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Common Core: How Career Training Has Replaced Public Education
Last month in New York, the Common Core Learning Standards will leave some students behind because of the focus on passing tests and lack of direct education.
The working group of Board Regents (BR) state: “Educators whose jobs are threatened because of this year’s and last year’s test results should be able to raise as a defense a district’s failure to provide enough training or guidance on the standards.”
The BR will be releasing a report on CCLS which demands that a 3 year moratorium be placed on implementation of Common Core to properly evaluate the consequences of drastically shifting the focus of education from learning to effectively passing exams.
In 2022, students in high school would be required to pass CCLS exams or risk not graduating with a diploma.
These recommendations by the BR apply to 2012 – 2014 school years and represent an obvious turn from agendas laid out by John King, NY education commissioner, and Chancellor Merryl Tisch.
Both King and Tisch decry that CCLS is “necessary to ensure that students are college and career ready.”
Media reports assert to the public that “common core isn’t a government conspiracy” in an attempt to legitimize this “initiative in our classrooms.”
In the mix to contribute to this shift in what education means in America, a groups called Student Achievement Partners (SAP) prides themselves on “working to support teachers across the country in their efforts to realize the promise of the Common Core State Standards for all students.”
According to the SAP website: “This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. achievethecore.org was created in the spirit of collaboration. Please steal these tools and share them with others.”
Ben Gibbons, a father of 3 children, wrote an op-ed piece explaining his view on CCLS.
Gibbons said: “Common Core’s lead architect has publicly admitted that his team was not qualified for the job, and it shows. The standards for early childhood grades, for instance, are wildly at odds with what educators and child psychologists know is developmentally appropriate for young children, setting the stage for undue stress and suppressed creativity.”
The father continued: “In math, rather than teaching students to competently and confidently solve arithmetic problems using the classic algorithms, Common Core mandates an avant-garde approach in which children are taught a confusing amalgam of solution strategies, most of which are utterly worthless in the real world. As a result, your grandmother will likely be faster and more competent at simple arithmetic than your kids.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) published a document entitled, “Shifting into High Gear: Accelerating the Common Core through Teacher Networks” which creates “robust teacher networks to accelerate the impact of their efforts to support Common Core implementation.”
The College Ready Work (CRW) team is an off-shoot of the College Ready Strategy (CRS) provides “existing Foundation partners” to become “networks” for educators to ensure that CCSS is implemented “successfully”.
Under CCLS new standards of learning have been implemented with the expressed purpose of dumbing down the population. These include:
• Basic knowledge of the “classics” without a focus on reading comprehension
• Reinvention of writing skill to focus on keyboard and typing skills for college and career readiness
• Learning how to speak improperly by integrating slang and other alternative modes of communication
• Using media as a form of learning to train students to become dependent on mainstream media for their information while de-emphasizing personal research and independent thought
• Replacing cursive writing with courses on keyboard and focus on improving typing skills
• Replacing cognitive thought facilitated by mathematics with the broad belief system that illegitimates logic and reasoning
Memorization is the center of this new way of educating children with a focus on visualization to understand relationships between numbers. This is a technique that supposes the child will eventually come to the correct answer to the question.
By using deduction, the CCSS standard is part of the uniform “what every child should know curriculum.”
Charlotte Iserbyt – Common Core – Save Long Island Forum 1/18/14
Published by wearechangect
Author and former educator Charlotte Iserbyt spoke with the electricity of a spark plug about how the American school system purposely indoctrinates our children into robot servants of the system.
Learn more about Charlotte Iserbyt and her book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/…
Wisconsin Middle School Forces Children to Play “Cross the Line” Game – Asks Kids if Parents are Alcoholics0
Wisconsin Middle School Forces Children to Play “Cross the Line” Game – Asks Kids if Parents are Alcoholics
Just in case you had any lingering doubt about the uselessness of many U.S. public schools, I bring to you Marinette Middle School. Yes, the administrators of this school thought it would be a fantastic idea to gather sixth graders around and ask them in front of all their classmates questions like; if their parents are alcoholics, use drugs or are divorced.
