Common Core funnies – though it’s really not funny

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Common Core is a hot-button issue right now among many parents.

It has incited arguments and driven many parents to homeschool their children.

The mission statement of the Common Core Initiative reads:

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

But opponents of the Common Core system argue that it reduces everyone to a set “common” standard to determine success in a grade level. They argue that this standard ignores the diversity found within each child and does not provide adequate challenge and encouragement for gifted children, nor does it allow the variances required for special needs children who will never fall into such a defined mold.

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Common Core appears to expect all children to learn the exact same things, the exact same way – no matter what.

Common Core expects children to be, well, COMMON.

My parents taught me the value in being an individual, being unique. And now we are teaching children that everyone is the same. That no one can be any different than anyone else. I thought we had made huge strides in civil rights, but Common Core appears to have set us back many, many years.

This is a scary time in our educational history and our children will be the ones to suffer. Common Core is making people stupider, but more than that, it makes it harder for children who don’t happen to fit into this narrow mold to have access to the education they need and deserve. We all know that even among siblings each child is unique in the way that they learn and develop; how can we expect an entire generation to learn in the exact same way?

someecards.com - I wish Common Core had been invented when I was a kid. That way I could have been a less than average role model for my children.
 

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someecards.com - Dear Santa, Please bring us Common Core. I really like zombies & want to be one when I grow up.
 

someecards.com - I've got brains but thanks to Common Core, I don't have to use them.
 

Have you seen the effects of Common Core in your schools?

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    • says

      I think if push came to shove I could homeschool but so far I am ok with what is going on in our schools. They are still teaching history and have a strong emphasis on reading. The math all involves solving problems to come up with the RIGHT answer.

  1. Amanda says

    It’s ridiculous for the younger grades. There are things they are asking the K and 1st graders to do that aren’t even developmentally appropriate. So then, when these kids can’t perform because their brains just are not biologically ready, it’s the school and teachers’ fault. Yes. That makes perfect sense. In opposite world.

    • says

      I read something about a book for younger kids being sexually explicit. It concerns me and I spend much more DEEPLY involved in his homework – not as an involved parent but as a paranoid one.

    • says

      LOL, yeah I was proud of that funny.

      To me it feels like we have made all these strides to help make sure that every child’s level of learning can be accommodated from special needs through gifted, and now they want to place this bar in the middle and expect everyone to be able to be the same.

  2. says

    I freakin’ hate it. We just “adopted” common core, which was introduced a short time when Gav was in elementary and I complained. Now that NYS is part of the 45 states that have adoptive common core, I guess I can’t say much. All state testing will be aligned here in New York State by spring. Freakin’ mad about it.

    • says

      I don’t see your reply here Kim but see it in my email. As far as I know nothing has been cut thank god. Our common core standards here are for English Language Arts and Literacy and math. We have parents night tomorrow at his school where they’ll be talking more about Common Core and how parents, teachers and students are all new to this and what we can do to help each other. Gav said since he did regular math since pre-k, it is simple for him. Zoe in 1st is liking all the drawings she has to do. I dunno I guess we’ll see.

      • says

        That happened to me on another blog today. They replied and it emailed but i couldn’t see it.

        Good luck with it, hopefully it all works out and parents and teachers will work together to not have it negatively affect ANY children.

  3. says

    I don’t know anything about it, to be honest, except what I’m seeing on facebook. I know that teachers are teaching my children differently than I was taught, but I also see that my daughter is able to do harder multiplication problems than what I was able to do at her age. With class sizes getting bigger and parents doing less parenting – which causes teachers to do with more behavioral issues while they’re trying to teach – I’m not sure that there are a whole lot of options for schools.

    • says

      The real test would be whether or not they allow for more than one answer for a multiplication problem LOL.

      I do think parents aren’t parenting anymore. And then they get mad at other authority for having to pick up the slack. It’s sad.

  4. says

    We definitely don’t have this around here – yet, our schools do stand behind that no child left behind act, so when they see a child struggling, they step in quick. We’re kind of shall we say, headstrong up here and our school system doesn’t seem to like being told what to do.

    • says

      Good! We are in the middle I think. Our schools do really well from what I have seen, addressing all ends of the spectrum. But I have seen a few glimpses of some of the Common Core principles. BUT, they always seem to still stress finding the right answer, they just provide the “fuzzy math” as a way to help students CHECK their answer. It’s not acceptable as the answer itself, but it provides alternate ways for kids to GET TO the right answer. Which I am ok with so long as 3×4=12, nothing else.

  5. jennydecki says

    The best part is that the people against common core can’t decide if it’s “not enough” (make me a zombie, make me a less than average role model) or “too much” (children left behind, different being less). If half the people complaining think it’s too easy and half think it’s too difficult, well then, that might be a clue it’s just right. I’m not sure how I feel about common core in terms of my children’s education, but it’s not like it’s replacing something where children were free and had the opportunity to learn in different and interesting ways. It’s always been and will always be an assembly line. Any allowable differences within that assembly line format will be at the district level. All I know is I love that my kids have two ways to do addition, three ways to do multiplication, two ways to do division….that seems like more choice and diversity catering to more children who may have different ways of learning. But that’s just the Everyday Math program and if you youtube it you will see that everyone hates that, too. :)

    • says

      Common Core though seems to avoid teaching them how to actually solve a problem though. Literally that 3×4=11 is “close enough”. Well close enough in the real world can kill people depending upon what they choose to do as they get older.

      My son was taught to solve math problems differently that I was. There was less memorization and more SOLVING. He had multiple ways to get to the same answer – but the answer was always the same. With Common Core there is no one right answer.

      They also aren’t teach literature and history to the same extent. What they are teaching is limited and very, very filtered.

    • says

      Yeah. Well at least we already have some great technology, because future generations aren’t as likely to be as clever…since they won’t really be solving problems…

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