States take $4.3 B “Race to the Top” & agree to implement common standards in the US
without understanding the true costs – academically, financially and otherwise. Common Core (CC) was sold with big money drops by the federal government and the Gates Foundation and great sounding verbiage. Meanwhile the Gate’s kids attend Lakeside; an elite private school that consider’s their students, according to their web-site, “generally more advanced than average” and won’t be subject to CC or the standardized testing which the public schools will undergo.
This is an extremely important issue. Common Core is the Federal Program of Education. Please learn all you can and educate others. They started with English and Math, and now the science and social studies standards have been created. There are big holes in each of the 4 areas of learning and many people simply won’t agree with what is bring taught.
Reasons to Object Common Core?
Michigan, local school, and parents lose control.
The standards are unproven and the assessments are not yet written.
The standards are not best practice and cause teachers to use bad practice.
More costs to states and their taxpayers – BILLIONS$$$$.
Michigan will lose ground on school choice – losing more freedoms.
Federally directed education is unconstitutional – 10th Amendment**.
And it won’t help kids learn!
What can YOU do to Stop Common Core?
Call or write Governor Rick Snyder & legislators asap – urge them to repeal and rescind Common Core Standards & national assessments.
Advocate with family, friends, and teachers. Protest at School Board meetings.
Homeschool or at least fill out and submit the testing Opt-out form for your students to hit the schools in their purse so they pay attention.
Sign related petitions. Here is one: http://www.teamben.us/petition
Learn MORE and educate as many others as you can.
What Should we do Instead?
Improve standards through evidence of best practice.
Continue to expand school choice - monopolies never work – that is why they are illegal!
Build teaching “profession” & stop jerking them around with revolving standards.
Build solid families that support their children and tie incentives to their actions.
**Common Core is a Violation of the U.S. Constitution and Three Federal Statutes
(1) General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which forbids the federal government from meddling in the state’s education programs.
(2) Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA), which prohibits the federal government to develop curriculum and program of instruction, textbooks and other instructional materials.
(3) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which prohibits the federal government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency
From a Teacher
"Today I administered a practice... Math test to my students with disabilities. I haven't been teaching that long, I was a substitute for several years and didn't really get entrusted with test prep. Now I know why. I have never felt smaller than I did today when I read the first question on the test to my kids and saw their faces fall and their shoulders slump. These tests are NOT written to assess our children's knowledge they are written to trick them. Many questions are confusing and ambiguous. For a children with a disability who struggles EVERY day just to learn they are disheartening and discouraging. [The DOE] should be ashamed. As that teacher said months ago on that video they are guilty of abuse. And, today, so was I. All parents should refuse them."
MI Common Core Experts
MelanieKurdys@gmail.com – Melanie Kurdys (presentation slides file available)
DeBackerDeb@@gmail.com – Debbie DeBacker
SpunkyHomeschool@gmail.com – Karen Braun
This will definitely affect homeschoolers too. http://www.spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com/
Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
Stop Common Core in Michigan
Truth in American Education
Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards
National Opt Out & Refuse the Test Campaign
Common Core Critics - National Opt Out & Refuse the Test Campaign
COMMON CORE RESOURCES
BEST book on the subject:
The Story Killers by Terrance Moore - Here is a related video: http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/ct/17244533:18617294832:m:1:326761708:6FBB488A6014D822C1ED60B3E259D7DE:r
"Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls" By Dr. Terrence O. Moore, Assistant Professor of History, Hillsdale College
Resources on the web
www.truthinamericaneducation.com This is very good and very up-to-date.
http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2014/03/what_the_common_core_will_do_t.html Minding the Campus - excellent analysis of the academic impact of Common Core on higher education written by Peter Wood. Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars.
Homeschool Legal Defense Aid site has a bunch of CC information, by state. www.hslda.org Gov. Snyder said, "We are “raising the bar” because we are not staying competitive in the global marketplace." Here is the reality of CC in relation to being competitive in the world: http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/2014/201403110.asp http://www.commoncoremovie.com/?src=WU140401&elq=74e950f6a2584fc8a722dd1306a72460&elqCampaignId=444
http://stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com/ Great for those concerned about CC in MI. Specific link on this site to Hillsdale College Professor Dr. Coupland talking about the unconstitutionality and pro-liberal bias (s/b no bias in our schools) of CC as well as that it is “education without representation”: http://stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com/2013/06/hillsdale-lecture-on-common-core/ Expert admits SBAC will dictate curriculum http://stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com/2014/03/expert-finally-admits-sbac-will-dictate-curriculum/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJZY4mh2rt8 Jason Zimba (one of the architects of the CCSS) admitting that the Common Core, not good enough for UC Berkeley.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coRNJluF2O4 Great video summary of both sides of the CC issue. This is a 5 Part Series by American Principles Project.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzLrYIDQiqY Dr. Luksik – teacher of 35+ years explaining why CC cannot work. Worked for US Department of Education as well. FoundedonTruth.com
http://oakdaleacademy.com/oa-statement-on-common-core-standards/ Details anti-Christian and other bad aspects of CC and IB programs. This is a great link on the same site in regards to “high stakes testing” http://oakdaleacademy.com/2014/01/26/the-fearless-parent/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/04/principal-i-was-naive-about-common-core/ Washington Post article by Carol Burris who was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Do an internet search on her name and you will see she has written a ton about CC.
