ISN'T IT FUNNY THAT AT A BALTIMORE COUNTY MARYLAND EDUCATION PUBLIC FORUM WE WERE TOLD EDUCATORS PARTICIPATED IN AND EMBRACED COMMON CORE!
Regarding the Maryland Department of Education's public meeting on Common Core in Ruxton yesterday:
Did anyone know about the Common Core meeting in Ruxton yesterday? There is no reason you would as it was not advertised in Maryland media and I asked several parents from different schools here in Baltimore....no one knew of it. That would explain why there were very few people from Baltimore there and very few who weren't part of the Maryland Department of Education in the audience. It was a completely staged event made to be dis-information. IT IS INCREDIBLE. I had one person come to me after the meeting because she liked my comments who said I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MARYLAND. I MOVED HERE FROM SEATTLE AND IT IS FRIGHTENING TO SEE NO POLITICAL VOICES ALLOWED!
That was right on and it does not take a new-comer to Maryland to see this and this education meeting was a prime example!
What they wanted to do was simply allow a hand-picked panel tell an audience that all was well with Common Core in Maryland. No doubt that massive protests by parents, teachers, and tons of academic research saying ALL STINKS IN DENMARK was the motivation. They had a State PTA and a State award-winning teacher testifying that Common Core is OK for them.
Now, my last blog I showed an article written by academics not wanting Common Core and stating that educators had not participated in development but were brought in to witness the results....just as all public comment now entails. So, why do we have a leader of the PTA and a teacher testifying to its being OK? CAPTURE OF ALL POLITICAL ISSUES WHEN PUBLIC FORUMS ARE GIVEN. Remember, hating this education reform is a bipartisan issue....NO ONE LIKES IT.
There are a lot of testimonials from citizens across the country at this website below....check out what people are saying!
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I was immediately concerned when I saw that there was to be no time at the microphone for public comment; rather one written question given to Superintendent Dance who would then simply choose which questions he would ask this staged panel. IT WAS STRAIGHT OUT OF A MUSSOLINI POLITICAL PLAYBOOK.
I handed in my one question after demanding there be public forums where the public speaks. When Dance started the question period he said to the panel.....REMEMBER THE ONE BIG QUESTION which queued their discussion. I would like to think that one big question was mine because although my question wasn't read....all of the talk from the panelists addressed the elements of my question. Before I talk about the propaganda handed the audience I would like to jump towards the end where a member of the audience tired of the canned answers from the panel and REALLY MAD at the parent representative in the PTA chair stood and shouted.....PARENTS DO NOT HAVE A VOICE. I AM FROM HOWARD COUNTRY WHERE THIS COMMON CORE HAS ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED AND IT IS KILLING OUR EDUCATION.....IT IS BAD AND IT ONLY PREPARES OUR CHILDREN FOR COMMUNITY/CAREER COLLEGES. IT DELIBERATELY TAKES AWAY ALL ABILITY FOR CHILDREN TO COMPETE FOR ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION. He jumped up because he knew no one on this panel would say this as they were cannned and captured.....remember it was Howard County that is starting this bring your cellphone to school policy no doubt training children to be call center reps. Remember as well Howard County is Ulman of the Anthony Brown/Ulman ticket and they are great, big corporate and wealth pols!
Superintendent Dance called for the SPECIAL FORCES SECURITY GUARD....he was Arnold Schwartzenegger (forgive spelling I do not want to look it up) grabbing and dragging this parent out and throwing him against the wall as the parent shouted for people to stop being sheep and shout out and fight this. THIS MAN WAS RIGHT ON! Keep in mind....this is a public forum with no public input allowed.
I, of course used this disruption to shout out that Common Core was indeed bad; it lowers quality and reduces student's ability to grow as citizens as all areas that create dissent, questioning, and knowledge of democratic issues found in social studies, civics, and history are being shoved aside among many other things.
My one question said this.....whereas a Common Core might work for STEM classes that deal in fact, we know that to use Common Core on humanities, social sciences, and art is to co-op subjects that are steeped in individual experience, interpretation, and philosophy. Maryland Education chief Lowery admitted in her part of the discussion that they are writing Common Core for these subjects. She also defended the wholesale emphasis on Reading and math in Maryland schools as trickling down to other subjects.
