Common Core: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Frightening

July 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm / by

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The controversy around the Common Core has been growing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you might have heard something about this incredibly experimental and federally overreaching program that is being implemented across the nation.

When researching Common Core you can’t help but to see the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s take a closer look at the Standards and touch on just a few of those good, bad and ugly facets.

The good: The less than 2% of children who happen to move state to state won’t have to worry about getting caught up or being too far ahead of their new peers. The standards will be aligned in all of the states that have adopted it. The rigorous work will promote critical thinking in children. An important skill to have in life.

The bad: Many teachers have stated that the curriculum they will have to use to get the children to pass the assessments is age inappropriate. Teaching a child to think critically is one thing, when it’s age appropriate and their brains are developed enough to be able to work through this process.

English Language Arts in Kindergarten includes children writing persuasive arguments. When do they learn sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and probably most importantly at that young age, spelling? Sight words, counting and following directions is integral to a Kindergartner’s day. Writing persuasive sentences as to why they deserve that new toy is not.

For older kids, in an attempt to get away from the “mile wide, inch deep,” knowledge skills for different subjects, the standards actually cut material that kids are currently learning. There will be no more learning about how to find the area of a triangle. The geometry used will be a very confusing method that was tested in the 80s in Russia at a Talented and Gifted school and failed miserably.

English Language Arts seeks to cross the board and be included in science and social studies. Instead of reading classic works by important authors like Mark Twain, which incidentally does a fantastic job of teaching critical thinking and empathy, the kids will be reading informational text.

Informational text will include an executive order by President Obama, an insulation installation pamphlet and books about native plant species in California. How do you inspire a love of reading while forcing a child to read this kind of text?

Of course a teacher can still choose one of those brilliant novels as part of the 50% fictional text he or she wants her kids to read. However, there won’t be nearly enough time to read many of these texts as they need to fulfill the 50% informational text quota. The numbers 70/30 have been tossed around as to the nonfictional/literary texts in older grades.

If that’s not enough to make you want to run screaming, here’s another interesting tidbit: These standards are not tested. This is a huge gamble with our entire education system and our children are the hapless pawns in this game.

The ugly: The State Longitudinal Database System is not just ugly. It’s frightening.

The SLDS, also known as the P20 (preschool through age 20) Workforce Tracking or P20W, is a comprehensive database compiled on each child, teacher and parent. This data is not aggregate data, it is linked specifically to the child. Data that is collected will follow the child through to their adult years into the workforce.

Additionally, as is stated on the Workforce Data Quality Initiative, United States Department of Labor, this SLDS will “Enable workforce data to be matched with education data to ultimately create longitudinal data systems with individual-level information beginning with pre-kindergarten through post-secondary schooling all the way through entry and sustained participation in the workforce and employment services system.”

This means that the government, through the public school system, will have a digital record filled with statistics, aggregate information and even personality traits of your child from the age of Kindergarten throughout their high school career. Ostensibly, this is all a grand production that will help policy makers understand how and what effects a child’s learning.

All of this data can be shared with just about anyone without parental consent thanks to Obama’s revisions to the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act in December of 2011. This revision introduces 11 different ways the system can share all of your child’s information with just about anyone.

Some of the data suggested to be collected in the National Education Data Model include are:
Health conditions, parental voting status and political affiliations, blood type, religion, overall health, bust stop distance to school and description. Educators and administration can also add notes about personality, work techniques, effort and any other information they see fit to add to the file.

In his February 12, 2013 State of the Union address Barack Obama introduced his Early Learning Initiative. This initiative encompasses birth to 5 years of age. So, literally, as the very informed Dr. Karen Effrem puts it: “This womb to tomb dossier will make the NSA’s data collection look tame.”

The breach to privacy of our most vulnerable members of society is shocking. An American child will no longer be under the sole care of their parents. The government will have very personal information about each child and the avenues this knowledge will open to government and private entities is astounding. Remember the NSA scandal? Perhaps you can recall the IRS targeting of conservative groups? What happens when they can see a child is from a conservative family? Will they do everything they can to pigeon hole that child and railroad him or her, somehow or some way? What can they do to the entire family? It should give you pause, if not actual chills.

The SLDS is just one of many reasons why many parents across the nation have decided to join the movement to stop Common Core and all of its ludicrous trappings.

As parents, we need to protect our children and demand they not be put into the giant data collection project that will collect personal information and then sell it to for profit corporations.

What does selling our children’s information to corporations have to do with helping policy makers learn how and what affects a child’s learning? Furthermore, why does a policy maker need to know this? The experts on how a child learns are already there…they are the teachers in the classrooms.

As parents and as Americans, we do not want our children to be born into a nation where they are tracked from birth to death. This is not American. This is not constitutional. Quite simply: it’s a Communistic State.




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Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey’s articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey’s article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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  1. 2 think says:

    “bust stop” let’s start with the critics, I know computers correct our spelling to what’s with in their “talents” but how about proof reading before publishing?

    • LiberatedDreamer says:

      2 think, This is all you have after reading this article? A slam on a typographical error? Unreal.

      • melodique says:

        I thought it was a great article, but I, too, caught the errors. The problem is when we go to share this with those who are for Common Core, we’ll hear all about those errors and how dumb the anti-CC people are. Proofreading is a must if we want to be taken seriously. (Yes, I could go into how CC is dumbing down everything anyway, and many of those for CC can’t write a complete sentence to save their lives…)

    • worldtrader says:

      2 think: There are so many grammatical mistakes in your post that I actually laughed out loud at the irony.

