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Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

jsanow Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 7:52 PM
Common core standards are more robust than many that are currently in place. The math examples particularly "division is postponed from 5th to 6th grade" implies that it won't be taught in grade five which is false. It means that students won't be required to have mastered the concept until grade 6. Part of the reason our students fare so poorly on math is that not enough time is spent in the lower grades for students to have a firm grasp of number sense. We have moved from mastery of concepts to exposure to a wider variety of math concepts. We allow the use of calculators before kids have enough number sense to recognize "a good estimate." As a parent and teacher I feel that the Common Core standards are robust and a great place to start.
jrobson Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:17 AM
I wonder if this is like my hoping Obamacare was a good place to "start"?
AppraisHer Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 1:04 AM
...It means that students won't be required to have mastered the concept until grade 6". It looks like teachers have also mastered the concept of "kicking the can down the road". The younger the student the easier it is to introduce new concepts and have them become natural. Why is it so difficult for teachers to just teach basics? It worked successfully for many years and produced intelligent, educated Americans, while post 1960 methods have produce ill-educated dolts. At what point did the D of E decide that the more esoteric and vague a curriculum becomes, it better it is? Or is it just smoke and mirrors so parents won't realize how useless most teachers have become?
jrobson Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:18 AM
RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 9:59 PM
I was taught division in 3rd grade. How far our schools have fallen.

America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed...