This is Why We Are Against Common Core Standards

by Gretchen Logue of Missouri Education Watchdog

Is this scenario coming soon to a kindergarten class in your school district?  Teachers are mandated to teach developmentally inappropriate standards, assessments and curricula to district students.  What do you think will happen?  Will endlessly assessing students in kindergarten make them more ready for the global workforce or will they dissolve in tears and view school as something to avoid at all costs?

THIS is what teachers, parents, school board members and legislators need to understand about Common Core standards.  When students implode, there is nothing your school can do.  Schools can’t subtract from the standards and they must use the copyrighted material.

This is not what education should be.  But this is what it is becoming unless we stop the implementation of the standards in our states.

From the NY Post:

Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” 

Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.

“For the most part, it’s way over their heads,” a Brooklyn teacher said. “It’s too much for them. They’re babies!”

In a kindergarten class in Red Hook, Brooklyn, three children broke down and sobbed on separate days last week, another teacher told The Post.

When one girl cried, “I can’t do it,” classmates rubbed her back, telling her, “That’s OK.”

“This is causing a lot of anxiety,” the teacher said. “Kindergarten should be happy and playful. It should be art and dancing and singing and learning how to take turns. Instead, it’s frustrating and disheartening.”

The city has adopted national standards called the Common Core, which dramatically raise the bar on what kids in grades K through 12 should know. 

Read more here. This is the same story, just set in a different school, published about a kindergartner in Chicago who sobbed “I’m just no good at kindergarten”.

If you are in Missouri, call your Senator and ask him/her to support Senate Bill 210:

This act prohibits the State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative or any other statewide education standards without the approval of the General Assembly.



Filed under National Standards (Common Core)

4 responses to “This is Why We Are Against Common Core Standards

  1. “‎”We are a nation obsessed with evaluation our children, with calibrating their exact distance from some ideal benchmark.”
    — Mike Rose, Lives on the Boundary, 1989, xi

    Having been teaching since the last Standards Movement ran aground on the rocks of which parts of history to teach (Couldn’t they have taught both about giving blankets with small pox to Indians AND about the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk?), I worry about the Common Core. And you are especially right to worry about how it will affect (please note I will not use ‘impact’ as a verb) pre-school, kindergarten and ECE classes.
    While I do like the math standards, they have to be taught right and assessment can kill the joy of discovery. Boy, can it ever.

    But also keep in mind that a lot of the free market people you list on the sides of your web-site love, love, love this idea. They can sell books and other materials, provide on-line courses, do the assessment for a price and then offer tutoring services. It will all look very professional, but the tests are terrible.

    Here are some questions from the California Standards Test (CST) for 5th graders:
    1. 15.12 ÷ 2.4 =

    A. 0.513
    B. 0.63
    C. 5.13
    D. 6.3

    2. What value of p makes this equation true?

    44×73 = 44×( p + 3)

    A. 41
    B. 47
    C. 70
    D. 73

    3. c + 2.5
    Which situation could be described by the expression above?

    A. Lia jogged c miles yesterday, and 2.5 miles farther today.
    B. Lia jogged c miles yesterday, and 2.5 miles fewer today.
    C. Lia jogged 2.5 miles yesterday, and c miles fewer today.
    D. Lia jogged 2.5 miles yesterday, and c times as far today.

    4. What is the prime factorization of 36?

    A. 2 -squared x 3-squared
    B. 2-squared x 3-cubed
    C. 4×3-squared
    D. 4×9

    5. Javier bought 9 pounds of ground beef. He saved $8.37 by using a store coupon. How much did he save per pound of ground beef?

    A. $0.89
    B. $0.93
    C. $1.08
    D. $75.33

    How’d you do? To get the answers, look at David Macaray’s blog post, Attacking the Teaching Profession, at

  2. By the way, the questions may not be too hard, but the most difficult problems were omitted because the most difficult ones used hard to format geometric figures, algebraic graphs, and truth tables,
    These were the easy ones and some of them are confusingly worded, to say the least. I think they test a kid’s ability to take a test.

  3. Judy Truex

    excellent information – we have to get this out to the people.

  4. Jack

    This is a great web site!!!

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