By BLAIN AND MARIE WILLIAMS
Word has been spreading rapidly among conservatives recently about the dangers posed by the Common Core education standards, especially the dumbing down and nationalization processes in effect for our public schools.
Common Core mandates a majority of students’ times be dedicated to math and English, leaving little time for science, art, music and physical education. Some states, like Utah, Common Core (CC) means just 15 minutes of science or social studies per day.
The programs being implemented first are math and English. The math to be taught is called “fuzzy” math. The vague English requirements give little guidance on what texts to assign students. The Core specifies that fourth grade students read half “informational texts” and half literary fiction, gradually shifting to 30 percent “information” and 70 percent literature by 12th grade. Much of the non-fiction will be manuals such as lawn mower repair. Why would very young people need this kind of information?
When the science core is implemented, it will consist of a major emphasis on climate change and begin in kindergarten. According to Heather Mac Donald of the National Review Online, the standards known as “Next Generation Science Standards” are a recipe for further American knowledge decline.
CC experts such as Professor Jay P. Greene, Professors Sandra Stotsky and Ze’ev Wurman, who disagree with certain aspects of CC, determined by the 12th grade students would be behind by about two years in their preparation for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams.
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