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Stephen Kruiser

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February 20, 2014 - 6:55 am

When you’ve lost the NEA

I am sure it won’t come as a surprise to hear that in far too many states, implementation has been completely botched. Seven of ten teachers believe that implementation of the standards is going poorly in their schools. Worse yet, teachers report that there has been little to no attempt to allow educators to share what’s needed to get [Common Core State Standards] implementation right. In fact, two thirds of all teachers report that they have not even been asked how to implement these new standards in their classrooms.

That’s from a letter that President Dennis Van Roekel sent to the members of that National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers labor group.

As Lindsey Burke from Heritage notes:

This is what happens with one-size-fits-all bureaucratic initiatives.

In addition to the implementation of the standards being inefficiently handled, there is also the question of exactly what those standards are supposed to achieve.

Partisan ideology and ham-handed federal “efficiency”, coming soon to a first grade class near you!

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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To paraphrase Melvin Udall, to properly think about teacher unions, start by thinking of an effective organization and then take away reason and accountability.
35 weeks ago
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As several comments with that article indicate, the NEA is not abandoning, or even actually criticizing, Common Core itself.
They are ONLY complaining about the implementation process, and of course their members being held accountable because "others" "screwed up" said implementation.

The teachers' unions are still fully committed to Common Core, they just want more money thrown at them and more control ceded to them to "properly" implement it.
35 weeks ago
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My wife is a Kindergarten teacher. According to her expert opinion the implementation is very flawed, especially math, due to the publishers of the textbooks that are the only ones certified. BUT, the idea itself is flawed because it makes no allowance for the fact that kids, especially at the earliest ages do not all learn at the same speed or in the same way and a one size fits all approach won't hardly fit anyone.
35 weeks ago
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Common Core was actually not a bad idea at its inception. It was predicated on the idea that children are capable of learning much more at an earlier age than has become the standard in American public schools. It also assumed that good-to-excellent literacy was at the foundation of a successful education.

How can either of the above assumptions be wrong? They are not, of course.

But then the powers-that-be got a hold of the concept and did their usual reverse-Midas-Touch best to turn gold into you-now-what. Also, the originators of Common Core made no concerted atempt to rescue their original ideas from the bureaucracies and politicians.
35 weeks ago
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58 million Americans voted for exactly this. How dare you disagree with the majority of right thinking Americans who want to see their little dears goose stepping around the schoolyard spouting drivel.
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