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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Education, Children and Local Control Over Academic Standards | Are "Common Core" Requirements Another Example of Government Intrusion?



Common Core Education Requirements
Commentary by Glenn Beck

As local school board elections approach, one of the frequent things you may hear candidates, teachers and educators mention is "common core" education requirements that every school district will be forced to follow starting with the 2013-2014 school year.  These are top-down requirements to make sure children learn certain things, but what are those things?

What happens when a school district wants to include more advanced education as their "core" requirement

Does this unleash learning innovation or does it turn everyone into the same?

One of the key justifications for common core is that it will help better prepare more students to go to college, but what does college or a particular degree in a specific area mean in the 21st century as learning evolves into digital where you can learn anything, anywhere at anytime?

As costs and debt skyrocket for colleges and building physical structures are less important than building tools to make the best knowledge accessible anywhere, aren't colleges being artificially propped up by having all these "requirements" when everyone knows plenty of people who have this or that degree who are not necessarily competent in their field?

At a time when President Obama and many are urging "equality" and "ending discrimination" on gay marriage, should employment discrimination end that requires college degrees for positions unrelated to a particular degree?

If you take a course online and evaluated to master the subject, should you get credit for the knowledge...only be the old educational institutions or by some knowledge-based criteria?

Should remote government workers determine what your child learns or should parents and local school systems decide?

Should all school districts be the same or should each district be allowed to raise its expectations and standards as high as students can go?

What is your view on the future of education?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Future of education?

Well, judging by the low test/ACT scores, high dropout rates and low graduation rates I would say education in district 131 is non-existent.

At least the hispanics will have a bright future with menial labor that they are qualified to do. Nothing like having a semi-permanent underclass like the blacks.

Anonymous said...

The East Aurora School District under the current Board is opening a Stem Magnet School. Only Sceince, Math, and Technology will be taught on computers that the students can take home. Every child has one on one computing. Many Afro American students are currently in the program as well as Hispanics. This is the only program in the Chicago Land area of this type for 3rd to 8th grade. East Aurora beat Aurora University to the punch with all its big donors. Pretty good for a School District everyone pokes fun of.

The minority population currently in the program is over 97%. It shows kids can susceed.

However the schools today are on the verge of being destroyed by Strand Montroy and Peryea. All three have ties to City employees. .

The Three if elected will raise taxes to build more schools because the population keeps growing on the East Side. The current Board has publically stated they need help stopping this trend. But with Guzman Mayors aid pushing projects like Emamual House expect more growth without taxation. Building projects expanding all 18 schools in 2004 finished. Now every school is full this is a result of the City not the schools. EA is landlocked and new construction does not take place just lack of housing enforcement by the City. Johnson is a strong no that is why she is being targeted because some City officials like Guzman who wants to keep the City oppressed to build a church not a community like he claims. Shame on this group for exploiting the poor by using them to build a church.

Voters of the East Side beware the little good that's left on the East Side will be destroyed if this group is allowed to that over.



Anonymous said...

"...should employment discrimination end that requires college degrees for positions unrelated to a particular degree?"

Good luck with that one! It's a tight job market right now, and employers can & do screen applicants based upon whether or not they have a college degree. My daughter is a receptionist at a local hospital, earning $12/hour. It's a job she could have done right out of high school, but wouldn't have even gotten the chance to interview without the Bachelor of Science on her résumé. Her friend who dropped out of college for financial reasons is working at Hooters.

Online education is a great option for many fields (computer programming, accounting, mathematics), but not a one-size-fits-all solution. Nurses, teachers, firefighters, counselors, lawyers, etc. need face-to-face hands-on training.

Anonymous said...

Common core is more of the same destructive teachings that the left has already instigated. The EVIL TEACHERS UNIONS will be using the Cloward-Piven and Bill Ayers method to further dumb down the population until we are just like Europe. Oppose COMMON CORE any and Every chance you get by letting your school administrators know you object to it. This is one of the most anti American things happening right now to help destroy the country.

Anonymous said...

