Open Letter to Parents of Public Schooled Children

This fall as you buy your school supplies, tennis shoes, and backpacks, make sure you do your homework on the shift that has taken place within the halls of public schools across this nation. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are creating a dark future for education and parents must educate themselves on these new standards and their radical implications.

What you need to know about CCSS:

1) These standards claim to be “rigorous” and will prepare your child for “college and career”. But upon review you will find that these standards will prepare your child with empty skill sets and will teach them what to think, not how to think. They will also foster “teach to the test” practices!

2) These standards claim to be “state led”, but this is one of the largest myths of CCSS. Truth is CCSS were initiated by private interests in Washington, DC, without any representation from the states. Eventually the creators realized the need to present a façade of state involvement and therefore enlisted the National Governors Association (NGA) (a trade association that doesn’t include all governors) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), another DC-based trade association. Neither of these groups had a grant of authority from any particular state or states to write the standards. The bulk of the creative work was done by Achieve, Inc., a DC-based nonprofit that includes many progressive education reformers who have been advocating national standards and curriculum for decades. Massive funding for all this came from private interests such as the Gates Foundation.

3) The Race to the Top (RTTT) stimulus funds and No Child Left Behind waivers were available ONLY to states signing on to CCSS. This specific requirement was inserted by the Department of Education and was not a part of the stimulus bill language as passed by Congress. Through the RTTT applications, Governors and State School Superintendents signed onto CCSS without input from state legislatures, state school boards, parents, or taxpayers. This commitment to implement CCSS made before the standards were even written. (First round RTTT applications were due January 2010, first draft of CCSS arrived March 2010.) So they agreed to them sight unseen!

4) CCSS will cost states millions of dollars and this will fall on the backs of the taxpayers. This is a massive unfunded mandate. (Anyone already have high property taxes?!?) Most states have not even done a “cost analysis”, but with yearly computerized testing and teacher training, CCSS carries a hefty price tag!

5) There will be a massive data tracking system on each child with over 400 points of information collected. This information can be shared among organizations and companies and parents don’t have to be informed about what data is being collecting. They will collect information such as: your child’s academic records, health care history, disciplinary record, family income range, family voting status, and religious affiliation, to name a few. Big brother will be watching your child from preschool till college (P20 Longitudinal Data System). You, the parent, are UNABLE to opt your child out of this tracking system.

6) As a parent you will have no voice. If you are unhappy with what is being taught, you can’t go to your school board, your principal or even your state senator. No one can change the standards of your state. This is “education without representation”! Removing states power of education is unconstitutional and should make the Patriot in your rise up and fight to remove CCSS from your state!

Please don’t take my word for it, do your own homework. CCSS are one giant step towards nationalized curriculum! Truth in American Education (www.truthinamericaneducation.com) is a broad based community of contributors working to educate others on the implications of Common Core. (Myths vs. Truth http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/myths-verses-facts/)

Thank you for your time,

Concerned parent, teacher, and taxpayer

Comments

  1. Rene Lebsock MA says

    “But upon review you will find that these standards will prepare your
    child with empty skill sets and will teach them what to think, not how
    to think”. .As a past elementary teacher and current college professor (teacher ed) for nearly 30, I can assure you that the current standards do not teach your children how to think (This is part of the problem!) We have had over 10 years with “teaching to the test”, students sitting passively in their seats, teachers reading scripts like robots. . . I can’t predict the future – nobody can and I’m sure the process won’t be easy, but I for one am expecting the common core to have some positive impact on schools, I have read them and know that one fundamental purpose for the common core is to allow learning to become more of a meaningful process and less of a mindless rote experience.

    • dwok says

      Then get rid of NCLB for goodness sake. How can anyone be okay with violating states rights and the rights of parents. How about the data mining Rene? Are you comfortable with that as well?

      What is the fix for the lagging grades as compared with other industrialized nations? Dumb down the kids.

      BTW, Rene, the idea that you or any other educator had to teach to a test for the last 10 years is one of the biggest lies being sold by the teachers unions. Nothing, I repeat nothing was changed for those tests that applies to Grammar, Math or Science. If teachers like yourself (and parents) had been doing their jobs as educators, these kids would have not had trouble making the grade. These tests have not asked questions that are out of the realm of what the kids were supposed to learn in the first place.

      This is a combined issue of overreaching teachers unions, bad teachers, and parent that don’t give a damn.

    • barrygarelick says

      Show me evidence that math as traditionally taught is “rote memorization”. And go back to the 60’s and previous eras that are pointed at as teaching math in that manner.

