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Glen November 10, 2013 at 04:06 pm
Common Core and all its sideshows such as data mining and excessive testing are not what thisRead More country needs. Lets address the pros that have been given: 1. More rigor: To date there is no empirical proof this is more rigorous or better than the previous standards the States had. All the claims are based on research, not actual proof. I am sure that many football coaches do a lot of research and claim they have the winning formula. But that is sports, these are our children. Kentucky has now been doing CC for a few years, ask them how successful it has been. The only proof so far shows it does not work so why not pause and learn from it? 2. Internationally bench-marked: Interesting as the article even states "relevant to the real world" and that is exactly what the official web site had to change internally bench-marked to as they had to admit it was not. A claim that no pro-CC person will make. 3. National Continuity: So we do a national overhaul with an untested and unfunded mandate because less than 2% of the population moves around? Make sense to you? Hmmm
loguek November 10, 2013 at 08:22 pm
I would request the reporter do a more in-depth piece reporting how Common Core standards violateRead More three Federal statutes. Also, would she please inform the readers that the standards are not based on research, data or best educational practice? They were also written by two non-governmental organizations (NGO) and funded by the Federal Government. The standards are also privately copyrighted and cannot be changed by the states. The assessments are not written by your district or state and cannot be changed/altered. The adoption of these standards were NOT state led and in fact, they circumvented legislative process. My suggestion for tomorrow's story? Read the documents on Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and report on the MOU on how data on students will be given to our consortia (SBAC) and the subsequent MOU signed by SBAC and the Department of Education allowing the Federal Government to access any personal identifiable information on students and teachers. http://www.moagainstcommoncore.com/
PaulRevere November 15, 2013 at 05:04 pm
Anything "universal" is already destined for failure. what can be more common than theRead More three-R's of Education. It may come as a shock, but the most successful individuals are not those who were taught in common ways. Common-core will result in common results. It's that simple. Success is generic condition. It has no start or ending denominator. To some people, getting up before 9AM is a success. It's certainly not "learned nor Taught." "educational initiative “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. Does anyone want to define a 5th grader "real world" and the common-core real world. Is it the east coast or west coast? North or South "REAL WORLD". There is nothing common core in Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett educations leading to their success. You cannot common core the mindset. Period!. Frankly, I beleive this whole common-core is an effort to control how Teachers must teach. The three- R's are about as common-core as it gets. "Common Core is meant to streamline state curricula through a set of universal specifications so that kids all over the country will be LEARNING the same things." LEARNING? Really! So now our government has reached the point of mandating that all "children WILL LEARN" simply because it's universally taught. Of course I understand the point of teaching the same things in all our schools. Standardizing works best for big-corporations efficiency. But, schools-Education are Locally influenced in culture in America. There is nothing common about that. My conclusion? Common core is the result of our Federal Governments dissatisfaction with the teaching methods of our education institutions. They are now providing massive funds to keep the schools funded. Next stop! Total Federal Control of all public schools. Those local communities who would fight need only see their funds Cut. So Long--Free Public schools--Hello! Uncle-School. Trust me--It's coming! Your children will be commonly educated, commonly learned, commonly mind nourished, commonly fed, commonly dressed, commonly scolded as he/she graduates into an "UN-COMMON WORLD".
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SuzAnne Paez October 8, 2013 at 08:32 am
Homework is nothing but practice. A lot of it is memorization, which does not help if you don't useRead More it day in and day out. It must be put to practical use. The change are the schools and parents. Standardized tests are nothing but money makers for the publishers, you really don't have the true results after these tests. Some persons are not test takers, but they have the knowledge. The entire educational system needs to be revamped and this would set a lot of parents in a rage, because what it will take is against what parents think.
Patch Pro Paul Gutting has been the Executive Director at Campbell Montessori School since 2011.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 09:23 am
Rockwood 25 - I am glad to hear it! 'The Absorbent Mind' is a great book. If you haven't already,Read More you may want to look into 'Montessori Madness' by Trevor Eissler or 'Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius' by Angleline Lillard.
jlward August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I would like to know how a school district can get so bad that they have to close it down. Is itRead More because of incompetent teachers??? Please explain to me how 2 school districts in St. Louis could go that far as to not do anything about the childrens learning and test grades.
Paul Gutting August 7, 2013 at 05:29 pm
jlward – you are asking a very big question that may have as much of a socio-political answerRead More as an educational answer. I do think, though, that this is a great time to have a broad conversation about the nature of education, and what we want as a community for our children. We should be talking about the nature and value of testing, looking at various educational models to understand how and why they work, asking about the role of the community in education, and making sure that we know what our options really are. It’s a big conversation, and it will require a lot from us, but it is good and necessary. The stakes are high.
Kirkwood School District was chosen as another transfer option for Riverview Gardens students.
Dan L Sullivan August 1, 2013 at 04:19 pm
Check out our stadium. 'You ready to co-sign a second mortgage for 4 million to do more than replaceRead More old seats? Latest 3.3 million makeover is enough for me! Back to the basics in Construction AND Instruction. Wait! Did we join the SEC?
The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to standing-room-only at a town hall meeting about upcoming transfer students last week. Photo Credit: Jared Grafman
ray faulkner July 31, 2013 at 03:28 am
A few bad apples can spoil the barrel, these "kids" have seen and lived through things weRead More never will. Violent fights daily, guns in the school, rape, and extortion. I would love to think that only good kids will be transferring, but even they have been effected by the negative stimulus to always be on the defensive. Their posturing and behavior even on the best of days will seem intimidating to students and staff that have not lived as they have.
Rich Marshal July 31, 2013 at 04:39 pm
Show me one failing district whose kids are bused to a another school where that district improved.Read More We've been busing kids for 4 decades to what avail? Look at the data at any of the receiving schools and you will see large differences in test scores by race. Nothing about this situation will change that. Maybe these kids should choose to attend the University City school district. After all, it's much closer and their good liberals are color-blind. Oops, the UC school district is rated only slightly better than Normandy and RG. I wonder why a city that is 50% white has a high school that is 90% black. I can think of only one reason.
heidi August 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
The district began by saying it could accommodate 100 students from Riverview & Normandy. ThenRead More it changed that number to 175. Next we were going to take 152, but still only had room for 175 students. Now we’re taking 186? Is this because of the strong-arming of the ACLU? NAACP? What sort of transparency is this when the numbers keep magical changing before our eyes? What sort of a fix is this, Kurt? At the end of your article you stated "What is the problem? I can think of only one thing." What were you trying to insinuate, Kurt? More of that liberal racism card we hear bellowed at every turn?