6:52 a.m., I'm undecided about Strand, Montroy, and Peryea. On the positive side, they all have a vested interest in our district's success because all have either children in our schools or family members working in our district. That involvement is a good thing, because they can see what's working (or not working) on a day-to-day basis.

What worries me is their friendship with Marin Gonzalez. She has a long record of treating our teachers poorly; just because she goes on a mission trip will not erase people's memories. Morale is very low among our staff, and bringing her back would be a blast from the past when some of us would prefer to "get over it".

Anonymous said...

7:18 yeah blame the left, the unions, anybody except people you like. Essentially the whole concept of a Common Core Curriculum was started when we all (including/especially the right) started harping on accountability, and decided the way to hold the schools accountable was to institute standardized testing -- like that in BUSH'S NCLB. By instituting a standardized exam, you've dictated the curriculum because OF COURSE the schools HAVE to teach to the test. We haven't really had local control of the schools since then. At least they're being more honest about it. It probably would have been better to have a common curriculum BEFORE mandating the testing.

Anonymous said...

8:21 We haven't had control of the schools since that great society communist Lyndon Banes Johnson was in control. We are heading fast and furiously into the Communist /socialist style of government. Just check out the Tom Harkin SB544 if you don't believe me. A history of Detroit all over again.

Anonymous said...

Illinois school code suggests that a spouse not serve on a board that their spouse is working with. Do feel it is important to put younger people on the board. I will not vote for them because of that. Raises, Insurance that they are on the policy and personnel issues are a greater concern for me.

I am also concerned that they have such close ties to Weisner.

Anonymous said...

Almost all K-12 should be on-line, exceptions being lab and shop classes where you would have to journey out of virtual environments.

The should be to eliminate as many teachers, administrators as possible while delivering a superior virtual experience.

Teacher lead classroom is an antiquated, inefficient relic of the past.

Anonymous said...

Says the person who can't proofread a post.

Anonymous said...

If my house is on fire, I want the firefighter who had hands-on training, putting out fires in an actual burning building.

When I'm in labor, I want my baby delivered by the doctor who has real world experience delivering babies, not the one who has only "virtually" done so.

And when that child is old enough for school, I want him/her interacting with other children and a teacher in a real classroom. Yes, computer instruction is valuable--but it's no substitute for good old time-tested human involvement in education.

Anonymous said...

Well, 8:58 I guess in reality we haven't had local control of the schools since the schools started getting money from the state and feds. So all Illinois school districts should raise the property tax to whatever level will support the local schools, and then turn down all federal and state money.

BTW it's time for you enter this century, now. Slinging the communist label at anything you don't agree with is so Joe McCarthy/J. Edgar Hooverish.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, 3:51, 8:58 may have a point about Johnson and all those really wacko laws they passed back then. I mean, granting civil rights to blacks and other minorities? Thinking they were actually EQUAL to 8:58? Impossible, right 8:58?

Anonymous said...

Mary E Peryea »
125 S 4th St, Apt 1
Aurora, IL

This shows the problem with the East Side of Aurora. This women running for the board while telling tax payers of the East Side shame on you for not paying more property taxes rents a room on S 4th. The property in question only pays $1300 per year in taxes is not inspected by the City has a garage and back porch falling down and other family living in the house with a property owner from Bolingbrook. The house is to small for two families.

All recruited by none other than Rick Guzman to take over the East Board and make finance choices for East Aurora tax payers.

East Aurora residents beware

Anonymous said...

How is it that other countries can teach their children multiple languages and compete in all worlds and the US can't even teach their children to get a good education. People that come into our job market from other countries can speak three languages and ours can even speak ours.

I don't care where a person running for the board lives and how much property taxes they pay at least they pay them. How many properties on the East side pay their taxes.

As far as the Magnet School they don't realize that most technology and math and science jobs are going to foreign companies since they pay less. I'm not saying our students should learn this but every day jobs in those fields that where American jobs are gong to India. If you have a problem with your computer and have to call a help desk you get someone from another country.

Anonymous said...