My next point in the question went to the fact that the goal of education reform and Common Core is to create packaged lessons given to students in computer lessons written by hand-picked teachers/professors and distributed across the country. THIS IS THE GOAL AS IT PROVIDES THE CHEAPEST WAY TO EDUCATE AND CONTROL INFORMATION AND ELIMINATES SCHOOLS AS THE DEMOCRATIZING ELEMENT OF SOCIETY.
Indeed, that is what Superintendent Dance is known for....placing students in front of computers with computerized lessons. So, while the Maryland teacher of the year is trying to make it seem that teachers are not losing the ability to write and present their own material in meeting Common Core standards....we know that is not true. The objective is to move the teacher in the classroom to facilitator to these canned lessons and eventually there will only be an education tech that turns on the computer and does administrative work. THIS IS THE GOAL.
So, you have a Maryland PTA rep saying this is great for parents and students and a teacher saying it is great with her and the teachers she knows.....AND ANYONE THINKING DIFFERENTLY BEING MADE TO SHUT UP!
PROPAGANDA FOLKS.....THIS IS IT!
Then I talked with the media attending. The Baltimore Sun listened to me as did WBAL. Now, WBAL leans conservative right and the Baltimore Sun is simply says whatever those in power say. I wanted to make this point as I try to get media in Maryland to write anything critical of this education policy. We are told it will be moved forward even as states across the country are listening to their citizens and stopping Common Core implementation. The people writing this policy.....Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard with Bill Gates and Education Technology businesses mirror the institutions who wrote the last education reform in late 1980s/early 1990s that gave us students that cannot read and do math. This reform told teachers to take textbooks out of the classrooms as they stifled creativity and flooded lessons sold to schools created by Stanford et al and this reform told teachers to use calculators in math classes because students were not going to need to do math now that they could just push a button on a calculator. They then had Hewlett Packard flood schools with calculators. THIS IS WHAT KILLED AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION.....NOT BAD TEACHERS.
So now these same institutions want to make education just as bad for people wanting to return to democratic schools by making sure students learn just enough to be workers ------AS THE MAN DUG BY THE COLLAR OUT OF THE PUBLIC MEETING WAS SHOUTING....COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION. He is right. Remember, the rich see Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale......and Shangai, Peking, Hong Kong as providing education for leaders and the rest of Americans....the 90% that are public schools do not need to prepare to be leaders, whether in government or business. THAT IS WHAT THIS EDUCATION REFORM IS ALL ABOUT!
As I left this meeting after talking to all of the other people who did not get to speak but do not like what is happening I stopped to talk to two black Baltimore County education employees. You see, there were NO representatives from Baltimore....no education advocates for the underserved from Baltimore at this Baltimore regional meeting and these policies are going to hit the poor and special needs like bricks....IT WILL BE TREMENDOUSLY HARMFUL TO THE UNDERSERVED SO THAT IS WHY WE HAVE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP POSITIONS LIKE ALONZO AND HIS REPLACEMENT, LOWERY, DANCE....ET AL.
I asked these two what do they think of Baltimore City schools teaching to the test and only allowing reading and math to be the subjects....no recesses....lots of computer work and Teach for America. What do you think happens to these underserved students who do not have the learning skills to meet the current low MD standards when a higher standard that requires the student grasp concepts before they advance? These underserved students will fail once and twice and then be moved out of city schools and into special education/vocational schools and the Baltimore and Maryland Administrators will proclaim that test scores are rising because of Common Core and not because the at-risk students are out of the system.
Some will say what can we do to have strong classes if we do not cull the worst students? Keep in mind these poor scores are not only with the poor....MDs middle-class are as well. It will get worse, not better with students sitting in front of computers. When I went to school in the 1960s and 70s, people of color did just as well as I and graduation rates and achievement was the highest. This was in schools in the north. In Baltimore, rather than provide equal education and opportunity/access we saw education funding to black schools fail to come,.....lost to massive fraud and corruption. Schools were badly resourced and funded and teachers could only try to maintain discipline with no help in the classrooms. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH AT-RISK STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT NOT BAD TEACHERS AND THAT IS THE SOLUTION FOR ALL OF OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN!
