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October 20, 2013

As I Understand the Pennsylvania Core Standards, Carolyn Dumaresq, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, has effectively put forth Governor Corbett’s position regarding the......

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JohnZook

Oct-21-13 9:37 AM

Sham your reliance on the gov't is soooooo Left Wing Extremist!! You're probably so relieved that the gov. has chosen your light bulbs for you. C/Core is data mining and indoctrination to the State. We need to look at the mindset of our local officials, not just how much money (our own) we can get from DC.

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MrShaman

Oct-21-13 8:52 AM

"If the State took the cash, the state agreed to Federal designed curriculum that wasn't even written up or designed at the time." - Tedeaux

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MYTH: These Standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.

FACT: The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative | Myths vs. Facts

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MrShaman

Oct-21-13 8:47 AM

"Think of the millions being spent to develop this top-down, one-size fits all curriculum." - eriklatranyi

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Yeah, Skippy...sure, Skippy...that's what it is...."top-down, one-size fits all curriculum."

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Common Core State Standards Initiative | Myths vs. Facts

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leaningright

Oct-21-13 8:19 AM

and most can't read a tape measure.

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Tedeaux

Oct-20-13 8:58 AM

Common Core was part of the Stimulus Package deal the Federal Government offered States back in 2008. If the State took the cash, the state agreed to Federal designed curriculum that wasn't even written up or designed at the time. The politicians got a hold of it and its turning into a political indoctrination tool for ultra liberal agrendas.

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DavidBross

Oct-20-13 8:58 AM

is ignored.

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DavidBross

Oct-20-13 8:58 AM

"What I do understand is that the Pennsylvania Core Standards provides an assessment tool for the school districts to use in order to identify which teachers are teaching the necessary skills/knowledge for the students at the students' grade level." Actually, the tests will directly show which students have the required skills\knowledge at the time the test was given. From that it will be inferred how well the teachers taught the info. Unless you take into account the qualities/abilities/knowledge the student brought to the classroom, you may not be measuring how well teachers do. I have seen excellent teachers work very hard with students from very dysfunctional backgrounds and get limited test results. I have also seen average teachers with students who come to school ready to learn and those students get excellent test scores with not a lot of extra effort on the part of the teacher. A lot of money in education has been, and will continue to be wasted because this

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MrShaman

Oct-20-13 6:54 AM

"It is time to eliminate the US Department of Education and let the states and local districts decide what is best, not some nameless, faceless bureaucrat in Washington DC." - eriklatranyi

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YEAH!!! Let's HEAR IT!!...for STATES' RIGHTS!!!!!

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Critical Education Standards Opposed by Conservative Group

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eriklatranyi

Oct-20-13 4:56 AM

Think of the millions being spent to develop this top-down, one-size fits all curriculum.

Decisions should be made at the local level, so parents can be closely involved.

It is time to eliminate the US Department of Education and let the states and local districts decide what is best, not some nameless, faceless bureaucrat in Washington DC.

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Tedeaux

Oct-20-13 3:42 AM

I have two children attending schools in Milton and there will be some major changes this year with their grading system that is part of the Common Core Curriculum. A-F grades are being replaced with numbers 1-4. The numbers will also be based off of how well the teacher thinks your child inderstands the material rather than their test scores alone. 4 being rarely accomplished while most stidents would receive a 2 for progressing their knowledge. A 3 or passing number would be given at the end of the year. Seems to me like we're reinventing the wheel here with no tangible benefit for all of the effort. Sort of like Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. Same exact program, they just moved everything around so that Microsoft could make billions of more dollars for their company.

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