|Common Core education standards discussed by Heart Land Patriots|
|Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:43 PM|
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
VAN WERT - More than 100 people turned out Tuesday evening as the Heart Land Patriots welcomed Heidi Huber, a financial administrator for a Christian academy. Huber led a discussion on federally-mandated Common Core standards and their effect on Ohio schools.
Huber believes the future of the American republic is reclaiming its children from the state and believes that the Common Core does the exact opposite of this. Huber acknowledged that these standards were written and instituted flawlessly in that teachers and the public did not even recognize it was in place and what was about to happen to their school’s way of educating.
The deadline to adopt the standards was Dec. 31, 2011. At the time, they did not even have a name, since the standards were not even written at the time, according to Huber. The implementation of these standards are due sometime between 2014-2015.
“You have to pause and ask, ‘what are we doing; are we training or teaching and who is in charge or determining this,’” posed Huber. With the teacher and principal evaluation, she believes teachers lose all control over their own assessment and teaching, and high-performing teachers even have the chance of being reassigned by the federal and state governments to a low-performing school.
Huber, along with many others, believe that what gets tested is what gets taught, and with one standard test in place, schools and teachers will lose control of what and how they can teach their students. Within Common Core language, students are also defined as human capital, and Huber believes this description of children has caused them to lose a form of humanity in the eyes of education.
“Independence comes from freedom and self-determination,” said Huber. “Common Core is a control monster and has made our children into guinea pigs to see what works and what doesn’t.”
Doubters of Common Core believe that education will become completely federally-run and not only will the school and teachers lose control of a child’s education, but also their own parents will.
It is thought that these standards will become a way for the government to watch children from cradle to career and maneuver the entire process in-between. The PARCC Memorandum of Understanding will allow all testing data to be released to the feds. To date, only one state has attempted to undergo the extensive process of removing themselves from PARCC, but approval was never granted.
“This is the line in the sand,” noted Huber. “This affects every child and family in the nation. This is the capstone to the progressive movement that has been aimed towards for years.”
Huber believes that the only ways to get past the Common Core at this time are to rescind Race to the Top grants, attempt to repeal the PARCC compliance, or develop organic Ohio standards and assessment to be approved by legislature.
While there are many who oppose and draw red flags from Common Core, others do not question the instituted standards and are eager to instate it within their schools. Pastor Keith Stoller received an email from a local teacher kindly denying attendance at Tuesday’s meeting as Common Core standards are already being instituted within their school and no problems have been noted to date.
|Last Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 12:02 AM|