http://www.jbs.org/action-campaigns John Birch Society - on bottom of page is Stop CC
http://unitedoptout.com/get-tough-guide/ Help for parents on opting out of the assessments.
http://www.nmoptout.org/ New Mexico Opt-out site.
Common Core aligned AP English features ‘The Americans Are Dummies’ – Northville Public schools in MI is using this book, Persepolis, for 10th graders because CC requires them to use a graphic novel. The book is a comic strip that is anti-American, pro-Communism, pro-Marx, uses about 10 profane words, plus refers to women as sluts and whores that should be “pushed up against a wall and fucked, and then thrown in the garbage.” http://eagnews.org/common-core-aligned-ap-english-features-the-americans-are-dummies-colorful-language/
Dr. Megan Koschnick- Common Core is Developmentally Inappropriate – shows CC standards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=7tSQlJE6VuA&app=desktop
Cato Institute has a video of a debate from both sides of the CC argument – if you have time and want to hear from both sides – check it out. I am including the general education/ child policy section of their site because there are other good articles on CC there http://www.cato.org/research/education-child-policy http://www.cato.org/blog/other-federal-takeover
YouTube has videos from meetings in NY - who is way ahead on implementation and people are in a frenzy because they are seeing the bad fallout. You can check these out as well. Common Core Town Hall Poughkeepsie NY. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swWm9b_LUAU
**You Tube also has the senior from TN that spoke out against the CC in a very concise and impressive manner – it has gone viral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI
TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data.
Fight Common Core was created by American Principles Project to provide information about the dangers of centralizing education through the Common Core State Standards and the work that is being done at the state and federal levels to repeal it. www.fightcommoncore.com
There is so much misinformation on all sides of the debate on Common Core national education standards and tests. In this first of two videos by Pioneer Institute, we seek to set the record straight on three key issues: Was CC State Led? Is CC Legal? What Will CC Cost? http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/setting-the-record-straight-on-common-core/
CC State Standards for K-12 schools were adopted with little public debate by every state but 4 in 2010, part of the price of getting federal $ under the Obama’s “Race to the Top” program. Now educators, parents, & policymakers are taking a closer look at what they agreed to, & many don’t like what they see. http://heartland.org/common-core In this Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann reveals some major weaknesses of CC. The program represents a major centralization of control over curriculum, contrary to the American tradition of decentralized control & funding. Instead of being “world class,” the standards represent a significant step back from what experts say are the standards America really needs. *No wonder many states are now holding hearings on whether to back out of CC. Click here for CC booklet. http://heartland.org/policy-documents/common-core-poor-choice-states
This article hit 3/27/14 detailing how the AP US History course is re-writing history in big ways. http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2014/03/26/new-advanced-placement-framework-distorts-americas-history
If you homeschool, & the ACT & SAT are revised for CC, then your children will still need to know how to answer issues “the CC way” if they want the higher scores. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW0VxxoCrNo
Search Common Core on this site for a lot of articles. http://michellemalkin.com/
http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/you-cant-do-this-parents-revolt-against-obamacore/#Wc1eMrW7OZhQj0Xl.03 Excellent series on CC.
A blog site to discuss better education for all. http://dianeravitch.net/
What is CC? Education without Representation. http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/
Heritage Foundation; blog The Foundry & writer Lindsey Burke. http://www.heritage.org/
Here is an amazing video of a mom in Louisiana showing her Mama Bear courage. She blasted away at the LA Senate committee about the Data Collection issue before them.
http://www.educationviews.org/stick-fork-itwere-done/ CC Geometry example by a teacher.
They’re everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests. http://www.rightwingnews.com/column-2/get-to-know-the-common-core-marketing-overlords/
25 year veteran teacher in Massachusetts – resignation letter due to CC:
Pioneer Institute clarifying the myths, facts, and claims in the CC War with source documents.
http://eagnews.org/schools-psycho-social-checklist-asks-if-first-graders-have-sexual-identity-issues/ CC Psycho-Social questionnaire asking 1st grader if they have sexual ID issues.
This is one of the best articles about CC because Price captures in one article almost every disturbing aspect of this federal takeover of education by the Obama administration colluding with Bill Gates.