    • LeeDeeDee says:

      “with in”? surely you mean “within”…proof your own!

  2. babsan says:

    Isn’t this what the Obama lovers want and voted for????

  3. Biff Sarin says:

    George Orwell was only off by 30 years. Instead of “1984″, he should have titled it “2014″. I just don’t understand how any good can come of this. If you want to follow statistics of individual schools, fine, but to create an indelible dossier on every American child is a recipe for disaster. What happens when a child becomes labeled as a “loser”. What happens to children who struggle at one school because they are being mercilessly bullied. When they transfer to a new school will they be written off as unproductive before they have a chance to shine? What happens when a child has difficulties in school due to an abusive home or a divorce situation. Later in their school career things might settle down and they might recover but their record will always show that they failed Math in 5th grade. What happens when employers gain access to these records. Who needs a job interview? Employers while start making judgments about employees before the prospective employees have a chance to prove themselves or explain the fact that they spent most of 6th grade recovering from a horrible car crash.

  4. SniperToo says:

    Look up the history of Hitler’s “Youth Core”. “Common Core” is right out of Hitler’s play book and Saul Alinsky. It is nothing new under the sun; just a new title so no one recognizes it. You start in public schools for control of the youth, inch by onch you take away the parents rights and authority, and “it’s magic”, the government has control of the youths and turns them against parents and family members. The Muslims do the same thing to their young. It’s the age old story of control, just new vocabulary so they can mask the same old commie nonsense. Read Hitler’s book, that he wrote while in preson, he mentions his “Youth Core Supremacy”. When he come to power through lies and deceit, he begins this project through the school system. This is WHY it’s important to teach American history and World history to your young. The idea is to NOT repeat mistakes from the past and be very aware of dictatorship governments and what it means.
    The death of a country and the destruction of freedom.

    • Susan Carol Bohannon says:

      So super scary. This is why we pulled out and are first year home schoolers.

      • Lisa Thibeau says:

        Homeschooling is not protection from all of this bs. Remember we want our kids ready for the SAT/ACT so they can get into college all these tests will be rewritten by 2017 (the year my oldest dd graduates) We will have to teach her to think like CC teaches so she can pass and gain entry to college. While it will offer some protection from the database it will offer very little from the propaganda side since curricula will have to be rewritten to include CC garbage.

        • Cwayne-barb Sherry says:

          Perhaps we will have to send our children to private Christian colleges where this stuff will hopefully not have gained inroads.

          • LisaP says:

            unfortunately, the government will have control of these someday as well. they are already trying to get ahold of churches about what they can and cannot preach. :(

        • fallssshort says:

          My 17 year old son calls is “Comie Core”.

        • jennifer says:

          I don’t think College is such a good thing either anymore. Unless it’s for a very specific degree or masters or doctorate, like lawyer and Drs.Otherwise it’s a lot of debt for jobs that don’t exist. The loans will take many many many years to pay off. And often people end up not doing what they went for anyway. I don’t think people need to pay such huge tuitions to sit and listen to lectures when they can access what ever they want on line. These institutions are becoming obsolete. They’re not even safe anymore at the very least.

      • kelli says:

        We homeschool as well, but don’t be lulled in this action. If it’s part of public education, you and others will have to FIGHT to keep our rights with our children at home.

        • Catherine says:

          Lets fight it then!! Million parent march sounds good to me..heck, lets make it 2 million !!
          Let us march and end this already before its to late!!

    • LisaP says:

      socialism is what this country is becoming on all levels.the government will control everything very soon. hitler said control the youth and control the world, or something along those lines, im not quoting. but that is why the elementary schools are going to be teaching homosexuality as an option etc…in fact, a law has passed or is trying to that you may use whichever bathroom you see fit!!!

    • Mordechai Schmendrick says:

      So now Nazis are communists? Dude, put the gun down for a change and pick up a book instead. You’re a certified moron and a fear monger. The U.S. would be lucky to have children as resilient, industrious, and intelligent as Germans, whether they’d be Nazis or regular folks.

  5. McVal says:

    MACEY!!!! I was wondering where you got off to! G.REAT research and explanation. You are the next Ann Coulter… And I am SO sending this article to my sisters.

  6. ManleyMom says:

    How does this effect Special Education confidentiality? IEP’s are not to be shared without parental consent. Did this Privacy revision change that status?

    The more I read and learn about CC the more I want nothing to do with it. As a teacher and a parent.

    • Frederikahere says:

      I had the same question, but I think I already know the answer:
      There is no more privacy and parental consent is rapidly going the way of the Dodo.

      • Janine Largent says:

        You are not an individual with unalienable rights endowed by your creator. You are a national resource to be managed like any other resource. Of course, the real truth is, to use the contemporary lingo, you are a “global” resource. When we willing denied our Judeo Christian heritage we chose to put our trust in the state and now the state will be our god.

    • Michelle Sarabia says:

      Schools are so confused about all this anyway. FERPA says information is educational supports need-to-know… so IS a BIP shared with all the school staff because the child comes in contact with everybody on a nearly daily basis? Heck, no… because the child has privacy, you know. So, then the kid gets standard discipline and the IEP is violated. It’s all cross-purpose anyway.

