Last year, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers agreed to sponsor the Common Core State Standards Initiative with help from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Goal were to develop common mathematics and English, Language, Arts (ELA) standards that states could supposedly voluntarily adopt. USDE then included adoption of the standards as part of the application for states to qualify for “Race to the Top” education grants.
- Most states agreed to it even before the standards were published in June.
Here are warnings from Professor Jim Milgram and Professor Sandra who were in the national validation committee forming the standards.
- "How can the State Boards of Education make decisions when they haven't even read the standards? Many state's Board Member had never been initiated into what was in these documents. What were the policy issues coming out of these documents and whether these analyses were truly were in a sense legitimate academic analysis...These are very serious issues about what self- government means at the state and local government level."--Sandra Stotsky, professor in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and holds the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality.
- "...the requirement to automaticity on their own self- invented algorithms, was one of the political issues that came in at the last moment and it's absolutely crazy. And then there was an entire list of similar ones, that equally made no sense whatsoever in terms of the long term development of children's mathematical capacity." -- Dr. R. James Milgram, professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, member of NASA advisory council.
- Politicians who wants your vote--need to hear your concern on this issue. As a parent you must know where they stand on this movement that will take away your parental rights. Call your governor and your board of education.
- Tune in to City On A Hill Radio Show heard 3pm ct M-F on www.cityonahill.tv as we ask questions on this issue that is pivotal to the future of our children.