The Indiana State Senate voted to halt implementation of the Common Core standards until there had been hearings across the state. The action was brought about by the fervent opposition of two angry moms.
And maybe the two angry moms actually bothered to read the stuff, unlike the other fifty thousand people who signed off on it sight unseen and bought a pig in a poke.
Whatever happened to we will make no wine before it is time? What’s the rush?
Maybe the common core could be successful if they took the time to get buy in from the people who will use it, and took the time to revise it through multiple iterations for five more years before it is implemented.
This is an especially breathtaking achievement, when we consider the size of the epic power grab they’ve temporarily derailed. The Common Core is one essential piece of the Big Data drive, and we have to match the corporate powers’ urgency as they roll it out in the coming weeks. Diane has been covering the Shared Learning Collaborative’s insider dealings all week. Here’s more.
“With $100M From The Gates Foundation & Others, inBloom Wants To Transform Education By Unleashing Its Data”
I only get one link, so this is a big one. The first half summarizes the Gates-Murdoch national data bank alliance, and links to Bill Gates’ recent “big data savior” rant. Please keep reading below the break, though, even if you think you already understand. This is one the data bank to rule them all, and serve each child up for digitally “personalized” accountability from cradle to grave.
“This fragmentation and lack of portability has rendered data incommunicative, [CEO Iwan Streichenberger] says, stripping it of much of its utility and, really, its value.”
“The company also wants to help educators locate standards-aligned instructional resources from multiple providers, matching them to students’ individual needs…
In turn, the CEO hopes that this will provide a rising tide for all boats, lifting the monetization potential, the ability for companies to make money, by allowing them to work within the same educational niche, while specializing within that niche… Today, 21 education technology companies have already announced plans to develop apps that will work with inBloom’s open API…”
“LearnSprout and Clever arrived in 2012 to help create a standardized set of APIs that could allow developers to unlock Student Information Systems — the data silos that contain much of a school’s essential student data …”
See link below….this video (condescending and pathetic) was originally on the SLC site and there were at least 40 negative comments from teachers. Now it looks like comments are not an option. From reading the article I don’t understand why they needed to change the name. Will they change it every few months?
I know my kids. I don’t need their digital educrap. Teaching is a human experience based upon relationships. They just don’t get that and they never will.
One would think they would get rid of this ridiculous “personalized learning” cartoon.
Let’s make sure Joel and Rupert go belly up!
I hope New York follows suit! The CCS are a hodge-podge of nothingness that no one can fully explain! I don’t think any thought was given to any of these standards. No matter how many websites I review, how many endless reams of paper I use running off the “latest” CCS, how many materials I have already purchased to try and keep up, I feel overwhelmed as though I am treading water. This is the first time in 35 years of teaching, I’m not having any fun! The CCS have NOT made me a better teacher. In fact, my colleagues and I are frustrated, sad and concerned about the future of our education system.
Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.
Also, see the SLC/inBloom/Klein/Murdoch/Gates privacy statement….catch the UNLESS:
Vendors have no access to student records through inBloom unless authorized by a state or district with legal authority over those student records. inBloom has no ownership of student records. Neither inBloom nor any other participating agency or vendor may sell, assign, lease or commercially exploit confidential student data. inBloom philanthropic supporters such as the Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation have no access to student data via inBloom.
View the complete inBloom Privacy & Information Security Policy.
Sorry…I am becoming OCD on this issue, but aren’t they merely rebranding themselves because the SLC was not embraced by teachers who were paying attention?
I wrote comments and I read many negative comments on their orginal site. Now commenting doesn’t even appear to be an option.
What about their other partner, Rupert Murdoch? We all know his record on not trying to access private and personal information (newscorp, anyone)…
We need these women to go nationwide!
Ah the great things with vouchers!!! St. Luke’s is a voucher school that had to go along with it, and yes, the two women hated it, because their Catholic kids were to be educated by those standards.
We spent tremendous amounts of money during the ’60′s to go to the moon. When we got there, we found it was “not all that”. We canceled the last missions, and haven’t been back since….
Somehow the comparison to NCLB and RTTT and Common Core is just eerie….
Every governor and state official now needs to sit up, take notice, and understand that if an entire state can so be convinced twice (first in the elections and now this) as to the wrongness of such a program, it might be wise not to attach his/her political career to that exact same program…
I fully applaud these two women. But recognize that what they did was simply point out that the emperor had no clothes… The program itself is not a good program.
