If You Like Your Teacher, You Can Keep Your Teacher!

Let’s scrap the Department of Education! WHAT?!   That is crazy (extremist) Tea Party mentality that would allow for FREEDOM of CHOICE and COMPETITION in EDUCATION.  Let’s move past the, “We know better than parents what is best for their kids”, and “We MUST have a way to PROVE that kids are learning or teachers are teaching”, mentality.

I know it’s hard!  It is so easy to feel safe and secure in what we have always done.   It is easy to feel that nothing will change.   It was fine when I went to school, it was fine just last year.   Common Core is not going to affect our local schools or teachers.   If it does, then they will let us know, and fix it.

Frog in a pot of water…

I don’t typically rant on my blog!  However, the video clip was brought to my attention.  It gathered a few things together for me in my right-wing, extremist, tea party, conservative mind.  (So sad those words seem to have a negative connotation in the main stream media these days)…ranting again…sorry!

In just under ten minutes, Bill Whittle, conservative blogger, political commentator,  known for his PJ Media, gives an excellent monologue on Common Core.  He makes some rather humorous statements, blasting  Common Core,  by comparing it to Obama-care.

“If you like your teacher (*wink, *wink), you can keep your teacher!”

I don’t think he realizes how accurate he really is when he says this!   My concern for teaching leads me to focus on some disturbing facts that point to this administration’s goal to level the teaching field, and essentially distribute the “good” teachers.

The “equitable distribution of teachers and principals” is one of the stated goals of Common Core aligned reforms and found in the Race to the Top document, on page 3.

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Do teachers and principals who are supportive of Common Core realize that if they are marked as “highly effective,” they will be redistributed –without their consent– under the banner of equitable education–  to replace teachers and principals in schools that are ineffective?

This “equitable redistribution of teachers” agenda is further elaborated in the document “For Each and Every Child,” (see page 25) published this year by the Equity and Excellence Commission for the U.S. Department of Education.

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An anonymous teacher said:  “I can’t make teachers understand that the equitable distribution of effective teachers mean that they get moved if they do a good job. Principals don’t get this either. They will no longer have the ability to retain their best teachers.…  a teacher does a good job and has high test scores, so her reward is to be placed in a failing school …. And what about the people who move into a certain attendance area because they like the teachers and principals?  Schools will become revolving doors with no stability or consistency.”

I know this all seems conspiratorial…but it is all there in writing for you to see!  It is the literal transformation of our country.   What better way to do it then to start with our education, and affect an entire generation.  That is the Progressive style…slow and steady she goes!

Bill Whittle is quite witty and paints this picture when describing something OTHER than the “Cookie Cutter Common Core”, something MUCH different than has been around since our federal government decided they needed to control education.

“Let’s imagine fourteen-thousand departments of education, one for each school district in America! Let’s imagine, that each one of them trying different approaches….one BAD idea didn’t ruin the entire country for a generation AND good ideas could be copied and modified and improved EVEN more!”

Thanks goes out to Carleen Brophy for pointing this video monologue out to me!

Specials thanks to Christel Swasey and her outstanding research,  that lead me in the right direction and my understanding how Common Core is about MUCH more than JUST STANDARDS.

Opposing Common Core Makes you an Extremist?!

left_right_confusion_be_gone-shirtstatscomNeal McCluskey, Associate Director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, wrote a great article I hope that many people read. It appeared in the Florida Sun Sentinel and it was specific to Florida, but pertains to all that find themselves lumped together in the fight against the hostile federal take over of education, known as Common Core State Standards. It is titled, You Aren’t a Total Kook if you Oppose Common Core.   More and more often , those in the media and politics (Jeb Bush), refer to the anti-common core crowd  by painting the picture of conspiracy theorists, or those on the extreme left or right of the political spectrum.  This is FAR from the truth.  In the research I continue to do, and the people I meet,  I find there are diverse groups that are fighting  against it.  However, the media does not point this out lest we come together and become an enormous force for change!   Yes, this grassroots movement  is known as a Mom’s Fight and there are some amazing Warrior Moms fighting Common Core, as Jenn White, of Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE) has written a lively piece about, but take a look at this list of Educational Think Tanks from both sides of the spectrum that have written against Common Core!

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution

Brookings Institution

Cato Institute

Know that when you take the stance against Common Core you are not alone and are backed by some of the biggest and brightest thinkers, educators, and experts in our country!

Neal McCluskey sums up his article perfectly,

There is an extremely well-informed opposition to the Core, and dismissing opponents as loony does Florida’s children no service.