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Why aren't more people aware and concerned about Common Core in the education system?

It's very disturbing and frightening when you know the details.

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Our education systems (on this entire continent) are becoming increasingly flawed .. as is our social systems world wide.

At one time, teachers got into teaching because they liked kids, and wanted to make a difference .. now days that ideal is very rare. Not because they didn't have the intent at the beginning, but because their hands have been tied by our legal and social systems.

Kids are getting away with 'murder' .. literally. Teachers are trying to do what they can, but their hands are tied behind their backs (so to speak).

It's kind of sad .. when you look at the big picture .. Kids are graduating high school and are experts at Facebook and internet, hideously graphic video games, and even often are already highly skilled in handling real guns and ammunition...yet remain quite illiterate.

Am I the only one who thinks there is something wrong with that 'picture'??

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You're not alone.
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I agree, Bikergirl.
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Stars biker!!
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no; you are not alone in that!
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Because most people know our so-called "education system" is broken anyway ... but don't know what can be done to save it.

And the teachers' unions don't really care "about the children" ... as long as they get their pay and benefits.

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You don't know many teachers, do you?
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Notice I said their union ... not the teachers.

Though if the teachers disagree with the union position - why don't they change it?

The teachers' unions constantly vote against things that would benefit children ... like vouchers, online or charter schools, etc (alternatives to the failing public school system).

They also constantly vote for higher pay/benefits ... even after being told that to give them that, the money has to come out of the budget for maintenance - and teachers will have to be layed off. Then they complain when class sizes grow, because teachers were layed off to pay for their increased pay/benefits. They complain there aren't enough books/materials to go around, because money for supplies had to be cut to pay for their increased pay/benefits. They complain buildings are in disrepair, because money had to be cut from maintenance to pay for their increased pay/benefits.

And yet ... private schools provide a better education for less money (per student). So increasing taxes isn't the answer - because the teachers' unions have proven (repeatedly) that they don't really care about the education of the students.
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Yes ... I'm VERY familiar with the subject.
At least in Oregon and Washington.
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Vouchers take money out of the public schools and don't really benefit poor students because the vouchers aren't enough to pay for anything decent. We've had a ton of charter schools shut down because they are doing a lousy job and most online schools have yet to be proven.
Fixing schools is easy. Pay extraordinary teachers extraordinarily, pay decent teachers a living wage, fire the incompetents. Get the helicopter mommies out of the classroom, allow teachers to maintain discipline, academically track students and quit teaching to the test but teach students to think and learn.
The teachers unions go overboard, name me something that doesn't. Most teachers take advantage of their "easy, only work 9 months" job to take a full time summer job or a part time year round job so they can actually live decently.
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In OR/WA ... the voucher amount would be the same amount that the student "brings in" to the public school system. In Oregon, that is over $10k/year ... twice what the average private school costs. They could also be used within the public school system - to send the kid to a better performing public school. All that benefits poor students.

Charter schools in OR/WA constantly out perform "regular" public schools. Yet, because they aren't unionized (because the teachers there don't want to be unionized) - the unions are against them. Again, it's more about money than the students.

Online schools aren't proven?
1 - They have been proven for higher education and homeschoolers.
2 - How can they be proven for "regular" K-12 schools, if not given the chance to succeed/fail?

Your solutions to fixing schools require the "breaking" of the teachers' unions.
I'm totally fine with that. But it can't realistically be done, until people wake up to the fact that unions are not always a good thing ... and politicians are willing to give up all that "sponsorship".
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You guys have it way better than NC then
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It's prob boring and painful to hear or look in 2.

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There are many problems in the public education system in the US. We have the unions protecting teachers that should not be teaching, outrageous salaries, top heavy management, tax payer funded further education for teachers and my favorite; federal funds to support the schools is dependent on the teaching of mandated criteria which is derived by a bunch of morons. Let's get back to the 3 r's of school and teach these kids how to read, write and learn arithmetic the old fashioned way.

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Do you mean the Core curriculum?

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Please tell me if this is it so I can answer. I teach elementary school and our school does use the Core Curriculum.
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From what little research I did ... Common Core is just a move to have all (government) schools teach the same curriculum.
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Oh okay. Thanks Walt.
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There is so many problems. Tho I believe there's wonderful teachers and I respect them greatly, my heart sunk about those teachers who changed answers on the kids tests to get bonuses. What a shame messing with kids lives that way. Some kids graduated with little basic skills! So sad.
Looks like I'm one of those people who's unaware. I misread the question. My kids have been out of school for years so I don't know what's being taught.

