Common Core: What is in a Name?


In the Hunger Games, President Snow wears a genetically enhanced  rose to cover up the stench of his illness...  Many of Wyoming's politicians do the same thing when the run as "Republicans" attempting to cover up the stench that  is the truth about their progressive mentality. The facade of changing the name of Common Core is just like putting on a strong smelling rose  and hoping the stink is covered up and no longer noticeable.

In the Hunger Games, President Snow wears a genetically enhanced rose to cover up the stench of his illness… Many of Wyoming’s politicians do the same thing when they run as “Republicans” attempting to cover up the stench that is the truth about their progressive agenda. The facade of changing the name of Common Core is just like putting on a strong smelling rose and hoping the stink is covered up and no longer noticeable.

A rose but by any other name may smell just as sweet, but just like Wyoming’s progressive minded elected officials -overrunning our legislature and Governors office- calling themselves Republicans, Common Core* by any other name still stinks. There are a few states that are debating as to whether or not they should change the name of the COPYRIGHTED Common Core Standards in their states in an effort to disguise the standards, yet there has been no talk of changing the substance.

But just like insisting that Obama Care is called the Affordable Care Act (Which is not affordable, nor does it guarantee care) changing the name by which the Common Core Standards are called, changes neither the inappropriateness of most of the standards, the data collection, nor the federal involvement therein. Perhaps the one thing that could be changed would be removing “state” from the name, as it is misleading.

Call it what you like, Communism Core, Obama Core, Race to the Middle, the standards are still out of touch with reality, and don’t take child development into account. No matter what the standards are called, teachers are only teaching to the test [Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)] designed to assess the standards.

Yet many in our legislator as well as our progressive minded “Republican” Governor, Matt Mead, and his appointed Board of Education, including the “winner” of the newly created position (read: czarship) Director of the Department of Education, Richard Crandall, [who seems to have one major purpose: promote Common Core] still stand by the Common Core Standards and wasted tax payer money on a propaganda video promoting Common Core  even though it is already implemented in Wyoming. Why do they need to promote Common Core, wasting tax payer money on a propaganda video? Because, people like you and I are pushing back and they are scared.

 

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Read: A Tale of Two Videos

Read: Wyoming: Where Everything Old is New Again 

 

No matter what the standards are called there will still be so much data mining involved, there will be nothing the government won’t know about your child, your family, or your household. You may have heard our own elected officials, including US Senator John Barrasso, as well as people that Governor Mead appointed say “The Common Core Standards are just academic standards and there is not any data mining in the standards themselves” True, but your driver’s license or insurance didn’t come with your car, but you are required to have each of them to drive it.  

Data Mining Devices from Pg. 44 of the "Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance" report.

Data Mining Devices from Pg. 44 of the “Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance” report.

The US Department of Education put out a draft of a report titled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: Critical factors for Success in the 21 Century” the heading of

chapter three (Measuring Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance) States:

[A]s new assessment systems are developed to reflect the new standards in English language arts, mathematics, and science, significant attention will need to be given to the design of tasks and situations that call on students to apply a range of 21st century competencies that are relevant to each discipline. A sustained program of research and development will be required to create assessments that are capable of measuring cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills.

– National Research Council 2012 Report on 21st Century Knowledge and Skills (NRC, 2012)

 

The only new Math and Language Arts standards that are new in 45 states [as of 2012 when this was written] are the first ever nationalized K-12 academic standards, the Common Core Standards. The only new science standards being used by the majority of the states [that chose to adopt the Common Core Standards], are the Next Generation Science Standards.  

Click to read how the US Department of Education plans to “create assessments that are capable of measuring cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills”

Do not be fooled by the name game, changing the name of Common Core changes not the overall goal of the federalization of America’s schools. Do not allow Matt Mead, his appointed State Board of Education, and many of our overwhelmingly Republican legislature get away with talking points, contact them and let them know how you feel about allowing the federal government having control of Wyoming’s schools.

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Read: Data Collection and the Common Core part 1

Read: Data Collection and the Common Core part 2

Read: Where is Wyoming? Proof that Common Core is Not truly State led Part 1

Read: Where is Wyoming? Proof that Common Core is Not truly State led Part 2

Read: Let The Common Core Games Begin, and May the Odd be Ever in Your Favor

Read: Common Core: How To Kill Divergent Mockingbirds

 

 

Governor Matt Mead: E-mail Governor Mead

By Mail: State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street Cheyenne, WY 82002- 0010 

By Phone: 307.777.7434

Contact your legislators

Director of the Department of   Education, Richard Crandall:

By Mail: 2300 Capitol Avenue Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor Cheyenne, WY 82002-2060

By Phone: (307) 777-7690

State Board of Education:

Joe.reichardt@wyoboards.gov

sue.belish@wyoboards.gov

kathy.coon@wyoboards.gov

pete.gosar@wyo.gov

hugh.hageman@wyoboards.gov

scotty.ratliff@wyoboards.gov

walt.wilcox@wyoboards.gov

kathryn.sessions@wyoboards.gov

belenda.willson@wyoboards.gov

ken.rathbun@wyoboards.gov

ron.micheli@wyoboards.gov

paige.fenton-hughes@wyo.gov

 

 

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*Authors: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers

Title: Common Core State Standards

Publisher: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C.

Copyright Date: 2010