  2. CuriousMe says

    “This is “education without representation”! Removing states power of
    education is unconstitutional and should make the Patriot in your rise
    up and fight to remove CCSS from your state!”

    Unconstitutional? You lose a lot of credibility in speaking about education when you make statements which suggest that you don’t realize education isn’t mentioned in the Constitution.

    • dwok says

      This is a violation of the 4th and 10th amendments. The idea that a school board within a state could not change a curriculum developed and implemented by the federal government? Hello?

      • CuriousMe says

        The 4th Amendment? You feel that national curriculum standards are a violation of search and seizure? Sorry, but that makes absolutely no sense at all.

        The 10nth Amendment isn’t violated either as there is no law mandating that States follow the new standards. Any state can opt not to participate.

        Speaking of education, you may want to drop in to a remedial civics class.

        • dwok says

          Let’s add 1st amendment as well. The idea that you would have nationalized standards that could go beyond typical Grammar and Math could (by what we are already seeing) include items that would expand the typical classical/religious based education a homeschooling parent may teach their child. Many people home school for religious purposes. Remember once a state implements this there is NOTHING a school board can do to change it.

          4th amendment – Privacy- Data Mining.

          10th amendment – States opting getting the NCLB waiver and getting in return the trojan horse of CCSS which the states have absolutely no hand in crafting. Indebted states receiving RTTP funding and receiving in return a curriculum they may not want.

          This could also potentially be what is called an “unfunded mandate” which is a violation of the commerce clause.

          • CuriousMe says

            Wow! Well, I’ll leave it at that I’m glad you’re in charge of no one’s education but your own children. Your interpretation of the Constitution ,,well, it is creative, I’ll give you that. It has no factual basis, but it makes for some really amusing fiction.

            I wish you the best in your windmill tilting crusade. It’s a shame that you won’t put your energies behind actual issues in our educational system.

          • Tracey Seth says

            Ah. You failed to effectively debate your opponent and as typical of a liberal thinker, you resorted to personal attack.

            Move along….nothing to see here but the usual politics of division and belittlement.

  3. rene says

    Oh, I sincerely apologize for posting, I was under the impression this was a site where people were willing to listen to alternative views..

    • dwok says

      Okay…..why in your opinion do you expect positive results from common core?

      I’m very willing to listen to “alternative views”.

    • Debra Blouin says

      Do you assume that “listening to alternative views” means silent acceptance or open agreement only? That kind of thinking is one of the primary concerns parents have about the consequences of Common Core. So, I guess you’re already on track for the Common Core capitulation with your rejection of dissent and resistance to the idea that the “free exchange of ideas” includes encountering disagreement and thus the need to defend and support your views with (actual) evidence.

  4. core concens says

    I live in Texas and I am just starting to research the Common Core after listening to Glenn Beck. Unfortunately my third child is a victim of a “fuzzy math” cirriculum and I blame myself for not speaking out to our local school board. My older children are engineering graduates/students and learned math through grueling, boring drills. They had to master basic concepts before moving on to new ones. Child #3 touched on a concept, worked a few problems and moved onto something else before “sprialing” back to the first concept.
    I don’t often listen to G Beck, but I am thankful that I was listening yesterday! Please continue to post links and also let us know of ways we can get involved in spreading the word about this common core! What can I do here in Texas?

    • djames says

      More Right-Wing B.S. If a Republicon were president, this wouldn’t be an issue and nobody would say a word. It fits in to your Obama as a “Kenyan Socialist” narrative.

  5. Ripper says

    I attended a meeting at our. School and totally taken by surprise by this common core standards, it was just thrown at us and I felt like, await a minute, where did this come from??? Did I miss a memo? I think the whole group if parents were so taken a back no one knew what the administration was even talking about. And the way they explained it it seemed pretty good but I was so surprised by it all that I couldn’t even concentrate. We live the Charlotte area and our school is even a proud member if the global networks! The what??!! Even the name is creepy!

  6. RTrudeau says

    When the fourth word in an article is wrong (your instead of you) it makes for a less desirable, and less credible read. It may be a good article, but I couldn’t get past that.

  7. jhamadey says

    More Government control. Citizens we have the progressive movement coming at us from all directions, get use to it, it will get worst. We can-not let it get us angry, get educated and use social media. Beat-em at their own game, make it your game. Most of the stuff progressives come up with are feel-good things that don’t work in the long run. This CCSS is just another call it what you will deal that if you think about it it’s a hack job heven building a bigger bureaucracy can you say department of education.