    • Helen Keller Jr. says:

      Nothing will affect the education of retards. It’s day care for mental defectives. Just slide them into an oven, save everyone the trouble. They can’t learn anything useful. What a waste of resources and space.

      [mashed from an i-phone using the deaf mute app]

  7. Janine Largent says:

    This is a gross over reach that takes the education of our children away from the local level and puts it in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” The most vile in this attack on freedom are not the bureaucrats it is “the people” who apathetically sit by while the state steals away the freedom that others died for. They prefer to sit on their ignorant hands and call the rest of us paranoid. Perhaps the truth is simply too frightening. Look up “Robert Mueller, U.N.” you’ll get a broader view of common core. You are being “managed” my little muggle friends and you voted for it.

    • Jeana says:

      I can honestly say, and this may sound ignorant, but I did not vote. Actually I have never voted. I didn’t when I was younger because I knew nothing about the candidates and refused to vote “popular”. I haven’t voted more recently because I refuse to vote for the lesser of 2 evils. Seems I can’t find anything good on a candidate that isn’t followed by several other horrible things. And it also seems that, regardless of party, they all take away our rights and destroy what our country was founded on. Maybe I’m considered as someone that does not participate or is not a patriot, but quite honestly, I don’t trust any of them. My American History teacher in highschool tried so hard to get us to think. I can see it all clearly now. Every subject, she would slide in lits pieces of info, or a different aspect (that was never on the test) and she’d say “America had it’s white top hat on”. I see now.

      • Jeana says:

        every lesson rather, not subject.

      • DC says:

        When you don’t vote at all you are just sitting back and letting the evil people win…..remember it only took one woman to start the movement and got prayer taken out of our schools.

      • LisaP says:

        I didn’t like voting when i was younger either but I was basically told that when I don’t give my opinion one is given for me. I want to have a say, it doesn’t mean that I agree with everything that the candidate I voted for says or does or even stands for but there is a certain, currant president that I could not imagine being in office and I truly wanted almost anyone but him. SoJeana- vote :)

      • Janine Largent says:

        I was always told voting was essential the American way and of course, it is however, as I have grown older I believe that if you are ignorant on the subject you should first educate yourself and then participate in voting. Voting for the sake of voting often leads to you picking the candidate with greatest name recognition. It is time consuming trying to understand the process but, it is worth it. In all matters including voting I would abstain from having an opinion unless it were in educated decision.

    • Besty Sue Grabel says:

      Stop the bull you slut and get back in the kitchen. You act as if the government is going into the classroom and instructing. They are setting guidelines, not operating brainwashing facilities. The teacher can still teach anything they want, in addition to the guidelines.

      • Janine Largent says:

        Well stated argument Besty Sue and a true representation of what to expect with common core. You state my case better than I ever could.

  8. Janine Largent says:

    And the compassionate universal healthcare everyone wanted makes in even more convenient for the state to holistically manage you from “womb to tomb”. Chilling alright.

  9. Michelle Sarabia says:

    Common Core has some great strengths…. but because they went top-down and cut by the number rather than looking at real child development, they do weird things to what is expected especially at lower grade levels. As to what text is selected for study and testing, that is a PUBLISHER deal, not the CCSS. Publishers control education because they make their money suckling at the public ed teat. They spend lots lobbying to get non-educator legislators and other policy makers to think that only the publisher-sourced material is of any educational value. Teachers are given brief nods by putting them into committees to work on some small, detailed component of a curriculum or a testing program, and then the publisher claims teacher input when in fact the teachers did not truly do much except proofread for commas or write a couple of questions on something. Education is a for-profit industry… not for the schools and teachers, but for the suppliers of the materials they use. Districts spend millions on standardized testing that could be used for more productive activities, and teachers are forced to read scripts off curriculum that claims to be a panacea but is actually damaging.

    • Grumpy says:

      Yep the folks at Pearson Love it.. and Bill Gates already has most of the software under control.. He hasn’t dumped ten’s of millions into this for the fun of it.. Good ol’ Mister Jeb has already figured dozens of ways to profit from Common Core, not counting what Gates and Pearson have funneled into his Foundations..

      Barry hasn’t done bad by Gates either, I haven’t looked in a long time, but around this time last year Gates had already added close to $200,000 to his reelection fund.. Several of Bill Ayers friends and disciples manged to get themselves nice appointments to one of the two $160,000,000 slush funds Obama set up to implement the program.. Can’t imagine how that happened.

    • K-12 editor says:

      If you really knew what happened at the publishers, you’d be shocked to find out how they do NOT control what goes on in education. It is driven by California, Florida, and Texas and what those states want. They are the powerhouse behind educational publishing, not the publishers. The publishers must abide by those states’ regulations to even get in the door. After those states’ books are created, they are adapted to other smaller states’ standards and/or a national version that goes out to other states that can’t afford to adopt their own state edition.

      • Michelle Sarabia says:

        All I see is curriculum being sold that is supposedly “Common Core” that is WAY off-base regarding what is truly “grade level.” Standards are “condensed” in lessons rather than taught separately first to scaffold understanding, to create the appearance of “rigor,” when all it creates is confusion for the kids and irritated heartache for the teachers forced by policy to use what the districts provide. Publishers, with very few exceptions (YAY to Lexia, MobyMax, Remedia, and Teacher-Created Materials!) are not for the kids, but for profit, and they are selling to politicians and anti-public-education types. EngageNY, anybody? Gag. So yes, publishers are following politicians. Publishers also have absolute control over what they put in their products. Therefore, if they ONLY published curriculum based on real developmental understanding and on real teacher approval, the politicians wouldn’t have any control. The teachers would. And the curriculum would still sell because it would be the only thing available… just like it is now. The difference would be thriving students, motivated staff, and parents who didn’t break down crying on the phone because they can’t understand the directions WRITTEN BY THE PUBLISHER for the homework.

