Common Core Standards, Another Waste of our Educational Resources? You Decide

Our board members need to remind our administrators to stay focused on our kids and not on their future paychecks and titles.

Last November I wrote a post about Common Core Standards, the Obama Administration’s next “No Child Left Behind”.

Here is a link to that post:http://www.ourfocusourkids.com/blog/2011/11/1/back-to-the-future.html

The Beaumont Unified School District is planning on going all in as soon as possible in hopes of getting into the state’s pilot program. I cautioned it was a large investment in a national and state mandated but unfunded program. The district’s position is that the initial investment will come from Measure Z funds but it is likely the ongoing cost of the program will be a drain on our general fund for years to come.

It isn’t required that school districts make the investment now. They can choose to wait until the 2014-2015 school year but BUSD has already, or will soon, authorize the first purchases of new technology. I am sure this is a program that will be off the table Tuesday in the administration’s proposed budget cuts. I recently learned from an ex-school board member that government school administrators in small town school districts looking to make a name for themselves before moving on to better paychecks, need to be able to boast about being on the “leading edge”.

Our board members need to remind our administrators to stay focused on our kids and not on their future paychecks and titles. I suggest they read the following article: Common Core Math Standards Fail to Add Up.

This article makes reference to a statement by one of the authors of the Common Core’s math standards that should make any school board member wake up and take notice before they rubber stamp the administration’s investment. Here’s the quote:

A recent Education Next article cites concerns from Professor William McCallum, one of the three authors of Common Core’s math standards, who has said that “overall standards wouldn’t be very high” and “not up to the standards of other nations.”

Unfortunately, our school board and administration don’t want to hear suggestions from parents, especially ones that question their mission. 

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Kathy Roster April 25, 2012 at 03:22 AM
From your comment -I infer that … it is better to wait vs. starting to acclimate the students and teachers to a program in which will be mandatory?
David Rempel April 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Our education system is like a self-serving monster, continually gorging on our taxes, browing larger and more obese, inept, always hungrier for more and more yet producing less and less! Its past time to throw off the shackles of THIS public education system, which costs betwen twice and five times as much as private education yet produces students below standard and hs a drop out rate of between 10 and 40%! (I have that clipping on my fridge--I don't know how its possible). Its time to go back to private education. Even the vouchers won't work, as that would flood the market with our tax money and simply cause an increase in the cost of education. There is no substitute for the rigor of investing one's own money in one's own offspring. ANd as for those who can't or won't do so, that is the purpose--to serve as the counter example of failure to do so. Don't start on how some are so fatally disadvantaged, when there are modern examples of people who came with nothing and from nothing and made themselves very successful. "where there is a will, there is a way" more so today than ever with Internet access.
Lloyd White April 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Kathy, If there was no budget crisis, I could see the benefit of jumping in early. I think we should wait. When one of the program's own authors believes there are problems with the standards, I have hope the program may be eliminated or at least revamped. At any rate, we have more important needs right now.


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