Those who oppose the Common Core need to be more specific about their claims
that Utah will be locked into Federal control. The way I read the documents,
Utah may modify its curriculum to meet the goals we have agreed to or opt out if
we change our minds.Please name the documents and give the locations
of the words in them that you claim turn the Common Core into handcuffs.
Oh, Good Grief!So much nonsense in so few words.
Anytime one needs to include the Berlin Wall in an article about the Common Core
they lose all credibility in my mind.
Great article! The author does a great job of illustrating how the Common Core
push is the replacement controlling mechanism for NCLB. Kudos to Iowa for
choosing to honor the wishes of Iowans and maintain local control of their
education system, rather than buckle to Federal pressure and do what Washington
experts think is best for them. I hope they can keep it up!
If anyone would take the time and make the effort to actually compare the
present Utah Curriculum Standards with Common Core, they'd see a whole lot
of similarities.If anything, Common Core just adjusts some of our
present standards upward a bit.If Utah's present Common Core is
okay, why isn't this one?
Utah's math core from 2007 was rated an A- by the Fordham Foundation.
Common Core math was also rated an A- by them after they received several
hundred thousand dollars from the Gates Foundation to review it. Gates has put
over $100 million into Common Core development and promotion. The CC standards
had one mathematician participate in writing them who stated at completion that
the standards weren't very high, certainly not akin to high achieving
countries, and there was one professional mathematician on the review committee
who refused to sign off on the CC math standards because they are 2 years behind
high achieving countries. Fordham has acknowledged that several states had
superior standards to CC. If you visit the Utahns Against Common Core site and
look for the posts mentioning Milgram and Stotsky, you'll find reviews of
the standards from experts in standards writing which illustrate this. Utah
agreed to adopt CC in order to apply for Race to the Top money, prior to CC even
being written. This was never about raising standards, it was about grabbing the
golden carrot the feds dangled.
I agree with one old man that the Common Core standards adjust some of our
former standards upward a bit, but it also adjusts some downward. For example,
Algebra I was taken by most students in 8th grade under the old core. Under CC,
they take it in 9th grade. It doesn't take much figuring to realize that
most students won't get to study as much math when the subjects have been
moved up a grade. And I think that shifting the reading focus of high schoolers
to informational texts and away from literature is a lowering of standards.But the real issue is that I don't have a say in these no matter
what I think. Experts in a Washington DC think tank came up with these
unamendable standards, and now my state has agreed to abide by the policy
decisions of those distant experts. There are many things I would change about
these standards if I were influencing the curriculum - as I should be via my
local school board - but it doesn't matter under Common Core, because the
say so has been removed from me as a parent, and handed to the distant experts.
I want real standards, not standardization. Conservatives called for standards.
Liberals manipulate that into standardization, because that's what
socialism is all about.Standards created by the local parents and
teachers will mean something and be worked toward. National standardization
will be ridiculed and everything under heaven tried to avoid them or circumvent
All children should have a voucher. NO public schools as in the Netherlands.
THis would save money and poor schools would have to close. Now we just put more
money in failure.