Shake the bugs from the rug and get rid of these neo-liberals and neo-cons by running and voting for labor and justice in all elections so we can turn these policies around. We need a good Governor who appoints strong public school leaders and we need a Mayor who brings the school board back to the city and appoints strong public education leaders...GET OUT AT GET ACTIVE!
It is important to know that concern for Common Core is not only coming from the south were people don't like Federal involvement in anything...
IT IS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS PEOPLE SEE IT IS A CAPTURE OF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM OF LEARNING AND WHAT PEOPLE LEARN BY CORPORATIONS!
Growing Angst Among LI Teachers, Parents About Common Core
Family & Parenting, School & Education, Local News
By Vickie Moller Published: August 23 2013
After Learning the results of the 2013 Common Core Tests for his school district's third through eighth graders, Superintendent Joseph Rella robo-called parents urging them ...
After learning the results of the 2013 Common Core tests for his school district’s third through eighth graders, Superintendent Joseph Rella robo-called parents urging them to attend an August 17 rally at Comsewogue High School to protest national Common Core standards and tests.
“Implementation and the testing associated with the Common Core is hurting our children,” Rella said according to the Heartland Institute. “I don’t know how I could possibly tell our kids 70 percent of you are failures… 70 percent of you are not college material.”
“If it can be fixed, fix it. If it can’t, throw it out, scrap it. Stop it, fix it, or scrap it,” Rella said in an address at the gathering of more than 2,000 people.
Yvonne Gasperino, president of Stop the Common Core in New York State, was also in attendance at the rally. SCCNYS has volunteers in 36 New York counties to spread awareness about the excessive testing and data mining associated with Common Core and what it labels “untested education reform that has an unknown price tag.”
Common Core, Gasperino pointed out “attacks the public schools, attacks the homeschoolers, attacks the private schools, and attacks the Catholic schools.” The mother of two also believes that special needs students are “being thrown under the bus” through implementation of Common Core.
Common Core “is going to address every facet of education if this is not stopped,” Gasperino pointed out. In education, “parents should have the choice—that is a private family matter, and no decision is right or wrong.”
Gasperino also finds the third-party involvement particularly troubling “The data mining is incredible,” she says. “I don’t know what worries me more: the loss of local control; the loss of accountability; that teachers are losing their creative ability to teach children; the loss of parental participation—who are we parents going to go to?”
And politicians are weighing in heavily on the issue as well. Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) recently sponsored legislation (A.7994) in response to concerns about the federal Race to the Top and Common Core programs. In a statement, Graf confirmed that he is partnering with Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley) in efforts to improve New York’s education system for students, parents and teachers.
“I look forward to working with Assemblyman Graf and the rest of our legislative colleagues to properly address parent, teacher and student feedback related to the Common Core program,” said Zeldin. “It is critically important for there to be effective testing to measure progress among New York’s schoolchildren. After session concludes, it is a priority of mine to meet with stakeholders in my district who would like to discuss their concerns.”
Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, an organization targeting data mining and privacy issues says, “We are most focused on organizing parent resistance in New York—which is now the only inBloom client to be sharing the personal student data for all students in the state—and we are actively working to ensure that the legislation passes this year,” she said. inBloom aggregates student information such as hobbies, Social Security Numbers, classes, and test scores.
inBloom is a nonprofit organization designed to make it easier for teachers, parents and students to get a clear picture of student progress. The organization is building what it terms technology “plumbing” to connect various tools and systems in use in schools today in order to provide all information in one place.
“Our schools and students are being set up to fail” when “teachers are being deemed ineffective using the results of Common Core tests, and schools are at risk of being closed or taken over by corporate-run charter schools,” says Kris Nielsen, a former teacher and author of Children of the Core.
“Now that we're becoming more successful at untangling the web of power and wealth and seeing the connections, it's becoming more apparent that we're fighting government and corporations from taking our children down paths we think are dangerous for them and our country,” Nielsen said. “It's becoming more important for us to fight together.”
