Category Archives: Common Core is dumbing down states

0352_Aug. 10, 2018_Truth in American Education (TAE)_School Leaders Weigh in on Civics Education — by Stan Vander Hart

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 3:16 PM
Subject: TAE — School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education — by Shane Vander Hart

TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education

https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2018/07/school-leaders-weigh-in-on-civics-education/

JULY 5, 2018 

BY SHANE VANDER HART

I read through an Education Week Research Center report on Civics Education based on a survey of 524 principals, assistant principals, and other school-based leaders paints a dismal picture. I wanted to highlight some of the findings and then share some thoughts.

Here are some of the findings: Continue reading

0351_Civic Engagement is Not Civics Education – by Shane Vander Hart_Truth in American Education (Aug. 10, 2018)

Donna Jack
August 10, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 8:03 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS NOT CIVICS EDUCATION – BY SHANE VANDER HART – TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION- 8.10.18

8.10.18 – Truth in American Education

 [COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: A class in civics should teach students such things as how democracy started, the structure of American government, responsibilities of the judiciary/house/senate (at state and federal levels), the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, instruction on federal/state/local voting regulations, responsibilities and privileges of U. S. citizenship, a study of American democracy and how it compares to other systems of government.

Instead, civics as now being taught in many states has turned into an indoctrination into Obama’s and the leftists’ social justice agenda that emphasizes community organizing and planning and staging political activist demonstrations.  End result:  When reporters have asked student demonstrators to explain why they are demonstrating, many of them cannot even articulate a reasonable response that contains a premise supported by fact-based reasons. Unfortunately, students know HOW to protest but have limited knowledge about WHY.  – Donna Garner]

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 REPUBLISHED BY: http://www.educationviews.org/civic-engagement-is-not-civics-education/                                                                Continue reading

0350_How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes – by Peter Greene_July 20, 2018

Donna Jack
Aug. 10, 2018

Excerpts from below:

When the Core hit the scene, ‘Here are some new standards’ was followed directly by ‘and how well you follow them will be judged by these new standardized tests which will be used to evaluate districts, schools and (eventually) teachers.’ David Coleman, CCSS architect, understood that tests would drive the curriculum and teacher behavior.

Remember, the current definition of ‘effective teaching’ is ‘teaching that raises standardized test scores.’ That doesn’t have to include any classic literature, or, what may be worse, only a few paragraphs of them”

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2018 11:00 AM
Subject: HOW COMMON CORE TESTING DAMAGED HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASSES – BY PETER GREENE — FORBES — 7.19.18
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/07/19/how-common-core-testing-damaged-high-school-english-classes/#5f6e601321be

7.19.18 — Forbes

“How Common Core Testing Damaged High School English Classes”
By Peter Greene, Contributor 

Excerpts from this article:

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, …longtime staunch supporter of the Common Core, just released a survey of ELA teachers and some attendant conclusions about how the Common Core reading standards are playing out in actual classrooms. They offer four recommendations, and those recommendations reflect some of the damage that has been done, particularly in high school classrooms, by the Common Core movement. Continue reading

0332_Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired_ National decline in student scores correlates with beginning of Common Core_ Dr. Susan Berry_ Breitbart_ April 25, 2018

Donna Jack
April 25, 2018

From observing the consistent “failures” of policies set in place in education by the progressive left, it appears their focused aim may not be to help students succeed, but to destroy this country.

In the article below, the devastating results of Common Core are mentioned:

“No one admits the glaringly obvious fact that the downward spiral of academic performance coincides with the implementation of Common Core….“How much more evidence do we need that Common Core was a terrible idea from the beginning and should be scrapped?” — Jane Robbins

It is mentioned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes school structure is the cause of falling test scores.  http://www.newsweek.com/teachers-correct-betsy-devos-picture-modern-classroom-835161

Dr. Susan Berry points out:  “the Obama-era school leniency directive aimed at ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ for minorities” — has been a policy which has increased crime in the schools.

