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Erroneous Education

A chronicle of the attempts at education that did and or will back fire, here we hope to corroborate the data that doesn't work, so that we can begin to move in the proper direction!
by Nicholas Bc Shumate
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America has done some pretty ridiculous things. However there is a difference between ridiculous and insane, and my country has officially crossed the line.

On June second 2010, the Federal government released it's Federal standards after using bribe tactics to circumvent Constitutional law (10th amendment) preventing the Federal government from being involved in Education, it was left up to the states to determine standards and funding.

A private group, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, set up a $60 Million grant for education in 2007. This led to the Common Core project starting in 2008 with the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) spear heading it.

In February 2009 the Race to the Top initiated the first bribes to States to conform to CC standards, which had not even been formed or officially released. Four people were tasked with drafting educational standards for an entire country. The Mathematics standards for primary school include drawing pictures about how numbers make them feel. This over view will have to due for a generalization, as no amount of verbiage will be enough to chronicle the mass disgrace this is. I will be going further in depth to individual curriculum standards for math, science, and language arts. Although all of them seem ambiguous with not much room left for interpretation.
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Suresh R Suresh, Contributor - 5 years ago Edit
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
@suresh-Truly it scares me, Its looking more and more like our leaders have no idea what to do about anything anymore, and so they just swing and hope they hit something.
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The Common Core State Standards are in a word, messy. The States, 41 in total, accepted the standards in 2009 which was required for federal money to nullify the No child Left Behind act, which was put in place so no child would be forced to take education at an under rated school regardless of region, when the standards themselves had not been written until 2010. Great economic lesson, buy a product that doesn't even exist.

The standards are being pushed by the NGA, National Governors Association, and the CCSSO, Council of Chief State School Officers, which both got their funding, $360 Million and $100 Million, to create both the Standards and the Assessments, when the US department of Education's budget for 2013 is $30 Million short of the budget used just to write the tests, so how is this going to work?

The Federal government has left it mostly up to the states, but has no way of making sure the states follow through. More over the Fed has set a mandate for a Longitudinal Database on students, I get sick just thinking about the possible atrocities waiting to happen there. So who funded this all? The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Who is funding the Department of Education? We the People. Somehow I don't think the check books are going to balance there. We should have taken that money and invested it directly into the school system, giving teachers what they need.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
@Praveen- Indeed however those standards should also be reasonably achievable on the time scale they are talking about. Students have two semesters in school, k-12, composed of 18 weeks split between 6 classes per day, it's easy to give teachers a bunch of statements contd...
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
...It's a whole other to expect them to do it with money they don't have. The standards themselves are vague, and the solutions to the test problems counter intuitive at best. Most teachers have to buy supplies out of their own wages here already, this will force them onto welfare, because it doesn't provide specific guidelines, they cannot provide specific instruction. It was a mess started under the Bush Jr administration that was further propagated by people who had no...contd
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
....background in education, and no accreditation to make decisions regarding educational standards.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - This effort has just begun its journey. The goals are vague and expectations high. There will be a lot of head banging to the wall and the teachers have my sympathies. As always change is not easy and all the good never happens in one stroke. Even American Constitution did not treat all men equal until much later. The necessary fine tuning will happen with time. What we should now advocate for is the resources/amendments needed to see this through and not to rollback these changes.
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