(Me) Here's where we are headed, and it's very scary. Common Core national standards are big business. Bill Gate$ has partnered with Pear$on(textbook company) to write the new national curriculum which will be "imposed" upon our children.
In my school district there is too much focus on standards and college readiness, instead of the fact that 80% of Allentown students are now considered lower income or living in poverty. Not all children are college material. How about just focusing on what public education stands for: promoting citizens in a democracy while providing equal opportunities for all children. When we give the children the right tools and knowledge, in a safe learning environment, with a rich curriculum, they can make their own decisions about college. Racing to the Top, Winning the Future, will not fix poverty, which is the cause of low achievement. High expectations, speaking in platitudes, will not fix poverty. I don't want my local community school to be standardized. Celebrating our differences is what brings us together. Standardization will anesthetize our children to the very qualities we should value as a community of diverse human beings... little things like empathy and acceptance of other cultures and valuing the unique history of our community...things that are not so neatly measured and aligned. If standardization is the cornerstone of our public education policy, then we are doomed as a society. Why are we being told to compete in an education race, when we should be collaborating together to meet the immediate needs of our impoverished students. Where the heck are we headed so fast, and why do we need to be number one all the time?
You can read the entire scary report here:http://www.allentownsd.org/233410911122917900/site/default.asp?# The arrogance of the author is just astounding.