Common Core

Common Core has little to do with improving educational outcomes for the children of America, and everything to do with controlling the people. The groups that will be harderst hit by common core are the poor and the minorities. Like Obama Care, Common Core transfers control to corporate cronies and bureaucrats that are not responsible to the people. Also, like Obama Care, almost everything you hear from the advocates of Common Core is untrue. The ultimate goal is to eliminate local control of education, standardize ciricula and continue the transformation of America.

The “Feel Good” Purpose

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). (Common Core - Wikipedia overview)

The standards were developed by Achieve, Inc who subsequently sought the support of NGA and CCSSO. Achievement measures will be created by either Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The assessment organizations will develop content in support of the Common Core Standards.

Understanding Common Core - Starts Here

The five part videop presentation summarized below is narrated by Jane Robbins and produced by American Principals Project (APP). APP is a conservative 501c4 organization.

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Part 1 (C1, C2 - 10:29)

Chapter 1 - Origins of the Common Core

  • What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative?
  • Wasn't Common Core a State led effort?
  • Who are the groups and people behind Common Core?
  • Is the federal government involved in Common Core?

Chapter 2- Testing Mandates

  • What are the national tests and how do they usurp State control?
  • Who is paying to develop these tests?

Part 2 (C3, C4 - 8:12)

Chapter 3 - Education Wthout Representation

  • Won't States still be in charge of their own curricula?
  • Is national curricula legal?
  • What does a State commit to when it agrees to adopt Common Core?
  • What happens if parents or teachers determine that some aspect of Common Core isn't working in the classroom?

Chapter 4 - Sub-Standard Standards

  • Are Common Core standards "rigorous" as claimed?

Part 3 (C5, C6 - 4:22)

Chapter 5 - Intrusive Data Tracking

  • What does Common Core have to do with collecting and sharing student data?

Chapter 6 - High Price Tag

  • How much will Common Core cost the States?

Part 4 (C7, C8 - 3:51)

Chapter 7 - National Standards Do More Harm Than Good

  • Do we need common standards to be able to compare student performance across States?
  • Don't countries with national standards outperform countries that have decentralized standards?

Chapter 8 - Future Effect of Common Core

  • How will Common Core affect school choice such as charter schools and vouchers?
  • How will Common Core affect private schools and homeschoolers?
  • Are future national standards in the works?

Part 5 (C9, C10 - 5:30)

Chapter 9 - Where Does This All Lead?

  • Where is Common Core Taking the nation?

Chapter 10 - Take Action

  • Is it too late to stop Common Core?

2012 Brookings Video (5:30)

  • The Common Core will have little to no effect on student achievement.
  • Download full report PDF

Heritage Foundation

Sandra Stotsky's Analysis

  • Common Core Standards' Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking
  • University of Arkansas professor and former Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education

Neal McCluskey - Video

  • The Fallacy of Common Core Curricula

Local opposition to Common Core