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10 Reasons to STOP Common Core

Here are ten reasons to put an end to Common Core:

1.  Conflict of Interest:  The people that established the Common Core Standards benefit financially from the standards they set up.

2. Movement of Power:  The Common Core Standards take power away from families and local schools and give it to the government and business leaders.   Keeping the power at the federal level will result in our schools changing their standards each time a new administration steps into office.

3.  Reform that Relies on Standardized Tests:   The Department of Education has committed 300 million dollars to the creation of these new tests, developed by two consortia (PARCC and Smarter Balance).   There will be little effort to teach skills that are not tested.

4.  One Size Fits All Education:  45 states in our nation will be doing exactly the same thing in our schools.   What if these new methods do not work for your child?  The new math uses a different method of teaching than most of us grew up with.   Are we all prepared to move to Alaska?

5. Drowning Out New Thinkers in Education:   Common Core advocates believe that this is the answer to education reform.   We could miss the opportunity to listen to a new ideas that will help our children learn.

6. Loss of Great Literature:   The Common Core Standards recommends that students in Elementary School spend 50% of their time in literature and 50% of their time reading informational text.   During the high school years the numbers are 30% of their time in literature and 70% of their time reading informational text.

7.  The Influence of Big Money:  Education reforms should not be coming from the people in America that make the most money.  The Common Core Standards were influenced by the Gates Foundation and some of that money was able to buy propaganda.

8.  Can We Afford All This Change?:   The state checkbook is struggling with money during these difficult economic times.   How can we afford all the new text books, all the testing, the training, the new resources, etc… Maybe schools would rather use their money to hire a teacher instead of spending it on Common Core.

9.  Teaching Children to be “Common”:  Schools can add only 15% of new learning material to the set standards.   This forces teachers to stay in the box.   Everything will be the same.  Everybody common!   This is not the foundation of American.   We believe in the ideas of individualism, diversity, and choices.

10.  Data Collecting:  This should be every parents worst fear!   Records of physical and mental health, inappropriate behavior, disciplinary actions, test scores, personal information, etc… it can now follow your child starting in pre-school to age 20.  The information can be shared among government agencies and other private agencies that are approved.  This sharing can be done without your parental consent.   This issue is so serious that EPIC (Electronic Privacy Inform Center) is suing the Department of Education.

“Hands Off My Kids”

Here is a recent quote in an MSNBC ad by Melissa Harris-Perry, “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had sort of a private notion of children.”   and “I believe wholeheartedly, and without apology, that we have a collective responsibility to children of our communities even if we did not conceive and bear them.”

 

Today Mellisa Harris-Perry was addressing her comments and she was confused on why her statements would cause such a controversy.     The reason is this:   It implies that the “community” or “collective” will raise and educate our American children better than individual parents.   That, Melissa Harris-Perry, is what makes parents upset.   Parents have seen “the village” and we don’t like what we see.

Parents also know  that, “the community”, “the collective”, “the village”, “the people” are words used in replace of the word – government.   Society is on a fast track to give up rights and freedoms to our government.    Why do people believe that our government will know what is best for our children and their future?

The following are some random quotes made by American People following Melissa Harris-Perry’s statement.    “I thank God for Melissa Harris Perry she has deep understanding of the conditions our children face when they go out to be educated.”       “It takes a village….”     “Children will not be yours forever….”    and lastly,    “People need to get rid of their backwards way of thinking and get clear on how the world is.  Educate yourself.”

Those statements are examples of people ready to give up their individual thoughts, rights, and freedoms to people in our government or ”the enlightened, educated society” (said with much sarcasm).

How are we losing our rights in education?   The Common Core Standards take power away from parents, grandparents, and local schools.    All the power is in a small group of people.   They are selling our schools an educational reform and that has the potential to influence millions of children.     FERPA laws have been amended to by-pass parental consent on data sharing.    Millions of children will have their personal information shared, discussed, and sold among government agencies and private companies.    I do not believe that “this collective” has my best interest at heart.   I think the Common Core is just another method to have more money, more power, and more influence.   These people are opening their greedy arms to an entirely new market – Our American Children.

Hands Off My Kids!