This story emerge only a week after I published the very disturbing article: Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances.
Now, from local station NBC26 we discover that:
MARINETTE, Wis. — Several parents with students attending Marinette Middle School are outraged over a recent game that they say is inappropriate and leads to bullying.
The parents tell NBC26 school leaders forced their kids to play the game called ‘Cross the Line’ which calls on the students to reveal personal information about themselves and their families.
“Those are questions that no child should have to answer,” said Janette Sadowski, a parent of a 6th grader.
She said her daughter chose not to play, and was threatened with an in-school suspension.
Classy. It seems the school system is teaching the small slaves to behave and listen to irrational orders at a young age
“She stood her ground, half her class stood their ground,” said Sadowski.
Students line up and answer questions by taking a step forward. The Parents say it’s the nature of the questions that has them upset. Some ask the group if they’ve experienced suicidal thoughts and if they feel one or both of their parents are alcoholics.
In a statement from the Marinette Middle School Principal, Shawn Limberg, it says students had the choice to participate, and this was part of a bullying prevention program. Limberg said the intent was to “build stronger, more respectful relationships among students.”
Right you moron, because exposing to the entire class that a child’s parents are drunks is going to reduce bullying. Yes, these are the people “educating” your children.
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Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances1
Lunches Seized and Tossed in Trash at Salt Lake City Elementary School for Kids with Unpaid Balances
While I understand the need for parents to pay for their children’s lunches, what do you think the appropriate response should be by adults running an elementary school upon realizing that some young children with unpaid balances had already been served a full hot meal?
Personally, I would assume that any reasonable human being would allow the children to eat the lunches while at the same time calling up their parents to sort out the problem. However, that’s not the action deemed appropriate by the “child-nutrition manager” that visited Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City this past Tuesday. Nope, this person decided that the best course of action was to seize already served lunches and throw them in the trash in front of the victim’s classmates. Mind you, this person is called a “child-nutrition manager.” So someone in charge of “child nutrition” thinks he or she is doing their job by ensuring malnourishment due to unpaid balances.
Next stop for these kids, debtors prison, which are making a comeback in the U.S. by the way. Disgraceful.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday, then watched as the meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts — a move that shocked and angered parents.
“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line Tuesday at Uintah Elementary School, 1571 E. 1300 South.
Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up. “I think it’s despicable,” she said. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”
Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, said the district’s child-nutrition department became aware that Uintah had a large number of students who owed money for lunches.
Better call the FBI, after all, it’s not as if there are bankers stealing billions or anything…
As a result, the child-nutrition manager visited the school and decided to withhold lunches to deal with the issue, he said.
But cafeteria workers weren’t able to see which children owed money until they had already received lunches, Olsen explained.
The workers then took those lunches from the students and threw them away, he said, because once food is served to one student it can’t be served to another.
She said it was a difficult day for her daughter and other kids. She said her daughter told her one of the cafeteria workers cried at the sight. And her daughter’s best friend was so upset that she went home Tuesday night and made lunches for all the students who had theirs taken, she said.
On a positive note, at least the children are far more sensible than the adults.
Full article here.
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By Chris Butler
Teacher’s group defends teacher accused of keeping kindergartner in a closet
MEMPHIS — One of the nation’s largest teachers’ associations is defending a Memphis kindergarten teacher accused of keeping a misbehaving 5-year-old student in a closet.
Even though Memphis police are investigating, the MEA, affiliated with the statewide Tennessee Education Association, told station WREG that people involved have made a bigger deal out of the story than necessary.
Tennessee Watchdog left messages with the MEA and the TEA but was unable to speak to representatives before Tuesday’s publication.
MEA President Keith Williams, however, told the station that A.B. Hill Elementary School teacher Kristin Oshfeldt was sick that day and believed she was carrying out an acceptable form of punishment for the girl.
“The child was not out of view of the teacher and that sort of thing, so I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what they come up with,” Williams said.
