After reading the excellent articles of January 7, 2013 by Gretchen Logue and Anne Gassel,
Debunking the Common Core Emperors New Clothes Narrative” and Best Research Award Winner Says Common Core is Data-less Decision Making”, I wrote the following e-mail to my local Board of Education and the Florida Department of Education:
“You may wish to read the truth about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Florida schools have implemented. You can read about them here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7ljWzvYU6irM1c0bmVGRFhQdmc/edit?pli=1. What the Florida school system has basically done is accept a lie and impose the results of that lie upon our students, diminishing their futures. Please consider taking the CCSS out of Florida schools and give our children a higher standard and a brighter future.
Today, I received the following response from the State:
“From: “Parker, Lakeesha”
“To: Linda McKinney
“Thread-Topic: Common Core (87461)
“OriginalArrivalTime: 11 Jan 2013 14:03:02.0341
“Dear Ms. McKinney:
“Commissioner Pam Stewart has asked our office to respond to your correspondence regarding Common Core. On behalf of the Commissioner we would like to thank you for contacting us.
“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce.
“Over the next several years Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be fully implemented in Florida. These standards, along with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), will ensure our students are college and career ready and will have the right measurements for success in the 21st Century. These content standards serve as the basis for instruction, professional development for teachers, instructional materials, and statewide assessment. You may view the NGSSS, CCSS and the newest course descriptions online at this Web site: http://www.floridastandards.org.
“If the Bureau of Curriculum & Instruction can be of further assistance, please contact Ann Whitney, Director of Curriculum, at (850) 245-9965, or via e-mail at Ann.Whitney@fldoe.org.
“Teresa Sweet, Chief
“Bureau of Curriculum & Instruction
So I sent this in response:
“So what the FL Bureau of Curriculum & Instruction and the State of FLorida [sic] won’t bother looking into [is] the truth about CCSS via reading a research paper, but they will implement the CCSS and impact the futures of our children and dumb them down enough to be unable to find good employment upon graduation, to be able to get into a good college, or to have a future that is outside of welfare? Wonderful! I’ll be sure to post that on my website! I’m sure the parents of public schools in FL will be so happy to know that!
“One research paper. The future of thousands – perhaps millions of children if CCSS is maintained as the standard for years – of our children doomed. Florida’s “standards” for education are apparently as abysmal for those controlling our educational system as it is for our children under CCSS.
One would think that reading a single article or research paper would not be too much to ask, but, NO, Florida’s Department of [Mis]Education is too busy and too important to read a single research paper. That bodes so well for the future of our state. I wonder where we can move to get away from this “standard” (standardless standard is more appropriate). Does an isolated island without electricity, water, or any amenities at all sound too far fetched? Not to me.
How about your state? Are they interested in the truth? Have you contacted anyone and gotten a response? If so, publish it. Let the people know what your state is doing about CCSS. Let the public see the state’s reaction. That will tell parents more about their child’s education than any grades they may see on a report card.
One of my favorite personal sayings: Aaaaahhhh… public schools.