February 4, 2014

“If you like your children, you can keep your children …” [Darleen Click]

Well, this really makes me feel even more warm and fuzzy about Common Core.

In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.” [...]

Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, said, “To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified.”

Wow, I guess those People Against All Standards & Testing are affiliated with those People Against All Government. Did anyone ask Reville what phone booth they were meeting in and plotting the overthrow of all that is good and proper in Big Nanny Government?

Reville continued, “Again, the argument about where it came from I think privileges certain sort of fringe voices about federalism and states’ rights, and things of that nature, when really what we’re doing at the national level here now, state by state, is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually.” [...]

“Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?”

Anyone that has kids or grandkids in schools with Common Core are learning that there are no “high standards” involved. Just a Great Homogenizing of what a federal level bureaucracy decides all the common people need to learn to remain … serfs in thrall to the Nannystate.

They are, to reference the work of Stanford Professor of Mathematics Emeritus James Milgram, standards that prepare students for ‘non-selective community colleges,’” Burke said. “The English Language Arts standards de-emphasize the reading of fiction and classic literature in favor of informational texts.”

“But most concerning, Common Core removes the ability of parents and teachers to direct academic content and will have a homogenizing effect on the educational choices available to families,” Burke said.

New York City’s new socialist mayor DeBlasio is already yanking $210 million from charter schools. How long until home schooling is again threatened by the collectivists ban stick? This time due to “standards”?

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  1. The political regime where the children of the city belong to all of the city in common (and there are no known, distinguishable parents, but everyone is as brother and sister) is a fairly well known political regime, and has a name. Yet, if these ‘educators’ want to uphold standards, one would think they’d begin by demonstrating they have standards themselves, knowing how to apply proper names to their objects. But no. Evidently not. In which case, one must further wonder: if we insist that contrary to any evidence, these ‘educators’ must in fact have standards, do their posited standards arrive through divine revelations?

  2. the children belong to all of us

    Finally, we can put an end to the privatization of children.

  3. Ow, way to marginalize AND mischaracterize critics of Common Core! My child doesn’t belong yo you, buddy, he’s in private school.

    It’s the teacher’s unions that are against testing and accountability, not the parents. I’ll never forget seeing Randi Weingarten claim that it was just not possible to accurately assess a teacher’s performance, so it was ridiculous to even consider it (she was railing against NCLB). It’s amazing that every other business is capable of gauging its employees’ performance, but teachers are magically immune.

  4. Finally, we can put an end to the privatization of children.

    Yep, George, if only first we put an end to law by consensus, taking up force and fraud as the proper means for the institution of law. Well, that, and assume divine revelation as its source.

  5. It’s amazing that every other business is capable of gauging its employees’ performance, but teachers are magically immune.

    The wife is a good teacher, and you wouldn’t believe the incompetence she sees. There is someone at her school, still teaching, who can barely speak English. In fact, on a whiteboard writing some behavioral rules, this teacher actually wrote: No trows water.

    I would have written “do not throw water” but that’s just my white racism coming out.

  6. No trows water

    It looks like someone learned English from “I Can Haz Cheezeburger”, George.

  7. Finally, we can put an end to privatization outside of the prerogative of the elite circle.

  8. “There is someone at her school, still teaching, who can barely speak English ”

    I learned statistics from a guy who barely spoke English. Or the text book and study groups. One of those.

  9. Is it about time for Philip Seymour Hoffman to meet Cory Haim ?

    Too soon?

  10. If you like your children . . .

    . . . first banish all the poets.

  11. That’s the big D way: Give the people what you want and then blame the man and saboteurs and crazy proto-terrorist hicks for any fallout when it sucks and costs way too much.

  12. Everybody wants less say in where their kids go to school, what they are taught, how they are taught, and by who. Just ask them. Oh? Well then, they’re wrong.

  13. You have not lived until you’ve walked into a classroom just in time to hear a teacher give out erroneous information.

  14. Why do we even give grades? All children should receive a trophy….

  15. How long until home schooling is again threatened by the collectivists ban stick? This time due to “standards”?

    It’s happening now. The NEA hates homeschooling and parochial schools because both demonstrate conclusively the lie which is public education. The entire system is dedicated to providing sinecures for the most mediocre (yes, there are exceptions). If you don’t believe me, check out the massive increase in remedial reading, writing and math courses at a college near you.

  16. When President George W. Bush introduced teaching standards in his “No Child Left Behind” bill, the Left protested shrilly against “standards.” But, now, less than five years into President Barak H. Obama’s administration, the same cabal of unions, non-profits and crony text book publishers want to shove “standards” down our throats.

