Yarbrough needs lesson on Common Core
September 27, 2013 12:22 AM | 1218 views | 5 5 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: I agree with my friend Dick Yarbrough that we must be very careful how we compensate our teachers, for they, along with our children are very valuable. However, it seems that he is “prediagnosticating” when it comes to Common Core.

It will behoove him to get better educated as to what Common Core is, the centralized planning of national education by the federal government.

Jim Serrate east Cobb
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Samuel Adams
October 02, 2013
You should google an article by my friend, Joan Swirsky, with the title "Common Core" and read what she wrote last week, a real comprehensive explanation of the scheme and what is being attempted across the country (and rejected by thinking people who care about education). Read Michelle Malkin on the topic. Dick, that's Joan Swirsky....go find that article, please.
Too funny
September 30, 2013
Otherwise known as a standard. Jim, quit with the Tea Party paranoia and let's ensure our nation stays relevant in the global economy.
Our Ranking
September 27, 2013
Common Core sets up certain requirements across the U.S. in subjects such as math. What is so wrong with a student in the 7th grade, whose parents move from GA to another state, being able to be on approximately the same material from state to state? It doesn't mean a more accelerated student can't be in an advanced class. Even most colleges and universities teach the same basics in Calculus 1, 2 and so on. Why are public school systems any different?

If Cobb school district is an example, this would be a good thing, because every 3-4 years Cobb is changing what method they use to change a subject. A student can learn it one way in middle school, then start 9th grade and have to learn another method.

With the U.S. being 19th in the world in education with Finland #1, we must not be doing everything right. AND Georgia certainly doesn't have anything to brag about in their rankings either.
@ Our Ranking
September 30, 2013
It's not Cobb that is making the changes; it's the standards established by the Georgia Department of Education that are constantly changing.
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