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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that can be anything from instruction manuals, Environmental Protection Agency announcements and Executive Orders to historical documents.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


Common Core Math Fails the Grade for STEM

Common Core State Standards

Common Core fuzzy math are motivating States to back out of Common Core Math Standards

 

Another Reason For States To Back Out Of Common Core

Article 5 in a series on Common Core Standards

by Celeste Busby

As far as curricula for Common Core (CC) goes, there are a couple of major issues that concern parents. One is “fuzzy” math and the other is the CC Reading List that is not always age appropriate, and in some cases, is even pornographic. I’ll cover the latter in Article 6. For now, let’s talk about math and the fact that Virginia’s Math Standards of Learning are closely aligned with Common Core Math Standards.

Prior to about 1958, students were taught what is called Traditional Math, and they memorized the Multiplication Table that gave them a learning advantage, for example, being able to figure simple problems in one’s head and estimating. More


Why are States Backing out of Common Core State Standards?

Article 4 in a series on Common Core Standards

By Celeste Busby

Let’s use New York as an example, since it was one of the first states to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Common Core information and methods have been taught there for two years. So, how is it working there?

Actually, parents and teachers are revolting against it. Only 31% of the students passed the tests—just so you know 31% is not a mistype. In Long Island, alone, 18,000 people signed a petition against it.

As a whole, New York students have, in the past, performed above the national average. Now, legislation has been introduced to place a three-year moratorium on Common Core. New York Assemblyman, Al Graf, a member of the Assembly Education Committee, is even calling Common Core “state-sponsored child abuse,” and states that Common Core has “terrible consequences for teachers, students, schools and parents.” Also, the board of the New York teachers union voted unanimously against the implemented Standards that have failed. More


States Attempt to Fix Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Mess

Article 3 in a series on Common Core Standards

By Celeste Busby

In Article 1, What’s the Big Deal about Common Core State Standards? and Article 2, How Did We Get From the ‘Greatest Generation’ to Common Core? we talked about the sales pitch for CC; the fact that Virginia opted out of CCSS, because its own SOLs were better; who developed the standards; and the fact that a Traditional Education appears to be better than anything we have had since.  Plus, you now know that the United Nations has influenced our lives and education.

State officials signed onto CCSS when their education bank accounts were running low and major cuts had to be made to education budgets.  Race-to-The-Top (RTTT) money ($4.35 billion) was the irresistible candy offered by our federal government for states to adopt the Standards.  Also, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given multi-millions of dollars to groups like Achieve, Inc., National Governors Organization, Counsel of Chief School Officers, and others to develop and implement the Standards.  Gates Foundation also brought the National PTA on board with CCSS with a gift of $1 million.  Isn’t the PTA’s job to know what good education is and to look out for the best interests of our children’s education?  But, this is just another example of money doing the talking. More


 
 

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