As grassroots community groups gather support, the movement to change education is growing. Politicians are beginning to listen to the voice of the people and are investigating the validity of the concerns parents, educators and students are expressing about common core state standards, the implementation of the standards, and the testing and data mining that accompany the process of implementation.
While it is necessary to address the obvious failures of the current system of education, it is also necessary to recognize that solving the problems without changing the system simply allows for more problems to arise and more failure to occur.
The Ugly Truth
According to Truth In American Education, “Estimated Costs for Common Core State Standards Implementation: Total Five Year Estimated State Level and District Level Costs $182,600,000.”
The Washington Post reported that “Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that the foundation had created Common Core products to generate “tens of millions of dollars” for its corporate sister.”
Pearson did not lose their nonprofit status for this violation but was fined a mere 4% of the educational dollars spent on common core implementation.
In order to achieve true educational success for ALL of America’s children it will be necessary to change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of America’s children.
Providing an excellent education that is child centered, developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential, and delivered by dedicated teachers in small class sizes that allow for relationship building between and among all the members of the neighborhood school and the larger surrounding community is what research has proven will lead to the educational success all of our children deserve.
Americans are reclaiming their right as the voice of the government.
Politicians are beginning to listen.
Our ask must be to place the focus of education on our children.
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