Here is an interesting report from a Common Core informational meeting in Missouri. The report focuses on how controlled the messaging was, how the event planners divided the attendees and forbade a free exchange of questions and ideas with the proponents of Common Core on the dais, but we know all that – the smoke and mirrors that is CC, the lies about data collection, although it is interesting to note how effective this ‘divide and conquer’ method is. What struck me was this final revelation:
At a Table #12 side discussion, a teacher stated that she liked common core because every school would teach the same topics at the same grade levels. She continued that children moving state-to-state would be able to pick right up where they left off in their new school.
Her statement helped me finally crystallize my foremost reason for opposing Common Core. CCSS removes any desire for one school to work to excel. Children will be tested for certain skills at certain ages, and there will actually be negative reinforcement should a school decide to teach subjects at different grade levels to help them excel.
In fact, there would be reprisals for such behavior, as the writer noted. The message sent to children: Stay at your grade level with everyone else. Excellence will not be tolerated!
Hmmm. Remove desire to excel. That would be the final piece to make us all into good little communists, wouldn’t it?