Collectivism vs Individualism our Schools Identity

In today’s world, we see this company or that company claiming they are the best in their industry. The spirit of competition makes companies strive for excellence in their respective fields to bring forth the customers to drive up their profits. But what happens to that “creative spirit” that drive to excel above the other companies when our schools are met with “Nationalized Standards?”

Lindsey Burke, Heritage.org has been featured in the Scholar’s Notebook, http://mnedreform.blogspot.com/ breaking down the differences between Our Schools with local and parental control vs. the Common Core Standards.
If all schools generate the “same” models of students, then who will be those who excel and can lead these companies to greatness in the future? Where will our inventors, our leaders in medicine, politics, government, and communities come? When nationalized education infiltrates our schools our local control is side stepped and we lose our voice to stop the collectivism and to help make our school shine with its wonderful features and all it has to offer those who are looking for a school to stand out amongst the crowd.

When there is no competition, there is no creativeness, no drive to improve what is already in place, no real learning. After all, if you know what the outcomes are going to be, then there is no trial and error, which is one of the best tools of learning. If you never fail, you never learn how to not do that again. You lose your creative edge, drive to better yourself. In a sense, we give up on ourselves because nothing more is expected of us.

When you compare apples to poison ivy, you have vast differences. Apples will nourish you, feed your body and mind. While poison ivy will make you itch, irritate your skin, and just make you feel miserable. This goes along with apples being the individualism with schools and being able to have a “say so” in your child’s education. Common Core or the collectivism is the poison ivy, bringing about frustration with everyone involved and having very little you can do about it. The spirit of individuality fades, and all we are left with is worker bees.

 

 

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Washington Post: The Common Core’s Fundamental Trouble

This article written by Valerie Strauss, at the Washington Posts delivers a thoughtful approach to what Common Core means to parents, educators, students and school districts.

Here’s a snippet of the article posted June 18th:

“For starters, the misnamed “Common Core State Standards” are not state standards. They’re national standards, created by Gates-funded consultants for the National Governors Association (NGA). They were designed, in part, to circumvent federal restrictions on the adoption of a national curriculum, hence the insertion of the word “state” in the brand name. States were coerced into adopting the Common Core by requirements attached to the federal Race to the Top grants and, later, the No Child Left Behind waivers. (This is one reason many conservative groups opposed to any federal role in education policy oppose the Common Core.)

Written mostly by academics and assessment experts—many with ties to testing companies—the Common Core standards have never been fully implemented and tested in real schools anywhere. Of the 135 members on the official Common Core review panels convened by Achieve Inc., the consulting firm that has directed the Common Core project for the NGA, few were classroom teachers or current administrators. Parents were entirely missing. K–12 educators were mostly brought in after the fact to tweak and endorse the standards—and lend legitimacy to the results.”

Read the entire article here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/18/the-common-cores-fundamental-trouble/

Common Core – Growing Big Brother in the Classrooms

Michelle Malkin’s article “Who is Tracking our Children” should raise a huge red flag of distress to each and every parent in this country. This is downright invasion of privacy and deliberate abuse of companies against children and parental rights. And a stepping stone to cutting out parental say in education.

Governments spying, lying and conspiring against its citizens seems like a fantastic action movie for Hollywood. But this is no longer Hollywood, nor is it a motion picture. Today, this is real, and it’s even in our schools plaguing our children through many tools.

Technology: Under Common Core Standards certainly comes at a hefty price to privacy and parental rights. With schools coming under severe scrutiny because of RFID chips in ID badges and most recently, iris scans of children without parental consent, we have to ask who is really watching out for the best interest of our children when they are in school. Even the US Dept of Education’s Grit Report from February 2013 has listed sensors that will monitor our children including but most certainly not limited to Facial Expression Cameras, Posture Analysis Seats, Pressure Mouse, and a Wireless Skin Conductance Sensor .

Data mining: What is done with the information, who has access to it, and how long can these companies and/or our government hang onto and use this information against us? One must ask why do we need to collect all these data points, and why from children. One word comes to mind: Control. Someone has decided that in order to “Control” our children, they need to know every single aspect of their lives, their parents’ lives in order to “Control” every piece of every person’s lives. This is not the workings of a free society. Our educational rights as parents are quickly dwindling away with Common Core. If we wish to have any say in our children’s educations, we need to understand Common Core and Data mining and we need to inform all parents, school boards, legislators, and the media of these heinous and criminal acts against our children, us and our nation’s future in the world.

For more information, please read Michelle’s article here: http://michellemalkin.com/2013/05/31/whos-tracking-your-children/

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