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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 November 12, 2014 at 8:46am

More states reject Common Core.  read Heritage report

Comment by Don Forward on October 31, 2014 at 9:01am
Attached is the Common Core Presentation - in both PowerPoint and WP Presentation format.  
The Presentation has no "background" information about Common Core (e.g.Bill Gates, Jeb Bush etc.).  

Focus is on 

"How does Common Core effect my child"
"What effect does Common Core have on my parental rights?"
"What actions can I take?"
The goal of the Presentation is to initiate a strong enough emotional reaction that parents will want to take action.  

If you choose to alter the Presentation, I suggest that you do not include "educational" information.  Although interesting, it will probably not initiate a strong reaction.  It is, of course, your choice.  But, it will make the Presentation very long - where you may "lose" the attention of your audience.

As I mentioned in the prior email, this Presentation is for a Florida audience and will need to be altered for those outside Florida.

Please let me know if there are problems with the PowerPoint presentation.  Alison initially did the Presentation in PowerPoint.  It was converted over to WordPerfect (so I could edit it) and then was converted back to PowerPoint.
PLEASE consider making a presentation.   OUR POWER LIES WITH THE PARENTS!
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.

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