Letter: Common Core Curriculum no good for Wilbur School

To the editor:

American children including our Wilbur School children face real problems from the Common Core Curriculum.

Businessmen like Microsoft’s Bill Gates and his friends, in the name of education, reform introduced the CCC, but it also funds their business interests. They market the standardized testing associated with CCC, which has risen in cost by a factor of three to $1.7 billion between 2001 and 2012 and is further predicted to rise by a factor of 20 (Dr. Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern Californian).

Other companies, namely Common Core Inc associated with CCC in New York, are about to sell textbooks based on CCC even before the scheme has been widely tested from an education point of view. These dubious textbooks will therefore be leveraged by New York’s tax dollars and Little Compton could be next!

Our children in Little Compton need good math, English, science and art teachers who know their subject through and through and can teach facts calmly and steadily rather than how to pass tests for the Common Core Curriculum.

Julie E M McGeoch

Little Compton.

 

One Comment;

  1. Tad Segal said:

    Excellent letter and good points. The collusion that we’re seeing on Common Core with big education companies and their private foundations is eye-opening. Here’s a December 12, 2013 article from The New York Times headlined: “Educational Publisher’s Charity, Accused of Seeking Profits, Will Pay Millions”

    The NYT reports:
    “The Pearson Foundation, the charitable arm of one of the nation’s largest educational publishers, will pay $7.7 million to settle accusations that it repeatedly broke New York State law by assisting in for-profit ventures.

    “The case shed a light on the competitive world of educational testing and technology, which Pearson has come to dominate. As federal and state leaders work to overhaul struggling schools by raising academic standards, educational companies are rushing to secure lucrative contracts in testing, textbooks and software.

    “The inquiry by the attorney general focused on Pearson’s attempts to develop a suite of products around the Common Core, a new and more rigorous set of academic standards that has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

    “Around 2010, Pearson began financing an effort through its foundation to develop courses based on the Common Core. The attorney general’s report said Pearson had hoped to use its charity to win endorsements and donations from a “prominent foundation.” That group appears to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    “Pearson Inc. executives believed that branding their courses by association with the prominent foundation would enhance Pearson’s reputation with policy makers and the education community,” a release accompanying the attorney general’s report said.

    “Indeed, in April 2011, the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation announced they would work together to create 24 new online reading and math courses aligned with the Common Core.

    “Pearson executives believed the courses could later be sold commercially, the report said, and predicted potential profits of tens of millions of dollars. After Mr. Schneiderman’s office began its investigation, the Pearson Foundation sold the courses to Pearson for $15.1 million.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/nyregion/educational-publishers-charity-accused-of-seeking-profits-will-pay-millions.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131212&tntemail0=y&_r=0

    Big publishing, testing and technology companies stand to make huge amounts of money on Common Core. If even a few of them are behaving like Pearson, we’re in bigger trouble than we know.

    To find out more about the Common Core, visit http://www.StopCommonCoreRI.org and visit our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreRI.org

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