Top Ten Professors Calling Out Common Core’s So-called College Readiness

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  1. Revmitchell

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    I can hardly wait to quote these ten brilliant American professors who have spoken out to say that the Common Core is far from its claim of representing academic excellence; that it’s a sheer academic tragedy.

    But before I share the professors’ words, let me tell you what sparked today’s post.

    I saw for the first time this 2013 document put out by the NCEE (National Center on Education and the Economy) that says OUT LOUD that it’s not important under Common Core to have high educational standards in high school; that it’s silly to waste time educating all high school graduates as high as the level of Algebra II.

    No joke. They’re pushing for an emphasis on the lowest common denominator, while marketing Common Core as a push for “rigorous” academics.

    Outragous, yes. But absolutely factual: this is what they are telling America: Read these Common Core proponents’ lips:

    “Mastery of Algebra II is widely thought to be a prerequisite for success in college and careers. Our research shows that that is not so… Based on our data, one cannot make the case that high school graduates must be proficient in Algebra II to be ready for college and careers. The high school mathematics curriculum is now centered on the teaching of a sequence of courses leading to calculus that includes Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus. However, fewer than five percent of American workers and an even smaller percentage of community college students will ever need to master the courses in this sequence in their college or in the workplace… they should not be required courses in our high schools. To require these courses in high school is to deny to many students the opportunity to graduate high school because they have not mastered a sequence of mathematics courses they will never need. In the face of these findings, the policy of requiring a passing score on an Algebra II exam for high school graduation simply cannot be justified.”

    (Maybe Common Core proponents better quit using the word “rigorous.”)

    So, the NCEE report goes on to say that traditional high school English classes, with their emphasis on classic literature and personal, narrative writing, is useless. The report says that Common Core will save students from the worthless classics with its emphasis on technical subjects and social studies via the dominance of informational text in the Common Core classroom:

    “The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSSE) address reading in history/social studies as well as science and technical subjects, and in so doing may increase the relevance of high school instruction.”

    They just trashed English lit. And, in calling classic literature and personal writing irrelevant, these Common Core proponents only underscore the socialist mentality: that only job prep matters, only the collective economy, not the mind and soul of the individual.

    http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.c...out-common-cores-so-called-college-readiness/
     
  2. Revmitchell

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    Eighth, Dr. Bill Evers of Hoover Institute at Stanford University:

    “The Common Core — effectively national math and English curriculum standards coming soon to a school near you — is supposed to be a new, higher bar that will take the United States from the academic doldrums to international dominance.

    So why is there so much unhappiness about it? There didn’t seem to be much just three years ago. Back then, state school boards and governors were sprinting to adopt the Core. In practically the blink of an eye, 45 states had signed on.

    But states weren’t leaping because they couldn’t resist the Core’s academic magnetism. They were leaping because it was the Great Recession — and the Obama administration was dangling a $4.35 billion Race to the Top carrot in front of them. Big points in that federal program were awarded for adopting the Core, so, with little public debate, most did.”
     
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    In the final analysis, Big Brother knows nothing of proper education. We have fallen into a welfare state--we expect The State to take care of everything, including education.

    We have been pushing for higher education levels and neglecting the importance of having several marketable skills. Now we have hamburger flippers with masters degrees. Then there are those who have degrees and still have difficulty with 8th grade Math. Many are lost without a calculator. Go figure.

    We allowed it to happen with our apathy. Now what?

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    Bro. James
     
  4. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    It's quite obvious the educational standards desired by the NCEE have nothing to do with academic excellence and everything to do with mind control. Minds that don't have to master higher math, or read the amazing concepts and brilliance of the classics, won't stop to think how wrong the current governance of this nation is, nor question the gradual removal of personal freedoms the "Powers That Be" deem detrimental to the establishment of their socialist police state.
     

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