New Nationwide 'Common Core' School Curriculum Has Moms Outraged

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common coreCommon Core is kind of turning into the Obamacare of education. And as more and more parents are learning the details about it, we're starting to worry. And get angry. One parent was recently arrested at a Common Core meeting at his child's school for asking a question. Which makes me a little concerned for my kids' school Common Core meeting coming up next week.

Common Core was introduced about three years ago, but is just starting to be implemented in classrooms. One teacher I spoke with said there are good aspects of Common Core, but it's completely driven by money. She said that it's contributing to the defunding of schools and very problematic. I see her point, and I'm also very concerned about why something that hasn't truly been tested is being put into place nationwide. I have more questions than answers, which is why I'm considering the Common Core protest planned for November 18, a.k.a. "Don't Send Your Child to School Day."

As I mentioned, my school's Common Core meeting is next week, so I'm hoping to gather even more information (and not get arrested). Perhaps we can decode this together? Here is what I do know. Something is fishy. All states except Nebraska, Alaska, Texas, Virginia, and Minnesota adopted Common Core. What were they on to that the others weren't? Well, it's a little more complicated than that and it does involve money as my teacher friend noted. It seems that the Obama administration offered federal education grants to the states who took on Common Core. This was all through No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. These states also will be given higher "scoring" from those in power for their grant applications. Sounds like coercion. Not exactly voluntary. We're playing with our kids' education here and that's wrong.

Some of the states who have adopted Common Core are second guessing it. Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have put a hold on rolling out Common Core standards. And I'm starting to wish New York, where I live, would too. Usually, when we make a change as great as Common Core, we test it out instead of implementing it nationwide. We have no proof to know if it works, how well it works, and the issues we need to fix it so it works better. Why roll it out everywhere when it should be tested in certain places and we learn from those outcomes? I know our schools need revamping, but is this just a too drastic a change, far too fast? One principal reported that once Common Core was put in place, the failure rate rose particularly among the students who had the highest needs. Those are the children we are trying to help. No child left behind? The race to the top Common Core style seems like it may be leaving many children behind.

The issue with Common Core ... well, one of them ... is that many feel it stifles creativity and doesn't cater to each child's individual needs. It sounds daunting, but all of our kids need different things or tactics to learn. That is how we truly never leave a child behind. The best teachers know this. And now we've overwhelmed teachers with new standards, exhausting our funds to make that happen, and we don't even know if the Core works, with some early learnings reportedly showing how it's ... just like my teacher friend said ... problematic.

"Don't Send Your Child to School Day" on November 18 to protest Common Core might be worth saying goodbye to perfect attendance. I'm looking forward for more answers (and maybe more questions) at my school's meeting.

What do you know about Common Core and what are your feelings on it? Will you participate in "Don't Send Your Child to School Day" to protest Common Core?


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Jespren Jespren

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nonmember avatar Melissa

First off: Minnesota and Texas have two of the best education systems in the nation - should have been the first clue. Second: TEACHERS have NEVER wanted this to happen Third: The reason Indiana has put a hold on it is because we finally have a TEACHER not a POLITICIAN as the head of Education in our State.....hmmmm.....CHILDREN OVER POLITICS!

ashjo85 ashjo85

WOW!! That's...insane! And it's the first I've heard of it, which is even more scary. And it sounds like it would apply universally: charters, homeschooling, private education. You can't escape!

Betty Salgado

YESS!! I finally have a way to protest. The teachers have NO IDEA of how to grade. My son is so far behind its nuts!!

wamom223 wamom223

This was one of the reason's I held my son back this year.  First his birthday is in August and I've heard summer boy babies have a rough time in kindergarten.  Second my district is experimenting with all day kindergarten this year.  And third was bringing in common core.  For me that was just too many experiments being done on my son at once.  

ModaMama ModaMama

On top of the curriculum changes, common core introduced a nationwide database of students that collects information far beyond just their test scores.  So far 9 of the 45 states who are using common core have agreed to mine student data and upload it to a data warehouse.  They're going to be storing information about our children's personalities and behavior and making it nationally available to who-knows-who.

"Privacy is always a concern, especially when leveraging data available in the “cloud” that users may or may not be aware is being mined. However, another emergent concern is the consequences of using new types of personal data in new ways. Learners and educators have the potential to get forms of feedback about their behaviors, emotions, physiological responses, and cognitive processes that have never been available before. Measurement developers must carefully consider the impacts of releasing such data, sometimes of a sensitive nature." -Department of Education report in February 2013 

lulou lulou

My kids compete in First Lego League this month.  We started with some robotic basics - you could even call it a common core model, then the kids got creative and added attachments, even funny sounds.  We also do this outside of school.  It worked out really well as a complement to their Everyday Math chapter, for example on circumference of a circle, as we were measuring how far different wheels might go.

nonmember avatar Theresa

It's really not the big deal it's being made out to be. It's basically a list of things students should be able to do by the end of each year. For example, the Algebra standards include something like "Students will be able to graph a linear equation." This is something that was always taught in Algebra, now we're just saying that Every student should be able to do it. If your student is ahead of the curve, it will be no biggie, they'll just work on the next standards available. I don't understand the pushback. Also, I was a teacher, and thought the common core standards were great, so let's not make blanket statements that "Teachers hate common core".

Brain... BrainyMommy

Well, if you go to the meeting and misbehave like that parent did you deserve to be arrested. Follow the rules of the meeting and you won't be arrested. Pretty simple. 

wamom223 wamom223

Brainymommy-While I agree that the man broke the rules, I don't agree that he should have been arrested.  Its not like he posed a threat and to be fair what is the point of having a meeting if you do it the way they did.  Personally, I think the arrest was going to far and came off like a scare tactic.  

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