Dr. Gary Thompson to Deseret News: Let Readers Know the Truth about Common Core
Guest Post by Dr. Gary Thompson
Forward by Christel Swasey: Dr. Gary Thompson is a valiant defender of children, not only in his clinic, but also in the public square. He’s written and spoken extensively about the damages to children via Common Core testing and standards. See his previous writings here and here and here and here.
This week, Dr. Thompson took on a reporter at the Deseret News, calling his reporting on Common Core “a case study of deception and lies by omission.” He points out that the reporter has omitted key facts such as the biggest elephant-in-the-room: the fact that huge financial interests are driving the marketing of Common Core in Utah. Thompson points out that the reporter did no follow up to fact-check the School Improvment Network’s (Common Core proponents) claims that opponents of Common Core are “misled”.
Thompson points out that Deseret News readers deserve to know what’s motivating Common Core proponents who throw out accusations against those questioning Common Core: they’re defending their financial interests, tooth and nail. They fight the idea of allowing full and legitimate public debate about Common Core to happen. It’s their rice bowl.
But it’s OUR KIDS.
The fact remains that there are serious questions about Common Core that remain unexplored by the general public despite the fact that the Common Core standards, tests and data collecting now governs their children’s lives.
Below is a good citizen response to what he knows is media bias and propaganda the same as exists here in Maryland.
I have no personal or monetary stake in the Common Core civil war unfolding all around us and gaining traction and attention nationwide. In fact, I have much to lose writing this post. First off, I have a clinic to run and manage that is not being managed while I waste an hour out of my day commenting on the latest Deseret News Article (“Survey Shows Parent Educator Support of Common Core” Benjamin Wood, September 13, 2013). Secondly, our clinic has a legal and ethical duty by law and practice not to produce misleading articles under the penalty of…well….not being able to feed our children. I am not a Common Core activist, I am not a member of the Tea Party, and we have previously announced our intention of getting out of the Common Core debate so that we focus on client care.
This, however, is different.
Pro or anti Common Core, I think we all as parents, taxpayers and citizens want to have accurate information on the subject so that we can all make independent choices regarding this very important issue. Considering what is at stake, having accurate, non-biased information is crucial. As a mainstream, well respected source of information, it is imperative that the Deseret News be a source of accurate and unbiased information when it comes to reporting what is going on in our public schools.
Unfortunately, the above cited article by Benjamin Woods of the Deseret News does not meet this criteria of accuracy and ethics. What Mr. Woods offered to parents in my community was simply a case study of “lies by omission.” Here is the definition of “lies by omission”:
“A “lie by omission” is a misrepresentation of fact when the failure to say something or to provide complete information would lead a reasonable person to an incorrect conclusion.”
As a local clinical community scientist, whenever I read information regarding the Common Core, I now only ask myself three questions:
1. Where are the references that support factual statements?
2. Are there any potential conflicts of interest or biases associated with the either the writer or the person being interviewed for the article?
3. What is this persons/organizations current or future financial stake in the issue presented?
In the case at hand, Deseret News does not provide one source of verification, reference or peer reviewed citations to support over 10 statements regarded as “factual” throughout the article. In addition, the subject being interviewed (Chet Linton) has multiple conflicts of interest not mentioned or reported by Mr. Woods, the biggest being a HUGE financial interest.
The Deseret News published the results of a survey from a private citizen from a private company. That in and of itself is fine. The following is what Deseret News & Mr. Wood omitted from their article:
Mr. Linton, a executive at the “School Improvement Network” is a unabashed, cheerleading supporter of Common Core with a obvious financial stake regarding the final outcome of Common Core…
…in summary, Deseret News published results of a “survey” and a subsequent “fact based article” that pretends that there is support for Common Core by teachers and parents based on and validated by the following flawed sources:
1. A private corporation that has a contract with the State of Utah education complex that is probably worth several millions of dollars.
2. An interview of a young executive from this same company who is probably receiving a hefty salary from the company.
3. The company that produced the survey has a very prominent link on its web page to private Common Core training items that it sells and distributes nationwide.
4. Allowing the subject of the article to bash opponents of Common Core as “misled” without naming who the opponents are (other than the psychologically manipulative link to “Republicans”) failing to interview the referenced “misled” people, and failing to provide one shred of data that supports the conjecture that Common Core opponents are, in fact, “misled.”
