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If you are not aware of the new effort to control our schools and take decisions about k-12 curriculum out of the hands of local parents and educators, you need to learn about the new Common Core Curriculum.  There are plenty of websites online and here is one of them:

Discussion Forum

Diane Douglas: Arizona's Queen of Common Core

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Tom Morrissey Feb 26. 4 Replies

[Editor: Four years ago, when Douglas was the darling of everyone, including the site this was posted on, AFA took the…Continue

Tags: Superintendent, education, Arizona, Douglas, Diane

Bills Propose Proposition 301 Extension

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Barbara Smith Feb 13. 1 Reply

The House Education Committee on Monday will hear HB2158, sponsored by Representative Doug Coleman. HB 2158 is the mirror bill to SB 1390, which was introduced by Senator Kate Brophy McGee, with 56…Continue

Tags: SB1390, SB2158, Prop, 301, legislation

More Common Core Double-talk by Diane Douglas

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Larry Grafanakis Jan 1. 17 Replies

[Editor:  Just a note from the past.  When Ms. Douglas ran for SPI the first time, she told our head Admin that she could not change Common Core.  Killing Common Core was her entire campaign. When…Continue

Tags: Achieve.Inc, repeal, replace, common-core, Superintendent

High Stakes Testing - Expensive, Wasteful, Ineffective Child Abuse

Started by Arizona Freedom Alliance. Last reply by Pat and Frank Lister Dec 20, 2017. 1 Reply

[Editor: Perhaps you have noticed how little our college students are learning.  Of course you have.  We see it on the nightly news routinely.  This is the reason!]Hopefully, you read the letter that…Continue

Tags: child, Arizona, abuse, Diane, Douglas

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Comment by Harry Mathews on January 24, 2015 at 10:56pm

The Simplest And Most Obvious Incontrovertible Reason To Oppose Common Core

Comment by Harry Mathews on January 24, 2015 at 10:56pm
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New Rasmussen Poll: Only 34% of Adults with School-Age Kids Now Support Common Core

Comment by Harry Mathews on January 24, 2015 at 10:54pm
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Common Core’s Coleman Praises Chinese Communist Propaganda Mill

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Comment by Harry Mathews on January 24, 2015 at 10:50pm
Comment by Patrick Smith on January 24, 2015 at 9:50pm

(Florence to Marc)

I was referring to the 400 points of data that some people are saying are being collected on each student.  Our Education Department said they are not collecting personal data on students - only educational information which will be used without being connected to student names.  The site says, "Implementing the Common Core State Standards does not require data collection." Politifact states, "Our research found that Common Core does not include a data collection component."  The U S. Department of Education stated, "The data is being used to assess the effectiveness of educational programs, not to track individual students."  Yet there are people who are going around getting parents all concerned that schools are collecting information about if they have guns or are Republicans, etc.  I have been challenging people to tell me one state where they are collecting personal data, since this is one of the things that is being passed around to alarm parents about Common Core.  No one has been able to tell me any state in which this is happening,  (One person did tell me one state, but when I checked it out their claim was false.) 

Comment by Kat Mitchell on January 24, 2015 at 9:46pm
What a crock of crap! State standards were completely adequate. Raising the stakes two to three years won't fix drug babies, the huge numbers of SPED kida, enormous numbers of students who speak Spanish 90 percent of the time and lack language skills, and those children who come from single parent welfare homes where they are NOT prepared for school! Quit blaming the vast social ills on schools and teachers and start a program that teaches parents about THEIR reaponsibility to prepare their children for school, expect success and keep them out of gangs. When you separate out these demographics, American kids will compete successfully against any county in the world. Read David Berliner's "The Maufactured Crisis" if you really want to understand education today.
Comment by Patrick Smith on January 24, 2015 at 9:28pm

Florence to Rebecca:

The governors were finding that students needed remediation before they were able to go on to college or able to go into the workplace.  They felt that students needed a higher set of standards.  Many of the previous standards had a gap between what students were able to do at the end of high school and what they needed to do in college.  The Common Core Standards have an overlap between the high school standards and the college standards.  Many of the older standards were created from kindergarten up and ended up with a gap between high school and college.  The Common Core Standards started with what was needed to know in college and the workplace and each year works toward those goals. 


I would like to think that I am carrying the water for my students and other American students not the government or Bill Gates.  These standards should be very helpful to American students especially those who are currently in a disadvantaged educational environment.  I feel that most of the people who  are fighting against them have never read them and have believed a lot of misinformation.  I think most of the misinformation goes back to the article "Controlling Education from the Top" by Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty.  There are at least 30 items of misinformation in that article and they continue to be recycled in other articles. 


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