This apparently came as an ‘action alert’ to parents in Iredell-Stateville School district. I’m digging further to see if this was blasted out by email or not. It’s inappropriate at best and what’s rather disgusting about it is the blanket statement that every teacher there is on board with Common Core. More of that ‘go along to get along’ strong-arming going on over in Iredell-Statesville?
This petition is on Change.org:
Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.
As teachers, we support the use of the Common Core in our schools. Please do the right thing for children. Please do not remove the Common Core from our classrooms.
1. The standards do not prepare kids for college. The stated goal is to prepare kids for a 2 year non-selective college. STEM path? Forget it. CCSS sets kids back 2 years at least in Math. The ELA? It’s worse. It’s a mental beat down starting in Kindergarten and continuing through 3rd grade with age and developmentally inappropriate standards. Beyond that, the stupid cranks up a notch with the increasing amounts of “informational texts” over real literature. How exactly is an excerpt from Vogue supposed to teach kids critical thinking?
2. Mentioning the Department of Defense is not a selling point for most people. In fact, most people reading that are now saying to themselves, why the heck is the Department of Defense involved in education? These same people are now Googling it. GOOD.
3. Those 45 states? All of them have rapidly growing Stop Common Core groups in them. All of them have some legislation pending or pause bills in motion. Many of them have dumped the associated testing consortiums. In a nutshell, states are bailing on this thing fast.
4. So, apparently ALL Iredell-Statesville teachers love the Common Core and want to keep it? Did you ask each and every one of them? I sincerely doubt the majority of teachers were on board with this petition.
5. To the parents who signed this thing: Open your eyes.