        • K-12 editor says:

          That’s a nice little story you’ve carved out there. I sure wish that’s how it worked. However, in the adoption process, the Depts of Education for the individual states are not run entirely by politicians. I do not know of many instances where an elected politician sits on the adoption committee. Instead, they appoint a committee to serve under them. They come up with a report of what must be included in the program and send it to the publishers. If the publishers don’t abide by it, they do not make the state’s adoption list. If they don’t make the state’s adoption list, the schools are not allowed to use state money to purchase those books. So there is no “the curriculum would sell because it would be the only thing available.” Schools do not have the money to purchase materials without state funding. So no, the publishers have very little control… CA, FL, and TX told most of the power in our country when it comes to educational publishing. Yes, the publishers are in business to make money–and I will agree that the products are overpriced. Perhaps whatever programs you are reviewing are too high… Remember–the books being sold by any publisher are a TOOL to help the teacher. It is up to the teacher to make the decisions about instructional delivery. Even if a teacher is required to use a particular basal program, that does not mean that the teacher can’t supplement with remedial information or add his/her own expertise to the instruction to make it comprehensible for the learner. Use common sense!

          • Michelle Sarabia says:

            Clearly you’ve never sat through trainings run by publishers for usage of curriculum designed to appeal to the non-educator politicians making the initial decisions and buying stuff with taxpayer dollars while not including in-service educators as lead decision-makers — trainers that insist that the teacher is merely an automaton that is to deliver the script “with (gag) fidelity.” Teachers are NOT to deviate from the script, must follow the lessons exactly, and are nothing more than delivery systems for the publisher’s curriculum. Glossy and colorful advertising, lots of “data” from some study where it turns out later on that the teachers were supplementing and teaching outside the curriculum being tested while parents were getting tutoring for their kids on the side, every page marked with a CCSS standard that may or may not truly align to what the teacher needs to teach in that lesson based on student actual tested need, concepts that should be broken into discrete steps to scaffold student learning condensed and “spiraled” so that the kids are lost if taught at the pacing and presentation recommended by the authors, etc. ad nauseum. However, yeah, you keep on trying to put a publisher’s spin on the crazy teacher talk. Have fun.

          • K-12 editor says:

            I was a teacher for 12 years at the elementary level and yes, I have been in trainings run by publishers for the usage of curriculum. I have been on adoption committees as a teacher. As an employee of a publishing company, I have seen sales presentations that are given to the gatekeepers of the states. What you’re missing is that the publishers are given a document that dictates what MUST be in the program for the sales people to even make it through the door for these presentations you’ve attended. There is a comprehensive review of the products by the state and if those criteria THEY created are not evident in the program, they do not allow the publisher to submit. Salespeople also say that if the teachers follow what is in that book that all of the CCSS will be met. I don’t know what presentations you’ve been in before, but most programs do not offer a script. A few do, and if that is what your district adopted, shame on them. Ultimately, it’s up to the state boards of education to dictate what the teachers must do. And any good teacher will nod his/her head, write whatever is necessary in the planbook, close the door, and do what is best for the children. So yeah, you keep trying to make the publishers the bad guys and cover for your own ineptitude.

          • Michelle Sarabia says:

            Publishers are given rather vague information from states – have these concepts in there and here’s our standards, and that’s about it; I’ve seen the directions. If your programs have a “with fidelity” clause in selling their scope and sequence to politicians and admins, then it’s scripted. As to your suggestion that I just close my door and do my thing … I’m sure publishers LOVE when teachers sign on the dotted line, put their curriculum “with fidelity” in their lesson plans, and then do what really works rather than following what’s on paper, when behind their closed door… because it makes the publisher data look awesome even if sticking with the actual program and doing what it said on paper would have dropped scores like a rock… Everyday Math, anyone? LOL! Oh, on a side note… This isn’t about me covering anything about myself. My programs are Tier 3… and I have done a great job of keeping pre-scripted curriculums out of my classroom. But thanks for the ad hominem… made my day… it really strengthened your argument so well!

  10. Grumpy says:

    Great Post!!

    Unless they happened to see something somewhere really looked into it, most parents know little or nothing about Common Core.. Even then, if all they see is the official sales pitch, it sounds like a good plan.. Unless they happen to realize that even the “Good” ends anything that resembles local control – a violation of the Department of Educations Charter, and the 10th Amendment.. That’s why they played all kinds of word games and created the Consortium..

    By the time you get to the “Ugly”….. well; frightening is an understatement, It’s straight out of the Stalin/Hiter Playbook. It absolutely shreds the Constitution and all our founding principles.. Worse, taken just one tiny step farther, it totally eliminates all free choice. Several years ago Bill Gates said the program could be used to guide people through life’s decisions, Government will be able to ‘help’ you pick out the perfect job, car, house, furniture, groceries and spouse ..

    I’m going to link this over at Grumpy Opinions, like I said at the top, Great Job!!

    • Janine Largent says:

      Grumpy, Look up Robert Muller and the World core curriculum as well as his mentor Alice Bailey and you will get closer to the chilling truth.

