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Education Nation And The Common Kool Aid Core
The first thing the moderator spoke about was how the State Education Department was invited and responded that someone would attend. However, they cancelled on Monday. Not surprising. This has become the norm for them. Ducking the public, avoiding forums, avoiding or cancelling opportunities to hear from real parents and educators. Further increasing distrust of themselves and creating an even larger disconnect with the public. How nice of them. But back to the forum. My impression was that there were many parents in the room with genuine concerns about their children's needs not being met. Many spoke of personal stories and were there trying to get answers and guidance. What was largely ignored was how the Common Core is directly affecting our children in school. There was one particular commentator who was given too much time over and over again to, well, cheer for the Core. The forum was off topic. There were some parents who were in favor of the testing because they want their teachers and school districts to be held accountable for failing their children. If there is truth to what they spoke of, I feel badly for these families. But, with all do respect, I don't think many are aware of the whole, broad picture about what is happening in our schools nationwide. Having children with disabilities or any children for that matter, endure all these wasted hours of invalid tests is not the answer.
It's no secret I am opposed to the Common Core and high stakes testing. So when one panel member then began to speak about the importance of the new Common Core aligned tests, which by the way she said are NOT high stakes---I almost jumped out of my seat--I knew where this discussion was headed. She went on to speak about how people have difficulty with change and that the standards are good. Blah, blah, blah....The two other panelists were not given enough opportunity to speak. The moderator didn't have proper control over the forum. There were many Common Core cheerleaders in the audience. And I'm not completely certain, but I bet it was no coincidence. Here's why:
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