East Aurora is the only district that the board doesn't trust the Superintendent while paying him a good salary and he will get a nice retirement so the board president can run the district while other districts have Superintendents that do their jobs and follow board polices.

Anonymous said...

Peryea does pay taxes she lives rent free in a home paying single family tax rates with two apartments in occupied by two families. Typical East Aurora house.

They can have all the Magnet schools and dump hundreds of millions in the schools and they will never produce a nothing. The East side is a bottomless pit thanks to Tim Weisner and Bob OConnor.

Anonymous said...

f my house is on fire, I want the firefighter who had hands-on training, putting out fires in an actual burning building.

When I'm in labor, I want my baby delivered by the doctor who has real world experience delivering babies, not the one who has only "virtually" done so.

And when that child is old enough for school, I want him/her interacting with other children and a teacher in a real classroom. Yes, computer instruction is valuable--but it's no substitute for good old time-tested human involvement in education.


You may want that but then you would be getting an INFERIOR product. The military and other leading edge organizations have embraced cyber, 3D virtual learning because it can simulate real life situations and create a reality that allows you to experiment and run scenario after scenario, take down alternative paths that are effectively real. Advanced boxers are now training with virtual sparring partners with incredible results. In some areas hands on, mentoring will be invaluable. But more and more, simulators and 3-D imagery are producing superior results. In large part this is because they can record yur technique and instruct at the micro-movement level.

We already have the technology. All we lack is the will to give our children a superior education in a cost efficient manner.

Simulators coupled with hands on experiences are what is needed, not the day to day inconsistency of classroom lead teachers.

Anonymous said...

3:51 Obviously did not look into the Harkin SB544 bill before opening his opinionated mouth. Or maybe you did not know that the Commies were big, big central planners which is what this bill provides for.72W

Anonymous said...

3/16/13, 8:59 AM I have looked at the IL School Code and did not see what you stated could you post where you saw it.

Anonymous said...

7:05 LOLAY. In the words of Ronald Reagan, "there you go again". Throwing out the commie word and ADMITTING that's in the past. In your own words "the Commies were big, big central planners". The current usage is to describe anything that a right winger doesn't like.

Anonymous said...

9:23 Ever hear of CHINA dummie? Your scope of current events and past events are sorely lacking in education.

Anonymous said...

Ah, 1:08 so you're also saying 7:05's knowledge of current events is lacking since he/she also thinks the Commie influence is in the past. As for me, yeah I sure have heard of China, and have seen how over the years they've been slowly moving closer and closer to capitalism.

Anonymous said...

The requirement of a college degree is one of the biggest scams and blatant acts of discrimination we not only allow, but our leaders prop up.

I'm not saying don't go to college or that having a college degree isn't good for some, but if you look at MOST people in today's world, very FEW of them are working in an area where they got a degree in.

Yet, jobs "require" a college degree. If you stopped the discrimination tomorrow of requiring college degrees EXCEPT for areas that are directly related to the field of work (i.e. medicine, etc), you would see the cost of education plummet because now instead of being a monopoly, colleges would be forced to provide value and the best knowledge.

Anyone who really values civil rights, equality and wants to fix our nation's mess, unleash jobs and make knowledge, not credentials the key, should insist that our politicians STOP the bias and discrimination with requiring college degrees for jobs that don't relate to the degree's exact field.

Anonymous said...

So 4:29 is calling for bigger government and more regulation of businesses to tell them what qualifications they can demand and what they can't. I assume of course you want the Dept. of Labor to set up a new division to monitor all the corporations and employers to make sure they don't require college degrees, right? After all, we can't have some business owner deciding for himself that he wants to employ college graduates! For that matter, why should a high school diploma be required? Or Middle School?

Anonymous said...


The reason businesses started using a college degree as tool for weeding out the non-achievers and stupid, is because the Government said that using basic math tests and writing samples in the application process was discriminatory and had a disparate negative effect on ethnic minorities. Hence businesses quickly decided that requiring a college degree even for burger flipping job was the only way they could reasonably assure themselves that a applicant could do simple math.

Who is John Galt