      • Grumpy says:

        Hello Janet!

        It’s been a while since I commented on this, didn’t really expect to see a reply-

        I’ve closer than I like to Common Core for almost three years now.. Back in December of 2010 a friend approached me and asked if she could post a few articles she’d written about Common Core on my website. At first I thought she was nuts– she wasn’t

        I’ll have to dig into Muller some when I get a chance.. At first glace it fits in with some Bush Era documents the gals who run Missouri Education Watchdog found a few weeks ago.. and some stuff Cheryl (Can’t think of her name) has been talking about since she worked for Reagan’s Dept of Ed.. I’ll also send it to MEW- their site is down at the moment with what looks like a Google dns.. screw up..

      • Grumpy says:

        On the phone with Missouri Education people… right now — track me down on twitter if you can @Grumpelder

  11. Barbara Robinson says:

    I retired early because I hate this new system. I think it’s unfair.

  12. raygun says:

    In Texas we have to fear a program called CScope. When the program was leaked to the parents, all hell broke loose. Heads have rolled and public discussion has started. The Fort Worth area schools rejected it from the beginning. Like I always say, “let the general public vote on it”.

    • Teresa Massey Burdick says:

      We are homeschoolers and have recently moved back home to Texas. I have been fighting CC to the best of my ability by educating friends and family. It never occurred to me that Texas had something just as bad. I have been trying to research CScope but can’t seem to find any tangible information. I think it was stopped recently, but everywhere I look I get sent back to that one CScope website that is completely worthless. I can’t find sample lessons, teacher evaluations, nothing of any substance. It’s frustrating. I realize we are homeschoolers, but this kind of thing is already effecting homeschoolers in other states and will eventually effect us no matter where we are.

      • Schooled says:

        If you are homeschooling, please teach your children the difference between “affect” and “effect”. The latter is a noun. As in, the effects of such a program are ludicrous. They will affect you. The end.

        • Teresa Massey Burdick says:

          Thank you for pointing that out. Frustration tends to scramble the brain. Also, thank you for such an insightful reply. You sure cleared up CSCOPE.

        • Rachel says:

          Another grammar Nazi…because the world needs people like you who think they are better than everyone else to correct everyone else. You’ve done your duty. You should be so proud.

          • POOL-POG says:

            Well, she used the wrong word. That doesn’t mean the commenter thinks he is better than her.

        • Julie says:

          I would rather the world be filled with homeschooled children who have yet to learn the difference between “effect” and “affect” than a world filled with children that lacked an example of love, kindness, and compassion in their home. Shame on you.

    • Joe Bob Wayne McNugent says:

      Yes, because Texas is leading the way in education! LOL A Prime example of ignorant yokels thinking they what is best.

  13. Teacher says:

    I have actually read the Common Core State Standards and the document does not threaten this nation’s children. It is a baseline for literacy and actually states that it is “up to the teacher” to determine how to meet the standards. Read it!

    • RoyalinCharge says:

      Nationalizing any curriculum is a recipe for disaster and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out why. Schools should not be a place for political indoctrination.

      • Cat says:

        You are correct it should not be the place for any sort of indoctrination. Particularly grade schools. Wait, PARTICULARLY Jr. Hi. WAIT, WAIT! Indoctrination in HIGH SCHOOL? That should NEVER EVER happen. Wool, lots of wool to wrap them up in. Oatmeal for brains is what we have to settle for? Come on. Only the School of Hard Knocks really works. Everybody I know in the average, bright, very bright and a few geniuses went to that school. Most graduated SCL!

      • Fetus McDrooler says:

        Did you friggen what the teacher just said?!! How the hell is it nationalized when the teacher has more input than anyone? Go back to school you functioning illiterate. O wate, dat’s too scary cause o’ common core!!

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  14. cisne says:

    I would be more supportive of a movement to change common core than to end it. It’s justification is not about kids moving from state to state, it’s about the reality that all children are capable of learning the same things, whether they were born in Mississippi or Massachusetts. All children deserve the same K-12 educational opportunities. Children in low-income schools are most vulnerable. They are more likely to get a teacher who is not experienced in teaching their grade level.

  15. Connie Reeves Hebert says:

    There are a few things I’d like to address:
    1. The Common Core State Standards are just that- standards. They are the minimum
    a child should know before leaving a grade level. They are not curriculum. The curriculum that a teacher uses will address the basics such as spelling, grammar, and sight words. The standards were written so that students will be held to the same baseline no matter where they live. The standards are the floor level, not the ceiling.
    2. The 50/50 that the standards suggest is across the entire school day. This included the subjects like Science and Social Studies. We are ALL teachers of reading and comprehension. Yes the ELA classroom will also be teaching students how to comprehend nonfiction text, but we will still be teaching novels and poetry. We WILL be require to extend the levels of text we read with our students by reading complex text. As an adult, if we were to survey the types of text we read daily the majority would be nonfiction. I’d love to be curling up with a good book every afternoon, but for the most part I am reading newspapers, articles, charts, manuals… The standards aim to get students to a point that they are College and Career ready. Our students need to be able to read and understand nonfiction texts to compete for jobs in every industry.
    3. Data collected during testing is used at the local level. There are policies in place that protect it. Can you link the cite where you found the information about national data collection? I am curious about that.

    I have been a fourth grade ELA teacher for ten years and I support the Standards.

