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Common Core

By From page A5 | April 09, 2014

EDITOR:

Thanks, Myra Lowdert, for taking the time to share your concerns with Common Core. I read some of the comments online, and that’s pretty much why I rarely send in letters to the editor anymore. For anyone who is truly interested in the education of our own kids, or the kids who will be running the country in a dozen years, a thorough investigation of Common Core is essential. There are myriad blogs, Facebook sites, online sites, etc., that offer detailed analyses of the who, what, when, where, how and why of Common Core. The who and how is enough to make you livid.

A few of the more egregious aspects of CC are:

1. The incessant, obsessive and intrusive testing, surveying and data mining. It is only going to get more intrusive as electronic methods of tracking your child’s emotions, eye movements, pulse, etc., are used.

2. The decrease (by 50-60 percent) of literature, to be replaced by “factual texts.” Whose “facts” will our children be reading? And to what quality of writing will they be exposed?

3. If you have children, you know that one size does not fit all. Yet, CC mandates just that. They say they are “just a set of standards” and that “teachers can teach them however they want.” But when all the state-approved textbooks are CC aligned, with the lessons included, and the all-powerful tests also aligned, there is little freedom to teach to the student and not to the test.

4. The only math and literature teachers on the original committee to draft and approve the standards left the committee when they saw the unproved and destructive methodology being promoted. Their names were expunged from the record, no minority report was allowed to be submitted.

5. CC math takes basic math and makes it a convoluted mess that parents cannot decipher.

These are just some of the reasons to investigate this top down, educationally bankrupt corporate takeover of our local schools.

As a parent, teacher and elected school board trustee, I have had many years of experience with education fads that come, disrupt, and go. Common Core is the most destructive of all. It’s not a fad, it’s a political tool — hard to remove once they take root.

We have the right (Ed Code) to opt our children out of the CC tests. If enough parents utilize their rights, and enough gutsy teachers stand against this (tenure and union protection is yours) we can make a stand for our children and our schools.

SUSAN HEUMPHREUS
Placerville

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