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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    When we talk about the people who developed this it becomes a huge issue with me. One would think something as important as education would have had various stakeholders involved like teachers, parents, administrators, students....the actual people who will be most affected by the action of reform. Many of these people weren't even invited to be part of it until after the fact. I can't help but think of the money trail and the motive behind much of this:

    snip: http://santamariatimes.com/news/opin...8859-001a4bcf8

    The list of private interest is long and disturbing. There are enormous profits to be had from the sale of computer hardware, support and training, curriculum materials and e-books. But what seems to be attracting the most attention from private interests is the business of data-mining. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and Rupert Murdoch have funded one of the first corporations involved in data-mining — inBloom. In researching inBloom Inc., you will find the model for how foundations and other private interests align with government to support private, profitable endeavors through our public schools.

    A report by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, “A Framework for a Multistate Human Capital Development Data System,” emphasizes the importance of a national data system. In the report, our children are referred to as human capital. On the final page of the report, it reads, “… our gratitude also goes to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided funding for this paper ...”

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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Extremely unlikely. I've seen worksheets like this before, all cobbled together by the right wing alarmists.
    Actually it looks like our Reading Street worksheets. We have the title of the story at the top right shaded in gray. I bet that's where it came from.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    When we talk about the people who developed this it becomes a huge issue with me. One would think something as important as education would have had various stakeholders involved like teachers, parents, administrators, students....the actual people who will be most affected by the action of reform. Many of these people weren't even invited to be part of it until after the fact. I can't help but think of the money trail and the motive behind much of this:

    snip: http://santamariatimes.com/news/opin...8859-001a4bcf8

    The list of private interest is long and disturbing. There are enormous profits to be had from the sale of computer hardware, support and training, curriculum materials and e-books. But what seems to be attracting the most attention from private interests is the business of data-mining. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and Rupert Murdoch have funded one of the first corporations involved in data-mining — inBloom. In researching inBloom Inc., you will find the model for how foundations and other private interests align with government to support private, profitable endeavors through our public schools.

    A report by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, “A Framework for a Multistate Human Capital Development Data System,” emphasizes the importance of a national data system. In the report, our children are referred to as human capital. On the final page of the report, it reads, “… our gratitude also goes to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided funding for this paper ...”
    Yep. When I heard that the Gates Foundation was funding this - it all made sense. Of COURSE they want every single child in every single school to have a computer!


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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Yes, you're upset because we watched the video you linked to and criticized it and because we didn't watch videos that you hadn't watched either
    I've watched the entire series, sangha. You didn't and continue to make comments that are knee-jerk and pointless. I'm not going to respond to you anymore until you start discussing this important topic like a man instead of a 12 year old.


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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I've watched the entire series, sangha. You didn't and continue to make comments that are knee-jerk and pointless. I'm not going to respond to you anymore until you start discussing this important topic like a man instead of a 12 year old.
    At the time you posted it, you hadn't watched the whole series.

    I watched three of them. After seeing the loony crackpot argument it was promoting, I came to the reasonable conclusion that there was no point in continuing

    The only issue is why you posted a link to video that contained arguments that you are unwilling to defend.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Actually it looks like our Reading Street worksheets. We have the title of the story at the top right shaded in gray. I bet that's where it came from.
    Talking about Reading Street, our district spend loads of money purchasing that program 5 years ago. We have since moved on to the Reader's Workshop model which again is costing loads of money for materials and training. During this economic downturn, people in our district were concerned of all the money it was costing. Very little was mentioned about how expensive this material and training cost. I bet people would be livid! The unfunded mandates keep growing.

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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    Talking about Reading Street, our district spend loads of money purchasing that program 5 years ago. We have since moved on to the Reader's Workshop model which again is costing loads of money for materials and training. During this economic downturn, people in our district were concerned of all the money it was costing. Very little was mentioned about how expensive this material and training cost. I bet people would be livid! The unfunded mandates keep growing.
    Yes. It's insane how much these programs cost. I think an admin told me that one reading textbook was like $40. We have 6 units with 25 books per unit. And that's not counting all the teacher's manuals, worksheets, big books, posters, etc. And that's just for first grade! I think the Reading Streets tests are too hard. They assess things that kids were JUST introduced to that week and they have long-winded, confusing questions- it's stupid. And I told my parents that at conferences.

    Edit to add --- I just looked it up. "Hold the Flag High" is a story from 5th grade Reading Street.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    NCLB mandated state-wide testing according to certain standards.
    And so does Common Core.

    Furthermore it created state standards but didn't give the states sufficient funds.
    As does Common Core. How do you think every state is going to supply thousands of school districts with computer for every single student?

    Furthermore early on it gave the military access to student records for god knows what reason. This actually led to recruiters stalking children. Lastly it set a precedent of expanding federal power.
    And Common Core gives the federal government access to student records as well.

    The Common Core sets a federal standard with a theoretical federal testing as opposed to state testing. While ideally I'd rather not have the feds involved so much, NCLB set a new precedent (which is one of the reasons why I opposed it). Now that the cat's out of the bag might as well try and make it work. Federal testing across all states using a standardized education system is the way to go as opposed to the feds trying to mandate 50 different standards.
    Oh, I see. Now that Bush's plan (the one you hated) lead to an even BIGGER government education plan (the one you DON'T hate), you're okay with it. Yeah, you sound like a libertarian.


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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    I don't like the response of "it's too hard". You'd be surprised at what kids can do when pushed. Unfortunately the problem comes from un-involved parents. Well un-involved until their kids screw up, then all of a sudden Billy's school behavior is the most important thing in the world. And that I think is the problem in large part. If a teacher pro-actively contacts a parent about something in order to nip a problem in the bud, there's a 50% chance the parent is just going to give attitude.

    Between beauracrats, parents, and difficult kids it's a wonder any progress can ever be made.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Teachers only have one long journey, even if you change schools a few times..Enjoy your journey instead of getting hyper online..

    This should be a cool time of the year for grade-school teachers, which I am but a retired high school teacher..Tomorrow, I take Mom to an in-session K-8 which has a Veterans program, a great real-life learning experience..

    Then, elementary teachers have two-and-a-half more weeks to teach their kids the lessons of Thanksgiving and the 4 seasons where I live..

    Then we have 3 short weeks before Christmas where lessons of collection for the poor, dressing for the cold, playing winter sports, and family gatherings are reinforced..

    To think a real teacher and a good teacher can't positively control the overall curriculum in their classroom and pay the needed lip service to common-core is silly..Please enjoy your journey the next 6 weeks teachers before the Holidays ..
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