    For more info:

    • Jaime says:

      Thank you! This is the first good explanation. It’s important to separate what the Standards are from separate legislation that is happening in different states. It should be noted that California was one of the last states to adopt the standards, and though I disagree with most education legislation in the state I call home, I am glad they adopted these new standards.
      I am a Homeschool Teacher that supports parents homeschooling their children, as well as a homeschool mom. I’m trying to explain that what you read on the internet is not always accurate, but sometimes hear-say. In my opinion, I see the new standards as MORE in line with Charlotte Mason, classical education, and common sense. It’s closer to the way my students parents have chosen to educate their children.

    • LouisianaPatriot says:

      Hi Connie, I am fully against Common Core so I need to ask this question of you, because you are for it.

      If the first grade books contain lessons to learn to be community organizers and to pick an issue where “Social Justice” is not happening, and to use words when talking to their parents to (manipulate them, and) make them feel angry about the issue so that they will join the cause… and if a teacher chooses not to play into that indoctrination, and doesn’t use that book… and then a question shows up on a test about that topic, what happens to the student?

      This is a link to a video which shows one of the new Common Core aligned books, which teaches that scenario I mentioned above:

  16. Nonblinded says:

    That a bunch of conspiracy conservative bs
    Made up to generate hate,have faith or vote
    It’s only 2more years

  17. Jason Gray says:

    I enjoyed reading this interpretation of the CCLS. As a Board of Education Member I hear all about the CCLS all of the time. I find that there are a number of teachers who enjoy the CCLS and its emphasis on learning certain things while passing on others. I myself questioned why second graders are learning Fairy Tales, Greek Mythology and then to the American Revolution. I agree that our students need more work on reading, critical thinking and STEM but am hesitant to say that skipping around on topics is the best method to accomplish that.
    As for starting at too young of an age, I disagree with the author. Beginning the idea of asking a first grader to write a sentence that examines WHY does not take away from punctuation or grammar. Those things are still taught.
    The author also strongly disagrees with tracking data. I understand the concern but how can you also say that this is an untested system being forced upon kids if you do not allow for the tracking of information to allow educators to see if the CCLS is working or not? Tracking multiple aspects of a student allows for tailored instruction as needed.
    It is clear that there will be those in favor of and those opposed to this new process but the real measure of its success will be whether children are more college and career ready at graduation…

    • Michelle Sarabia says:

      Actually, the original CCSS put Greek Mythology at 4th grade, not 2nd. Publishers are having a field day coming up with ridiculous stuff that makes public schools look even worse, and then cherry-picking the best learners for charter and private schools owned by their umbrella corporations. $$$$$$$$

    • YoungA says:

      For parents concerned about what your teens
      are reading in school, keep an eye out for this book, The Bluest Eye. It is on the
      Common Core suggested literature list for high school. It contains stuff
      that a lot of parents would deem highly inappropriate. Read the article in the link above if you want to read the graphic excerpts and see what this book is like. It’s you call!

      “In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the
      reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist.
      She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in
      order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far
      as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,”
      and “tender.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of
      most contested books in the country.”

      • DC says:

        And this is exact;y what is being taught to our children in schools as “educational” and why we are having so many teenagers turn to filthy life-styles and are being told it is the normal now. It is not the normal and NEVER WILL be the normal.

        • POOL-POG says:

          Have either of you actually read “The Bluest Eye”?

          • DC says:

            I don’t read books like that…and neither will MY children or grandchildren!!

          • POOL-POG says:

            But that’s the problem. You are commenting on a book that you’ve heard about third-hand. How do you know the book is bad for anyone? You are just listening to some scared homebody describe something *they* heard second or third-hand.

            For the record, I haven’t read the book. But the *teensiest* bit of research shows it is not a book about pedophilia, even though it does have a pedophile in it.

            But let’s talk about that. How is it harmful to have a teen thoughtfully read a book that contains scary, harmful situations that actually happen sometimes? The nightly news sounds worse than this book does.

            This is changing the topic away from the core of this article, and the main postings in the list of comments, but not that much.

          • DC says:

            Yes the nightly news does have vulgar and bad stuff reported…but I can change the channel to something I want to watch. These children are REQUIRED to sit in a classroom and listen to this garbage taught by some nut-job of a teacher…..trying to instill this in our children that it is “OK and NORMAL”. Well it is NOT ok and normal and that is why my children and grandchildren attend a private christian school. Some don’t have that opportunity, but I thank God that mine are.

          • POOL-POG says:

            You are *completely* missing my point. You are commenting on what the book does or does not say and you haven’t even read it!

            The book in question — and, I expect, the teacher in a typical public school — does not say that certain types of awful behavior are “OK and NORMAL”! Sometimes, one has to encounter and discuss abnormal behavior in order to be able to encourage kids that it is NOT normal and NOT ok!

          • DC says:

            It is obvious that we are not going to change each minds about this subject. So I’ll just end this conversation with the fact that we can agree to disagree. Have a great day!

  18. None says:

    Bust stop???

  19. Really? says:

    Did this lady even read the standards? The standards have NOTHING to do with what is being brought as literature in the school. It has to do with abilities and skills. You know who controls the curriculum? Teachers, society, interest groups, and the state government. Anyone who cared enough about it can get involved. Really?

    • Principal Obama says:

      What do you expect? Another parent who thinks opening her legs to her vaji-cunt gives her some entitlement to know how to run a school. Hey, stay at home mom, do us a favor, go back to the kitchen and bake us some lemon squares for the fundraiser. We’ll call you if we need any extra.

