Why I am against the Common Core Standards
You hand Johnny his packed lunch, give him a kiss, and smile as you see him run off to school. Once in the classroom, his teacher tells him that today is the big day to take the state test for Common Core. Johnny sits down in front of a computer and avails himself to the “four parallel streams of affective sensors.” A “facial expression camera” detects emotion, capturing facial expressions. The “posture analysis seat” analyzes the mood of Johnny based on how he sits. The “pressure mouse” analyzes how Johnny uses the computer mouse, and the “wireless skin conductance sensor” (a wide, black bracelet) collects “physiological response data from a biofeedback apparatus that measures blood volume, pulse, and galvanic skin response to examine student frustration." This information from Johnny will be collected every year, from k-12 education, on into college, and into the workforce. It is all part of the State Longtitudinal Database System (SLDS) that states are adopting to be in compliance with the Common Core Standards.
Why am I against Common Core Data Mining? I went into teaching because of my love of children and my joy of being a part of igniting the spark of intellectual curiosity in young students. My father who had taught middle school history for 15 years always told me, “The most important element of education is the teacher in the classroom.” Building the relationship between the teacher and student and establishing trust, respect, and admiration between the two creates an environment conducive to learning for the young person. The Common Core Standards is a national policy designed to manage the entire nation’s population, treats individuals as cogs, and destroys what little remains of a positive educational environment. Sadly, it is just another depressing governmental, top-down program dictated to teachers and families. Horrifyingly, it will use modern technology to make decisions for the masses, and thus destroy the diversity and individuality of education and our country.
On Common Core tests, along with answering question about academics, students will provide “Personally Identifiable Information.” And, sensitive information will be extracted, as well, such as:
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parent;
2. Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student's family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student's parent; or
8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
This information will then be managed by inBloom, Inc., a private organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is preposterous to imagine any family wanting a private organization to collect and use private information over the childhood and young adulthood of family members.
There are many reasons why I do not like the Common Core Standards, but the strongest one involves data mining. Using technology to make education more efficient and commercial scares me because it treats individual students like data and it is open to corruption and abuse.
Most of my information about Common Core testing I used to write this came from Diane Rufino's article. Her information is listed below. She referenced the other sites.
Heritage Foundation Conference (panel discussion) on Common Core: "Putting the Brakes on Common Core" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P40GaKlIwb8 (Panelists included Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation, Jim Stergios of Pioneer Institute, Ted Rebarber of Accountability Works, Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core, and Christel Swasey. Michele Malkin was a guest speaker)
Bob Luebke, "Common Core Will Impose an Unproven One-Size-Fits-All Curriculum on North Carolina," Civitas Institute, March 18, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.nccivitas.org/2013/common-core-imposes-one-size-fits-all-curriculum/
Bob Luebke, "Common Core: Worse Than You Think," Civitas Institute, April 11, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.nccivitas.org/2013/common-core-worse-than-you-think/
Dean Kalahar, "Common Core: Nationalized State-Run Education," American Thinker, April 12, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/common_core_nationalized_state-run_education.html
Mallory Sauer, "Data Mining Students Through Common Core, New American, April 25, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/15213-data-mining-students-through-common-core
Rachel Alexander, "Common Core Curriculum: A Look Behind the Curtain of Hidden Language," Christian Post, April 18, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.christianpost.com/news/common-core-cirriculum-a-look-behind-the-curtain-of-hidden-language-92070/
Rufino, Diane, “For Love of God and Country,” http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2013-05-13-266807.112112-COMMON-CORE-Common-Core-or-Rotten-to-the-Core-You-Decide.html
Data Mining, on the Glen Beck Show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NjqOBEc3HU
Valerie Strauss, " A Tough Critique of Common Core on Early Childhood Education," The Washington Post, January 29, 2013. Referenced at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/29/a-tough-critique-of-common-core-on-early-childhood-education/
Reality Check: The Truth About Common Core - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdiCGgxj58
5/18/2013 12:31:06 pm
I so enjoyed your blog article about Common Core. Thank you for your courageousness and taking a stand against federal intrusion into education.
5/18/2013 12:34:34 pm
Glad to see you oppose CCSS! Nice blog and very well written. It will all come down to data. I majored in criminal justice. There is a part of me that questions how this data will effect the system. People may no longer be innocent until proven guilty. I believe they will use data to assess the individual to determine if they fit the MO. I know that is far fetched but people forget to look at long term technology and applications. I oppose common core for many reasons but data mining of our children has to be the scariest part of all.
5/18/2013 12:57:24 pm
Thank you for researching this yourself and making a statement! More Americans need to stop drinking the Kool Aid and do their own research! This is criminal on so many levels.
5/18/2013 01:37:58 pm
Awesome post on the common core. Thank you.
5/18/2013 01:39:10 pm
Thank you for researching the Common Core and sharing your insights. It's important we remain informed - especially when it comes to preparing the next generation to someday lead our homes and our country.
5/18/2013 01:43:58 pm
Thanks for this blog posting. I oppose the common core and agree this data mining element is the most disturbing part yet. Creepy!
5/18/2013 01:52:32 pm
Thank you so much for being bold enough to expose Common Core for what it is: Rotten for our schools and our children.
5/18/2013 02:01:15 pm
Thank You for posting this and doing the research! I am simply horrified at the potential dangers that accompany the data mining of our children. This above all else about Common Core is the most worrisome. We parents have got to take a stand and protect our children, as do all those who educate children.
5/19/2013 12:35:30 am
I wanted to not only thank you for taking the time to research this and post an article, but for also taking the time to post your sources! I so very much appreciate that! For a lot of people, myself included, it just isn't enough to hear you say it, we like to be able to look back and find where you got that info and how you came to that conclusion. And, especially, for this aspect of the common core, I didn't yet realize what the "data mining" included. So, Thank YOU!
5/19/2013 06:21:09 am
Thank you for taking the time to research CCS and to help spread the word about it's implications.
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