The 5-year-old said she was in the closet for more than an hour.
“According to the teacher’s association, Oshfeldt defended the disciplinary method, saying she’s put children in that isolated spot before for punishment,” WREG reported.
“She was using a form of isolation that she thought was acceptable to the district and to state standards,” Williams said.
The school district did not comment to the station, but the little girl’s mother told WREG her daughter is traumatized and doesn’t want to go back to school.
Oshfeldt left the school without releasing the girl, according to CBS News. A substitute teacher later found her.
WREG reported that Oshfeldt’s superiors suspended her without pay.
Why Should Kids Go “Home” at All?
Separation & Indoctrination. Those words summarize the purpose of public schooling. The goal is to separate kids from their parents as early as possible, and indoctrinate them for as long as possible.
We see the push for getting kids as early as possible with calls for “Universal Pre-K”.
Next comes having the kids for as long as possible. Here’s a peek into what that looks like. Fox reports on NJ Governor Chris Christie’s recent education announcement:
One of the big education announcements that he made in Camden is plans for an after-school dinner program for kids in six of the city’s schools.
“Life in 2014 is very much different from life 100 years ago and it demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and the school year in New Jersey,” Christie said.
Next up: Beds in schools. Why go home at all?
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Man Arrested for Picking Up His Children at School
“Jim Howe, father of two children enrolled in South Cumberland Elementary in Crossville, Tennessee, arrived at the school on foot at dismissal time: 2:00 PM. But a new school policy states that students may only leave at 2:00 PM if their parents are picking them up in cars. Walkers must wait until 2:35 PM. Howe maintained that the policy was meant to apply to students walking home by themselves, not students walking home with their parents.”
“Avery Aytes, a sheriff deputy and school resource officer, was on hand to prevent Howes from leaving with his kids.” (emphasis mine) “I’m going to call some help down here and we’re going to take you up to the jail right now,” said Aytes to Howes. “I’m not putting up with this today. You’re being childish and it’s uncalled for.”
“The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The sheriff’s office told an ABC local news channel that it believed Aytes acted responsibly. “The resource officers are there to enforce the law,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess in a statement. Burgess did agree with Howes, however, that the new pickup policy was causing chaos. The line of cars picking up kids is so long that it spills out along the highway, creating safety concerns.”
In addition, here is the video of the incident.
Government college loans trap students in debt, inflate college prices, hurt the economy
We have written many times about the student debt bubble. It’s been popping for the past year or so. But things are accelerating.
It makes no sense at all that the government makes loans available to everyone who wants to go to college. Who would lend $50,000 or more to an 18 year old who has never held a job, maybe has never paid a bill, and who is interested in majoring in drama?
No one! Except the government.
No skin off the government’s nose though. It gets the money it loans out at nearly no cost at all and on the back end makes billions upon repayment. And the government is going to get paid. Student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy.
Meanwhile the colleges of our nation bathe in all this borrowed money. Professor salaries go up. Pensions are padded. New stadiums are built. Administrations are expanded.
The student though is left holding the bag in one hand and a diploma (if he or she is lucky) in the other hand. As he or she heads out into the world the “clink, clink” of the debt ball and chain is ever present.
(From The College Fix)
Vedder said federally subsidized college loans have forced tuition rates through the roof and wreaked havoc on college students’ checking accounts and future debt, but perhaps worst of all is how the program has hurt the very students it aimed to help: low-income ones.
“Federally subsidized loans, created sometime during the 1970s, were supposed to help poor young people get an affordable college education,” he said. “But, as the years go by, we have actually seen education become less affordable for poor people, not more affordable.”
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About Nick Sorrentino
Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data (Video)
Published by Ethan Young
Published on Nov 7, 2013
Recorded at the Knox County School Board Regular Meeting
November 6, 2013
Share this video with and spread the message: we will not accept these issues with education.
Full video available here: http://kcstv.knoxschools.org/modules/…
(H/T Karen Bracken)