    What happened to cause the flip? Could it be that NCLB’s standards caught the Gates Foundation flat-flooted and ill-prepared to commit their “standards” to text? Like Obamacare’s website upon its roll-out, were the Left’s standards simply not ready for prime time, and Bush’s proposed “standards” in NCLB beat the Communistic Education-Lobby to the standards-punch?

    This’d be my bet, not that the AFT doesn’t want teaching “standards.” If you’ll recall the commotion at the time Bush signed NCLB into law, it was abundantly clear that the Left’s engineers do not like being beaten at their own game.

  17. I tried to tell an adjunct physics professor about the magnetic and copper pipe trick. I thought it would make a fun class demo for EM. He said it wouldn’t work because copper isn’t magnetic. If I’d had the $80 at the time I would have bought some wide copper pipe and a really powerful magnet and freakin’ showed him! It’s not like the Physics Circus would lie about a thing like that in front of an audience!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E97CYWlALEs

    The motion of the magnet is a moving magnetic field which causes a current to flow along the inside surface of the pipe(copper is famously a good conductor) and the current generates a magnetic field that acts in the opposite direction to the movement of the magnet. That field repels the magnet and retards its downward motion(which is due to the pull of gravity), slowing it. You can also often get the pipe to roll by rushing the magnet at it suddenly if the exterior is round and smooth enough.

    It was disturbing that a teacher never heard of it. At the time there was no youtube to show him in a less expensive fashion.

  18. “Common Core: Freedumb for All the Children!”

    As an aside, it’s going to be grimly amusing to watch New York decay under de Blasio. I hope they enjoy it, too.

  19. If you like your water, you can keep your water.

  20. So your teacher would be completely mystified by a 3 phase squirrel cage motor?

  21. “the children belong to all of us.”

    Just like the restrooms and the swimming pools in the public parks.

  22. It’s amazing that every other business is capable of gauging its employees’ performance, but teachers are magically immune.

    Those teachers, er educators are HEROES Libby. Just like soldiers on the battlefield, everyday they brave the trenches of sticky fingered seven year olds. It’s why they need mo money for the SmartBoards, media heavy literacy programs and to spend less time supervising the little monsters on the playground. God knows they aren’t going to take the heat of any scraped knees on their watch. Best to keep them doped up and indoors.

  23. “So your teacher would be completely mystified by a 3 phase squirrel cage motor?”

    I didn’t get the feeling that he was real big on applications. He just left it at copper pipe isn’t magnetic and I faded away to cute naive student invisibility for not knowing that in second semester physics. Now they have conceptual physics for a liberal arts core curriculum where you don’t really bother with the math. I don’t think they had that in the early 90’s. But then they only let you use a calculator to check your work back then and didn’t let you bring in a cheat sheet for the basic formulas.

  24. Heh, method was so successful it was found that method could be dispensed with. What a triumph!

  25. Now they have conceptual physics for a liberal arts core curriculum where you don’t really bother with the math.

    Ah, yes. Physics for Poets, where pi=3, and gravity=10m/s. Because just knowing that gravity pulls downward and circles are round should be good enough for anyone.

  26. Whatever happened to Bacon’s vision that we could fling the bitch to the ground and torture her secrets out of her? I mean, poets might find torturing her quite amenable as well, so why should they be deprived of the privilege? After all, it’s all in good fun.

  27. He said it wouldn’t work because copper isn’t magnetic.

    – At which point you should have smacked the cellphone out of his hand, explaining “that instrument of the devil couldn’t possibly exist, and all those magic voices in the air are simply hallucinations.”

    – This so-called “Physicist” was undoubtedly a liberal arts major posing.

  28. Hey, shouldn’t that be “all your children are belong to us?”

  29. >The latest happened early Sunday as two women left the Tropical Heat nightclub at 53rd and Market streets following a night of karaoke. Two men in hooded sweatshirts confronted the women about 2:35 a.m.,<

    link

    hey that’s not too far from 6221 osage ave

  30. wrong thread

  31. “At which point you should have smacked the cellphone out of his hand, ”

    It was 1991 or maybe 2, so cell phones were still huge and expensive. In fact I think it was around the time that texting was a totally new thing and people still used it like a paging service to send their phone number.

  32. “This so-called “Physicist” was undoubtedly a liberal arts major posing.”

    I suspect he was a master’s candidate in the early stages of teaching for tuition, boarding, and coffee money.

  33. The nail that stands up is hammered down.

    The equality of a field of grass.

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