  20. Deanne says:

    If any of you ignorant, only belive the sound bites you hear on Fox News, fools bothered to read the actual documents, you’d realize that. trhe Common Core State Standards are just that- STANDARDS. They are the base line so that a kid in Mississippi learns the same basics as a kid in California.CURRICULUM is an entirely different matter – it is the aggregate of courses a particular school/district offers. Each school/district sets the curriculum a child should know before leaving a grade level. The curriculum that a teacher uses will address the basics such as spelling, grammar, and sight words. . The standards are the floor level, not the ceiling. Each school/district determines to some extent the ceiling for their students.
    If any of you would bother to read the documents you are railing against, you’d likely feel more ignorant than you sound here.

    • DC says:

      What does Fox News have to do with education standards? Only little minded people call others “ignorant”. Of course as an Obama follower you would want to make yourself feel above others…..that’s what he wants you all to think, all the while laughing behind your backs because he knows that he is getting little by little American standards and freedoms taken away from the people and under the government’s control. So in the end you will become the ignorant ones.

  21. Hal Cooper says:

    I find it hard not to laugh out loud at the insanity of all these comments. Then I realize, it’s because of low standards for education in the past that none of you can read!

    • DC says:

      I can read perfectly thank you. People like you who think they are so much more intelligent than others tend to make you sound like you have a chip on your shoulder. Do you need a hug?

      • Hal Cooper says:

        Nope, what I need is you fools to realize there ARE smarter people than you, trying to do things for your kids that you are unable to do. The scaremongering, utter falsehoods etc passed around on the right, if you were smart, you would actually look into them before parroting them, and realize they are crap. This article is laughable, if you were smart, you would realize that. So, no hugs needed, just a good education for my kids, and yours, since i’ll be hiring them (or not) soon enough.

        • sarah says:

          While I agree with parts of what you said spreading the rude and mocking behavior does nothing to educate anyone. Perhaps instead of whining about what this article does or does not share. Think of it as a base line now it is your job, if you care. To dive a little further into the actual facts of common core and make your own opinion. I enjoy reading both sides of the information for and against common core then I can actually get more information and form my own opinion. While I believe some aspects of common core are excellent. Others seem to have been created for a secondary purpose. Not to better our educational system but turn our children into statistics which may at some future date benefit other children but may also prejudice people against our children in there young adult life when they need people to give them a chance to prove themselves. People are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, or a compilation of data.

          • Hal Cooper says:

            I mock, Sara, because utter dishonesty deserves no less. I am tired of this country, in which utter lies have to accepted with respect. No more. as far as the core, yes, have read everything there is to read, and have read valid criticisms of aspects of it . None of the commenters have, or if they have, they are lying, parroting or lying, those are the options. Both deserve to be mocked.

          • LoonyLizard says:

            Since you haven’t had any real counterpoints to offer, it makes the reader wonder if you have any grasp on the facts. If this were an official, mediated debate, you’d be censured by now for the personal attacks and how they take the place of any substantive argument. In other words, you’re coming off as a reactionary wing nut.

        • Curious says:

          What part of it is crap? What part is untrue?

      • Hal Cooper says:

        I need people with brains to fix aspects of my country. I need those who aren’t willing to think and/or read to get the hell out of the way, or at the very least, approach debate with at least a small amount of integrity. The woman writing the article knows the lies she is telling, but does so because she knows she’s going to have a chorus of sheep like the commenters here believing every word. Shame on her, and shame on the rest of you.

  22. mandysbrain says:

    Homeschool and get over it, otherwise let us do our jobs. Literacy is necessary, and Common Core emphasizes literacy. Do it your own way, but stop complaining about standards unless you’re going to be part of the solution. As a teacher, I’m tired of hearing all that my profession does wrong, how you want more accountability, but you’re not sure what that will look like, but you want it now. Figure it out and tell ME what you want me to teach your student, and give me a schedule of when you want it taught, and give me research on how to teach it. Otherwise, educate yourself on what the Common Core is actually trying to do (emphasize LITERACY in all subjects) before you go on your Orwellian rant.

    • fallssshort says:

      I worked with teachers for many years and I have the utmost respect for them.

      I’ve only been a homeschooler for a few years and I’m concerned about CC. I’ve done enough research to know these new standards will eventually affect the SATs. Even if I avoided CC in my teaching, it could keep my young sons when they come of age to test well. As most of us know, homeschoolers who have usually tested higher than their public schooled peers.

      What should concern you as a person living in this country is that CC undermines the 10th amendment of the Constitution. A federal law called The General Educational Provisons Act (G.E.P.A.) prohibits the federal government from directing education, and it’s very, very clear. Basically, Common Core is illegal and it was shoved down our throats by the federal government.

  23. Heather Ann Ryder says:

    Thank you for such an accurate post. I am amazed at some of the comments assuming those against these standards are either misinformed or haven’t even read them. I don’t think anyone is complaining about the standards per se, but rather the implementation and all of the evils attached to them.

