Don't blame Common Core

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Columnist Michelle Malkin had a point in her March 21 column on Common Core education standards, “Parents increasingly fed up with testing, and have every right to be.” She questioned whether too much of the time that could be devoted to instruction is, instead, siphoned off to administer standardized tests. But Common Core is not the cause of all this testing.

She mentioned the SAT, ACT, PSAT and CLEP tests. These tests have been around for decades. They are not part of Common Core. Common Core does not bring tests with it; it simply is a list of the things that students should be learning in school. Of course, it is important that our state (and nation) have accurate ways of measuring whether students really are learning the things that they should be – so we do need testing.

I welcome the discussion about what we are teaching in public schools and how we measure it. But I am saddened when the discussion is distorted by dishonest rhetoric.

Dan Funsch

Augusta

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/27/14 - 05:43 am
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I say that parents should

I say that parents should boycott the tests.

They test nothing, they are psychologically harmful to children, and they are useless.

There used to be very accurate ways of measuring student learning. It was called report cards, and teachers scored tests an homework, and it worked well.

Then some fools decided that bad grades hurt children's feelings, and instead of giving children the grades they deserved, the grades had to be inflated so that nobody would feel bad- even though they deserved the bad grades.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/27/14 - 05:47 am
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your own dishonest rhetoric?

she complained about the accumulation of tests
she didn't say the tests you mention were caused by common core
just that we've about reached the tipping point in time spent on standardized tests
you should be worried about the inclusion program, which is the equivalent of allowing two or three students in each class to have a radio at their desk, as much as they disrupt the other students
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR
and it's a direct result of the government bureaucrat overlords of education
and common core will make it worse
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/27/14 - 08:41 am
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ymnbde

surely you realize if only the school system had more money, the educrats would ensure all would be right in the world.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/27/14 - 09:14 am
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Common Core may not be the cause of this particular...

Common Core may not be the cause of this particular problem with our educational system but it is a symptom of what has destroyed what was once the best school system in the world.

Common Core's destruction is on the horizon and rather than it being the panacea that its supporters proclaim, it will be a further cause of ignorance on the part of the children.

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Bizkit 03/27/14 - 09:15 am
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Common core is standards for

Common core is standards for English and Math only-why English since it no longer seems to be the national language. Forty-four states have adopted these standards so we have a control in the 6 states without to see who fairs better. They really need Math and Science more so than English since no one seems to think the language is important anymore.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/27/14 - 10:32 am
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ha! yes, Young Fred

the bureaucrats must be fed...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/27/14 - 11:49 am
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It just amazes me that, since

It just amazes me that, since the "progressives" took control of the schools back in the 60's and 70's, we have finally reached the point where the majority of the people we graduate from high school cannot write cursive, cannot construct a proper sentence, cannot spell, cannot punctuate, cannot comprehend what the read....IF they can read at all, and cannot do basic mathematics.

We USED to do it right....but we quit doing it right....because of.....well, I'll let those of you who lived through it fill in the blank(s).

There are several reasons, all of them PC, and none of them having to do with the HUGE amount of money we spend per student.... pretty much to get NOTHING.

When I think back on my best teachers, there were two types. In elementary school they were usually old maid school teachers who carried a ruler and had the authority to blip knot you on the head if your were misbehaving, not paying attention, or disrupting the class. In later years the best teachers were younger men who could stand toe to toe with you, put you in an arm lock, and march you to the principals office where you would be immediately suspended or expelled.

I think we are not even CLOSE to talking about what is wrong with our schools. If you do not have DISCIPLINE which is CONSISTENT and IMMEDIATE you do not have anything. We've got nothing.

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edcushman 03/27/14 - 04:22 pm
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"Then some fools decided that
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"Then some fools decided that bad grades hurt children's feelings, and instead of giving children the grades they deserved, the grades had to be inflated so that nobody would feel bad- even though they deserved the bad grades."
corgimom, the 'fools ' that made those decisions, democrats, are the same ones you keep supporting.

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jimmymac 03/27/14 - 04:24 pm
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Teachers have been put into an impossible situation. They cannot fail or discipline todays little darlings. Their hands are tied in class. They get no support from parents who think their kids are rock starts. The parents all want to be best buds instead of being a parent. In years past if a teacher was having a problem with you in school your parents delivered more punishment than the school could possibly dream up. Todays problems with education start at home and end with the bureaucratic mess the schools have become. Dumb uneducated parents equal dumb uneducated kids.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/27/14 - 04:48 pm
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Y'all forgot the notion "what

Y'all forgot the notion "what kids bring to the table on the topic"-which I always thought was nuttin' and the reason they were in school.

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