A Quote You Won’t Hear from Critics of the Common Core

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From Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

"Now, these new college- and career-ready standards have the potential to be transformative for students, inspiring them, helping them to reach their full potential—but only if state and local leaders, principals, and educators implement them well," Duncan said. "[T]he federal government is not going to assign any textbook or reading in schools. It’s not going to draft, create, or require a lesson plan in any school. It’s not going to tell teachers or local officials what to study—or what sequence to study in it.

"In fact, not a word, not a single semicolon of curriculum will be created, encouraged, or prescribed by the federal government. We haven’t done so—and we won’t be doing so, and that is how it should be."

Fear mongering notwithstanding, the Common Core State Standards provide a framework for higher-level thinking, reading, and mathematics for our students. Local school districts, working with their parents, teachers, and boards will set the curriculum students study.

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of course, this is all readily apparent in the obviously high educational level and critical thinking skills exhibited daily on our TV’s, in our news, on the blogs, in the voting public. These are not just words, man. Not just words! those spoken by public official should always be presumed to have content, and not just be spoken for effect. Americans are smart!

Of course, the curriculum can be whatever you want it to be, but damn, those tests better show results in the proscribed areas.

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If the teachers, parents and LOCAL school boards are setting the curriculum, then we DONT NEED COMMON CORE then, do we?

Big Swede
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Big Swede

Not according to Pink Floyd.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall….

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

Of course I don’t much care for your usual method of deflection, to belittle your critic as not possibly knowing as much about any subject you write about as you. Your knowledge of politics is superficial at best, yet you constantly get after me for even presuming to think there is so much more to it than you can see. But Thom Hartmann, certainly no authority, does make the point that curricula are set by Texas, where the state school people determine what goes into textbooks, and you really don’t have much choice abut that. Don’t know if he is… Read more »

Big Swede
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Big Swede

This Arkansas mom begs to differ.

Big Swede
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Big Swede

LIberationNews.org also differs. “What serves the interests of the capitalist class is not the closing of the achievement gap in education, but a widening of that gap—a few highly trained, highly paid workers at one end of the spectrum and many low-skilled future workers at the other. Obviously, this goal cannot be stated openly. Nor are all the people involved in pushing these various education reforms necessarily conscious of this goal. No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and now Common Core are not genuine efforts to improve the education system for the majority of students. They are, in… Read more »

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Mark Tokarski

I’m a big fan of liberal arts, while I take it that you want to measure everything in terms of compensation, the training of employees outsourced by employers, like everything else they can get away with. Interesting to read that over the long haul, liberal arts degrees pay off more than nursing or business.

But I like to say that one needs to make a living and live well too, and a liberal arts degree does open a world of possibilities that an MBA does not. I find people with those kinds of degrees very interesting.

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Big Swede

I really not sure your getting the gist of my comment.

The website I’m quoting is the party of liberalism and socialism.

http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/common-core-new-name-for.html

In a way I’m amazed at the opponents of CC, and their estranged bedfellows.

Mark Tokarski
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Must be confusing for you to see criticism of public schools from the left. So much you need to learn, so little time.

Greg Strandberg
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It’s pretty much the same with capitalism and communism; there’s no difference. They love it that we think and argue there is, but behind the scenes those two economic chaps are quite chummy. The more uneducated workers the better because then they can work in factories without hope, that pernicious thing that always gets in the way of the ruling class and causes uprisings and such. If we can get those workers to plant themselves in front of the TV with a six-pack, a bowl, a pill, and maybe even a needle then all the better. The trick is giving… Read more »

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I am a teacher here in MT. The number of misconceptions surrounding Common Core is astounding. We teach to a set of standards we agree to use. Nothing more. In my district, we are not teaching a “curriculum”. We are teaching to the standards. Explain to me why people are opposed to a universal adoption of what we should teach US students? Wouldn’t it be wise to ensure that each student graduates ready for college? Wouldn’t it be smart to ensure that students is Texas receive the same strong academic foundation as another student in Georgia? I, for one, believe… Read more »

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Apology for some of the typos. Autocorrect and I often don’t agree. 🙂

Norma Duffy
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It doesn’t include creationism dear! Common Core will be teaching blacks to the same standards as whites. For a majority of Conservative, flag waving, beer swilling, kenyan hating rednecks…. That wont do. Lastly it teaches far better critical thinking, which god forbid means students will ask too many questions at the dinner table for some parents that they wont have the answer for

Its pretty much all hogwash from these kind of folk …. but they believe the republican hype Hook, Line and sinker.

Big Swede
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Big Swede

But you were trying to get it right.

“A” for effort.

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