Grangeville For mother of four, Mary Adler, Idaho aligning with national common core standards just doesn’t make sense.
“Some of the stakeholders in the CCSS [Common Core State Standards] have ownership in the biggest curriculum companies in the nation,” Adler said. “They obviously have a vested interest in standards being the same across the U.S.”
Adler said she is also concerned because some of the top educators in the country are not in agreement with the implementation of CCSS.
“What concerns me is I believe it lowers the standards in mathematics and makes one of the only subjects that should be black and white into something foggy,” she stated.
Adler said the new standards also take out much of the literature – “which is imperative for critical thinking skills” – and replaces it with contextual non-fiction information.
“Idaho has wonderful, great minds in its students and teachers,” she said. “But they will not be allowed to foster the creativity and teach to a students’ specific skill set and gifts. The common core will block that. Teachers have been slammed with this; it’s not their fault and many are afraid to speak up.”
Another concern of Adler’s and other opponents of the CCSS, she said, is the database where information on all those tested is kept.
“They ask questions they have no need or business to know,” she said. “And there is this whole system with our kids’ and families’ personal information.”
“There is no room for excellence in the common core model — it’s a cookie cutter process to make all students across the nation learn the exact same thing,” Adler said. “Where is the encouragement to pursue a particular passion? There won’t be any.”
Adler admonished the idea of thinking students in Chicago or Alaska learn the same way as students in Grangeville or California.
“The culture of each area is diverse, so how can there be common core across the board?” she said. “Are we going to teach our students how to think or teach them what to think?”
“I just don’t believe common core is in the best interest of the students and feel we should have adopted a more proven and accepted method rather than something that has not been tested or approved by top educators,” Adler stated.
Adler is available to give presentations on “Truth About Common Core in Idaho Schools,” from information by the 9-12 Project of Idaho. For information call 880-1176 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.