NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s embrace of Common Core State Standards is wrong on so many levels that it is difficult to know where to start. Even though many teachers know only what has been given them in by CCSS in their training sessions, the entire CCSS approach is wrong for children. Why?
As the NEA RA meets, others will express concerns about many of the reasons. For now, Patricia Herrmann, a retired teacher from Illinois, has this impassioned message.
The Common Core is a way to standardize students and back it up with high stakes testing that will crush many students. They say it is to make an innovative competitive society. But tests that have a single right answer called convergent thinking push out not only critical thinking but divergent thinking that is the heart of innovation. They say its about innovation but its the opposite. It is about creating a compliant workforce. And the NEA which should be for defending students is leading them into an Orwellian sameness like “1984.” Factories standardize, but for humans and especially children, standardization is inhumane.
– Patricia Herrmann
Please pass this on to all of your friends, and let NEA reps from your state know that the CCSS route endorsed by Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, Pearson, and all of the hedge fund managers investing in all of the CCSS materials and programs is wrong for children.