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Maryland's Roadmap to Understanding Common Core

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Kathryn Goppelt

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Transcript of Maryland's Roadmap to Understanding Common Core

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From Stop Common Core (, the American Principles Project, and Concerned Women for America in Georgia
Common Core was developed by Achieve Inc., a non-profit in Washington D.C. under the auspices of the National Governor's Association (NGA) & Council of Chief State School Officers.
Progressive Education
Help students develop knowledge,
attitudes, values and behaviors to:
promote social justice
develop global awareness
encourage interdependence
shape a democratic and just world
The goal is for every student to be "college- and career-ready" using increased expectations & goals at each grade level without foundation.

All Students College-Ready
Standards begin at birth
Students expected to write paragraphs in Kindergarten
Classroom time in English includes more non-fiction
Potentially decreased capacity for analytical thinking
Less emphasis on algorithms
in math instruction
A regime of "
" can and
does produce more stress
for both teacher and student

Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and
application with equal intensity
Difficulties with
Teaching New Standards
Education Transforms Society

National Sovereignty
Self-Evident Truth (Facts)
Equal Opportunity
Creator-Given Rights
Government Secures Rights
Consent of the Citizens

World Citizenship
Constructivism (Experiences)
Equal Outcome
Government Defined Rights
Government Distributes "Fairness"
Citizens Serve the "Community"

Declaration Principles
Sustainable Principles
Agenda 21 – Chapter 36
The Goal of
National Standards:
To replace state standards in every state.
Educational choices directed by data
Nationalize curriculum and testing
Promote the greater good of society as opposed to self-reliance
Local school boards
can add up to 15% to CC (not included on tests), States must accept 100% of standards verbatim.
The 2009 stimulus bill of $4.35 billion provided NGA with a means to shape state and local curricula with minimal oversight from local officials and educators.
The requirements tied to funding often end up costing states more money to administer than they ever receive in added federal funds.
The U.S. Department of Education introduced states to CC by requiring acceptance in order to receive Race to the Top grant funding. See a list by state of those who intend to apply for more funding in 2013 here.
Financial "Carrots"
How Was Common Core Brought to the States?
It appears educational vendors stand to gain the most.
Hidden Costs
New textbooks
New instructional materials
Data mining systems
Professional development
Common Core in Maryland
Common Core was adopted in 2010 in English and Math for full implementation in the 2014-2015 school year. On September 24, 2010, Maryland was awarded $249,999,182 from the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Three U.S. Laws Agree
1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Education Act of 1970
Department of Education Organization Act of 1979
"No provision of a program...shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the
, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system...or content of library resources,
, or other instructional materials..."
The U.S. Constitution Agrees
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Amendment X
Federally Canned Education
Private and home schools do not have to implement Common Core
at this time.
GED, ITBS, ACT and SAT tests are aligned with Common Core. Whether this will put students outside the public system at a disadvantage for college entrance or professional careers is unknown.
Loss of Local Control
Teachers' individual abilities and talents cannot be applied. Data mining of each student's information will drive educational choices. There are concerns regarding student privacy.
The federal government and foundations who created and fund Common Core will have more control over curriculum than teachers in the classroom.
"Until recently, federal student-privacy law protected personally identifiable information (PII) from disclosure to outside entities. That changed, however, in January 2012, when the Department issued new regulations eviscerating the protections contained in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The new regulations allow transmission of students' PII - without parental consent - to any governmental or private entity
designated by the Department and others as an "authorized representative," for the purpose of evaluating an education program."

Most states agreed to implement Common Core
the standards were released. CC was never tested on any students and has not proven that these national standards are of any benefit.
CC was adopted without state legislative approval
or public input; only in the last year has CC
become widely publicized.
Reestablish State Authority
IF WE BELIEVE that parents, teachers, and administrators are best qualified to make educational choices for children, WHY are we adopting unproven national standards that take away local control?
What Should We Do?
Do your own research
Talk to others
Sign up for updates
Network with other concerned educators, parents, and students
Help reestablish local control
Additional Resources
Talking Points About Common Core

Other Websites
" Each day that you fail to advocate,
Each day that you ignore an act of discrimination,
Each day you accept another injustice,
You accept a society that is going to kill your children."
- Dussalt
“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Any Questions?
Thank You!
Basic CC implementation costs nationwide:
~$16 billion over 7 years
Part Four
Part Five
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Fact: Out of the 65 people in CC design and review only 1 was a classroom teacher and no school administrators were listed. Common Core was also developed without state legislative authority or public scrutiny.
see page 3
Univ. of Colorado, Dr. Mathis
Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the Twenty-First Century

Title I: U.S. Dept. of Education: SEC. 1003. School Improvement at (c)
This list was adapted from a presentation at
Future Title I funding may be conditional on the adoption of Common Core/"college-and career-ready standards."
Digital Learning Environments
Technology is used to gather cognitive, intrapersonal, interpersonal, psychological and physiological data from eye movements, blood volume, pulse, galvanic skin response, emotion and brain activity (fMRI).
Clinical Psychologist Discusses the Developmental Inappropriateness of CC
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