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Monday, February 25, 2013

Common Core State (sic) Standards Creates Spelling Word of the Day: S-C-A-M

CCSS. NCLB on Steroids. CCSS is a SCAM. Somehow the organizer of the townhall missed the connection.

Could someone just cut to the chase and tell panels of educators and parents the truth about Common Core State (sic) Standards?  CCSS is a Scam:
A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.  It's No Child Left Behind on steroids.

This article from NorthJersey.com, Panel in Englewood focuses on standardized testing's impact on students, covers a meeting that addressed the problems with standardized testing.  The speakers are against increased testing and gave a background on when it began in earnest with No Child Left Behind:

The "People's Town Hall Meeting on Education Issues and Solutions" was organized by The 4 Wards Coalition 4 Empowerment.

The goal of the event was to give parents, which approximately 70 attended, insight to how standardized testing such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the upcoming Common Core State Standards were effecting public school students.

The organization's message was backed by six educators who presented various problems and resolutions.

This was the first public event the organization held, which was formed five months ago.
The goal of the coalition is to better the school system and municipality, helping to ensure money is spent in a way to help kids achieve, said Lucy Walker, member of the coalition and organizer of the town hall.

So far, so good.  The panelists skewered NCLB and its effects on students and questioned whether it was a viable source of information.  Students are now being taught "to the test" so an accurate barometer of their knowledge is not available.  This is great!  Parents are learning that high stakes testing in NCLB is not good and now, the even higher higher stakes testing in CCSS should be a no brainer for citizens to oppose.  If districts/states/parents/students hated NCLB, then the pushback against CCSS should be even more intense.

Spoiler alert: there is a disconnect here somewhere:

In 2014, students taking Common Core standardized testing in New Jersey will use computers, according to The New Jersey Association of School Administrators.

Walker urged residents to go to their board of education meetings and demand that boards adopt keyboard classes for young children who are taking standardized testing online.

"If you are there fumbling over the keys, how are you going to do your best on a literacy test?" asked Walker. "In schools where they are not teaching students the '10 finger method' in the first and kindergarten grades, even the children who would have done very well will do poorly."

WHAT?  Walker wants students to take computer classes so they will do better on yet more standardized testing?  The panel has spent the majority of the time telling attendees why standardized testing destroys students and the organizer of the event is demanding computer classes so students can perform well on more standardized testing?

MEW's reply online to this unbelievable disconnect:

Common Core standards/assessments have been labeled "No Child Left Behind on Steroids".

And how is this supposed to reform education? Use your common sense. It will reform education for the private corporations supplying the privately copyrighted standards/assessments and the companies providing the infrastructure. But will it increase educational attainment? Who knows? The standards were never field tested. Heck, the standards/assessments weren't even written when states signed onto them.

Spelling word of the week: S-C-A-M.

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