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S, you homeschool?
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No, my kids went to public schools. My daughter is 30, my son 22. I was saying I'm out of the loop in what's going on with schools now since I don't have kids in them any more.
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Oh I see. I agree it's hard to see what goes on in there. :/
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Ya, I'm an old bat Marcus. Thought you knew that already?
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I don't know how old you are but you have the aura of a young lady. :)
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Haha, young at heart I guess. You're too sweet Marcus!
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It seems many people here in America are unaware of many current events and what is transporting. Some are too busy with work and children. Some are complacent or just don't care. Some don't care about politics or current events. They are far more interested in Honey Boo Boo, the Kardashians and other celebrity gossip. Priorities seem to be out of order with many households.

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Common core is a terrible system. The progressive liberals are all for it. But I think they are keeping quite the main stream media will not mention it for fear of discovery .

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Please show me what is terrible about it? I haven't heard much, just that they are looking for uniformity in which subjects are taught when?

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It's allegedly a very progressive and/or communist agenda to indoctrinate children in school. Allegedly it teaches them what's best for society as a whole, not individual liberty and self responsibility. The opposite of what this country was founded on. It also allegedly promotes wealth distribution and allegedly will force pro-choice views upon children in school. This is what I have heard, that doesn't make it true. This is why I repeatedly used the word allegedly. I'm trying to research what I can on this subject. I have heard and read parents in New York told their children to lay their pencils down and refuse to take the test. Basically, some feel it forces opposing views of what parents are teaching their children. I believe school has no business teaching students about sex, abortion, birth control, what political side to take. School is not the place for children to have their morals, values and beliefs molded. School should teach children to read, write, arithmetic, science, history, civics/government and the truth of the founding of our country. Religious and political views must stay out of public school. It should be about education, not molding young minds. I'm not saying this is what is happening because it hasn't been proven, just throwing my opinion out there.
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Once again all the above is suspicion and not proven. Some of us in the right side are very quick to judge and make up our minds.
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Steak, I completely agree with you on what should and shouldn't be taught in school!! Most teachers I know also agree.
Our schools are using common core and its just standardized "what should be taught" in each grade according to what my friends tell me and that I cannot disagree with. When I was in high school you could graduate high school but NOT have a 12th grade education in every subject.
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I agree. There are many wonderful and fully committed teachers across this great country. Unfortunately the few horrible ones like the goons in Chicago get the news coverage and gives all educators a bad rep. I do believe there are some teacher's unions that have hindered the proper education of children. They only care about getting "union dues" and making sure bad, horrible and unfit teachers keep their jobs. A true teachers union would obviously make sure good teachers are treated and paid well. They would also have children's best interests at heart. I don't agree with a teacher who uses ethnic slurs, shoves their religious and/or political views down students' throats should be on "paid leave" during the "investigation". As well as it shouldn't take an act of Congress to terminate lousy teachers. Also I find it disturbing and sickening they make sure teachers who have inappropriate relationships and/or contact with their students receive full pay. Just my opinion though. Education has become to unionized and political in both ends. It has steered away from what and who it is about, the children of this country.
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When I was in school my teachers taught us about Rowe vs. Wade. The case brought before the Supreme Court and the decision that was made. No personal feelings or viewpoints were forces on any of us. We were not allowed as students to voice or approval or disapproval with the choice. I respect that 100%. I have and always had my views as did my fellow students and teachers. Those views were silenced and the facts and case of the decision were presented without bias.
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There are definitely issues with some school systems. The majority of teachers though are in it for the right reasons.
When I was in school I had a couple of outstanding teachers who encouraged us to speak our minds on issues and then be able to defend our beliefs/ideas with facts. We were also encouraged to change our views if shown to be in error.
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I agree. 99% of teachers I had or know/knew where in education for the right reasons. It's sad the small bad majority give a bad rep for all. It happens in every aspect of life.
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True that!
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Ikr remember the teacher that had the kids singing "berack whosane Obama mmm mmm mmm"
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I tend to believe that is a right wing myth BUT if there was a teacher that stupid, I hope she was fired
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Nobody cares about anything these days

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