SMITTY wrote:COMMON CORE - this is the name of the curriculum (they don't call it "curriculum" so that they can circumvent the rules already in place...
The basis is Common Core "standards", which after they've been adopted, then drive both curriculum and assessments (which used to be called "tests", but I guess that's too scary a word).
SMITTY wrote:There is also a disturbing data-mining element to this as well. They want to know religious & political affiliation, bus stop times & locations, and a whole host of other info that the government shouldn't have any business of knowing about your kid.
PA has been operating its own "student longitudinal data system" for several years. They apparently aren't collecting all of the data fields recommended by the feds...for now.
Common Core is here, right now, in PA. The State Board of Education (not your elected representatives) adopted these standards in 2010 after a series of "public meetings" and they are being implemented in public schools across the state. People in PA are just now becoming aware of this, and are starting to raise questions with their state senators and representatives. I've heard that some representatives are not happy once they hear what's really involved here. If enough heat is raised in the General Assembly, especially in the House, there might be a serious inquiry into this.
Common Core is being pushed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Pearson Education, a large education services firm based in England, with US headquarters in New Jersey. An interesting quote from their website: "As the leading education services company, Pearson is serious about evolving how the world learns." I guess because America's traditional education system was such a failure.