Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Want Real Education Reform? Opt Out of Common Core

Adam Sackowitz is a candidate for the East Meadowbrook School Board in Westbury, New York. 

On his campaign website he has posted this about Common Core: "Parents, students, and teachers from across the East Meadow School District are gravely concerned about the implementation of Common Core. This top down approach to education is wrong for our students and teachers, and fails to recognize that every student is different. I will be an strong voice on the Board of Education against these standards."

He recently posted more observations at American Thinker, of which some of them are below:

  • Common Core was adopted to bring our educational standards up to those of our foreign competitors. But standards the states had adopted to be guideposts on a trail have, instead, become an HOV, “one-size-fits-all” express-lane curriculum without so much as a passing lane, an exit ramp, or a rest stop. Even supporters like Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, are citing its failures. “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse,” she said.

  • Meanwhile, the Obama administration has dismissed Common Core opponents with derisive personal attacks. “Moms,” said education secretary Arne Duncan, oppose Common Core because “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Clearly, Duncan doesn’t get it.

  • When education standards are written with the dogma of a politician’s stump speech, we should recognize that there’s a problem. It’s clear that the politicians, bureaucrats, “experts,” and profiteers who advocate Common Core have all become far too heavily invested – literally and figuratively – to allow their program to fail. Common Core will be imposed, funded, maintained, continued, and declared a “success,” no matter what the actual results might be. The country will be left with an “education system” built in a Potemkin village. We must do better. And we start that by opting out.