Dear Homeschooler,

I am writing to you because I am very concerned about the national reform called the Common Core Standards.   I am a homeschool mom and this reform scares me.  Common Core has the potential to make huge changes and consequences to our homeschool families.   Let’s take a look at five ways this can affect us.

Currently, there are 45 states that have accepted the Race to the Top Grants to implement the Common Core Standards.   Wisconsin is one of those states and has accepted 22.7 million dollars. The HSLDA has taken a strong side against the Common Core Standards.  They believe that this is a push towards nationalized education and a national test.   Considering that 87% of our students are under the mandates of Common Core, homeschoolers and private schools will be the only groups standing against the movement of a national curriculum and test.   There will be continuous pressure for homeschool families to participate in these tests.

The loss of power at the local level is also a concern.   The state of Wisconsin is now participating as a large consortia of 45 states.   Each state is giving up their local power to work in this network.    It is only a matter of time before Wisconsin will rewrite the state’s homeschooling law to agree with the collective.     Chances are the national law will have more requirements for homeschoolers rather than less.

The Obama administration has shown little willingness to help the freedoms of homeschoolers.   Recently, Eric Holder has been quoted, “There is no fundamental liberty to homeschool.”  The German Romeike family has come to America to seek the right to freely teach their children as they see fit.   They came to America looking for asylum and the Obama administration is showing signs that they will deport this family.   Will Eric Holder use those same words towards American homeschoolers?   Those words are a slippery slope and homeschools are sliding in the wrong direction.

Another concern is purchasing curriculum.  I notice all the advertisements on the materials meet the new Common Core Standards.   This movement is so strong that it has even embedded itself into homeschool teaching materials.   We are unaware of the consequences that an unproven, untested set of standards will have our our children’s education.   Yet, a homeschooler can not pick up and educational magazine, shop at a school store, or order materials from a reputable company without the words Common Core plastered all over it.   One homeschool mother has dedicated an entire website to educating parents on what materials use Common Core Standards.   Each day I read blog posts about homeschool families that are concerned about Common Core.   I am not surprised by this.   We are ususally the first defense to protect children’s rights and their educations.   This is a war on the American family and the freedom to choose what is in the best interest of our own children.

Lastly, the SAT tests are a concern.  The tests are being rewritten to meet the Common Core Standards.  The College Board, which oversees SAT, helped develop the concepts behind the Common Core Standards.   The College Board was one of the orginal five think tanks that gave America this reform from the top-down.    Any homeschool student that wants to do well on his/her SAT will be forced to use curriculum that supports the Common Core Standards.

Fundamentally, the Common Core Standards go against every thing that I believe is good about American:  freedom, liberty, and individualism.   This is not the American way and it is not the homeschool way.

 

Cherry, Cherry, or Cherry

I have this yummy bag of jelly beans sitting on my desk.   It has 50 flavors in one little bag.   My personal favorite is cherry.  It is the perfect blend of a tart, juicy fruit.  I love it.   Therefore, I am going to set a new mandate and reform all jelly beans.   Jelly bean bags will be filled with cherry, cherry, or cherry.   This is a simple metaphor for our education system today.  In Wisconsin DPI is just foolish enough to sell us bags of just cherry, cherry, or cherry jelly beans and they will spend millions of dollars to push those cherry jelly beans down your throat.

Recently, Wisconsin has thrown out the ability for local schools, local teachers,  the parents, and taxpayers to have input in our schools.    We are now in the age of top – down education reform.   The top includes the rich and the powerful, a small group of people making reforms for 87% of our american student population.  It is a “one size fits all” movement called the Common Core Standards.

Teachers train for years to learn different methods and techniques to use in the classroom.  The days of diverse learning and individualizing instruction are gone.   We trusted our teachers to find lessons to help the students in each class learn.  There was a lot of diversity in instructional methods and teachers would learn from one another.   Often a teachers method was related to their natural gifts.   Today we put our teachers in a box.   This next month my local school will be retraining the teachers to the common core math.    This new math has a very specific  methodology and technique.   The geometery is very controversial and failed in a Russian gifted and talented program.    Parents are frustrated when they help their child with math homework.  It is very different than the math most of us grew up with.  This new math is the cherry jelly bean of math.

So are you sick of cherry yet?