My name is ATeacherAnon from California and this is my first RA. I am speaking as an individual.
I strongly oppose NEA’s support of the Corporate-, Privatizer-, Education Deformer-, Bill Gates-driven Common Core State Standards, which were NOT developed by real, certificated CLASSROOM teachers or child development experts.
Nationally renowned early childhood expert Dr. Nancy Carlsson Paige's research told us that out of the 135 people who developed the K-3 standards, there were NO classroom teachers or child development experts among them, resulting in standards that are not developmentally appropriate.
Dr. Stephan Krashen predicts that the CCSS will increase testing twentyfold.
I predict that that our already narrow, boring curricula will continue to be so. I predict that we will continue to ignore the needs of the whole child. I predict that we will continue to waste months of instructional time on test prep and testing.
As our class sizes continue to grow, precious dollars will be used to buy technology to serve the Corporate Core. I've read the Finnish national education standards. They do not look at all like the Common Core.
My professional conscience leads me to support real, classroom teacher-driven change, not corporate driven change. We are burning out and stressing out kids. Kids have become disengaged from learning.
I oppose having my union dues spent to support the CCSS and spread Corporate Core propaganda to our students, families, and colleagues.
I urge you to oppose support for the implementation of these expensive, unproven set of standards.
I urge you, instead to support real, classroom teacher-driven change that will address the individual needs of all of our children.
Haven't we learned anything from NCLB?