Friday, April 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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A response to Common Core standards

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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.

Find out more for yourself.

Colleen Britton

Vacaville

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  • Tax PayerJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Agreed, but we have to understand that the government wants to control everything we do: Health Care, Education and the list goes on and on. This should have a positive effect however with more parents moving their kids to private schools to give their kids a quality education. I know my grandson will not be going to the public school.

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  • The MisterJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:42 am

    The Common Core program is a privately owned and copyrighted program that each and every school district will have to pay for each and every year. While state participation is voluntary and 45 states have already signed up, once all 50 states have volunteered, there is a US Senate Bill already written that will make participation in Common Core mandatory. And at that moment, with all 50 states volunteering, there will be no opposition to making Common Core mandatory. Answer this: what has happened with every other government mandated program? It costs more than ever expected and it takes away more of your freedom. Once Common Core is mandatory, my guess is that the standards will suffer from bureaucracy and a bent towards a particular agenda regardless of truth and the costs will go sky-high. Gosh you people are stupid who don't stand up against this! This is another of those pivotal moments where what you do now will reverberate into the future for centuries. For once in your life, for the sake of the children and of the future, pull your head out and use your brain!

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  • Mel SandoJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:53 am

    i am surmissing under gov't mandated programs you are including your own medicare and social security as taking away your freedom, Mr. Mister.

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  • The MisterJanuary 01, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Sorry, Mel. My only participation in those programs has been and continues to be to pay into them. As well as so many other "programs"... property taxes for education (sacrificed to pay for private schools); welfare and unemployment... have only ever paid in; and on and on. I really don't expect to ever benefit from medicare or social security given the prediction of their collapse. My freedom, and my money, has been taken away, Mel, bit by bit, drip by drip. Is that something you support?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:55 am

    yeah, I don't think so. But hey, maybe this will make you feel better! ° ˚*。* 。_Π_____*。*˚★ 。* 。*。 • ˚ ˚ •。★ ˚ ˛ •˛•*/______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛★ 。* 。*★ 。* 。* ˚ ˛ •˛• | 田田|門| ˚HAPPY NEW YEAR!!...

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  • Jason KnowlesJanuary 01, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    More myths from athe Tea Party. I will refer you to a conservative website that will counter every single one of Ms. Britton's bullet points: Go to highercorestandards.org and see for yourselves. Britton and her ilk are flat out liars!

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  • The MisterJanuary 01, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Yes, Jason, but can you counter any of the points I made in my comment at 9:42 this morning? Uhhh, nope!

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 01, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    There is no perpetual ''crisis'' in Education requiring massive amounts of Federal spending along with everyone goosestepping to Obama, Pelosi and Reid's version of ''The Internationale''. Instead, there is a crisis in parenting caused by the welfare society and a police state mentality where government is now the parents---to the ridiculous point of providing sustinence---3 meals a day! Sorry, Jason, Monica and Jackie----we don't buy your failures and excuse making as to why you demand even more tax dollars for more of the failed same! Its all I can do to keep from appearing before your governing boards and administering the verbal shellacking and comeuppance you so richly deserve.

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