I apologize to the parents and taxpayers of other states since they have been lied to about the same things for far too long – AND, they want us to re-elect them and if we utter one word against them the threats begin.
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education between 1999 – 2006 and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.
Then why is it that approximately 50% of those graduating from high school and going on to college have to take remedial classes in reading and math? My guess would be the increased insertion of “outcome-based education through those years.
Standards are an evolution of the earlier OBE (outcomes-based education) which was largely rejected in the United States as unworkable in the 1990s. In contrast, the more modest "standards" reform has been limited to the core goals of the OBE programs as:
· the creation of curriculum frameworks which outline specific knowledge or skills which students must acquire
· an emphasis on criterion-referenced assessments which are aligned to the frameworks
· the imposition of some high-stakes tests, such as graduation examinations requiring a high standard of performance to receive a diploma
Now we have full blown “dumbing down” indoctrination through Common Core!
To make matters worse, the drafters of the Common Core ignored the research on child development. In 2010, 500 child development experts warned the drafters that the standards called for exactly the kind of damaging practices that inhibit learning: direct instruction along with inappropriate academic content and testing.
The standards movement can be traced to the efforts of Marc Tucker's NCEE which adapted aspects of William Spady's OBE movement into a system based on creating standards and assessments for a Certificate of Initial Mastery. The goal – a severe weakening of the education system based on lies of “improving” the system.
This credential has since been abandoned by every state which first adopted the concept, including Washington and Oregon and largely replaced by graduation examinations, not to mention the extreme failures this practice produced. Tucker’s organization had contracts with states and districts covering as many as half of all American school children by their own claims, and many states enacted education reform legislation in the early 1990’s based on this model, which was also known at the time as "performance-based education" as OBE (and the non-OBE progressive reforms co-marketed with it) had been too widely attacked to be saleable under that name. (Re-branding sound familiar?)
Though the standards movement has a stronger backing from conservatives than OBE by adopting a platform of raising higher academic standards, other conservatives believe that it is merely a re-labeling of a failed, unrealistic vision. It is believed to be the educational equivalent of a planned economy which attempts to require all children to perform at world-class levels merely by raising expectations and imposing punishments and sanctions on schools and children who fall short of the new standards.
The warnings went unheeded. Consequently, the Common Core exacerbates the developmentally inappropriate practices which have been on the rise since NCLB.
Additionally, we all have had to deal with the lies of our elected officials and others who claim they know what is best for our children when they themselves are NOT educators or child development experts. People like David Coleman have just been paid to spread a “political dream” using our children as “human collateral”.
I’m sure most of the states that have been caught up in this education quagmire have been lied to too! I certainly hope it has not been as often and by as many as here in Florida.
On May 22, 2014 Gov. Scott stated to Floridians and anyone else who cared to listen, that Common Core was a “thing of the past” and that Florida’s educational standards were Florida’s not the federal government’s under the name of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
He tried to remind us who he believes are deaf, dumb and blind that the Florida legislature had passed 3 bills during the last session that would remove the worst of the worst pertaining to the CCSS. Whatever name they have been or are going to give to our state standards doesn’t matter. What matters is the content of those standards and the curriculum that is used. They are still the same CCSS with a few tweaks.
Additionally, Scott and others have tried to assure us that the changes Florida made to the remaining standards would make everyone happy because “they” followed our informational input on what we disliked the most about the CCSS. One of those items was cursive writing so they put it back in, but what they aren’t telling you is the changes they made come to approximately 1%! ONE PERCENT!
To add insult to injury, Scott even lied about making it better for the state by pulling out of PARCC and replacing them with American Institutes for Research (AIR). As reported by StateImpact on March 17, 2014, “the new, as-yet-unnamed test is required because Florida is finishing the switch to new math, language arts and literacy standards largely based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by Florida and 44 other states. The current Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test was not designed for the new standards”.
But wait, I thought Scott reported the Standards were changed in February, 2014! That is exactly what the FLDOE web site states.