Obama’s policy of ending the reporting of crimes in schools, increased crime (referred to above and below):

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News the School Climate and Safety Report showing ‘increasing disparities’ in school discipline is ‘consistent with common-sense expectations that the lowering of disciplinary standards will produce more offenses and even greater disparities.’

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50 PM — To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: LIKE COMMON CORE, OBAMA’S SCHOOL LENIENCY POLICY FOR MINORITIES HAS BACKFIRED – BY DR. SUSAN BERRY – BREITBART — 4.25.18

4.25.18 – Breitbart

 “Like Common Core,
Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities
Has Backfired”

Continue reading

0322_“The Gates Effect: Common Core Has Powerful Ally Keeping Unpopular Program Alive”_Sept. 6, 2017_by Richard Phelps in Education

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

This is one of the articles Donna Garner sent me 2 days ago – with effects of Common Core.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:20 AM
Subject: THE GATES EFFECT: COMMON CORE HAS POWERFUL ALLY KEEPING UNPOPULAR PROGRAM ALIVE – BY RICHARD PHELPS — IVN.US — 9.6.17

9.6.17 – Ivn.us
https://ivn.us/2017/09/06/common-core-has-powerful-ally-keeping-unpopular-program-alive/

 “The Gates Effect: Common Core Has Powerful Ally Keeping Unpopular Program Alive”
by 
Richard Phelps in Education 

The amounts are huge. A search in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website for grant awards with the keyword “Common Core” returns 257 results accumulating more than $300 million.

Substituting the Common Core euphemism “college and career readiness” uncovers another $130 million for another 52 grantees.

Even more Common Core money has been sent under vague explanations such as “for general operating support” to organizations whose only relationship with the Gates Foundation is to promote Common Core. Continue reading

0321_Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core has Failed Every Child — Video/ YouTube_ Jan. 4, 2018_rough notes

Donna Jack
April 7, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:11 AM
Subject: DR. DUKE PESTA AND DR. SANDRA STOTSKY DISSECT WHY COMMON CORE HAS FAILED EVERY CHILD — VIDEO — 1.4.18

1.4.18 – YouTube

 “Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky Dissect Why Common Core Has Failed Every Child” 

Published on Jan 4, 2018

 FreedomProject’s Academic Director, Dr. Duke Pesta, interviews Dr. Sandra Stotsky on the demonstrable failures of Common Core. According to a new study from the Pioneer Institute, the move to Common Core has decimated academic achievement in Massachusetts. Prior to adopting the Core, Massachusetts schools and educational standards were the finest in the nation, in large part because of the work of Dr. Stotsky. Now, Common Core has relegated Massachusetts to the same underachieving, politicized, centralized mediocrity plaguing the rest of the country’s public schools. Learn more @ http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore

Some really rough notes (with errors) of the video
taken by Donna Ja
ck:

[Common Core] It is everywhere in our schools, and has evolved beyond English and Math – to become a national way to look at every subject.

It is in the textbooks, and other materials, and in our college readiness tests.  Anything aligned to Common Core is basically Common Core. Continue reading

0320_Massachusetts Becomes Dumber so the Rest of us Can be Smarter_By Robert Holland_Heartland Institute_Feb. 14, 2018

Donna Jack
April 7, 2017

In response to my request, on April 5th, Donna Garner began sending me articles that prove Common Core has dumbed down our country.  The following is one of them.

Excerpt from below:
“He did not try to deny the data that clearly show Massachusetts losing its educational edge. Instead, he stood by the progressive credo valuing equality over excellence, even if that means bringing some privileged high achievers down several pegs so that all folks are on one level playing field.” — Robert Holland (Heartland Institute), April 14, 2018

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:09 AM
To: Donna Jack
Subject: MASSACHUSETTS BECOMES DUMBER SO THE REST OF US CAN BE SMARTER — BY ROBERT HOLLAND — HEARTLAND INSTITUTE — 2.14.18

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/massachusetts-becomes-dumber-so-the-rest-of-us-can-be-smarter/

 “Massachusetts Becomes Dumber
So the Rest of Us Can Be Smarter”

by Robert Holland 

It is not likely that even an exhaustive review of commentary on education in 2017 could turn up quotes compelling enough to qualify as classic nuggets of wisdom. However, perhaps my favorite of the year in the non-wisdom category came from Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington).

