SAUNDRA SMITH: Oppose Common Core Standards in state
July 10, 2013 10:30 AM

I am a Pennsylvania resident, wife, parent, grandparent and retired high school teacher, having taught 38 years in Pennsylvania schools.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting sponsored by the Indiana Armstrong Patriots about the Common Core Education Standards.

Peg Luksik spoke on the topic.

She has read and studied both the national and state Common Core Standards and found them to be exactly the same — just put in a different order.

Being an educator, I found this to be a very interesting topic since we already have standards in place and our present textbooks address these existing standards.

Here are some questions I would like to ask you concerning the common core national and state standards:

1) Are they needed? Standards are already in place.

2) Shouldn’t the local school districts (school boards, educators, parents, residents) be in control?

3) Before putting “tons” of money into this, shouldn’t there be a pilot program for it?

4) When standardized tests are given, valuable instruction time is lost. I understand that there needs to be evaluations, but not weeks at a time.

5) Common Core wants to track students from the time they enter school until they are in a career? (Isn’t this “Big Brother”?)

6) Teachers have 180 days to teach. They must get their subject material taught, practiced and reviewed for the “test,” but some students do not perform well on tests, some cannot master the material, some students do not care about the tests and some are special needs students and will not do well on any test.

7) Ask your congressmen/congresswomen and governor: Can you vote on standards that you have not read and studied?

8) Can we Pennsylvania and local residents afford their implementation?

Implementation of Common Core Standards over the next several years will cost an estimated $645 million in Pennsylvania: $115 million for textbook and materials, $280 million for technology and $250 million for professional development.

Contact your congressmen/congresswomen and Gov. Corbett; say no to Common Core Standards!


Saundra Smith


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