They clearly want to make the case that AIR is an independent entity outside of PARCC and Smart Balance (SBAC), but they aren’t. As reported here, AIR is partnered with the SBAC.
Would it interest you to know that Dr. Mark Schneider, AIR Vice-President and Institute Fellow for their Education Program is also sitting on the Board of the U.N. UNESCO for education and his term doesn’t end until 12/31/2015? From 2005-2008 he served as the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. He is also the Vice-President at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Governor Scott – who have you put us in bed with this time?
Our legislature should have done much better by our children in regards to their education, but they are more interested in legislation to further their goal in regards to Charter schools and vouchers. Just why do you think that is?
They are willing to give our children the CCSS, and then they tell you to get your kids out of public school under the voucher program and into a Charter school when the Charter schools and some Private ones are using the CCSS.
Why aren’t you asking yourself WHY the big push by the Federal government and the Florida legislature to push the Charter schools and Vouchers?
This is how the Florida legislature hurt our children this past session in regard to education -
SB 188 - Student Data Privacy:
· prohibits the disclosure of confidential information exempting education records to the federal government or any person, public body, politic or political subdivision – in other words, only student information as a whole or group is to be released, not individual student information.
· Florida will be compliant with FERPA as long as FERPA regulations do NOT over-ride Florida Statute 102.222 student’s protection laid out within SB188 – to supersede this it must be done by a court order or subpoena.
· SB 188 did nothing to stop the disclosure of student education data. It must be information on the student’s as a whole – not individual.
· The Florida schools will no longer use a child’s Social Security # as their identifier – they are to be given an identifying ID# of another source.
· Florida will no longer release Biometric information of a student or a student’s parents or siblings i.e., religious or political affiliation or voting history.
· Palm scanning is still approved but for breakfast and lunch programs only. (So what will be next?)
SB188 should have gone much further focusing on our individual state’s rights in protecting our children’s information and that of their families and teachers.
HB 864 - Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education: back in 2013 the legislature passed a law giving the local school districts the option to choose from state reviewed textbooks or the school districts could choose their own textbooks, however they would still have to be Common Core aligned.
The 2013 bill was a disaster in the first place because whoever was appointed to review the textbooks to be used has done a very bad job of it especially in the LA department.
Since the Florida Senate and House could not agree on the language within this bill the only change they made was to create an appeals process for parents to object to textbooks and a requirement for notification before a school district adopts material. Originally this bill was to have given local control of educational materials back to the districts.
They never intended to really advance anywhere with this bill since the Florida Statutes and “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards” included curriculum standards that are found within the federal Common Core Standards. Also there is the intention to still end up with standardized testing being administered by Common Core compliant testing (AIR) and funding being contingent upon the student results of the end of year exams administered by Common Core compliant testing (AIR).
What other choices do the districts have but to choose Common Core compliant instructional material?
And last but certainly not least –
HB 7031 – Education: Since 2008 the Florida Education Standards have been renamed 3 times:
· 2008 Florida Sunshine State Standards
· 2010 Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
· 2014 Florida Standards
HB 7031 was all about renaming the Common Core standards. In the 2010 legislative session the legislature passed SB 1076, which changed Sunshine State Standards to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and defined it to include Common Core Standards in Math and English. Refer to page 8 of SB 1076: “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards” means the state’s public K-12 curricular standards, including common core standards in English Language Arts and mathematics, adopted under s. 1003.41”.
Never forget this was all done prior to the standards having been written, not read by anyone in the state nor any legislative process followed – the whole process was under the direction of the CCSSO, NGA and the bribery of Obama through RTTT.
HB 7031 simply deleted references to Common Core Standards, and despite minor changes, they are still 99.1% Common Core. They can call it what they want, it is still Common Core Standards including the other bad aspects of Common Core, including assessments, curriculum, textbooks and database.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"!
In other words, there are people out there who are not what they seem. Some people will pretend friendship for all of the wrong reasons, such as for money, or something else that can benefit them. In either case, this is not good.
''This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.'' — George W. Bush, at the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 19, 2000. I wonder if this is the same motto Gov. Scott is operating under.