ISN'T IT FUNNY THAT AT A BALTIMORE COUNTY MARYLAND EDUCATION PUBLIC FORUM WE WERE TOLD EDUCATORS PARTICIPATED IN AND EMBRACED COMMON CORE!
Maryland teachers are under tremendous pressure not to speak out against this education and fear losing their jobs! We need parents and communities to come out and support teachers to make it safe for all to protest!
Union Leader: Put Stakes Associated with Common Core Tests on Hold
May 12, 2013 at 6:00 am
The Common Core State Standards are causing major discontent across the ideological spectrum. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has joined groups like the Republican National Committee, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Tea Party groups, public policy organizations, and parents across the country in expressing concerns about Common Core national standards and assessments. AFT president Randi Weingarten addressed her home state of New York last week calling for a delay in the stakes associated with Common Core assessments.
Weingarten argued that teachers are not adequately prepared to implement Common Core, and that at the present time, attaching high stakes to the Common Core assessments will cause more harm than good. “The fact that the changes are being made nationwide without anything close to adequate preparation is a failure of leadership, a sign of a broken accountability system and, worse, an abdication of our moral responsibility to kids, particularly poor kids,” Weingarten stated.
The union head proposed at least one year of field testing for the standards, as a matter of responsibility. She claimed that teachers and parents “must be a part of this.”
Weingarten addressed her home state of New York because, in her words, “they simply don’t get it in Washington.”
Weingarten’s statement acknowledges it is the parents and local leaders within the states who will bear the burden of Common Core. Parents have the most at stake over the education of their children, and should have a seat at the table when it comes to establishing the content taught in local schools. This is precisely why groups from across the spectrum are fighting against the centralization that Common Core represents. It strips control from the people who have the most at stake in the education endeavor: parents and taxpayers.
“Adopting Common Core national standards and tests surrenders control of the content taught in local schools to distant national organizations and bureaucrats in Washington. It is the antithesis of reform that would put control of education in the hands of those closest to the student: local school leaders and parents,” writes Heritage’s Lindsey Burke.
There are a variety of reasons to be concerned about the Common Core standards. One of the strongest reasons to oppose is that responsibility over what children are being taught should remain in the hands of the parents and local school leaders, and Common Core national standards are a threat to that very basic principle.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mischaracterized the American Federation of Teachers’ position on the Common Core standards. This post has been corrected to reflect the organization’s position.
If you are moving towards an autocracy the first thing that goes is strong public education....that is what makes democratic principles strong after all!
ALL OF THIS CORPORATIZATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND NOW PRIVATIZATION OF K-12 DOES THIS!
Professors Join the Precariat Almost half of college instructors are part-time and struggle to piece together enough work to pay the bills.
September 16, 2013 • By Lisa Wade •
While the stereotype of the college professor might still be an elbow-patched intellectual cozied up in an office, it might be more accurate to place him in his car. A new report from the American Association of University Professors finds that more than 40 percent of college instructors are part-time, often driving from campus to campus to cobble together enough classes to enable them to pay rent. These types of employees far outnumber tenured and tenure-track faculty, who make up less than a quarter.
This data suggest that the term “precariat” applies well to a significant proportion of college and university professors. Coined by economist Guy Standing, the term is meant to draw attention to the economic fragility of many lower wage workers in today’s labor market. It’s a combination of the word “precarious” and “proletarian,” a word that is used to refer to the working class under capitalism.
Part-time faculty count as part of the precariat because their jobs are contingent (renewed semester to semester), low paid, and bring little or no benefits. Let me put it this way. I just finished my first year as a tenured professor after six years on the tenure track. I teach five classes. An adjunct at a public research university would have to teach more than 23 classes to earn my salary (average pay is $3,200/class); someone teaching at community colleges would have to teach more than 33 (at $2,250/class). Of course, my salary also reflects research and institutional service, but my hourly wage is obviously far out-of-proportion to that of part-time faculty. Plus I get a wide range of benefits; adjuncts usually get nothing.
When government funding of higher education shrinks, colleges and universities respond by cutting corners where they can. Hiring adjuncts is one way to do that. It’s important to remember, then, that funding cuts hurt not only students; they also hurt jobs.