Thanks for the great comments. There are several groups forming across the country. We are trying to connect everyone with information and legislative updates. If there are concerned parents in your area, please send them to our website-www.hoosiersagainstcommoncore.com Thanks, Erin
The darkest blotch in American Education history would have to go to laws in southern states that strictly prohibited the education of African-Americans. Ignorance was necessary for security: slaves were not to question their lot in life.
No establishment in our educational system should ever be allowed to exist that has the potential to purposely keep an entire populace ignorant and unquestioning. Even if a set of high-quality Common Core Standards existed (which they do not), the potential deconstruction of our democracy would far outweigh any potential benefit they would bring. Anyone who supports Common Core Standards is foolishly overlooking a potential disaster.
Brilliantly Said!!!!!! I agree!!!! I am leading my own crusade here in Northeast Florida to stop anymore implementation of CCSS. I have gotten the attention of the Speaker of the House of Reps of The state of Florida. I hope I can get enough attention to stop this madness. I don’t think that people understand that this CCSS will eventually effect home schooled children as well. That is the part that really bothers me.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association gets it. They oppose Common Core. In Indiana the homeschool community has become actively engaged in our fight. Keep fighting in Florida, and tell Tony “hello” for us! Visit us at http://www.hoosiersagainstcommoncore.com. We would love to connect. Thus far, at least nine states have anti-Common Core legislation that has been introduced. Will there be legislation introduced in Florida?
Is there a way to subscribe to your site to get updates? I couldn’t find a way to sign up with my email. Great work by the way…you have my admiration!
You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. When we post new things to our website, it automatically updates our Facebook page and sends a tweet notifying followers. We usually put several posts a week up. You should also follow the Truth in American Education website at http://www.truthinamericaneducation.com. It is a clearinghouse for many groups fighting Common core around the country and a wonderful source of information.
As far as legislation to be introduced to stop CCSS here in Florida, I don’t know. I am working hard in that direction. I have a meeting with one of my local state legislatures tomorrow morning so we will see where that takes us. My frustration lies with parents who support what I’m doing but won’t jump on board and get actively involved. Also, some school board members here have the attitude of “There is nothing we can do, CCSS is here to stay”. That is a cowards way out and being lazy! I don’t accept that answer! As far as Tony goes, from what I understand, Governor Rick Scott was forced by the administration to take him on, I don’t think he wanted to. I would love to see him go! I will keep you posted on my progress at your website as well.
Any suggestions on how to get more parents involved?
Here is the link to a map, which shows the growing number of states where anti-Common Core legislation has been introduced. https://www.box.com/s/tddm9y7t699u9sb1zzuf You should definitely show this to the legislator with whom you are meeting. Also, show him the recent article, which reports that your State Board of Education requested $400 million to implement the Race to the Top requirements. It quotes your Commissioner of Education, Tony Bennett, saying that states are going to experience “sticker shock” over the cost of testing! This is alarming, coming from one of the staunchest supporters of CC. Here is the link:http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/02/19/the-other-problems-with-floridas-new-education-standards-and-testing/ The Truth in American Education website has a community action tool kit, and many other great resources. I suggest you visit their website. I believe they have some other contacts in Florida. Please contact them, so you can be put in touch with them.
The latest post on the TAE website is “How to Fight Common Core.” Here is the link:http://truthinamericaneducation.com/
All of this information is Wonderful! I can’t thank you enough. I did not see the additional resources quoted above until now. Already had the meeting. He was not supportive and said I was swimming up hill in a huge waterfall. Basically fighting a losing battle. Nothing can be done were his words.
He is willing to set me up an appt with the state school board in Tallahassee. That is a positive thing! I hopt to get some more allies who will come with me and help with that. I don’t know if I have the right political attitude for that. I have a bad habit of letting my passion override my thinking and don’t feel I could keep up with all off their politcal verbage. Pray for me!
Debbie, do you have a way to be contacted? I’m interested in jumping on board in helping you and any others here in North Florida. I’m just starting to get familiar with CC.
Debbie – Parents, community members, and taxpayers across the state of Florida have been fighting reforms – including Common Core standards. I applaud increased activity in North Florida, but I am aware of none. Good luck to you. On another point, I think it wiser to look closer to home on the powerful influencers on education matters and on Bennett’s selection. The State School Board made that call…unanonmously.
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