The Dangers of the Dramatic Increase in Technology Required by RTTT

Link to Article: Ten Reasons Why Hand Held Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age of 12

This article underscores the importance of not forcing kids to be plastered to a technology device all day as required in RTTT. We have already heard of many schools and districts moving to more technology to deliver the curriculum, as well as the testing. Not only is this a data mining issue, it has developmental effects on our children.

From the article:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, causing escalating usage, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist is calling on parents, teachers, and government to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.

Increase of Standardized testing linked to increased ADD/ADHD diagnosis and medicating?

Link to Article: The Truth about ADHD Over Diagnosis Linked To Cause Championed by Michelle Rhee

from the article:

Researchers have discovered a disturbing link between over-diagnosis and the proliferation of standardized testing

“What the team found was that high rates of ADHD diagnoses correlated closely with state laws that penalize schools when students fail. Nationally, this approach to education was enacted into law in 2001 with No Child Left Behind, which makes funding contingent on the number of students who pass standardized tests. In more recent years, similar testing-based strategies have been championed by education reformers such as Michelle Rhee. But many states passed these accountability laws as early as the 1980s, and within a few years of passage, ADHD diagnoses started going up in those states, the authors found, especially for kids near the poverty line.”

Stop Common Core in Plymouth!

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Stop Common Core in Plymouth!!!  Tues., March 11, 2014

Which Plymouth schools are teaching the Common Core curriculum?  All of the schools in the Robbinsdale , Wayzata, Hopkins and Minnetonka districts are using Common Core textbooks.  Even a number of private schools are teaching Common Core!  But isn’t Common Core more than a standard and curriculum?  Doesn’t it have to do with standardized testing, surveys, data collection and data mining and on and on…?

Want to know more?  Come and learn how Common Core affects public, private and homeschooling at the Plymouth Covenant Church, 4300 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth, MN   55446 on Tuesday, March 11th.   The power point presentation will begin at 7:00pm and is free.

Look forward to seeing you!

The Great American Catastrophe: An Education Takeover

Want to learn more about Common Core and what you can do to stop it?  If you live in Carver, McLeod or LeSueur counties, you must attend this meeting.

Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) presents, “The Great American Catastrophe: An Education Takeover’ at the Waconia American Legion on  Sunday, March 16th at 2:00pm.  The address is 233 South Olive Street, Waconia, 55387 and seats 200.

Bring your friends, family, teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards and let’s fill the site!