The holidays are always an interesting time to talk to family and friends about important issues impacting our lives. We at Ohio Rising want to give you information to help you talk to family and friends about Common Core over the holidays.
Here are two of our best podcasts on Common Core if you want to listen and get yourself ready to talk Common Core on the ride out to Grandma’s house.
The Real Story of Common Core with Doctor Sandra Stotsky – The first podcast is with the amazing Dr. Sandra Stotsky. She was on the validation committee for Common Core and refused to sign off on it. She also tells the very important story about why Massachusetts changing to Common Core was totally political and had no reflection of the quality of the Massachusetts standards. That story is an important one, near the end of the podcast.
Interview with Heidi Huber from Ohioans Against Common Core – The second podcast is with the inspirational Heidi Huber, the leader of Ohioans Against Common Core. Heidi tells the story of how Common Core happened here in Ohio and what House Bill 597 will do to get rid of Common Core.
The following are talking points about Common Core with evidence to support the assertions.
Common Core is not high quality standards.
- The English Language Arts Standards (ELA) move our students away from Classical Literature and more towards non-fiction. We are teaching our students to read manuals instead of thinking critically. Here is a great piece by Dr. Sandra Stotsky giving more information about the shift. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/12/questionable-quality-of-the-common-core-english-language-arts-standards
- The Math Standards stop at Algebra 2. No longer will our students be prepared to take Calculus out of High School. This is a rolling back of standards that we have now, making them less rigorous. Here is an article from the ladies at Common Core: Education without Representation, that links to a ton of great articles on the lessening of Math standards quality. http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/top-ten-professors-calling-out-common-cores-so-called-college-readiness/ Video, Destroy Common Core Math in two minutes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldyl_uYrojs
- Common Core is not internationally benchmarked, not rigorous and not research based. There has been a lot of talk about Common Core helping us to move ahead in the world on tests. The only problem is the standards have not been internationally benchmarked to any country in the world. Dr. James Milgram, Stanford Professor and only mathematician on the Common Core Validating Committee said, “While the difference between these standards and those of the top states at the end of eighth grade is perhaps somewhat more than one year, the difference is more like two years when compared to the expectations of the high-achieving countries — particularly most of the nations of East Asia.” Milgram refused to sign off on the Common Core Standards on the validation committee due to their lack of quality.
Common Core takes away from local and Ohio control.
- If we had a problem with the Ohio Standards we knew who to call. We would call our State Rep or State Senator. We would get in contact with our school district. We knew that there people were elected representatives looking out for me and my kid’s education. Now with Common Core who do we call with a question…. If we have an issue, do we have to go to the other 46 states that have signed on and ask them to change it. How will that be possible? Ohio will have no voice. We have given away the right to make Ohio an education leader in the nation.
Essentially Common Core is National Standards.
- Yes, they were started by the National Governor’s Association, who at the time was headed by Secretary Janet Napolitano. But the Common Core State Standards were not written by our Governors or any education specialist. The following article by the Heartland Institute gives you a good picture o how the standards were influenced by people who were not elected by the people and were not able to be held accountable, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/04/24/state-led-common-core-pushed-federally-funded-nonprofit
- Race to the Top money was used to get states to commit to Common Core. Here is a time line of how money from the stimulus was used to lure states and school districts into Common Core. http://truthinamericaneducation.com/race-to-the-top/
- The PARRC test (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) will be given to most students in the United States and will essentially become our national assessment test. This test will guide how teachers teach and how text book are written. The teacher’s jobs performance will become aligned with the test result. The teachers will want their students to perform on the test, thus the test preparation will become the center of learning. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/06/30/explainer-impact-of-parcc-tests-on-teachers-schools-at-center-of-debate/
House Bill 597 will repeal and replace Common Core in Ohio
- Ohio House Bill 597 will fully remove Common Core and all of its components from Ohio. It will also replace the standards with the Massachusetts standards from 2009. These standards were the best in the nation.
- If Massachusetts has some of the highest test scores in the world in 2009. From the New York Times, “If Massachusetts were a country, its eighth graders would rank second in the world in science, behind only Singapore, according to Timss — the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which surveys knowledge and skills of fourth and eighth graders around the world. “
- Why did Massachusetts go to Common Core if their standards were so good? This is a common question… Massachusetts changed to Common core not because of its educational quality, but because they received Race to the Top money to make the change. In 2009, the Governor of Massachusetts was Deval Patrick. Governor Patrick is a personal friend of President Obama. Massachusetts along with most states in the country applied for Race to the Top money from the federal Government. One of the conditions of the Race to the Top grants was the state selecting a set of standards that were ‘higher quality’. It just so happened that Common Core is considered ‘higher quality’ so most states, in order to get the money, changed to Common Core.
- Sign our petition to gather and demonstrate support for house Bill 597 at this link: http://ohiorising.org/petition-to-repeal-common-core-in-ohio-3/