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

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Gina prove that states did not have to adhere 100% to the CC standards?

    ISTR her showing that they were encouraged to not deviate by more than 15%
    Actually the informational video I posted mentioned it days before Gina did.

    Curriculum companies are creating and/or modifying their products to be aligned with Common Core. Every single lesson in the teacher's manual has a CCSS attached to it. Now a district can choose what to teach out of that manual, but the companies who create these giant, expensive programs create them to be totally aligned with the Common Core. To say that the lesson from Pearson's Reading Street "is in no way related to Common Core" is ignorant.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Actually the informational video I posted mentioned it days before Gina did.

    Curriculum companies are creating and/or modifying their products to be aligned with Common Core. Every single lesson in the teacher's manual has a CCSS attached to it. Now a district can choose what to teach out of that manual, but the companies who create these giant, expensive programs create them to be totally aligned with the Common Core.
    I see. We have another instance of you falsely claiming that schools can't deviate at all from CC, and then when called on it you talk out the other side of your mouth and admit that they can deviate from CC (while pretending that is what you said from the start)


    To say that the lesson from Pearson's Reading Street "is in no way related to Common Core" is ignorant.
    I said nothing about Pearson's Reading Street.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I said nothing about Pearson's Reading Street.
    I didn't say you did. The worksheet from the OP is from Pearson's Reading Street curriculum.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I didn't say you did. The worksheet from the OP is from Pearson's Reading Street curriculum.
    Could you confirm whether or not it is a real worksheet, or just something someone cobbled together to make a "public schools are hotbeds of liberal bias" sort of point?
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Could you confirm whether or not it is a real worksheet, or just something someone cobbled together to make a "public schools are hotbeds of liberal bias" sort of point?
    Well, it looks exactly like our 1st grade Reading Street worksheets and 5th grade Reading Street has a story called "Hold the Flag High" so I'm assuming it's authentic. If it wasn't, there are tons of districts using this program and lots of 5th grade teachers out there. Have you heard of any 5th grade Reading Street teachers who say it's fabricated?


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

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    A Pearson spokesperson told FoxNews.com the “Hold the Flag High” worksheet will undergo some editing of its own, based on issues raised by critics, including Education Action Group Foundation.

    “These particular questions appear in a fifth-grade unit of Pearson’s Reading Street, an English Language Arts program,” the Pearson official said. “They accompany a selection about soldiers during the Civil War, and they attempt to make a connection between that passage and language skills. As with all our curricular materials, they underwent a thorough development and review process. Still, we are always open to improving our work … Based on this feedback, we will be modifying the worksheet to clarify these questions.”


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Well, it looks exactly like our 1st grade Reading Street worksheets and 5th grade Reading Street has a story called "Hold the Flag High" so I'm assuming it's authentic. If it wasn't, there are tons of districts using this program and lots of 5th grade teachers out there. Have you heard of any 5th grade Reading Street teachers who say it's fabricated?
    No, I really don't know, but it is the sort of thing that anti public education bloggers like to invent in order to say, "Lookee, lookee, the public schools are hotbeds of liberal indoctrination."

    But, it could be real too.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Except Deuce isn't correct. All curriculum has to be aligned to Common Core Standards if you're in one of the 45 states that has adopted them.
    How would such a thing be aligned? Can you align it with a skill set, using any content?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    Chile also believed competition would be good for them. Perhaps, it was good in the sense that some children could escape schools where there was large pools of disadvantaged but it didn't take care of that "disadvantaged" problem. Their schools became more stratified not less. It also did nothing for aggregate academic outcomes.

    "In sum, the central effect of the school voucher program in Chile appears to have been to facilitate the exodus of the Chilean middle class from public schools, without much evidence that it has improved aggregate academic outcomes." http://www.columbia.edu/~msu2101/Hsi...iola(2006).pdf
    I will do some reading on this, but Chile has had problems with communism, and dictatorship. So to simply isolate one variable in a society that is NOT about open and free choice-and then to claim that as a causative factor is a stretch.

    But that is Chile-more importantly here and now-students in voucher programs, and even being homeschooled have significantly higher scores across the educational spectrum.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    You might find that the problem is more than just the schools, but the community. Many factors likely play into this and trying to narrow it to one is often a flawed approach.

    It should also be noted that NCLB was always destined to rank all schools as failing schools. In fact, the best way to avoid that ranking was to dumb everything down so much that failure was impossible. This was hardly an elevation.
    To be fair, NCLB raised scores. Objective testing SHOULD be the standard, I dont know why college educated teachers would argue against this.

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