A response to Common Core standards
California Common Core Concern is a group of concerned citizens who are parents, grandparents, teachers, retired educators and concerned citizens who care deeply concerned about the quality of our children’s education.
We are parents, educators and concerned citizens. We believe in:
- Quality education: The highest possible academic levels for all students.
- Quality teachers: Who are knowledgeable in subject matter, skilled in teaching methods, and who put the best interests of their students above all else.
- Local control: We believe that the best education is one that is locally developed and administered – not imposed from above.
- More parent involvement and voice in our children’s education.
- A high-quality, straightforward objective academic curriculum – not a nationally imposed indoctrination campaign meant to reshape society and attitudes of future generations.
- Top security for personally identifiable student information. We realize that some information needs to be available at the school and district level, but it should not to be shared or sold on the open market.
- More time teaching, less time testing and preparing for tests. Give teachers more time to do what they do best: Teach.
We believe Common Core State Standards and high-stakes testing represent the exact opposite of these objectives. They will result in:
- Lower academic standards: Former California state standards are among the highest in the country. Why lower standards when students were advancing at the highest rates ever?
- Teachers reduced to “facilitators and script readers” with little creativity left in the classroom.
- Education controlled from afar by unaccountable federal bureaucrats and corporations.
- Parents excluded from the process.
Much of the current Common Core standards are biased and designed to mold attitudes of children and families. Class time spent testing and in preparation for testing is unprecedented at almost every level: testing time for third-graders in New York increased 168 percent. Finally Common Core further increases financial mandates that are placed on local school districts.
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Letter to the Editor