Say no to Common Core! This is the message from the parents who have put together a remarkable, no brainer, curriculum vitae for their children.
If you are like me, then you have heard a lot about the Common Core and its horrific impact on educational instruction. The newest word in the dictionary is “core,” and it seems that the buzz has subsided a bit after the Federal Government refused to back down.
My first thought upon hearing the word “core” is that it means the same thing that “safety” means in the construction business. Once I realized that, I understood that this is something very important. However, I was somewhat skeptical.
I was a little bit taken aback when I realized how influential the “common core” curriculum is. Apparently, the parents are putting together a curriculum vita that shows that the Common Core is not “the” standard. If this is the case, then what is “the” standard anyway?
The problem I see with the curriculum vitae is that it is based on something that is not “the” standard. If the parents know their kids will be learning more in the kindergarten school setting and using only curriculum, then why would they send them to the third grade and first grade? This means that the curriculum vitae is an outdated model, and this is hardly the most innovative strategy for education. This is not something I am going to get into right now, because I want to get down to the nitty-gritty of the question.
It is my contention that the most notable reason that Common Core exists is that the federal government has seen fit to coordinate with the states in the process of trying to find a national curriculum that would serve our children. Apparently, the states need guidance from the federal government to make sure that they do end up with too much material and not enough kids using it. This is one way of taking care of our children. The problem is that when we start telling states what their requirements must be, they just keep on coming up with new requirements to place on the children.
Let me put it this way: What is the government saying that we must do with regard to “the” standard? It is pretty obvious that Common Core will become the one and only standard. The fact that the core remains to be divisive is a fairly big problem. Unfortunately, the parents in the parental education curriculum vitae also perceive this to be a problem.
The basic problem is that the federal government did not set standards. When states find themselves in an educational quagmire, there is a great deal of the blame that is placed on the shoulders of the federal government. But the federal government is not set up to actually determine how to set up the standards.
The question I have is this: Is the federal government set up to work within the framework of the Common Core? Or do the states take the position that the federal government is not really the source of guidance, but it is the only valid source? Even if the answers to these questions are yes, the results are still very concerning. Does the state have the authority to dictate the actual structure and the way the curriculum will be applied?
It seems to me that the parents, who are the ones doing the parenting, are not above reproach. They are setting up a curriculum vitae that is not innovative, which is the real problem. It is entirely possible that this is not the best way to educate our children.
The parents in the parent education curriculum vitae are doing exactly what the federal government has been calling for all along, which is to get a national curriculum. It is about time that they take a stand against the Common Core. I encourage all parents to speak out against the Common Core.