Regarding The Bee’s editorial (Jan. 18) on the real test of Common Core: These new standards, “aimed at better preparing kids for 21st century college coursework and career choices” were never field tested, internationally bench marked or proved successful for improving student performance.
The Common Core crafting, in all of its various stages, included only a handful of former K-12 teachers and zero child development or mental health professionals.
Instead, numerous businessmen, politicians and activists like Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and Janet Napolitano had their hands in the pot. Why were these people involved in the building of standards for educating children when not one of them has any actual teaching experience? That is a question that remains unanswered.
For teachers and parents, to whom the responsibility of teaching children actually falls, we have more important issues to wrestle with, like how do we give our kids a good education while navigating the latest hoops and jumps handed down by our federal government?
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If the governor and Legislature do not hear our pleas to halt the implementation of the Common Core standards, perhaps they will listen when we opt our children out of the Smarter Balanced assessments this spring.