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CRG_01
12-05-2014, 07:34 PM
On a topic that is as important as children, I will always do my due diligence to research this topic thoroughly.

Let me start by posting this conference video by Dr. Duke Pesta. This video is the best and most accurate description of Common Core that I have found.

He is a recognized expert in education:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si-kx5-MKSE

For those who have children, I urge you to become educated on this topic. I have boat loads of accurate information on Common Core...

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 07:46 PM
One of the many claims by Common Core supporters is that it is developmentally appropriate for kids.

Well, Dr. Megan Koschnick has a different perspective on that...

She is a Child Clinical Psychologist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tSQlJE6VuA

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:32 PM
The following facts were originally written by Sandra Strotsky:

Sandra Strotsky is Professor Emerita of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, where she held the 21 Century Chair in Teacher Quality. She is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. She has also written several in-depth analyses of the problems in Common Core’s English language arts standards. She is the author The Death and Resurrection of a Coherent Literature Curriculum: What Secondary English Teachers Can Do (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2012).

Fact # 1. Who developed Common Core’s standards? Three private organizations in Washington DC: the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and Achieve, Inc.—all funded for this purpose by a fourth private organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [As if any of these groups knows anything about how to educate children]

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:37 PM
Fact # 2. Who selected the members of the Standards Development Work Groups?

In the absence of official information, it seems that Achieve, Inc. and the Gates Foundation selected most of the key personnel to write the high school-level college-readiness standards.

[I'll let you draw your own conclusions to this fact, but it speaks volumes to me]

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:41 PM
Fact # 3. Who was represented on the Standards Development Work Groups that wrote the college-readiness
standards?

Chiefly test and curriculum developers from ACT, CB, Achieve, and NCEE.


Fact # 4. Who was not represented on the Standards Development Work Groups?

High school English and mathematics teachers, English professors, scientists, engineers, parents, state legislators, early childhood educators, and state or local school board members.

[Again, this is very telling...]

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:46 PM
Fact # 5. Are records of their meetings available?

No. These groups had no open meetings and have never provided access to any public comment or critiques they received.

[So the question becomes: If Common Core is so great, why not open it up to the public for discussion? Why are they shutting out public discourse?]

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:52 PM
Fact # 6. What were the qualifications of the people selected to write the grade-level standards?

The “lead” writers for the grade-level ELA standards, David Coleman and Susan Pimentel, have never taught reading or English in K-12 or at the college level. Neither of them majored in English as undergraduates or has a doctorate in English. Neither has published serious work on K-12 curriculum and instruction. At the time, they were unknown to English and reading educators and to higher education faculty in rhetoric, speech, composition, or literary study.

Two of the lead grade-level standards-writers in mathematics did have relevant academic credentials but no K-12 teaching experience. Jason Zimba was a physics professor at Bennington College at the time, while William McCallum was (and remains) a mathematics professor at the University of Arizona. NOTE: The only member of this three-person team with K-12 teaching experience, Phil Daro, had majored in English as an undergraduate; he was also on the staff of NCEE. None had ever developed K-12 mathematics standards before.

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 08:55 PM
Fact # 7. Who recommended these people as standards-writers, why, and how much were they paid?


The organizations that funded and developed the standards will not tell the public.


Fact # 8. What was the ostensible purpose of the Validation Committee?

NGA and CCSSO created their own Validation Committee in 2009 (25 members initially) to evaluate the soundness, rigor, and validity of the
standards they were developing. They have never provided a rationale for those they chose to serve on the Validation Committee.

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 09:00 PM
Fact # 9. Who were members of the Validation Committee?

On it were one high school English teacher, one ematician, no high school mathematics teachers, some testing experts and school administrators, and many mathematics educators (people with doctorates in mathematics education, or in an education school, or who work chiefly in teacher education, and who usually do NOT teach college mathematics courses). The one mathematician and the one ELA standards expert (Sandra Stotsky) on the Committee declined to sign off on the standards.

Fact # 10. What was the real purpose of the Validation Committee?

To have members sign a letter by the end of May 2010 asserting that the not-yet-finalized standards were (1) reflective of the core knowledge and skills in ELA and mathematics that students need in order to be college- and career-ready [Note: That’s the mantra that gets repeated over and over again]; (2) appropriate in terms of their level of specificity and clarity [Dr. Megan Koschnick-a Child Psychologist-has already come out against Common Core saying it is NOT developmentally appropriate for kids]; (3) comparable to the expectations of other leading nations; and (4) informed by available research or evidence.

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 09:04 PM
Fact # 11. What are the chief deficiencies of Common Core’s standards?


