January 26, 2016—Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, takes both Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush to school over socialism in education. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio has gone on the attack against Jeb […]
January 10, 2015—The Common Core Standards are championed by the Obama Administration as the newest way to raise academic achievement and prepare students for college and careers. This wouldn’t be the first time the federal […]
January 20, 2015—Hello, everybody. Thank you for tuning in. A headline caught my attention. I was hoping it would be good news for us. It says, “A new bill could mark the beginning of the end of Common Core.” Sounds pretty good.
Most of the states have signed up for Common Core, so they haven’t been willing to fight it. But I think they were frightened that they might lose some federal funding if they didn’t go along.
Anyway, there’s a lot of resentment. The Republicans have run against it and they want to change it. But the introduction here for this change and on Common Core comes from Lamar Alexander. He’s a moderate Republican.
It really doesn’t do a whole lot. What it does is it tries to give more management by the states. But it doesn’t attack the principle of why we have nationalized educational system with testing. I don’t think they’re going to change this universal testing, which is an utter menace that everybody despises and yet they do go along with it.
One thing interesting about this is the support for Common Core comes from a lot of business establishment, business lobbyists. You think they’d be indifferent to it or against it. But I guess they’re convinced if we have better educated kids coming out of the public school systems, they have better workers and whatnot.
There are a lot of problems in education. Most think that it needs better management, central control, and more money. I don’t agree with any of that. I think you need less centralization. You don’t need more money. As a matter of fact, less money such as in home schooling. They get a better education.
But the problem that we face in our country with the deterioration of the schools has been not only the nationalization and the control from Washington and bureaucracy in some of the discipline problems that they’re involved with where a kid in grade school points his finger at somebody and they call the policeman and haul him off in hand cuffs. That kind of stuff is not quite like what school should be all about.
There are problems in the family, especially in the poorer neighborhoods and that’s a contributing factor. Parents, at least one parent sometimes, put the kids out on the street. No legislation is going to correct that. Also, the issue of poverty still exists and that contributes to it. And our drug laws contribute to it because with the poverty and the lack of parental control and these kids get involved. If they do get into school, they can be troublemakers.
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January 13, 2015—Common Core claims to set a high-quality academic standard in math and English language arts. It outlines what a student should know and be able to accomplish at the end of Each grade […]
December 3, 2014—Nearly two million children are homes-chooled according to a 2013 study from the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That number continues to climb faster than traditional public school […]
September 30, 2014 – Today we discuss Common Core. Common Core is a federal educational initiative that sets specific requirements for what K-12 students should know in English and math at the end of each grade, and includes rigorous standardized testing of these students. These requirements are becoming very unpopular and have been shown to be ineffective.
Standardized testing is not the best way to measure understanding of a subject for all students. Students learn in different ways, and the stress and pressure of a standardized test can do more harm than good.
Also, the initiative has a heavy focus on English and math, and is lacking in science, social studies, physical education and the arts.
A school district in Colorado recently voted to opt most students out of Common Core’s standardized testing. The school district superintendent Nicholas Gledich explained said the district is looking for flexibility because quote “one size does not fit all.”
And the recent cheating scandal in Alabama highlights what’s wrong with standardized testing and No Child Left Behind.
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June 22, 2014 – With Oklahoma’s government withdrawing from the federal government’s Common Core standards program, which essentially bribed states into adopting curriculum developed by bureaucrats and so-called experts, Ron Paul suggests examining his online […]