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The Troubles with Common Core

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Apr 21, 2014 8:30 PM
The right-wing Fordham Foundation has been studying standards for years. Recently, they compared the Common Core standards to those of the states. In two cases, states had better language arts standards. For mathematics and language arts, the rest of the states were equivalent or inferior to the Common Core standards. What I found most useful about the Foundation's work was the detail that showed exactly what was good and bad about each state's standards. In general, I haven't found specific critiques of the content of the standards. I've read critiques of their origins, critiques of a supposed political agenda, and suggested links to the Obama administration. Critiques of the actual content of the standards seem to be missing. When I hear that Common Core will dumb down students or teach them to be socialists, I have to ask where that is located in the standards?
I always used to say that I would get cable when I could choose what to watch and when to watch it. I moved out on my own in 1999, and haven't had cable since. Somewhere during that period of time, I got the internet. After I got off dialup and onto high speed internet, I discovered several online services that allow me to choose when to watch and what to watch. And now I know I don't need cable. Mr. Versace is right. This is the convenience that I've had for years with my books. I read when and what I want. I like having that option with video. However, I am sorry I got rid of my TV. But, maybe the vintage 1970's TV that I was given when I started living on my own wouldn't work with any of the new technology? The laptop screen is working for now, but over the past two years, I have been considering more and more that I may want a small TV. Not something I would have expected.
Really? Which standard in the Common Core "perverts the classroom into some sort of laboratory for testing the effects of politically correct thought on children?" I must have missed that standard.
There was no reason for the cheap shot against the Common Core tossed in without context and without explanation. I think the author would have done better to focus on the topic: transgender teachers. The only thing I would come down to is the law. Feelings are one thing, but what does the law in that particular state say about transgender teachers? The law is what the school has to follow. And, I'll admit that I don't know the law in that particular state.
One thing I have never liked about the conservative side is the way so many seem to want to pull out of "tainted" fields instead of staying in them and fighting. Too many liberals in movies? Pull out. Boycott. Too many liberals in education? Homeschool. Don't become a teacher. Teachers are all the enemy. Fashion? Nope. That's only for a certain sort of person.
I wonder which standards she actually objects to.
While the comments are certainly amusing in their grammatical creativity, citing poor grammar or incoherent thought really does not express the weakness of one side or the other. There are similar comments here on Townhall and even on EAGnews' own site written by the other side. They mean nothing. This article quotes these teachers as cover for shilling the website. I don't mind them shilling their website, but I wish there had been some actual content in the article. At the very least, Mr. Olson could have found some new union outrage. Or he could have actually reported on action attempts by unions to stop "privet" schools. His own website has an example of unions trying to stop virtual schooling in Maine. Content would be great!
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First Jobs

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 4:05 PM
After reading this article, I got to thinking about how I started in my job as a teacher. I worked as a teacher, doing all of the duties of a teacher for an entire semester. Not only was I not paid, but I had to pay full college tuition for the privilege. This experience made it possible for me to then go on and become a teacher. The college calls it "student teaching". It is really an internship. I had to work several other jobs at the same time to make money. This would be no different than if I had become an intern at a lab or a business. Internships are not jobs. They are a learning experience. This article makes me curious if student teaching will fall under this law. The school did benefit from having me there: I really did teach.
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A slow reader's lament

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 3:54 PM
I can sympathize with this article! I am an avid reader and even more avid book buyer. Back in high school, I discovered the magical world of used book stores, and suddenly books were within my financial means. At 36, I still love used book stores. I have a 1-bedroom house, and the biggest problem with it is housing my books. I'm currently considering my carpentry skills: can I create some floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to take advantage of that wasted wall space? By the way, in response to a few comments, I do like my Kindle. It's awesome for traveling and reading fiction. But, for books I love and want to reread, nothing replaces the real thing, and the Kindle is not good for much nonfiction.
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The Rise of the Spy-Next-Door

Waski_the_Squirrel Wrote: Jul 03, 2012 8:22 PM
Those who are interested in a more realistic portrayal of the "spy business" might enjoy the TV show _the Sandbaggers_. The show takes place largely in offices. In fact, the lead character clearly tells another character in the first episode, "We are not James Bond." And yet, what a fascinating show. Action is not the only requirement for entertainment.
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