Common Core- only a 1 in 3 chance of graduating from a 4 year institution

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Coming to your school.  Who needs math standards beyond the 8th grade anyway? Our children only need to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in order to understand orders coming from their government minders.

George

STANFORD, Calif. – Professor James Milgram was the only mathematician on the Common Core Standards group and member of the validation committee.

common coreHe was one of a group that refused to sign off on the standards. Recently, he gave a detailed discussion on why the math standards will set Common Core students behind in the field of mathematics on the international playing field.

He is comments are specific to the standards and these comments are aimed specifically at the middle school standards.

Milgram’s credentials in the matter are beyond reproach. He wrote the original California Mathematical Framework. He was involved in the Fordham Institute’s evaluation of the mathematical framework for standards. He is one of the main authors of the new Georgia and Michigan Standards. He is a past Gauss Professor at the University of Goettingen, Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 100 papers in the area of Math education, along with many books and journals.

1) Solving ratios and rates are the crux of higher order mathematics. The failure to introduce ratio and rates and to give them the treatment they deserve hampers a student’s ability to perform higher order mathematics. It is a serious problem for American mathematical competitiveness.

2) The standards at grade 8 have the students “spinning wheels.” There is nothing of significance covered that is essential to long run mathematical competence. That was supposed to be the year that Algebra was covered, but for political reasons, that was not put into the standards. As a result math education stalls at Grade 8 in the Common Core

3) It is in high school that the standards fall completely apart. Most students won’t be able to make it past Algebra II at that point. This is important because the research shows that a student who has only made it to Algebra II has a 1 in 3 chance of getting a four-year degree. A one in three chance of completing a four-year degree is NOT college ready.

This weakness in the Common Core will shatter the dream of many potential students to achieve success in technical fields.

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To My Students: ‘I Love You and Believe in You’ – @ THE CHALK FACE

Hat tip to @Chalk Face
It's a long article so click on the link to read the whole thing.

George

To My Students: ‘I Love You and Believe in You’

November 2, 2013 by Kris Nielsen 119 Comments

The following is a guest post from my friend, Meg Norris, who has an important message for her students. (Grab a Kleenex. I did.)

To My Students,

I did not return to the classroom this year and I want to apologize. I am truly sorry for having left you. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. I want you to understand why I left. It had nothing to do with you. I still love you and believe in you. You are still amazing and you can do anything you want to do. I did not give up on you. I left to fight for you.

I saw you struggling with Common Core skills. Even with the new curriculum from the district, no matter how I broke it down for you I could see you didn’t understand. I saw the frustration on your faces. And when time ran out and we had to take the county’s test (on the county’s schedule), I saw the tears roll from your eyes. You failed. I saw you missing school more days than normal. I saw you with long sleeves covering up the cutting scars on your arms. I saw how the sparkle in your eyes dimmed. I saw the small bald spot on your head where you had pulled out your hair. And it wasn’t just in my class. You hated going to math. You came early everyday for homework help, but it didn’t make any difference. You still could not understand.

I want you to know none of this is your fault. It is not you. I know the school, the county and the state call it “rigor.” That is a horrible word. Look it up in the dictionary for me. Rigor is for dead people. You are not failing because it is too hard. You are not failing because you are not working hard enough. You are not failing because of your teachers. You are failing because Common Core was not written by teachers. Common Core was not written to help you. Let me explain why this hurts you so much.

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Rotten to the core

This is a long article and you'll have to follow the link in order to complete it.  It is well worth the effort.  It is a great description of Common Core and its dangers to our freedom.

George

Rotten to the core

By Joan Swirsky

In July, the state of New York announced the results of its first tests based on the Common Core: The region hasn't been this battered since Superstorm Sandy. Just 26 percent of students in third through eighth grade passed the English exam, and only 30 percent passed the math test. In one Harlem school, just seven percent of students received passing scores in English, and 10 percent in math. We've gone from No Child Left Behind to Well-Just-About-Every-Child-Left-Behind ...progress of a kind. If 'learned helplessness' is the Common Core's goal, it's a stunning success." Businessman George Ball

Indeed, the tests based on the new Common Core (CC) curriculum horrified both parents and educators in New York State, as they are sure to do in the 45 other states that have accepted these new federal-education standards.

130919swirskyYet in the very definition of a clueless response to the disastrous test results, NY State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said that "these proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century." Nice try, Mr. King. Go back to sleep.

How did this happen? Here's a little history. When President George W. Bush introduced No Child Left Behind, liberals and teachers' unions went crazy. How dare any program actually measure the effectiveness of classroom teachers or, worse, hold them accountable for decade after decade of failure? How dare that same program document the great number of students allowed to progress through grade after grade in spite of jaw-dropping deficits in math and literacy? Isn't it wrongheaded, critics asked, to 'teach to the test' instead of giving students better skills and deeper knowledge? As if testing skills and knowledge is a bad thing!

Of course the "evolved" progressives and educrats among us decided to contrive a better mousetrap for improving the devolving state of American public-school education and they called their brainchild Common Core, a program that was formally adopted by the federal government in 2010 and by NY State in 2011. Other contributors to this dumbed-down excuse for education included members of the leftist Aspen Institute which was founded in 1950 to, among other things, "define a good society."

Common Core has a nice ring, doesn't it, suggesting that we're all in this together and we all believe in education that includes America's "core" values?

Don't be fooled. As author and journalist Dean Kalahar writes, "Common Core...may look delicious, but before you take a bite out of the apple, it might be a good idea to know a razor is inside."

As Kalahar explains, "President Obama and Education Secretary [Arne] Duncan falsely said the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted. CC was actually developed by an organization called Achieve, approved by the National Governors Association and funded by the Gates Foundation by at least $173 million dollars. The [cash-starved] states were bribed by $4.35 billion 'Race to the Top' dollars if they adopted the standards. Federal laws prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but four billion is a big carrot – or is it a stick? Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have sold out... I mean 'signed on.'"

According to journalist Nick Wills, the Common Core curriculum was implemented with virtually no empirical evidence of its value, and it was rushed into school systems without consulting – drum roll here – students, teachers and parents! Education-reformer Diane Ravitch says that the standards have been adopted "without any field test ... imposed on the children of this nation despite the fact that no one has any idea how they will affect students, teachers, or schools."

This takes on a certain grotesque logic when, according to businessman George Ball, you realize that in "the 60-person work group that developed the curriculum, there was not one practicing teacher! David Coleman, chief architect of the Common Core curriculum, now heads the College Board. That's worrisome, and so is Coleman's background as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., the firm that so ably advised Kmart, Enron, Swissair and Global Crossing."

But so irresponsible were our educators and so avaricious to feed at the federal trough that they bought the whole package without even a sneak-peek at its contents.

What did they buy? Kalahar states that "for all intents and purposes, Common Core is nationalized education. History has shown that state-run information control, which begins with education, has always led to disastrous results, [for example] the USSR, Germany, and Cuba.

"The foundational philosophy of Common Core," Kalahar adds, "is to create students ready for social action so they can force a social-justice agenda."

According to Wall St. Journal writer David Feith: "Common Core is about an obsession with race, class, gender, and sexuality as the forces of history and political identity...nationalizing education via Common Core is about promoting an agenda of anti-capitalism, sustainability, white guilt, global citizenship, self-esteem, affective math, and culture-sensitive spelling and language. This is done in the name of consciousness raising, moral relativity, fairness, diversity, and multiculturalism."

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