More Good Teachers Bite the Dust
“'Top teacher' winner quits due to Common Core,” an award-winning top teacher, Stacie Starr, is quitting her teaching position. Here are her reasons why:
“I can’t do it anymore, not in this ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’ atmosphere,” she said. “I don’t think anyone understands that in this environment if your child cannot quickly grasp material, study like a robot and pass all of these tests, they will not survive.”…She explained that she has faith in her ninth-grade students, but they are reading at sometimes a fourth- and fifth-grade level.
The article quotes another teacher, Meg Norris:
“But after teaching Common Core in my class for about 18 months, I started seeing a lot of behaviors in my students that I hadn’t seen before. They started becoming extremely frustrated and at that age, 12 years old, they can’t verbalize why they couldn’t ‘get it.’”
The WND article cites an attempt of veteran teacher, Dawn Neely, when she “implored her school board to take control of the ‘testing culture’ in their local schools.”
In response, the board president, Kathryn Karpus, said the district can do nothing about it, because it’s bound by Ohio laws that mandate the testing.
Local control of school boards must be returned in order to save our public schools.
On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, began promoting a 42-page proposal to reform American education at the national level that would repeal Common Core along with a general rollback of federal authority. He wants to increase school-choice options for parents and give educators greater administrative freedom.
bail out of public education into “choice,” the workforce training, sifting, and assigning of students will begin in earnest. The Reorganization of the ESEA Act and its Title I money will follow the student into “choice” schools which will lock in the seismic shift from public education (already made bleak to hasten the exodus?) to “public choice education” and workforce training.
There is a plan for the demise of public and private schools. The reorganization plan, outlined in the quotation excerpted below, will essentially destroy education as we know it. The plan is entitled “Conditions for Success.” Please note that the Alliance for Charter Schools is on board with this plan. The Student Success Act, passed in the House last year and equally devastating, is currently being revised in committee. This proposed legislation also uses the term “success.” Has the Center for Reinventing Public Education formulated the blueprint for the Senate and House bills to reauthorize the ESEA Act?
Note that Louisiana Governor Jindal's controversial seems to echo the "Reinventing Schools" plan which was discussed in an address on education in 2014, as per the quote below:
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