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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.”

So you might ask “What effects is Common Core” having in Minnesota?

Link to article: Common Core Standards – Mediocrity For All

This article also has a pair of great links that goes through the teaching of Common Core math from the “Teaching Channel”.

But wait, you say, MN doesn’t have CC Math.

Some districts are stating that they are teaching CC Math.

Is this due to the monopoly of text books due to the Copyright that the curriculum has? Hmmmm…..

FYI – The Teaching Channel has received $20.2 Million in funding over the last 3 years from the Gates Foundation.