A few important items coming up this week:
1. Please come to a Public Forum, Tuesday July 10, 7pm. National experts from all over the country will be flying in to educate Utah's governor, legislators, leaders, educators, parents and the general public on the dangers of Common Core. This is Utah's new education system which will be implemented this year if it hasn't already in your district. Please come hear the facts! Most of you have heard from your school districts. Now it's time to hear the other side. We are doing everything we can to educate Utah parents and leaders, but we need your help! Please support our efforts by coming Tuesday night. Bring a friend. We want a packed auditorium. http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/common-core-public-meeting/)
2. Please donate. If you are thankful for all these efforts made and want to help, here's how. These experts are flying in on their own dime to help Utah, but there are many costs to bringing them here. We need donations to help pay for the auditorium and the luncheons we have planned so that our legislators and leaders will be informed of all the ramifications of Common Core. Remember, we are a group of parents doing as much as we can. We are not a big organization. We can use all the financial support you can give, even if that means $10-20. We appreciate every little bit in order to inform our leaders. DONATE HERE.
3. New article about CC’s Math Standards. Ze’ev Wurman was a U.S. Department of Education official under George W. Bush. In 2010 Wurman served on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the suitability of Common Core’s standards for California, and is coauthor with Sandra Stotsky of “Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade” (Pioneer Institute, 2010). Ze've just wrote a scathing indictment on the USOE claims that Common Core in Utah will accelerate our students in math. Check it out here and please share it.
4. Listen to Rod Arquette this week and next. Rod will be having these experts on his show this Monday at 6pm and will be advertising all week for this public forum. Listen to Rod on 105.7 FM or 570 AM weekdays from 4-7pm. He's been a great support and knows that Utah parents need to hear the facts.
5. Some parents are finding out the hard way that their children are not learning anything in Common Core Math.
Here’s a prime example. Christel’s full letter is below, but after she wrote the state school board in frustration for a second time about how 9th grade algebra in Common Core was a repeat of 8th grade for her son, Dixie Allen from the state board responded:
“I understand your frustration. I home schooled my 8th grade grandson and 9th grade granddaughter this year since our school district had decided to adopt the Common Core for every grade rather than what was proposed by the state. It was proposed that we only adopt for the 6th and 9th grade and provide alternative programs for those students who already had the skills being taught to all through the Common Core. I believe strongly that the Common Core Standards will upgrade the level of education for all students, however, if we do not work to address students in regard to their level of instruction (which does not always align with their grade level or age), we will continue to create boredom for those students who already have the skills and frustration for those who don't have the preliminary skills on which to build the new skills. Either scenario will force a loss in learning time for students and possibly enough frustration that we lose the student completely.”
Here is Christel’s full letter:
This is the second time I am writing to you about Common Core math and my daughter's having learned nothing this year. I hope this time some brave soul will respond.
My daughter was introduced to Common Core math at Wasatch High School this year. She learned nothing in this 9th grade year because Common Core introduces Algebra I to ninth graders, but the old Utah math introduced Algebra I to 8th graders. It was a robbery of my daughter's mathematics education, a robbery of me as a taxpayer, a robbery of all Utah parents and children --especially, now, the 6th and 9th graders.
Some of you have tried to blame this on the Wasatch District or its math teachers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our district works hard to get around the serious defects of Common Core, by continuing to offer college-concurrent enrollment math classes which will partially make up for Common Core's dumbing down of our kids. A district leader told me this week that the "bubble" of repetition for 9th and 6th graders is an unavoidable consequence of implementing Common Core math. Why can't this board be as transparent as he?
Many of us heard or read your promises-- that Common Core would "increase rigor" and "increase global competitiveness" and "college readiness." What a bitter joke Common Core is to me now, and how little respect I feel for the "fact v. fiction" flier that is still on your website, which is a torrent of lies. That flier includes the claims that Common Core has "no federal strings attached" and "most thoughtful people line up on the side of Common Core." Worse, the flier lacks any references. You may recall that I wrote a rebuttal to that flier, with references. I asked you to respond to that, also, but nobody did. http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/correcting-the-usoes-facts-education-without-representation/
Common Core's Titanic educational, financial, and privacy calamity will become increasingly apparent to greater numbers of Utahns as the months and years tick past.
I urge you to stop this train. Get us out of Common Core. At the very least, be honest, forthright and transparent on your website and with parents and districts statewide, about the repetition of math for 9th and 6th graders, as my school district has been with me.
If you have a similar story, please write the governor http://governor.utah.gov/goca/form_comment.html and send a copy to Alisa Ellis ([masked]) and Oak Norton ([masked]).
Thank you again for your support for our children! They deserve the best education and parents deserve a choice in making that happen.
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