • SAT testing is being structured to conform to CCSS? This would mean the home schooler’s, private and charter schools will have to conform to the CCSS as well? So Parent Trigger bills and the Voucher system will make no difference – using the same curriculum in every school will mean they are all receiving the smae “garbage in – garbage out”.

  • Children as young as kindergarten will eventually participate in the evaluation of a teacher’s performance.

  • The testing costs under CCSS may be triple from what is currently incurred? Districts will require much more in taxes to comply with all the demands of the CCSS.

  • Although CCSS claims to prepare all children for college, the college they talk about is a non-selective community college not a 4-year university? Actually the goal is more to the “school-to-work” program.

  • Our children may graduate reading at a 7th grade level and according to Dr. Milgram, by 8th grade, will be two years behind other countries in math skills.

  • Children will be required to select a career path as early as 8th grade? How many 13 year old’s do you know stated they wanted to be one thing then but that was what they actually did? They are also supposed to be choosing school-to-work or college at this time AND WE ARE TOLD THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE CCSS IS TO BRING AMERICA UP TO THE STANDARDS OF THE GLOBAL WORLD? With this kind of guideline I am not sure I want my children participating – are you.

 

Call your governor and representatives and tell them NO to the Common Core Standards – www.stopcommoncore.com