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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Letter to the Editor Debunks Common Core Talking Points

The exponent-telegram.com printed a letter to the editor questioning the spin from the Common Core special interest groups (NGA, CCSSO, State School Boards, School districts, education reform companies, companies/researchers funded by the Gates Foundation):


From the wvde.state web site, questions and their “answers” that I have to question.

1) “Is having common standards the first step toward nationalizing education?”

Their answer: “No. Common Core Standards are a state-led effort. The federal government has not been involved in the development of the standards.”

My response: The true answer is that 45 states were bribed by Washington with several million dollars in education funds to accept the Common Core Curriculum for state education without even knowing what it was about. West Virginia was one of them. That was the first step.

2) “What is the role of the federal government in standards implementation?”

Their answer: “The federal government has had no role in the development of the common core state standards and will not have a role in their implementation.”

My response: Other than their role in requiring the implementation as part of the Common Core Curriculum boondoggle.

3) “Who is leading the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives initiative?”

Their answer: “Parents, teachers, school administrators and experts together with state leaders, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) are leading the effort to develop a common core of state standards.”

My answer: It may not be identified as the federal government, but it is dominated and led by the government and specifically government employees. While they list parents first, that is just deceptive tokenism to disguise the extreme left that has dominated education for decades and continues to do so.

My response: These questions and “answers” are nothing more than deceptive “spin.”
Additionally, when examining the companion philosophy of “21st Century Learning Skills,” it is no wonder the U.S. is falling behind in student achievement. It is obvious they are concentrating on teaching the integration of social interactions and willingness to compromise one’s ideas and principles to get along, rather than stand up for what you believe, in order to reach some “common” goal. How is this different from “teaching to take the test?”

The concentration on basic math and English skills is lost in all the time spent “teaching to the test.” Now they will be lost in “teaching to the 21st Century Learning Skills.” This is all no different than the next new, nice-sounding, expensive bureaucratic solution that Washington has been selling us for decades, like “No Child Left Behind” and all the “grow government” forerunners.

There is a better answer. Studies have shown that to improve public school student achievement — 20 percent to 26 percent on average in one study — implement competition through school choice with vouchers that follow the student.

The answer is not the next new, expensive, “grow government,” bureaucratic self-justification that continues to sink American education lower and lower. School Choice is the Right Choice.


I do have a question for the writer. How is school choice the right choice if all schools are Common Core mandated? Wouldn't the right choice be to stop the implementation of CCSS and restore true local control to public schools?

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