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Published: Sunday, July 6 2014 5:20 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, July 6 2014 10:03 a.m. MDT

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Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Common Core is a common joke. It isn't about teaching students much other than "co-operation." Get along to go along. Work in harmony even though you come to the wrong conclusion. It's nothing more than conditioning children to be good little socialists.

CBAX
Provo, UT

Special needs students need different education

vern001
Castle Rock, CO

I feel as if this article is conflating several issues.

First, the author goes out and finds quotes from educators about how kids with special needs are falling behind and how several states aren't doing a good job educating them. This is all true, but the studies done by the DOE, for example, were done BEFORE Common Core standards were implemented. You can't blame Common Core when the kids were educated using a different system!

Furthermore, many groups advocating for children with disabilities favor tougher standards for all kids, including those with disabilities. Why? Because then educators are motivated to actually educate these kids, not just give them easy work. We need to set high standards for all kids, not just typical kids.

Furthermore, every child with a diagnosis receives an Individualized Education Plan that is tailored to his or her needs. They're not going to make a child with an IQ of 55 do calculus just because that' what his or her typical peers need to learn.

I am the mother of a son with special needs and I wholeheartedly support the Common Core. I welcome tougher standards for all my kids--typical and developmentally delayed.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

The cause and effect relationship being outlined in this article went completely unsupported. Its just another baseless attack on common core. The common core is no different than any other sets of standards that the state has adopted in the past. Standards don't fail kids, teachers, parents and schools do. We as a state graduate students that do not meet minimal proficiency for grade level math, reading and writing. Even our best High schools fail to get at least half the students on grade level in any one of those subject areas. This existed BEFORE common core adoption.

What IS happening is students with disabilities are being counted, tracked and followed more closely than they had been before. Our students with differing needs have benefited from the increased exposure of NCLB and are now being brought to the forefront. With greater exposure more schools will begin to adopt scientifically proven methods that help not only special needs students but all students--things like Direct Instruction.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

These could be legitimate concerns of the common core but I have to agree posters #3 and #4, this data trying to make a correlation isn't either sufficient to make any causation and it seems again like data that came about BEFORE the common core was fully implemented. Indeed, the common core might bring about these problems, these are real concerns, but one has to be fair and that correlation that the article professes the common core brings to special needs students, can't be proven at this time.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

Common Core is comedy of it's own. I taught my 4 year old grandaughter how to count to 500 in less than 5 min in the car. I have also taught her how to add and subtract to where she doesn't even know she's doing math. but it is the traditional math. Now that I've taught her tradition adding and subtracting, I find out she'll be under the common core program. Go to you tube and look at the video of a little girls doing common core math and then when she gets it wrong by a mile after 10 min. of working on it. her mother has her do the problem the traditional way. about a minute later problem is solved and correct. Common core is a joke I can't believe We are going to teach out kids to be stupid. I guess that way they will only qulify for crappy jobs and he government can control them because they will just be to stupid to stand up for themselves. What is our country coming to people?????

bill in af
American Fork, UT

Another unjustified slam on the Common Core. We are too early in the implementation to know how it will affect the educational system. Math may have some problems to work out, but the language arts and social studies/science core is sound and an improvement upon the Republican program of NCLB. To lump all criticism of the core as bad for education shows people have not really looked at the core and have just blindly followed the lies spread by the far right. As an educator, I can challenge my students to really learn what they need to know to function in today's society. The problem is parents who fail to expect excellence from their children and make excuses for their lack of success. Students are not expected to complete simple homework assignments to be prepared for the next day. There are too many interruptions with attendance for dentist appointments or baseball camps down south. School is no longer a priority in many homes. Parents who support the classroom are finding their children seeing success.

K
Mchenry, IL

Every generation learns a new math method. Common core is that they can do the operation. Not how they do the operation. The current math is more inline with singapore math, the method used in countries that are scoring better than US in the math category.

I have a special needs child. I like common core. I like that currently they care if he is on level. I would like for him to continue learning as long as he can. I don't want school to just be respite. None of the kids are required to do calculus. The common core goal is that students are ready to take calculus in first year college. In 1990 that was a stretch. For three decades at least colleges have been putting students into remedial classes of subjects that should have been mastered before college. In fact they have their own testing process for placement purposes.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Hey Me, did you check the authenticity of that math video? Many of those YouTube videos are simply staged frauds. Contrary to propaganda, Common Core sets standards but DOES NOT dictate teaching methods to reach them.

Special Needs students should be working under an Individual Education Plan with the understanding that the goals of Common Core may not be achievable. It was under Bush's No Child Left Behind that special needs students were required to be tested and compared with others.

If you are going to cast blame, at least do some research so it will be cast in the right direction.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Students struggling and disliking math has existed long before common core, just like healthcare issues were a problem long before this President took office. But then again troubling ourselves with correct perceptions and facts is always a problem with many in our country...

K
Mchenry, IL

No child left behind was written by sen kennedy and another democratic congressman. Bush months after he was signed in simply signed the bill that already had an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

Mkithpen
Sandy, UT

Common Core(Democratic Plan), No Child Left Behind (Signed into Law by GWB so he owns it regardless of the reasoning to sign) both lack purpose. Leave education to the local communities or at the very least the state level and keep Washington out! Our Governor sold us out for Federal money - Governor Gary is a Democrat in action and Republican in name. Time to stop selling Utah out - our forefathers went to jail standing for principals they believed in, today our leadership has lost it's backbone. At least in Missouri we knew what Governor Boggs intentions were - what does Governor Herbert stand for of substance that is not political? In Utah if it's not education then what? What will he negotiate away next when looking for more Federal money?

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