Category Archives: Common Core State Standards

“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1

Dear Bill and Melinda, It is no surprise that 522 + people find the headlines to Nerissa Ediza’s tweet horrifying. Her question is so rational and yet, what is irrational is what is actually happening behind the closed doors of our kindergarten classrooms — testing … Continue reading

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Corporate America Might Need Common Core, But Our “Outputs” Don’t

“Kill poverty not human beings.  Stop putting the value of money over the value of lives.” – Mahatma Gandhi December 8, 2013 Dear Allan Golston, This is in response to your editorial America’s Businesses Need the Common Core, which was posted … Continue reading

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Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children?

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Gates, The next time you wanted to fund a huge EXPERIMENT in America, perhaps you should consult the PARENTS of the 50 million children! And don’t ever think you will get away with stealing a decade … Continue reading

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Live from New York: Is Participating in Common Core Asking Children and Teachers to Commit Educational Suicide?

Dear Bill and Melinda, Let’s stare the cold hard results of the first round of ELA and math Common Core state tests from New York right in the eye.  Fewer than one third of all students who took the exams … Continue reading

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Schooling should help children DISCOVER their own unique talents, not “standardize” them.

Dear Bill, Grading teachers based on when their students acquire and master a specific set of skills, is like grading parents based on when their children learn to tie their shoes or ride a bike. While, most people can learn … Continue reading

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Here’s an idea, what if every school adopted a dual career and college readiness mandate?

Dear Bill, The Common Core’s emphasis on independent mastery of complex informational text puts weaker and learning disabled readers at a severe disadvantage. The Common Core also presumes that the information our students will need to analyze and interpret in … Continue reading

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You can keep WEIGHING the baby all that you want but unless you take the time to feed the baby, the baby will never gain weight.

Dear Mr. Gates; I have been a public education teacher for 17 years. I am a mom to two children, one in public middle school and one in public high school. I am looking to opt my children out of … Continue reading

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