Twitchy CEO Michelle Malkin has been among the most vocal calling for the dismantling of the government’s highly flawed program of educational “standards” known as Common Core (See her recent article here). Today she Retweeted Joshua Cook article from BenSwann.com to her 563,805 twitter followers bringing S.C.’s fight against Common Core to the national spotlight.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 12, 2013
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Listen to Philip Bowers give his thoughts on Common Core in South Carolina.
Benswann.com asked Sheri Few, President/CEO of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education if she thought that Common Core was indeed a takeover of education, and if so, what can other states do to oppose this federal program.
“Yes, it is a federal takeover of education!” Few said. “The Common Core testing consortia funded by the US Department of Education (by “shovel ready” stimulus money) are developing the assessments for Common Core, which will drive classroom instruction. We all know teachers are forced to teach to the test because assessments are intended to reflect their performance. States were also coerced into committing to Common Core standards before they were even finished writing the standards with federal grant opportunities (also funded with stimulus money) and No Child Left Behind Waivers. Data mining is one of the greatest concerns along with the costs associate with the assessments. States would be wise to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced and PARCC testing consortium if they don’t want to incur huge expense and if they want to protect personal student level data. The consortia’s contract with the feds requires them to provide student level data to the federal government. States need to work with their legislatures (who were bypassed in the process of adopting CC) to repeal the adoption of the standards and to protect student data.”
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