Cobb parent sounds off on Common Core, local control, costs
by Don McKee
July 08, 2013 12:19 AM | 1146 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Another viewpoint follows on the issue of Common Core math books/more focus on online resources (excerpt):



Don:

As the spouse of a private school teacher and the parent of a 2013 Lassiter graduate and a 2014 Walker school graduate to be, I am very aware of these issues.

They are: 1. Common Core, an attempt to create nationwide cohesion for students and parents when a student moves from one school system to another. 2. Local School Control, an attempt to provide local content and local control of the issues being taught within the school system, usually at a state level. 3. Budget, a problem with rising costs in an environment which suffers from reduced access to local funding due to the recession. ...

These problems are exacerbated in Georgia and Cobb County because of past sins within the Georgia and Cobb County community. Five years ago, a program created by the State Board of Education, Math 1,2,3,4, was embraced and implemented by CCBOE.

In total disregard to nationwide standards, Georgia embarked on a spiral method of teaching math which integrated arithmetic, geometry, algebra and calculus over a four year math program required for every high school student. Every year a student studied every math subject and mastered none. Vocational training and degrees were eliminated so every student would be college ready.

As a simple minded thinking person might surmise, learning rates plummeted, dropout rates soared, teacher frustration climbed and our students suffered mightily. All predicted by local teachers and parents. New teaching materials were required for this failure.

My Lassiter grad’s class was the ONLY class to suffer with the full four year program, although it will take another two years to clean out the system. This failure was not reported in media. ...

I have no figures on how much money was wasted statewide by this fiasco, but I am sure it was significant. N.B. Confirmation to a Common Core curriculum was NOT an issue with the State or County. ...

Nowhere was there any concern raised about the cost of this stupid program ... or the disruption created for students transferring into the Cobb County or Georgia program OR those leaving the state for any reason. ... Actually, I support Common Core for math and science. It will make interstate transfer of students much easier.

However, this brings us to the control of teaching content by state and local Boards of Education.

Science brings evolution or Genesis as scientific training into question. History brings into play teaching the Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression and the interpretation of The Civil Rights movement. ...

Given the current administration’s penchant for attempting to spin or control every thought held by the citizenry, I personally think a National Bureau of Mind Control with a Bureau of Student Thinking is not a good idea.

To blindly follow a Common Core curriculum established in Washington D.C. is, in my mind, an un-American and unconscionable thing to do. ...



Jim Leagan,

East Cobb

dmckee9613@aol.com

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