A. The standards are not internationally benchmarked.
B. The standards are not research-based.
C. The standards are not rigorous.
They omit high school mathematics standards leading to STEM careers, stress writing over reading, they reduce literary study in grades 6-12, they use an unproven approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, they defer completion of Algebra I to grade 9 or 10, are developmentally inappropriate in the primary grades, and use the high school English class for informational reading instruction.

12. What reports comparing Common Core’s standards with Massachusetts’ standards were used to justify Massachusetts’ adoption of Common Core’s standards?

A. A report by Achieve, Inc. that was funded by the Gates Foundation.
B. A report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that was funded by the Gates Foundation.
C. A report by WestEd that was commissioned by the Massachusetts Business Alliance in Education and
funded by the Gates Foundation via the James B. Hunt Institute in North Carolina.
D. Reports by Massachusetts Department of Education-appointed local/state reviewers.

CRG_01
12-05-2014, 09:08 PM
Fact # 13. What conclusions did these reports draw?

That there were no significant differences between Common Core’s standards and the Massachusetts mathematics and ELA standards.

Fact # 14. Why did Massachusetts adopt Common Core’s standards in July 2010?

The state had been promised $250,000,000 in Race to the Top funds if it adopted Common Core’s standards. [This is the tactic they are using with all states... It is bribe money to get them to accept Common Core]

Fact # 15. What are the major flaws in Common Core’s English language arts standards?

A. Most of Common Core’s reading standards are content-free skills.
B. Common Core’s ELA standards stress writing more than reading at every grade level.
C. Common Core’s writing standards are developmentally inappropriate at many grade levels and lack
coordination with its reading standards.
D. Common Core expects English teachers to spend at least half of their reading instructional time at every grade level on informational texts.
E. Common Core reduces opportunities for students to develop critical thinking.
F. Common Core’s standards are not “fewer, clearer, and deeper;” they often bundle several objectives into one statement and call it one standard.

NJCardFan
12-05-2014, 11:39 PM
Why are we allowing this person to use this site as his own personal blog site?

Rockntractor
12-05-2014, 11:44 PM
Why are we allowing this person to use this site as his own personal blog site?

We all use this for a personal blog site, it is a forum for conservatives to share their ideals, ideas and issues that are important to them personally.

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NJCardFan
12-05-2014, 11:49 PM
We all use this for a personal blog site, it is a forum for conservatives to share their ideals, ideas and issues that are important to them personally.

Sent from the barnyard using Tapatalk

I'll remember that. Guess it's OK to come here and spam. Thanks for the update.

CRG_01
12-06-2014, 12:05 AM
I'll remember that. Guess it's OK to come here and spam. Thanks for the update.


So do you not like my topic? Are you a Common Core supporter?

Or are you truly upset that I posted a lot of useful information?

Which one is it? :bullshit:

NJCardFan
12-06-2014, 01:48 AM
So do you not like my topic? Are you a Common Core supporter?

Or are you truly upset that I posted a lot of useful information?

Which one is it? :bullshit:

Really, n00b? You're going to come in here and shoot your mouth off? If this is how you're going to introduce yourself, you're doing it wrong.

RobJohnson
12-06-2014, 03:43 AM
Great timeline.

CRG_01
12-06-2014, 05:50 AM
Really, n00b? You're going to come in here and shoot your mouth off? If this is how you're going to introduce yourself, you're doing it wrong.


Hey tough guy...

I'm not trying to piss you off, but if what I say offends you, get over it...

NJCardFan
12-06-2014, 12:35 PM
Hey tough guy...

I'm not trying to piss you off, but if what I say offends you, get over it...

So says the internet tough guy.

Retread
12-06-2014, 02:05 PM
Lighten up NJ. Just recognize that the correct answer to the poll is "none of the above" and ignore the thread.

This type of action I.e. Common Core, is not new but has been repeated many times over. The difference today is the politification of it's presentation. Most states have/will reject it outright due to that fact whereas, if it were simply posed as a new teaching method it would be getting far more acceptance.

It is, under the current conditions, just another oil slick on the downhill slide into oblivion for that country many of us would like to see again but know will never return.

CRG_01
12-07-2014, 09:44 AM
Lighten up NJ. Just recognize that the correct answer to the poll is "none of the above" and ignore the thread.

This type of action I.e. Common Core, is not new but has been repeated many times over. The difference today is the politification of it's presentation. Most states have/will reject it outright due to that fact whereas, if it were simply posed as a new teaching method it would be getting far more acceptance.

It is, under the current conditions, just another oil slick on the downhill slide into oblivion for that country many of us would like to see again but know will never return.


That's alright Retread... I actually referred to him as a "tough guy" because he is the one trying to act like an internet tough guy, which cracks me up.

I usually try to be somewhat cordial with folks up until they start telling me how I should act.