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Floridians Against Common Core


Floridians Against Common Core


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Common Core

Started by Bob Davidson. Last reply by Bob Davidson May 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Will someone please give us an outline of this new topic "Comon Core" for education. I was not aware of it until receiving Don's e-mail this afternoon. Common Core is good if they educate our youth…Continue

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Comment by Don Forward on October 5, 2014 at 2:12pm

Good article in the Orlando Sentinel 5 Oct 2014 HERE

Comment by Don Forward on September 30, 2014 at 12:31pm

Found this article and found it very interesting.  Posted  By 

Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core

It's the first school year most parents have heard about Common Core. And they don't like it one bit.

This is the year new national Common Core tests kick in, replacing state tests in most locales, courtesy of an eager Obama administration and the future generation’s tax dollars. It’s also the first year a majority of people interviewed tell pollsters they’ve actually heard of Common Core, four years after bureaucrats signed our kids onto this complete overhaul of U.S. education.

Common Core has impressed everyone from Bill Gates to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. So why do 62 percent of parents think it’s a bad idea? For one, they can count. But their kids can’t.

1. The Senseless, Infuriating Math

Common Core math, how do we hate thee? We would count the ways, if Common Core hadn’t deformed even the most elementary of our math abilities so that simple addition now takes dots, dashes, boxes, hashmarks, and foam cubes, plus an inordinate amount of time, to .....continue reading HERE.

Comment by Jim S on May 31, 2014 at 10:24pm

Bob, Did you call Rick Scott's campaign director and voice your concerns regarding education? Christian Butterfield is one of the top dogs running Scott's re-election campaign and Scott only won by 75,000 votes last time. 

Let's make our voices heard loud and clear. It is unacceptable for Rick Scott to not address education and the changes he has implemented.

Please call:

Christian Butterfield

(305) 491-2389

Central Florida Political Director

Scott for Florida

Comment by Bob Davidson on May 31, 2014 at 4:43pm

Our children are not robots and should not be treated or educated into being Common Core Robots. They need to be taught to be individuals, we are all different in our own ways not Worker Bee's. Stop Common Core!

Comment by Don Forward on November 26, 2013 at 7:50am
School board erupts in laughter, disbelief over Common Core lessons

November 25, 2013 by Tom Tillison
A school superintendent in upstate New York couldn’t believe her own eyes.

As part of the state’s new Common Core curriculum, first-grade teachers in her district were being asked to teach students about Mesopotamia, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Yes, the ancient region in the eastern Mediterranean.

“I’d heard this whole talk of Mesopotamia being taught in first grade, and I went, ‘You gotta be kidding,’” superintendent Diane Fox said to the district’s Board of Education last week, the Daily Enterprise reported.

“So I thought I’d take a look, because I haven’t really spent much time digging in the elementary modules,” she continued. “The state of New York has put out modules for teachers to use as a resource. They align directly to the Common Core state standards.”

Fox read aloud to the school board the language of a first-grade English language arts “domain” focused on early world civilizations:

By the end of the domain, the students will be able to, one, locate the area known as Mesopotamia on a world map or globe and identify it as part of Asia. Number two. Explain the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the use of canals to support farming and the development of the city of Babylon.

“I’m not making this up,” Fox said, unable to restrain her laughter. She then read another first grade module that focuses on monotheistic religions.

“Looks like, if our first graders understand all of this, they’ll be candidates for Jeopardy,” board member Miles Van Nortwick deadpanned.

Fox pointed out that “this is all a guide,” and stressed that teachers can use their own judgement on what to use.

“But it’s not surprising to me that we as a state or a country are not able to have a meaningful conversation about Common Core, because even those of us who are living it really do not understand it,” she concluded.

Yet, politicians can’t understand why parents continue to reject Common Core.

Continue reading at Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Comment by Don Forward on November 15, 2013 at 2:31pm
Glenn Beck The Blaze picked up this outstanding video against Florida Standards, yes, that's the name of Common Core Standards in Florida.

