SECOND THOUGHTS ON COMMON CORE
In a recent “Back to School” insert in the LVN I read comments by Superintendent Sandra Sheldon concerning Common Core Standards and wondered if she really believed all the great things she mentioned the program was designed to accomplish. Some reports I have read on the subject indicate many states are have second thoughts on the matter.
Indiana’s governor has signed a bill ordering his state’s board of education to take no further action on Common Core until new studies are conducted and more public hearings are held. Also, bills to repeal the program have been filed in Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, South Dakota and Georgia.
The Obama Administration bypassed Congress in spending $4 billion in Stimulus money to promote Common Core. It is estimated that $15 billion more will be spent training teachers and buying computers for kids taking the tests. Bill Gates’s foundation has given $1.5 billion to advance Common Core. Would you like to guess who will make the computers used for testing the millions of students involved in Common Core? Then there is the privacy issue. As if the NSA scandal isn’t enough, extensive records on all students involved in Common Core will be collected and filed away to be used by this or any future government for whatever purpose they desire. Private, religious, charter and home schools don’t escape because SAT scores used for college admissions will be based on Common Core curriculum.
Schools didn’t enter freely into this. The use of bribes and federal handouts were much in play as they often are. Dr. Sheldon and the parents in Churchill County might want to read further into Common Core.