MARK YOUR CALENDARS
We need your continued support and participation now more than ever!
It will soon be January 13th, and the Kansas Legislature will back in Topeka.
What has changed is Common Core State Standards. I was given a curriculum and told by my administration to teach it “word-for-word.” In a meeting with my administration, I was reprimanded with “Don’t forget, standards drive our instruction.”
Common Core Even Affects Letter Grades
As schools adopt standards-based grading, whether to tie instruction more closely to Common Core or for the other benefits proponents claim, some parents and teachers are not impressed. They say the grading scale is confusing and grants too much authority to those outside classrooms.
7 Links to Evidence of Federal Control of Common Core
We are in unrepresented dire straits: In no way do voters or teachers (or states themselves) control what is now set in the Common Core standards.
The PTA Does Not Represent Parents or Teachers. It Represents Special Interests.
Education Week (which has received Bill Gates funding) reports that the NY PTA (which has received Bill Gates funding along with the National PTA) is bullying parents and threatening to turn their children to Child Protection Services if children are not offered up for Common Core assessments. From We Need Great Leaders Now More Than Ever:
New York Principals Send An Open Letter to Parents
An open letter signed by 545 Principals across New York State was addressed to the parents of elementary, middle, and high school students in New York.
Secretary Duncan, Yes Your Power Does Have Limits
A noisy opposition to Duncan’s reforms has emerged — and it only grew noisier this month when Duncan dissed “white suburban moms” for opposing the new Common Core academic standards because the tough tests made their kids look bad.
Dads Too, Mr. Duncan
Countless –countless– men and fathers are publically and boldly standing up against Common Core. It’s not only “white, suburban moms” who oppose Common Core, and it’s not only the right or the left, either– despite what the U.S. Secretary of Education has so absurdly claimed— not by a long shot.
More on the Common Core: Achieve, Inc., and Then Some
I have written a number of posts related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this post, I examine a key organization in the creation of CCSS: Achieve, Inc. Whereas my reading Achieve’s tax documents served as the launch for this post, it certainly did not stop there.
Sandra Stotsky Responds to My Common Core-Achieve Post
CCSS ELA Validation Committee member Sandra Stotsky read my post and and added the following information in the comments. Since this additional information has also received next to no publicity, I wish to post Stotsky’s comment as its own post, for all to easily read.
Kansas’ 8th Grade Student Math and Science Performance Measured Globally for the First Time
Kansas students score well above international average
The default Common Core high school mathematics is misleadingly touted as “college-ready” yet it will lead at best to community and non-selective colleges. The retarded pace in K-8 and the slow and deficient content in high school will further restrict the number of qualified students able to pursue STEM careers rather than increase it as promised.
WEEKLY CALL TO ACTION
to make a difference and #stopcommoncore.
UPCOMING EVENTS – DECEMBER
Common Core Standards Presentation
Wednesday, December 11 at 7pm
Basehor Community Library
Learn more about Common Core from guest speakers…
Megan King, co-founder Kansans Against Common Core
Dr. Walt Chappell, President – Educational Management Consultants
Angela Stiens, co-founder Kansas Catholics for Academic Excellence