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Virginia School Board Association wants to adopt Common Core

Do they not know that states that have it are trying to get out of it?

by Celeste Busby

Believe it or not, the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) is encouraging the Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) to adopt Common Core.   Have they not paid any attention to the abundance of states that are trying to get out of Common Core? Have they not checked out the complaints from other states like New York where only 33 percent of students passed the end-of-year tests, or like Montgomery County, Maryland where Algebra students and their families had to cancel vacation plans so that that the 80 percent of students that failed algebra could take a mandatory summer school class in algebra in order to pass? Have they not heard that Virginia has already added Common Core content to its Standards of Learning (SOL) and that, especially, in math our students are failing because of the crazy way math is being taught?

Common Core is not the fix for education that is already clearly not working! More


Common Core in Virginia: Thomas More Law Center Resource for Parents and Teachers

Virginia Free Citizen provided our readers with the extensive series by Celeste Busby on Common Core in Virginia  to inform our citizens on the issues and contrary to what many people believe, Virginia does have Common Core (CC).

It has been added to both the English and math Standards of Learning (SOL) and according to a statement on the Virginia Department of Education website, the math standards are “fully aligned with the national Common Core State Standards [CCSS] and meet national and international benchmarks for content and rigor established by organizations such as the College Board.”

Today, the Thomas More Law Center has release extensive resources so parents and teachers with information and the tools to fight back against the government’s grooming of our children, data mining and more.

Dirty Books and Corporations in the Classroom – Thomas More Law Center Fights Common Core with Resource Page for Parents and Teachers

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Common Core Series Conclusion: Let’s Return to Education that Works

Common Core State StandardsArticle 8 in a series on Common Core Standards

by Celeste Busby

Contrary to what many people in Virginia believe, Virginia does have Common Core (CC). It has been added to both the English and math Standards of Learning (SOL) and according to a statement on the Virginia Department of Education website, the math standards are “fully aligned with the national Common Core State Standards [CCSS] and meet national and international benchmarks for content and rigor established by organizations such as the College Board.” The international benchmarking is questionable! If it comes from the fact that CCSS were added to the SOL, that benchmarking didn’t happen according to statements and testimonies by Drs. Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram, members of the CCSS Validation Committee. But, it may be possible that Virginia did do its own international benchmarking — just not sure about that. More


Teachers and Common Core

Common Core State Standards

Virginia has added Common Core State Standards (CCSS) content to its Standards of Learning (SOL), and in the case of Virginia’s math standards, the writers of CCSS actually copied some of Virginia’s math standards.

Article 7 in the series on Common Core

by Celeste Busby

As one might imagine, a number of teacher opinions exist about Common Core (CC), because in states that have poor standards, Common Core is seen as an improvement. But in other states, some teachers are taking a stance against it, while other teachers are afraid to talk about it for fear of losing their jobs.

In Virginia, teachers likely have not really been aware of it, because national news has stated many times that Virginia was one of the states that opted out. Virginians, in general, don’t believe that Virginia has CC. However, Virginia has added Common Core State Standards (CCSS) content to its Standards of Learning (SOL), and in the case of Virginia’s math standards, the writers of CCSS actually copied some of Virginia’s math standards. More


Common Core English: Indoctrination, Pornography and Thought Control

Parental Rights and Education

PARENTS BEWARE

Article 6 in a series on Common Core Standards

By Celeste Busby

It is no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English will change dramatically what and how students are taught.  There will be less emphasis on reading books that are fiction (the classics) and more emphasis on reading informational texts.  In early grades, even elementary grades, 50 percent of reading material will now be informational text that can be anything from instruction manuals, Environmental Protection Agency announcements and Executive Orders to historical documents.  In the junior and senior year of high school, that figure increases to 70 percent.  How can reading instruction manuals promote a love of reading?

It has been stated that reading informational text does not provide students with the deep cultural information that develops pride of ones heritage and also does not promote the critical thinking that promoters of the CCSS promise. More


 
 

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