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This following piece was contributed by Susan Hickman.
Yes, Robin Vos wants to promote vouchers so that “for profit” and private schools can use our tax dollars and this video was his set up. 90% pure lies. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/apr/14/robin-vos/wisconsin-assembly-speaker-robin-vos-says-1-4-scho/ Yes, this is alarming but there is more.
Welcome to the latest advancement to education, the Common Core Standards. There were two major new models for school improvement that could have been considered for nation-wide school improvement. To understand, please take a moment to look at the 21st Century Skills model http://www.p21.org and you will see a beautiful educational model. It includes innovation, technology, the arts, global understanding, team work, history, and more.
Now let’s look at the other model that was being considered. Please notice on the Common Core Standards home page, http://www.corestandards.org only two topics are featured, Math and Language Arts. And the Language Arts that the Common Core focuses on is not fond of literature. It prefers technical reading and writing. The website does not state it, but by high school 70% of writing and reading should be "informational" or in other words technical manuals. Yes, it is more important than literature and it starts in the 3rd grade. So, students can learn to read technical writing and write their own manuals. Yes, these are important skills but students who love to read and write can do this with very little coaching. But first they must learn to love to read. Which would your child prefer to cut their reading teeth on, a how to manual or Charlotte’s Web?
So, the country had to choose. Which one do you think won out? The elegant, team building, innovation, world culture, geography, civics, history, art, music, mathematics with technology, and literature one? Well, that is NOT the plan that won. The one that is sweeping our nation (yes, even private schools) is the Common Core. Why, did the country choose the Common Core over the 21st Century Skills? Because there is money in it. ACT and the testing industry will make a ton.
It’s hard to write a national test for team work. A teacher would have to assess that. It’s hard to write a test for innovation. Again, a teacher would know that. You can see where I am going on this. For the Common Core, the ACT college prep business will hold the contract for the final set of assessments. Bingo! Sold to every school in the nation at about $100 a kid. So, the Common Core it is, along with the must have sale of the ACT testing series. They have them for the lower grades, too. Also for sale, “how to teach it” kits and classroom sets and a tutoring industry that teaches to the tests.
What tests and classroom sets does the p21 model need? With the 21st Century Skills model, legos, the web, the garden, the farm, the grocery store and grandpa's attic would have been the classroom sets. Teacher assessments of their students would be hand written and vary to the individual classroom’s needs. Nothing to sell, no profit for those who want to continue to profit off of ANYTHING and everything.
We will be a country that gave up on one of our most distinguishing characteristics, creativity. Kids, get ready for your cubical. Teachers, we don’t really need you either. Your job no longer exists.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/06/teachers-resignation-letter-my-profession-no-longer-exists/