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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    First of all, we need to remember that Common Core is a list of standards by which companies are creating curriculum. What your child will be doing in school is dependent on which reading/science/history program your district purchases. Just because the vast majority of states have adopted CCSS, it doesn't mean every child in those states is doing the same assignments, have the same textbooks, etc.

    I have many things to say about Common Core..........and not much of it is good.
    So you are saying the core of common core isn't common?
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    "The commands of the government must be obeyed by all."

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Josie, do you remember the beginnings of the accountability movement? It had an especially conservative angle, but it did become rather bi-partisan, eventually. There were antecedents during the 1950s and 1960s as a result of the Cold War, but the strength didn't really kick in until the 1980s. That was also due to domestic concerns rather than foreign policy concerns. Then you had Goals 2000 and a number of attempts to reform curriculum.

    What I noticed was that at times conservatives liked standards and accountability measures, whereas at other points they do not. When I saw this I immediately thought of 1994.
    And just to be clear, I'm not saying that this movement hasn't had, or doesn't have, support from dems or even people to the left of the dems. However, the source is clearly from the right

    And the right objects when efforts are made to implement once they realize that national standards require some level of federal input. Once they hear that, they start screaming "Federal Takeover!!"
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What isn't there to like about it?
    1. Dumbed down standards so that it will appear as though we're progressing as a country.

    2. Instead of kids coloring cute owls with owl stories for a fall bulletin board, they're coloring bar graphs showing their progress on academic tests. Instead of engaging, encouraging, happy bulletin boards -- we have to list objectives and Common Core standards in our rooms. Why? Not because it helps the kids - because some bureaucrat who has never taught before thinks it's a good idea.

    3. Zero creative writing - ZERO.

    4. A massive reduction in fiction --- fantasy, mystery, fairy tales, ---- the kinds of books that reel in 80% (my estimate) of kids to becoming lifelong lovers of reading.

    5. Huge data collections on every student.

    6. Much less time to teach and much more time documenting, assessing, evaluating and filling out paperwork.

    I could go on, but I'm trying to eat lunch.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms | Fox News

    And this is how liberalism gained a foot hold in todays politics. with them propagandizing our children over the generations. why do you think most teachers and college professor lean to the left

    "Whoever controls youth, controls the future" was the slogan, given the German National club to the Communist thieves' den.
    I really don't see how any of what's on the sheet is "Liberalism." Unless you think a grasp of grammar and history are "liberal."

    Seems that reading comprehension really isn't a strong suit of the right, since they're now fighting hard against it.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    This worksheet is in no way related to Common Core.
    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    1. Dumbed down standards.
    so 'dumbed down' the board of education is warning the public to expect lower scores on last year's standardized tests, because of the introduction of the more strident standards
    if they were easier, 'dumbed down' standards, i believe the scores would instead have elevated

    2. Instead of kids coloring cute owls with owl stories for a fall bulletin board, they're coloring bar graphs showing their progress on academic tests.
    yes, coloring an owl instead of a graph is going to so 'dumb down' our kids [/sarcasm]

    3. Zero creative writing - ZERO.
    let's first teach them to read and write. once they can do that, let's go onto something creative

    4. A massive reduction in fiction --- the kind of books 80% of kids learn to love reading with.
    let's instead expose them to MORE non-fiction - you know, factual information. the stuff which makes possible STEM careers and will assist them into adulthood

    5. Huge data collections on every student.
    i agree with this. if we have no idea how johnny is performing then we will continue to socially graduate kids who cannot read, write, or perform basic math
    the problem i have with this data is that we will not be using it to ability group the teaching of our kids. we hold down the smart ones in the hope that their presence in the class room will enhance the knowledge of the dumb ones. it doesn't work that way. now that we can distinguish the fast learners from the slow learners, let's put them in ability grouped classes

    6. Much less time to teach and much more time documenting, assessing, evaluating and filling out paperwork.
    the technology is there. seven years ago my son developed software which would allow a teacher to use her smart phone (then there was no iphone, it was itouch) to grade papers. to place that data in each student's efolder, and to identify which questions were missed by the student so the teacher could provide individual help to each student on the material they had not mastered. it would also graph which questions were most missed by the class to allow the teacher to see if the material needed to be presented before the class in a different manner. while he could not get the school system to return a phone call, regarding his desire to give them the software he developed, the teach for America teachers who participated in the evaluations refused to give their devices back. they had become that used to the benefits of the system he had developed. the point is, there IS technology out there to substantially eliminate these time consuming tasks from the teacher's day. there just needs to be a will to identify and apply the available technologies

    I could go on, but I'm trying to eat lunch.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    I really don't see how any of what's on the sheet is "Liberalism." Unless you think a grasp of grammar and history are "liberal."

    Seems that reading comprehension really isn't a strong suit of the right, since they're now fighting hard against it.
    “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” << that's a political, philosophical opinion, not a fact.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    3. Zero creative writing - ZERO.
    Untrue. From the CC standards for Grades 6-12

    Common Core State Standards Initiative | English Language Arts Standards | Writing | Grade 6

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3a Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3c Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
    4. A massive reduction in fiction --- fantasy, mystery, fairy tales, ---- the kinds of books that reel in 80% (my estimate) of kids to becoming lifelong lovers of reading.
    Untrue

    Common Core State Standards Initiative | English Language Arts Standards | Anchor Standards | College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
    To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.
    If you're going to insist you're some kind of expert on CC standards and educational policies simply because you're a teacher then it would probably be better if you didn't consistently misrepresent the standards or the facts
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” << that's a political, philosophical opinion, not a fact.
    It was in a grammar lesson about pluralizing it. I can see what you're saying with that, but I can just imagine what would be said if the sentence was "The gun rights of the individual are God-given." I don't think Fox would mind that!


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

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    So you are saying the core of common core isn't common?
    Commonly, yes.
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