This is the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI&sns=em

Read the background on this video at The Blaze here:
Comment by Don Forward on October 18, 2013 at 6:37pm
How NOT To Argue with Parents About Common Core

As an outspoken critic of the federal academic standards scheme known as Common Core, I'd like to offer some friendly advice to opponents. Stop insulting. Stop digging. Stop projecting. Start listening.
Central planners in Washington have been caught off-guard by the grassroots revolt against the national standards/testing/curriculum juggernaut. Real input from the hoi polloi was never a part of the grand implementation process. So when parents and educators in dozens of states started challenging the privacy intrusions posed by and the constitutionality, cost, quality and validity of Common Core, its architects went on the attack.
And now, the education control freaks are freaking out.
Former GOP Florida Gov. Jeb Bush accused moms and dads who've vigilantly fought dumbed-down curricula firsthand of foisting "mediocrity" on their own kids.
Bush, Mike Huckabee, Chamber of Commerce types and Gates Foundation promoters routinely have insulted Glenn Beck and his listeners as conspiracy-mongers for raising red flags about Common Core's data-mining agenda.
A Fordham Institute "expert" arrogantly suggested that actively involved parents like me were somehow confused about which materials have been "aligned" to Common Core, even though we're the ones sitting down with our kids to help with incomprehensible homework and error-riddled texts every night in our own homes.
Heavy-handed school-board members and state educrats are taking cues from these elitist leaders. When they're not mocking dissenters, they're stifling them. Maryland parent Robert Small was threatened with arrest and falsely accused of assaulting a police officer because he dared to challenge a Common Core Kabuki forum.
In North Carolina, a parent writes that her principal refused to meet with a group of moms and dads concerned with dumbed-down Common Core math lessons. Moreover, the parent told the Truth About Education blog, the principal issued an effective gag order when she "outright told me to stop communicating with other parents about the Common Core because I was generating 'unrest.'"

Read more: http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2013/10/18/how-not-to...
Comment by Don Forward on October 15, 2013 at 1:09pm
Common Core Standards name Changing.

Inside intel from within one of the larger school districts in Florida.

They had a town hall meeting with all the teachers last week and informed them that from that point forward, Common Core will no longer be used in terminology. It will now be referred to as Florida State Standards.

Indicative of the toxicity of the name, Common Core, so they are repackaging it to throw off the scent.
Comment by Don Forward on September 22, 2013 at 8:51am
Gail posted this article on Facebook and I thought this article by a school teacher was worth the read against Common Core.

Comment by Don Forward on September 21, 2013 at 10:51am
Action Alert - Senator Legg wants public input on Common Core plan

District Office: Tallahassee Office
262 Crystal Grove Blvd. 316 Senate Office Building
Lutz, FL 33548 404 South Monroe Street
Tel: (813) 909-9919 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
FAX 888-263-3681 Tel: (850) 487-2017
Legislative Assistants: Email Senator Legg
Spencer Pylant and Becky Zizzo

Article from The Tampa Tribune

LAND O’ LAKES — With questions and concerns brewing about Common Core State Standards, state Sen. John Legg is hoping to pinpoint just what the problems are.

Legg, R-Lutz, a supporter of Common Core, is asking Floridians to review the new education standards on the Florida Senate website and send him an email with comments, suggestions or concerns. He asks that residents specify which standards interest them.

The text of the standards can be viewed via the Education Committee page of the Senate website at www.flsenate.gov or on the state Department of Education website at www.fldoe.org/schools/ccc.asp.

Math and language arts are the only subjects for which standards have been developed for so far.

Legg is chairman of the Education Committee, and his email address is legg.john.web@flsenate.gov.

Common Core State Standards are national standards that have been adopted by 45 states, including Florida, and the District of Columbia. Proponents say the standards provide more depth of learning and will better prepare students for college, the workforce and competition in a global economy.

A growing number of critics say the standards aren’t as rigorous as proponents claim and represent a federal intrusion into what should be state and local decisions about education. Some opponents express concerns that data collected could violate student privacy.

Among the critics is a group called Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, which argues that Common Core will “harm the quality of education in Florida, violate our children’s, families’ and teachers’ privacy rights, deny state sovereignty and local control, and be unsustainably expensive.”

The standards already are being phased in and are to be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among the supporters are President Barack Obama, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is among those who oppose Common Core.

The standards specify the mastery of a subject students should be able to demonstrate. For example, one of the sixth-grade standards for language arts says students should be able to “determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative and technical meanings.”

One of the third-grade math standards says students should be able to “use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.”

Legg has said he often hears complaints about Common Core. But, he says, when he asks people to review the standards, they can’t point to anything to which they object.

Pasco County School Board members say they are concerned that misinformation is being spread about Common Core. They plan a workshop Oct. 1 to discuss the standards. In addition, in an effort to educate the public about Common Core, the school district is preparing a brochure and has videos on its website.

Superintendent Kurt Browning told the board Tuesday evening that the district’s transition to Common Core is “hard work” but that he is convinced it’s the right thing to do.

“Next year, with full implementation of Common Core, it will be worth it all,” Browning said.

Article from The Tampa Tribune

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