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    Common Core Pause & Review

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 09:18:51 AM EST
    Tags: CCS, Michigan, Tom McMillin, Common Core, Paused, Review, Nationalizing, States Rights (all tags)

    "Pause and review" on Common Core and high-stakes testing sent to Governor

    Following the Senate's concurrence on Michigan's omnibus budget yesterday, that included a "pause and review" provision for Michigan Department of Education's implementation of Common Core national curriculum standards and the high-stakes testing associated with it, Rep. Tom McMillin said,

    "Today is a very good day for Michigan citizens, almost all of who did not have the opportunity to weigh in on turning over the standards taught in all of Michigan's public schools to a national trade association (National Governors Association).  They will now have that opportunity as the legislature debates the matter.

    It's pretty surprising that supporters of Common Core and the high-stakes nation test, Smarter Balance, seem scared by the thought of having to defend them.  Though, I do understand it must be tough to sell the abdication of education curriculum standards to a national private entity.  I certainly look forward to the debate in the coming months.  We currently have better math standards in place than Common Core and we can certainly improve our ELA standards without giving the NGA the sole authority to determine and alter them."

    A point should be made..  Different standards can ALWAYS be implemented by local schools as appropriate.

    Watch for the most "progressive" school districts to freak out for a while.

    But why?

    Its about control.  More control for an overgrown federal bureaucracy that cannot handle the most trivial tasks already, yet with this curriculum endeavors to take on the state's task (remember the 10th amendment?) of public education. Along with that perhaps satisfying at the same time a 'progressive' need to rope in home school children and leave no stone unturned with indoctrination.

    Home schooling is affected how? Below the fold ~

    Homeschoolers being held to the new standards would be hard?

    Frankly, the dry curriculum recommendations like suggested reading material: Petroski, Henry. "The Evolution of the Grocery Bag" might leave one to think that home schoolers can certainly handle the preparation for children preparing for a life as a supermarket bagging engineer.  Or even the preparation for a life as a federal drone with "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy. Recommended Levels of Insulation," or "U.S. General Services Administration. Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management" should be easy enough to handle, right?

    Strangely, many of those on the left who profess a love for the arts and creativity seem to be pushing the curriculum which has at its CORE, a strangely 'gray' unexciting, unimaginative, and monotone reading list.

    Home schooling goes beyond the one on one attention that a parent can provide.  The reading list can be one that more closely follows the parent's individual views, and values. It might include books and reading that those parents had in years gone by, that were exciting and full of lessons, not dry and without meaning as might be presented with a technical read of "electronic stability control", which is yet another recommended read.  Will testing out for home schooled kids eventually require these flavorless tomes?  And further on, will a 'suggested reading list' become a MANDATORY reading list?

    And its not just reading.  Its the reality of how we learn, and requirements that will change forever, the interfacing home schooled children will have to achieve to test out.  One home school parent notes that math process as a potential problem:

    "Although it's true that homeschoolers traditionally, on average, test significantly higher than their publicly educated peers, this is not a safeguard given what is coming down the pipeline in terms of change.   Standardized testing is slated to be reformatted and rewritten, so we're talking about a totally different measure of scope and sequence.  For example, math problem, as formed by the CC, are based on mental and verbal math; the emphasis is now on the process, not the answer.  Eventually, CC-educated students will be asked to verbally explain their method for solving the problem, regardless of whether or not the answer was correct.  If your homeschooled Senior can successfully complete complex mathematical algorithms but he is unable to explain how he got his answer, he will not pass.
    Though its good to know how we get our answers, some of us are born 'rain-men,' and have the computational stuff running in the background.  We know how we answered, and in some cases how we arrived at the answer.  

    But to explain it as a prerequisite to pass?

    A question to ask might be "how soon before home-schooling is deemed unreliable by new federal guidelines (Copyrighted by a private entity) that become standard and accepted as law?"  Another question related to home school children is if they will be "required to adopt Core Curriculum for college admissions?"

    For now, Michigan has 'paused' the common core funding for review.  This is good.

    Later we should consider going further and insist on the dismantling of any federal bureaucracy that might attempt to impose national standards that threaten traditional educational relationships and what are truly supposed to be state issues.

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    by JGillman on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 03:38:14 PM EST
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    by grannynanny on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 07:05:38 PM EST
    Michelle Malkin's website - she had EXTENSIVE coverage about the Common Core boondoggle.  Parents should be outraged but instead they bend over and take it up the arse by local teachers, administrators and school boards.

    When are people going to wake up???

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