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The New Liberals’ Hymnal: The Book of Common Core

M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 9:05 AM
Ransom continues his tradition of fact-free columns. It is obvious he couldn’t take the time to actually read the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/. A few of the many things he gets wrong: The Federal Govt did not initiate the common core. It is being lead and implemented at the state level by the National Governer’s Associate and other state level organizations. States are not required to adopt the standards. Algebra is not being taken out of middle school. Students who master the prerequisites will be able to take Algebra in the 8th grade. ...
M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 9:05 AM
Howard Zinn’s book is not part of the standards—this is a figment of Ransom’s imagination. Most of the reading content is left to the states. The common core does require that students read classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare.

The core covers Reading & Language Arts and Math. Gender studies would not be part of any curriculum

More than 10,000 people provided comments on early drafts including teachers and parents.

One of the goals of the core is to equip students with the skills of critical reading and research. This is something that Ransom could certainly use.
Moonbat Exterminator Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 10:34 AM
The Feds couldn't "make" states adopt the 55 mph speed limit, mandatory seat belt laws, or lower the drunk driving limit to .08 but they did. How? By using blackmail. Any state not adopting the Fed "recommended" standards did so at risk of losing Fed tax dollars to fund transport projects.
scott s. Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 4:04 PM
IIUC what the Feds are doing is they will give states a waiver from NCLB (though I don't think there is actually any provision in the law for these waivers) if they will accept things like Common Core.

Prepare ye the way of the Common Core. And then the Word will be made Fed. And Obama will dwell amongst us forever. Amen. -- From the Book of Common Core

 

Prepare for the final federalization of primary education in the USA- hereafter known as Common Core- and don’t worry so much about relics written by old, white men like the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The Tenth Amendment only helps ensure local control of those things like education policy. It only ensures that we have a big, diverse, vibrant country full...