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Common Core and Testing Concerns… A Letter to My Principal

Treat kids, parents and teachers with respect! No more overkill with testing. Common Core Stinks!

IGNITE! ... Fire is Catching

Background Context about My Letter

Before reading my letter to my principal I want it to be public knowledge that I adore and love her.   She is an amazing administrator on so many levels.   In my 25 year educational career, I have encountered two principals I hold in the highest level of regard.   Two principals that fall into the category of Distinguished. My current principal is one of those two.   The most critical practice she employees is listening.  

I have the opportunity to express myself.

I have the opportunity to share my perspective.

I have the opportunity to disagree with educational policies.

I have the opportunity to share research I encounter and we actually talk about it.

I have the opportunity to question decisions.

I have the opportunity to ask the tough questions.

She listens.

She shares her perspective, too, and I listen.

Sometimes she challenges my thinking.

I feel…

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Fourth Grader Tells School Board: Common Core PARCC Test Stinks!

Elizabeth Blaine, 10, stunned members of the Montclair, New Jersey, school board when she dismantled Common Core testing and supported a policy that would allow students to opt out.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an educational practice that lists what students should know by the end of every academic year. The intention was to standardize English, language arts and mathematics education.

Elizabeth, who is in fourth grade, was due to take the Common Core test known as PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) later this year. At the Montclair school board meeting on Monday night, a measure to allow students to opt out of PARCC was introduced.

 Common Core Sucks! Read more here.

“It Sucks! “:100 Year-Old Teacher Crushes Common Core

At 100 years old, Madeline Scotto knows a thing about teaching. She’s been doing it for decades and still teaches at the school she graduated from in 1928. Scotto, who teaches math, recently sat down with Business Insider to share some of her complaints about Common Core.

“They’re making it more complicated as far as I’m concerned…four and four is eight!” Scotto said.

“It doesn’t go by the name of the method, it goes by what does well. Try and find the one that is reaching the most number of people in the easiest way,” she added. Common Core really sucks! Read more here.

Common Core Stinks: Elementary Student Opts-Out

At a New Jersey Board of Education meeting, 10-year-old Elizabeth Blaine took the mic and gave a speech in such a well-spoken way that it blew the adults in the room away.

The meeting was set to discuss allowing an opt-out option for parents who had children in a school using the PARCC. The PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is an exam that is part of the Common Core curriculum.

“I love to read. I love to write. I love to do math, but I don’t love the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks.” Common Core really stinks. Read more here.

Jeb Bush: “Common Core Critics Can Go Suck an Egg!”

As speculation about a presidential run increases, there is more evidence that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is in trouble on Common Core.  Instead of trying to deal with the myriad logical academic, developmental, psychological, and privacy problems of the Common Core system, as stated in a recent Wall Street Journal interview reported inBen Shapiro’s Truth Revolt, he had another of what Michelle Malkin had described as aCommon Core snit fit.”  Jeb whined that he has “lost [his] patience,” describing to the Journal,  “an unwillingness of special interests to improve public education.”

The Wall Street Journal further reported:

“He reiterated his support for higher academic standards–whether they are the Common Core national standards or other equally rigorous benchmarks–and for testing to measure whether students are meeting them. ‘If you don’t measure, you really don’t care,’ he said.”

Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

Strategy and curriculum are intimately connected. You cannot make extreme changes to curriculum and then be shocked that the methodology also changes.

This is yet another example of “unintended consequences” … politicians strive for simple, one-sized-fits-all answers to complex problems (and sometimes problems that never even existed) that then start to cause even bigger problems.

In some parts of the country, we have improved education while worsening it in others. Now we have a whole generation of kids who despise learning and hate education. We have not only driven teachers away from the profession, but have assured that students don’t enter the profession at all. Tennessee and Connecticut are already starting to change course … I hope other states take their lead. Common Core really sucks. Read more here.

Teachers Resign En Masse Over Common Core and Standardized Testing Overkill

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — More than 20 teachers have resigned or decided to retire from the Osceola County School District in just the past month — and the district already had a shortage with more than 50 vacant teaching jobs. The teachers’ union told Channel 9’s Deneige Broom that some of them quit because they’re fed up with standardized testing. At Kissimmee Elementary, they need to fill two spots. At the nearby middle school, three spots are open. The union president believes many of the now vacant spots are because of testing. he education association’s latest fight should concern parents, too. “Ultimately, the problem that we’re having now is the quality of education that our students is getting is not what it should be,” said Jackson with the Osceola County Education Association. Common Core really stinks. Read more here.