The Common Core in America

The Common Core in America

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#1 Nov 11, 2013
Forty-five states have voluntarily adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an educational initiative “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” Common Core is meant to streamline state curricula through a set of universal specifications so that kids all over the country will be learning the same things. Some states have already introduced the new standards, and it’s scheduled to be fully implemented by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

But the mass-standardization has led to a huge backlash, including talk of a protest on November 18. Angry parents in states across the country have organized a walkout around that date.

It’s not surprising that a change this significant would rouse very strong opinions, yet just over two months ago, almost two in three Americans had never heard of Common Core. You can bet that as we draw closer to full implementation, we will all hear plenty. To prepare you for the onslaught, here is a breakdown of the most frequently voiced pros and cons of the new educational standards:

Pros:

1. More rigor: According to Kate Gerson with Regents Research Fund, a group that advises the New York education department,“Historically, in American education, we have done every concept in the world a mile wide and an inch deep.” The Common Core focuses on fewer concepts, but with more concentration. The hope is that this will foster deeper understanding.

2. International benchmarking: International benchmarking was used in the development of the standards for mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy in an attempt to raise the international ranking of American education. The goal is that American students from all over the country will compare positively with students in other top performing countries.

3. National continuity: For children who move around a lot, when schools teach roughly the same thing, students will likely have better luck staying on track with their studies. Additionally, the costs of test development in each state could decrease with all participating states using similar materials, and teachers across the country can more easily join forces and share ideas.

Cons:

1. Too Much federal control: For many who believe that the federal government already has too much power, the Common Core Standards seems like just another instance of central government usurping control from local school government.

2. A blow to the arts: While conservatives may fear a governmental takeover, many liberals fear that the change will cause even more testing that, worse yet, will focus mostly on math and science at the expense of art and creative writing. Faced with pressure to meet the standards, teachers will increasingly teach to the test, critics say.

3. Wasted resources: Both sides of the debate argue that money is a factor. Detractors of Common Core point out that, due to the revamp, many textbooks now being used will need to be replaced. Additionally, there are frequent reports of veteran teachers opting out and retiring early.
From: the Patch, 11-11-13

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#2 Nov 11, 2013
If I still had children in school, I would be very concerned about the changes being made.
Not delving deep into some subject matters, or omitting subjects, may deprive a student of valuable information, they may need later in life.

What we need is less testing and more teaching.

Parents need to protest this if they are not in agreement.
Winkler

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Nov 11, 2013
Before the fedgov diversity freaks got involved with their central kontrol mentality, the common core was reading, writing and aritmetic.

Now the focus is social studies, with emphasis on PC-approved history.

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#4 Nov 12, 2013
Winkler wrote:
Before the fedgov diversity freaks got involved with their central kontrol mentality, the common core was reading, writing and aritmetic.
Now the focus is social studies, with emphasis on PC-approved history.
I think it's good that the program agenda will be the same in the country, but not cutting out essential subjects and just skimming the surface is not sufficient to understand fully, the concepts.
Instead of improving the education in America, it's sliding into oblivion.
It's no wonder we are behind drastically of other countries.
One day we'll all be,speaking either Chinese or Arabic .

Since: May 13

North Miami Beach, FL

#5 Nov 12, 2013
thethirdrail

the New Math Under Common Core (Which has always
been used by Democrats)--Maintains that if a kid
can explain how they got a wrong Answer (sort of
like the fad a number of years ago that if a word
sounds right when writing it's right) then the
Answer to the Math is Right. No Wonder we can't
balance a budget!

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#6 Nov 12, 2013
thethirdrail wrote:
thethirdrail
the New Math Under Common Core (Which has always
been used by Democrats)--Maintains that if a kid
can explain how they got a wrong Answer (sort of
like the fad a number of years ago that if a word
sounds right when writing it's right) then the
Answer to the Math is Right. No Wonder we can't
balance a budget!
The Common Core effort was put together by governors, in a bi partisan effort and educators

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Core_Stat...

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

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#7 Nov 12, 2013
BizzyBee wrote:
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I think it's good that the program agenda will be the same in the country, but not cutting out essential subjects and just skimming the surface is not sufficient to understand fully, the concepts.
Instead of improving the education in America, it's sliding into oblivion.
It's no wonder we are behind drastically of other countries.
One day we'll all be,speaking either Chinese or Arabic .
The reason we are "falling behind" is that we are a First World nation with a growing Third World sub-nation within.

Our system certainly has problems, but they are ideological, not in terms of achievement. Kids in First World America do in fact learn, it's what they are learning that is the problem. In Third World America, there is no learning, but that's another story that other First World countries do not have to deal with.

