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Friday, August 9, 2013

What Exactly Is Common Core?

  Common Core is permeating nearly every school district in the nation. But what is it really teaching our kids? Now we have a panel on what the Common Core agenda really is.
  Two trends in world education exist right now. Will parents be the ultimate teacher or will the government? Europe has gone the way of more and more governmental control. Standards and Assessments are at the heart of Common Core. In 2009, national educational standards were written in Washington D.C. Race To the Top is embedded in federal stimulus money. If local school districts signed on, they were promised federal money. Standards say what the textbooks books will cover. Teacher evaluation is based on how their students do on testing. Common Core tests are all done online. That means that every student in every school must have access to a computer. This is very expensive for most school districts. So cost is a big concern. Common Core proponents will say that the testing is "internationally bench marked". That is not true. Common Core is not controlled by the State Education Department. No one will be excused from Common Core testing. Private and homeschooled students must be taught Common core standards in order to take college entrance exams such as ACT and SAT tests. The Government will begin to start collecting data on students such as whether or not there are weapons in the home, religious affiliations, some medical information, and much more.
  Teachers are now being forced to follow the Common Core Template. It is all about "leveling the playing field". The NEA is one of the largest contributors to the Democratic Party. The government is attempting to close the gap in test scores between black students and white students. Traditionally, education was the job of parents. Now the federal government wants to swoop in and take over.
 One of the things the government wants to do is to take away classical literature from the classroom. The founding fathers, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln will not be taught. Instead, it will be social justice, Che Guiverra, Barack Obama. Green energy will be taught as science. This is nothing more than indoctrination.
  The best way to find out who is financing Common Core, follow the money. Bill Gates is a huge fundraiser for this. Many prominent politicians are getting behind this. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee among them.
  Common Core will take creativity and individuality away from the education of American children, and turn them into social justice robots. That is the aim of Common Core and those who support it.
  The best thing that states can do to fight against government data mining of students is to pass privacy laws.
  Common Core is nothing more than more government intrusion into the lives of the American people.       

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