If there was an "agenda" that Common Core has, it is to make sure that
students are better prepared for college. Ask any freshman college professor and
they will tell you how much time they have to spend in remedial teaching before
the students can take on actual college level courses, that is, if they
haven't dropped out by then.
Kraig, where's the research that Common Core is superior? One of the
biggest lies promoted about Common Core is that it was "internationally
benchmarked." No it wasn't. They were adopted while they were being
drafted. Never tested, never benchmarked. Our 2007 math standards are superior
to Common Core and get more children to algebra by 8th grade and calculus by
12th. At the GOP convention today I spoke with the owner of a Mathnasium
business and he told me how business boomed as soon as Common Core math went
into effect. I also spoke with 5 teachers or the spouses of teachers who
indicate they hate Common Core and are being coerced into signing documents that
they favor it. In one district, they have sent out emails to all the teachers
asking "are you in?" Teachers are frightened for their jobs if they
don't concur. This is so heavy handed.One junior high math teacher
actually helped work the Utahns Against Common Core booth to show his
opposition. The legislature was bypassed in adopting Common Core but it
may be up to them to protect Utah children from its agenda.
The "common core" is the minimum thus the state would be allowed to
increase the requirements where they could.This allows the teachers
latitude and freedoms they have enjoyed.Basically the "common
core" will provide a base from which to work.Look at other
countries requirements and they are much higher and the test scores also reflect
the higher level of expectations. Students coming from the UK or Canada have
all their math, English and science credits waived in a college undergraduate
degree in Utah as they have already taken those classes...in high school.Thank you Rep Powell for being able to clearly point out the benefits of
My only concern with "Common Core", is that it is ONE Business who
devloped the program, wrote the curiculm, and does all the Testing.It has the PERFECT Monopoly over the entire nation's education system.Let the conservative conspiracy theories continue....
Rep. Powell, thank you for your thoughtful comments on the Common Core.The Common Core is neither a panacea for the ills of education, nor an evil
plot promoting socialism. Ninety percent of the CC standards were already
contained within the core curricula for Utah schools. Adoption of the CC allows
student coursework to be more "portable" as students move with their
parents from one state or district to another. CC is not meant to be the entire
curriculum of any course; it is the minimum. It is at present fully developed
for math and language arts only. There is no completed common core for science
or social studies.It seems to me that those who rail against the
common core speak mostly without knowing much about it.As a teacher,
I would prefer to determine my own scope and sequence for my classes, but I
recognize that there needs to be some standardization to accommodate and
recognize student mobility.It is discouraging that Rep. Powell is
one of the few voices of reason in the Utah legislature.
The writer never talks about the content of Common Core; we should just support
it because private industry supports it. Allow a few states to run it for a
year or two before throwing support behind it.
Common core doesn't contain an ounce of Republican idealism in it because
it is not a state led initiative. Common core will put the childs
education and career path into the hands of the executive of the United States
Who Under Common Core IsThe Only One Who Can Approve Curriculum Used Under NCLB
waivers. Now I know that Bush Reagan and Nixon did bring agencies under the wing
of the executive but that is not how Republicans should be doing business and it
is certaintly not a repbulican ideal. Lets restore power to the states and stop
having the executive branch of this country controlling everything from
environmental issues to education.
I fully agree with DN Subscriber 2! Common Core is a joke and we (citizens) have
been totally mislead by both Parties!
Given the product turned out by public schools under the management and
direction of state boards of education, I consider their endorsement of Common
Core as sufficient evidence that it should NOT be adopted.Well done
legislators for refusing to be steam rolled on this issue despite the innocuous
sounding name.The "government skool" program has proven to
be badly flawed, and this curriculum does nothing to fix the basic problem that
they are indoctrination camps, not educational institutions.
If the common core was awful for the children of this state and public schools
our legislature would be all over it.In support I should say...
They should disband and allow be either the tea party of the moderate reasonable
From this article I gather that Common Core was a Republican idea (or at least
developed in a way Republicans generally applaud – private sector,
business supported, etc…) and until recently has been broadly supported by
Republican lead legislatures around the country. But at some point Obama threw
his support behind it as well.Hmmm… I think we’ve seen
this movie before (e.g., individual mandate, cap & trade, etc…) and
while the third act is still ahead of us, it’s not a stretch to predict
how this movie will end. Republicans, once again driven by their
paranoid fringe, will soon become allergic to it and Obama will be left to
defend another rational and pragmatic Republican idea (making the allergy even
worse). Given this knee jerk reality, here is a list of issues
Obama should support next:AGW is a hoax, corporations are people,
evolution is false (and science is from Satan), a fertilized egg is a person
(social security cards given at conception), Islam is the true religion (wait,
didn’t he already do this?), the right to own a bazooka or tank shall not
be infringed, etc, etc, etc…
Actually, I couldn't care less about the content of Common Core. What I
despise is requiring all teachers to teach any specific curriculum, especially
one not developed by teachers.
They won't because AM radio has brainwashed them into thinking that it is
some federal government commie conspiracy.