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Governor Walker Calls for Repeal of Common Core

The way some politicians and demagogues portray the Common Core State Standards you’d think they were molded and born right out of the sinister ultra-control Big Brother of Orwell’s 1984  and then somehow transmogrified into present day reality. The way these people see Common Core, and Governor Walker appears to be one of them, it is some kind of mind control coming down from Big Government robbing not only states of their rights but of individual freedoms and liberties.

Let me list a few of the nefarious and diabolical common core standards for language arts.  I think you will see immediately the threat they cause to the overall well being of our children and their readily influenced minds (get the hemlock ready, guys!):

  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings.
  • Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Mind control alert!!!  Analysis!  Valid Reasoning! Literature outside the United States!  The liberals are coming!  The liberals are coming!

Got some news here:  THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE NOTHING NEW.

I’ve been teaching for nearly 30 years, and every year I’ve taught I have always worked toward common core standards, whether they were given down by the feds, the state, the county, the superintendent, the principal, the department chair, or by my very own colleagues.

Teaching is like any other trade.  Do you know of any trade that at its best doesn’t work toward basic standards and measures?  Of course they do, and those standards and measures constantly evolve.  Likewise, Common Core Standards have been in place since teaching began.

It is complete idiocy, or arrogance, to not understand this.  The Common Core Standards are merely the latest edition of the previous common core standards.

If there is a problem with common core, it does come from being somewhat overdone—I mean, the common core standard’s document is not overly complicated, but it is meticulous and at times redundant.

But that’s okay.  Every generation needs some blue print.  If Common Core State Standards provide a platform for teaching and learning goals now, then let them be a ladder to the stars, and in the meantime, forget about all this political muckraking and power grabs and rhetorical disingenuity.  Please.

Let the Common Core standards be, and we will survive just fine.  The less we pay attention to them, the better off we are.  To make a big political ruckus out of them is the real big brother, the big brother that wants to get into the plans of the whole operation, manipulate them as they will, and then declare state’s rights and personal liberty.  Rights and liberty my ass.

In closing, I went randomly to the Reading and Language Arts Common Core and chose an Anchor Standard from the entire catalogue of standards:

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

 When the Walker libertarian tea party Madd Hatters get together, will they do the absolute redundant, and just write the common core standards themselves again, only, not as effectively?  I mean, look at that standard.  Would you rewrite it in any way?  Is there anything in it you wouldn’t want your child to do at school?  Would anyone really oppose participating in a wide range of conversations with diverse opinions?  Heaven forbid, it sounds frighteningly democratic.

The Common Core State Standards are by no means the problem. The problem is power brokers who want a piece of the educational pie because if you control the consumerism of knowledge you’ve got more power.  You have leverage.

By the way.  When it comes to the Common Core State Standards and teachers, at the bottom line I think most teachers just teach. Their common core is within them already.  The written versions of those codes are what we get in law form. So leave em alone already, and just let us teach. That’s all we really want to do.

 

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