I had the privilege of attending a working session of the Delta County School Board with two representatives of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Wednesday, July 31.
The CDE representatives did a remarkabe job of presenting a plausible rationale for adopting the Common Core educational standards for grades K-12 by omitting many objectionable facts associated with the Common Core's implementation.
What bothered me most, however, is that the presentation's entire rationale appeared to be based on the misguided and unproven presumption that standards alone will increase student achievement. Such assumptions are misleading to the school board, principals, parents, and teachers in the district and a major oversimplification of the facts and the far-reaching implications of the Common Core.
The teachers and administrators that I know acknowledge and recognize that break down of the family, drugs, student indifference to learning, lack of parental support, disciplinary problems, and other variables have a significant negative impact on student achievement as well. None of these concerns are addressed by Common Core standards that I'm aware of. Certainly, none of this was discussed at Wednesday's meeting.
Lack of parental involvement in schools is another school district concern that school board members recognize as affecting student achievement. School board chairman Pete Blair inquired several times to the CDE representatives of how to increase parental involvement, and never received a direct answer to his question.
Taxpayers and administrators, desperate to see student achievement improve, are once again being deceived into believing that new more "rigorous" Common Core academic standards (and higher taxes) will actually deliver improved student performance without addressing many other variables with a notable downward affect on achievement.
I encourage teachers and parents to wake up to the ugly reality of the truth and realities about Common Core standards by watching a free video series at youtube.com that explains why some states have already withdrawn support to Common Core. The link is http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/stop-common-core-video-series/