    I’m coming from NY where these “standards” are in full force- ahead of all other states who have signed on to this madness. (have you noticed that some states are seeing the light and pulling out?) I constantly hear that the CC are just standards, it’s not a curriculum.. Here’s the thing, when standards are attached to high-stakes testing, the standards WILL guide the curriculum. The state of NY has taken this at face value and now offers the curriculum on their website that break the standards down by grade level “Modules” and then further into units. The modules tell teachers what to teach, how to teach it, when to teach it and how long each unit should take. And here is the real rub, no consideration is given to the individual child.. what if they are ahead and are sitting in the class bored, or worse, haven’t grasped “Module 1″ before moving on to “Module 2?” You see, there is a time frame, all classes in all schools need to be on the same modules on the same day- because after all, wasn’t that the point of the standards- so one could move from school to school, or state to state without the fear of having to catch up?

    Oh, and then there is the issue that these standards are untested, unproven and deemed inappropriate by several experts, in fact the two educators on the validation committee refused to sign off on them. Oh, and then there is the fact that there has yet to be any cost-analysis done on maintaining this madness- good luck getting an answer to that. Oh, and then there is the homework that comes home bearing the stamp of “Common Core.” It is so hideous that a facebook group called the “Common Crud” has been established so parents may scan and share a laugh or a tear over such insanity.

    But I agree, the most frightening and infuriating “perk” of the common core is the data collection. Simply by registering a child for school, a parent loses all ability to control and protect their child’s data. It’s officially the states now. No, this doesn’t sit right with me at all. I would LOVE to address where data will be shared at the national level: (which happens to be funded by the Gates Foundation) is where the data will be collected. The best part that should make parents feel extremely warm and fuzzy?- Taken straight from inBlooms privacy policy “inBloom, Inc cannot guarantee the security of the information stored in inBloom or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.” For more information on inBloom :

    I’m sorry if I come across as testy; however, I take great offense of the assumptions that those who are opposed to the common core don’t understand it, haven’t read it, or are some conservative nut job or conspiracy theorist. I have done enough reading on the common core to write a book (and several others have..). This issue crosses political lines with members of both parties concerned, rightly so. One cannot be a conspiracy theorist when the information is freely available to anyone who looks for it. I encourage anyone/everyone to go look at the curriculum modules on engageNY, check out If you’re still convinced our children’s data will be safe, also consider searching “student data breach” and see how many times that has occurred.

    Then I would also ask that you consider who you are going to turn to when everything goes downhill. If the curriculum isn’t working, if data is breached, or your district doesn’t have the money to maintain the standards, who exactly will you complain to? Your district will claim they are following state mandates, your state DOE will claim it’s following regulations set by the RTTT grant, and the federal level will deny any accountability because after all, it is a “state-led” project. Good luck!

  24. As someone who opposes the CCSSI, but who is also very familiar with them, I want to know where you got the disinformation that kids won’t learn how to find the area of a triangle under the Common Core. Seriously, that’s nonsense.

    Here are the relevant standards:

    CCSS.Math.Content.6.G.A.1 Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

    CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B.6 Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.

    CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-SRT.D.9 (+) Derive the formula A = 1/2 ab sin(C) for the area of a triangle by drawing an auxiliary line from a vertex perpendicular to the opposite side.

    You owe your readers an apology.

  25. Michelle Colder Carras says:

    Interesting take on things. You might want to get your facts right, though: FERPA has allowed sharing of information for a while for a number of reasons. This amendment clarifies the responsibilities of schools to ensure that data is shared only for the purposes of evaluating how the school is doing, and requires schools to have the users of the data agree to carrying out studies in a way that does not allow individual students to be identified.

    ~A graduate student who works with de-identified data

  26. POOL-POG says:

    This article, and ones like it, drives me crazy. It is just fear mongering and misinformation, at best.

    CCSS is not a Federal program

    CCSS is a set of standards, not a specification of the curriculum

    I’ve talked with my childrens’ teachers, and I’ve looked at their curriculum and the work they bring home. It is hardly different than it has ever been. The right-wing backlash at the CCSS is nothing but politically slanted, fear-based, uninformed divisiveness, based on a fear of change. “These standards are not tested” — says who? What about the previous “standards”? Were they tested?

    The only topic that strikes me as possibly interesting is the rant on the SLDS. I’ll have to research that one and get back.

    But the CCSS overall? It is likely no better or worse — and in most cases actually is better — than the existing standards.

  27. Barry Obama says:

    You’re a parent. Having unprotected sex does not qualify you as a teacher, Macey. You’re opinion doesn’t matter. You clearly have no idea what goes on inside school walls.

  28. Zacha says:

    I think its best to leave political parties and religion out of the conversation. This effects families of all backgrounds. Debating special interests are distractions. Call it what you want but the point is that there are certain liberties at stake for us. Children will not benefit from this and as parents if we feel strongly about leave out the rhetoric and organize for change.

  29. Common Core Critic says:

    Shared on

  30. Johnny says:


    What standard says, “English Language Arts in Kindergarten includes children writing persuasive arguments.” I am having a hard time finding it.


  31. Interested Curriculum Director says:

    I am not sure where you are getting this misinformation included in this blog, but you are not accurately depicting the CCSS. I have studied each and every standard in depth K – 12 grade. Kindergarten writing standards are not argumentative. Kindergarten students have foundational standards meant to teach what they need to know to learn phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, grammar, writing and punctuation appropriate to the grade and age. The standards are rigorous, providing teachers with a great deal of flexibility in HOW they teach them. Please take the time to dig in, or better yet, talk to someone who has studied these at a deeper level than you have obviously done.

  32. Johnny says:

    “Informational text will include an executive order by President Obama…”

    The EO in the recommended reading was written in 2007. George W. Bush.

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