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Common Core Stirs Controversy in Kansas   Leave a comment

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/182376741_Kan__leaders_no_help_Topeka_schools__grant_effort.html?page=all

Julie Ford, the Topeka, Kansas School Superintendent, wants the cash associated with bowing to the will of the U.S. Dept of Education, and that means dancing solely to the tune of the Common Core drum.

But U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran declined Ford’s request that they should write to the U.S. Department of Education to bolster the district’s application for a Race to the Top grant.

Senator Roberts said he did not believe the federal government “should be mandating a one-size-fits-all education reform agenda by proposing a financial reward system in order to force states to make changes deemed worthwhile by the administration.”

Interestingly, the Associated press reporter who wrote the article had obviously not actually studied the Common Core.  The reporter wrote: “The standards are considered more rigorous than previous standards, focusing more on depth of knowledge rather than breadth.”

Cutting literature is “focusing more on depth of knowledge”?

Moving Algebra II from 8th grade to 9th is considered more rigorous?

If it was funny, I would laugh out loud.  But the oversight of the truth is dead serious.

I’m not laughing.

Minute Mom Magazine on Common Core   Leave a comment

http://issuu.com/minutemom/docs/sep_12

In the September 2012 issue of Minute Mom Magazine, there’s an article called “The Agenda 21 of Education,” by Melissa Smith and Sherry Marquelle. The authors make an important point:

“…parents will find that despite the rhetoric about school choice and vouchers, for the majority of students there will be only one choice–the Common Core… school choice and common core ironically go hand in hand…  ”

Worth reading!

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