In responding to mounting evidence of the Bay State’s decline from its undisputed number-one perch in K–12 student achievement since replacing its own standards with the Common Core nationalized blueprint, Barrett said the following: “It’s crazy to think that people in Massachusetts should learn more and better content than people in Mississippi. That’s no way to make sure that tide lifts all boats in America.” Continue reading

0319_Bill Gates’ Admission that he Spent $4 Billion on Common Core Over 7 yrs. that Harmed Tens of Millions of Students — By Dr. Susan Berry — Breitbart_October 21, 2017

Donna Jack
April 5, 2018

At my request, Donna Garner re- sent me this article which I had lost. Here is a portion from the article:

 “…However, Ze’ev Wurman, former education policy advisor in the President George W. Bush education department, tells Breitbart News, “Such ‘pivoting’ may be acceptable in the private market, where companies regularly ‘pivot’ while abandoning previous strategies and the money they invested in them.”

“He continues:

“It is different when a private actor such as Gates uses his money to leverage public money – some $600 billion of it for his own relatively small investment of few tens of millions every year – to steer the public money to implement mediocre curricula and ill thought-out programs born of his feverish imagination and ignorance. Yet that is precisely the track record – and the explicit acknowledgement – of Mr. Gates.”
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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:16 AM
Subject: BILL GATES’ ADMISSION THAT HE SPENT $4 BILLION ON COMMON CORE OVER 7 YRS. THAT HARMED TENS OF MILLIONS OF STUDENTS — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART — 10.21.17

10.21.17 – Breitbart

 “Common Core Backer Bill Gates Announces Plan
To Invest $1.7 Billion in Public Education”   By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.educationviews.org/common-core-backer-bill-gates-announces-plan-invest-1-7-billion-public-education/

 Excerpts from this article:

 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced his latest plan to invest $1.7 billion to improve K-12 public education over the next five years.

After having spent some $3.4 billion on public education in the United States – much of it directed toward the development and implementation of the highly controversial Common Core State Standards – Gates says that 60 percent of his new investment will go to public schools and about 15 percent to the development of charter schools. Continue reading

0318_DID U. S. PERFORMANCE ON PISA DECLINE BECAUSE OF COMMON CORE? — BY DIANE RAVITCH — EDVIEWS.ORG — 3.6.18

Donna Jack
April 4, 2018

Bill Gates funded Common Core possibly to the tune of $2 billion.  He has admitted that his Common Core implementation in schools across the country, not only failed to raise the academic accomplishments of students in the United States, but the results have worsened markedly.

Even sadder is the fact that, for the first time in our country’s history, a curriculum standard has been made federal —  Common Core was established as federal law, in December 2015, through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Read about Congress’ vote in Blog 0057 on this website.

You can also search for this article by typing “0057” in the search box at the top of this page (next to the “spy glass”).  Search for other ESSA articles on this website.

Stop the national intrusion into our local education

Isn’t it about time to stop pushing standardized education, and let states, local school districts, parents, and schools decide what they want their students to learn.  Our National Standards are based on Type #2 education.  See the  comparison of Type #1 and Type #2 education on the home page of this website.  Also see another online comparison at:  http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/

Type #2 has been and is a total failure, for our children, and for our country.  Common Core is Type #2 education on steroids.

Below you can read parts of one article published last month about this sad state of education in our country.

“Once upon a time” the United States of America led the world academically – before the push for federally-controlled standards and curriculum. Continue reading

0291_Jan. 1, 2018_DeVos’ Speech on Education Reform_ The Good, The Bad, and the Incomplete_ Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty excerpts _Common Core _ ESSA

Donna Jack
January 18, 2018

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.

In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.

Jane and Emmett point out that:  “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.

Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:

(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.”  (The U.S. Department of Education)

Editorial comment – more needs to be done: 

There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education.  [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs:  0005, 0091, and 0247]

Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.

Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)

ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more:   0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097

ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.

Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full

You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” Continue reading