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Common Core

Could someone explain to me what exactly common core is? I've looked it up but still can't understand?
05-25-2014 10:22 AM
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RE: Common Core

It's a standardized test that students to pass to graduate from high school. Many states, but not all, have agreed to use it. The test makers are a corporation called Pearson Testing or Pearson whatever and they do standardized testing around the world making it a billion dollar industry. They've made fortunes by destroying the educational experience for hundreds of millions of people.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


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05-25-2014 10:44 AM
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Thanks for shedding some light Cancer. I looked at my econ and management texts from my university classes. Low and behold they have the pearson logo on the cover. Just crazy huh, how private industry is able to wedge its proprietary services and more less hold a monopoly on education. Lobbying and control all for the almighty dollar. Just shows me more and more serious reform is needed. Your a teacher right? If you could change things for the better how would you?
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RE: Common Core

I'm philosophically so radical that the changes I would make are so unlikely to happen that my beliefs have very little practical value. What would I do if I had a magic wand? I would abolish money.

In a practical world? The real world? I encourage my colleagues to speak out with me against state mandated testing. I voice my opinions at union meetings that we should organize acts of civil disobedience and throw the tests in the garbage. I spent class time teaching about Pearson where we went through the bios of their CEO's one at a time. I belittle the significance and validity of the tests at staff meetings. I tell students that their intelligence and education cannot be quantified by a test. I tell them the numbers don't define them. I openly tell my class that I'm passing everyone and if they want to learn what I'm offering it should be because they want the knowledge and thinking skills not a number for a grade. When advanced students complain it's not fair that others can be lazy and still get a high grade I tell them they shouldn't be penalized for not doing something they shouldn't be forced to do in the first place. I know it's crazy that I'm not fired. I was gone but I've been ressurected (rehired) and recently I've been getting away with doing what I want. When state inspectors visit us I've actually been getting praise from them. And my students do their work for me just the same or more than they do for the other teachers. But on the other hand, I've been written up by administration countless times for being out of compliance (especially for paperwork violations). Typically, I just don't do it.

Ultimately, the most important thing, that I've said again and again: School should not be compulsory. Kids should not be forced to go to school and schools should not be forced to take students who destroy everything and don't want to be there just because his mother wants free daycare.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


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