While these goals may be well-intended, one thing is clear: the program is not working and must be stopped immediately.
As a parent, I’m concerned with the shift away from addressing each student’s individual needs directly and toward “teaching to the test.” This may turn out good test takers but our kids deserve better. Our children have a right to an age appropriate education that teaches critical thinking. I’ve spoken with numerous parents and teachers, and have found that nearly all of them share my concerns and have strong negative reactions to the common core.
Unfortunately, for-profit companies have been pushing hard to keep these standards in place – publishing companies are marketing common core textbooks, common core staff development for teachers and common core student and teacher assessments. We cannot let corporations line their pockets with our education tax dollars to push a dubious curriculum. Our children's education cannot and must not be for sale.
We also need to ensure that our children’s privacy is protected. The State Education Department plans to turn over the records of 2.3 million students to Inbloom, Inc. a non-profit company, claiming that this will make data more easily available to parents. Although Inbloom has made assurances that data won’t be released without the express permission of local school districts, we’ve seen consumer information be hacked time and time again. Anyone that assures us that there will be foolproof security after turning the database over to a third party is either lying or ignorant of the reality that we live in.
Our children deserve better and so do we. We must raise our voices together and stop common core.