The more I read about the Common Core State Standards taking the place of real curriculum in education, the more hopeless I feel. I don’t see how anyone can think this is a good thing once they’ve had the chance to really see what it’s about. The Common Core is being sold to us (literally, as the only ones who will reap any reward from this nonsense is big business) as a solution to all of our educational problems–supposedly higher standards, better college preparedness, more rigorous. I’m scared to death of the Common Core. And to me, even this innocent sounding name, Common Core, has connotations of tyranny— one definition being “oppressive power.”
This beast is too big to ignore, and I have a lot of thoughts on the subject. But part of the reason I started this blog was to have a space where I could refer other parents who are also struggling to understand this educational disaster. So for now, I’d like to share some videos which were recently posted in our Opt-out New York group. As with the pro-rhetoric out there, I understand that every source has its own agenda. But these videos do portray a clear picture as to the other side of the Common Core–the one that should scare every single one of us! Dear reader, once you understand my feelings, my fears, and my frustrations, I will attempt to dissect all the problems I see with the Common Core.