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#8 Nov 12, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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The reason we are "falling behind" is that we are a First World nation with a growing Third World sub-nation within.
Our system certainly has problems, but they are ideological, not in terms of achievement. Kids in First World America do in fact learn, it's what they are learning that is the problem. In Third World America, there is no learning, but that's another story that other First World countries do not have to deal with.
The next generation will be more illiterate than the previous....scary to think who will be running the country.
A lot can't even speak proper English, or read and comprehend.
We, compared to Japan, and China, are down in academia .
I do believe parents are the motivators, but that has fallen by the wayside, for many kids.
A different life, a different country,compared to when I grew up.
So sad.

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#9 Nov 12, 2013
BizzyBee wrote:
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The next generation will be more illiterate than the previous....scary to think who will be running the country.
A lot can't even speak proper English, or read and comprehend.
We, compared to Japan, and China, are down in academia .
I do believe parents are the motivators, but that has fallen by the wayside, for many kids.
A different life, a different country,compared to when I grew up.
So sad.
A different demographic.

Thanks to the Immigration Act of 1965.
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#10 Nov 12, 2013
BizzyBee wrote:
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The next generation will be more illiterate than the previous....scary to think who will be running the country.
A lot can't even speak proper English, or read and comprehend.
We, compared to Japan, and China, are down in academia .
I do believe parents are the motivators, but that has fallen by the wayside, for many kids.
A different life, a different country,compared to when I grew up.
So sad.
When schools put more emphasis on saying spear chuckers and rock stackers are better than we are because they didn't have manufactured items made with coal or oil in the orocess instead of Mathematics .

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#11 Nov 12, 2013
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
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When schools put more emphasis on saying spear chuckers and rock stackers are better than we are because they didn't have manufactured items made with coal or oil in the orocess instead of Mathematics .
You're too funny. Are you at the meeting?
Lmao
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#12 Nov 12, 2013
BizzyBee wrote:
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You're too funny. Are you at the meeting?
Lmao
It is over. Three emergency ordinances passed all revolving around vehicles. The way these rat hole villages work that means someone on council has interest in a salvage yard / towing business.
hey Black Nappy

Columbus, OH

#13 Nov 12, 2013
Here's all you need to know about common core. It is easier to dumb children down than to educate them exceptionally. Put another way, teachers have gotten so stupid they can no longer teach thinking. Also, Whites and Asians have educated their children for dozens and dozens of centuries, but now somehow, certain students are not getting it. So, punish the many to waste time on the trash.

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They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
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It is over. Three emergency ordinances passed all revolving around vehicles. The way these rat hole villages work that means someone on council has interest in a salvage yard / towing business.
Doesn't it just figure......a real quickie!
Now you can enjoy the rest of the evening.

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#15 Nov 12, 2013
hey Black Nappy wrote:
Here's all you need to know about common core. It is easier to dumb children down than to educate them exceptionally. Put another way, teachers have gotten so stupid they can no longer teach thinking. Also, Whites and Asians have educated their children for dozens and dozens of centuries, but now somehow, certain students are not getting it. So, punish the many to waste time on the trash.
There's no doubt that teaching has come down to how to take a test. Some are in it for the summer vacations and benefits.
There are many really good teachers out there but can't teach by their planners,because of the other agenda they have to tend to.....testing.....mean while our kids are being neglected of an education.
Some are just glorified babysitters because there is no control in classes with kids who don't want to learn. This stems from the H O M E !
Sad
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#16 Nov 12, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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A different demographic.
Thanks to the Immigration Act of 1965.
I hate to break it to you Karl, but this is a Nation built upon the labor, creativity, and sweat of immigrants.

Always has been. Always will be.

woof

Trayvonius Martinez

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Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#17 Nov 12, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
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I hate to break it to you Karl, but this is a Nation built upon the labor, creativity, and sweat of immigrants.
Always has been. Always will be.
woof
The wrong kind of immigrants resulted from the Immigration Act of 1965. They've undercut our culture and long term economic success for decades. Leftist white self-loathing, quest for political power and greed, personified in the likes of, Emmanuel Celler, Ted Kennedy and Phil Hart.

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#18 Nov 12, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
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I hate to break it to you Karl, but this is a Nation built upon the labor, creativity, and sweat of immigrants.
Always has been. Always will be.
woof
That's a broad generalization of multicultural boosterism.

What it is not is historical reality, nor an inevitable future.
hey Black Nappy

Columbus, OH

#19 Nov 12, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
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I hate to break it to you Karl, but this is a Nation built upon the labor, creativity, and sweat of immigrants.
Always has been. Always will be.
woof
That would be white immigrants, there NL.
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#20 Nov 12, 2013
BizzyBee wrote:
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Doesn't it just figure......a real quickie!
Now you can enjoy the rest of the evening.
Think I will take a nap and then do some night shooting

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