Common Core and National Education Standards

Posted by: indigo

Common Core and National Education Standards - 10/10/19 09:18 AM

It is often difficult for people to comprehend the vast changes in US public education introduced by Common Core Standards and and "all of their supporting components" since 2010. Either they recall their family members' experiences from decades ago and believe the system to be running in a similar manner... or they see how it is now and believe it must've long been run in a similar manner. This can be further complicated by timing, with some counties and districts being early adopters of the changes and others moving more slowly in implementing changes. Some school districts are incubators, on the leading edge of implementing change, and other schools are a few years behind in implementation. Also making it difficult to see the changes is the fact that these changes may also be found in private/parochial schools... as some private/parochial schools accept government funding (tax-payer dollars) through School Choice and/or voucher programs. Here is a brief roundup:

The "supporting components" of Common Core include:
- extensive data collection on students, into lifelong databases
- emphasis on equal outcomes for all pupils (which may cap the growth of "gifted" pupils)
- evaluation of how well schools and teachers achieve equal outcomes

Amendment X of the US Constitution specifies "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." We, the people did NOT give federal government control of public education. Nonetheless, the US Department of Education requires extensive data collection on students.

What is taught in local US government schools these days is pretty much the same all across the USA, due to aligning to Common Core (http://www.corestandards.org/).
- During the alignment, if material moved down a grade, the course was becoming more rigorous.
- If material moved up one or more grades, the course was being dumbed down.
- Some material was not assigned to any grade and therefore was dropped. I believe two examples are cursive writing and Roman Numerals.

More changes are underway.

Based on acceptance of Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics, other national education standards are being implemented, including:
1- National Sexuality Education Standards (http://www.futureofsexed.org/nationalstandards.html),
2- Next Generation Science Standards (https://www.nextgenscience.org/),
3- National Center for History in the Schools (https://phi.history.ucla.edu/nchs/pr...standards-faq/)
4- Geography Education Standards Project, Geography for Life: National Geography Standards (broken link)
5- Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics (broken link)
6- National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (https://www.apa.org/education/k12/national-standards)
7- National Educational Technology Standards, published by the INTERNATIONAL Society for Technology Education (https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students)


These educational plans appear to be related to the UN 2030 Agenda, which includes a list of 17 goals, where #4 seems to suggest a uniform educational experience, worldwide. Plans have been in progress for more than 30 years, as the forerunner to UN 2030 Agenda was Agenda 21 (1992, Rio de Jainero). Within the UN 2030 Agenda there are currently 4 UN campaigns listed - Climate, Gender, Water, and Youth. The youth campaign encourages youth to engage in bringing about the changes detailed in its 17 goals, leading to globalism. Efforts to lead youth to engage in these actions include summits, a webpage of games and activities, and "World's Largest Lesson" classroom lesson plans for teachers. Youth are encouraged to calculate their carbon footprint and purchase climate credits from Climate Neutral Now. In this 6 minute video clip linked from the youth summits page, UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke of income tax being replaced by income from climate credits, and also stated that parents used to instruct their children's behavior but now children teach their parents proper behavior.

Vigilant parents and strong families may want to help fill any gaps in their children's education, including:
- cursive writing,
- Roman Numerals,
- US History (including the US Constitution - considered to be the oldest Constitution still in use today, and Bill of Rights),
- World History (including failures of socialism & communism).