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Teacher: My Four Reasons for Opposing Common Core

By: Chris Guerrieri | Posted: December 5, 2013 3:55 AM

 

Chris Guerrieri

Chris Guerrieri

I am a longtime public school teacher and I have four main reasons for standing against Common Core. None of them have to do with Barrack Obama trying to  take over our schools and turn our kids into socialists.

Endorsing Common Core is to endorse the high-stakes testing culture we have now. Somewhere along the way, tests went from being a tool to see how kids were doing to the whole kit and caboodle. Common Core does nothing to eliminate or even tone down the testing, which has sucked the joy out of learning and teaching for countless students and teachers.

The cost: Despite what Pam Stewart says, Common Core is going to be expensive. Estimates for Florida range from a couple of hundred million into the billions of dollars. Undoubtedly, some of those costs will replace costs we otherwise would have incurred. But others should raise a huge red flag that the powers-that-be are not trying to clarify the expenses. Most of that money, by the way, will be diverted away from schools and classrooms.

Next, it does not address the problem facing our schools, which is poverty. 

When you factor out poverty, our children zoom to the top of the international rankings. Common Core does absolutely nothing to address poverty and until we do, all Common Core does is throw money down a hole -- sorry, make that into the bank accounts of testing companies, the primary financial backers of people like Jeb Bush who support Common Core.

Finally, if Jeb Bush is for it, you should be against it. Everything he has supported, from his A-F grading scale to charters and vouchers, has done great harm to education.

Jeb Bush is a flimflam man who sends his children to exclusive prep schools with small classes without high-stakes tests, while at the same time sentencing our children to schools he would never send his kids to.

Furthermore, since he was in charge of our education system for eight years, he is in effect saying, I got it wrong with the standards we had in place when I was in charge, I would like a do-over, a very expensive do-over that doesn’t address our problems (poverty) and allows my backers to get richer.

Common Core does absolutely nothing to address the problems in our schools. If the powers-that-be are desperate to spend money, let them do so on things that mitigate poverty -- smaller classes, a longer school year and wrap-around services that include social workers and mental health counselors, because often why a child does poorly in school has nothing to do with school.

Chris Guerrieri, a public school teacher for 13 years, is currently at the Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center in Jacksonville, a school just for special needs students. Guerrieri teaches art to disabled middle and high school students. He also runs an education blog, Education Matters, at www.jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com.


Comments (5)

Imaconstitutionalist
10:25PM DEC 10TH 2013
Now they're dropping the FCAT (waste) and jumping right into the C-4. Using children as pawns for financial gain, Title I bussing, removing curriculum from our schools and voiding accountability through zero-tolerance policies that alleviates administrators from doing much more than babysit (since they can't make judgment calls anymore) this is yet another disaster for our education system. Sad. No wonder I never hear kids say they want to grow up to be teachers anymore. The joy, and true purpose of teaching our youth has been turned into another bureaucratic mess. Want something done poorly? Give it to a bunch of politicians.
Dick Dickinson
12:50PM DEC 8TH 2013
Teaching to tests does not improve knowledge or understanding. Bushes no
friend to kids. Agree kids need a way to vent, mentor, social worker, someone who cares.
Joshua Black
8:01AM DEC 7TH 2013
Longer class years will not improve learning, smaller class sizes will.
Scott
3:59PM DEC 6TH 2013
It's heartening to hear all the more reasons to reject the federal program of "Common Core."
It is curious, though, to hear such anger directed at a former Florida Governor, when the program (four reasons) comes directly from President Obama and his administration. "His baby," isn't he responsible for this federal (powergrab) disaster?
Might that be reason alone to oppose this, or at least to be suspect of its true purpose?
The Machine
9:51AM DEC 5TH 2013
Oh Jeb Bush got it right alright, it's just like his brother Obama wants very badly to confiscate the guns of US citizens but it's harder than the thought.

So is the Nazi like Jeb Bush Machine national takeover of education.

Jeb put Jim Horne in charge of BILLIONS of dollars for education most of which was funneled right into the pockets of Jeb's buddies and family like Neil Bush and his IGNITE LEARNING (Ma & Pa Bush and their Saudi Prince friend are also investors in Ignite)

The Bush family (Wall Street Bankers and Oil Maggots) connections to those who own the FED and 96% of the world media has always give them a green light to lie and spin away the truth from them like the teflon they have been for more than a century now.

The American people had better educate themselves about this darkside of our royalty and they plans for their New World Order while we can still get on the internet. The facts are everywhere for the looking and reading. For those who don't they they can spare the time sooner or later time is all you will have if you are lucky enough to survive at all.

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