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-- Associated Press is today reporting about new worries over changes to what our children are taught in school.
So far 45 states have signed on to a new set of what are called common core standards.
For reading math and writing.
Aimed at bringing different states into alignment with each other.
But now nine states are having second thoughts about this and we're hearing controversial claims about how the Fed's.
Might use this program to data mine are students and their families.
Bob bode is an education analyst and a director of the education documentary the cartel Bob good to see you consider what is -- what is common core.
Also what our education curriculum standards right so the -- is what.
You compare to what grade do you teach long division or what grade high school interview Shakespeare.
Should kindergartners be able to count from one to twenty or one to a hundred these are things to different states.
Defined differently and so kids often move rights of a kid.
It was the third grade in Georgia and then moves to go to fourth -- and Alabama should be completely thrown off this is the argument for it.
In terms of you know what they're learning in and and where they are -- class should be behind for example if that happens.
Another argument is that there -- kinds of scale so that with a new software development textbooks.
It makes sense that if you have one standard for what a third grader should know you have a third grade textbook company and instead of developing all these different ones it's.
Let's expensive an -- like that -- like that because I don't want the kid.
Who's finishing kindergarten down in Georgia to only count one to twenty wallet word that New York -- -- -- went under.
That's for sure shall -- of the -- -- education says it's good we have a common electrical grid so you can go from state to state with one hair dryer in one cell phone charger plugged it and not worry.
That it won't be a 110 volts it's the standard everywhere but and that standard is good but -- that is all rainbows and unicorn just you have setting it up to sell the controversy comes aware well this was originally sold as a a voluntary effort by states to -- -- to get together and say all right well.
We're gonna make our standards a little more like you're seniors a little more like -- over here and we'll all be in sync right what we have increasingly learned is the federal top down involvement.
That means a third of a billion dollars was used by the federal federal treasury money was used to set up these groups we didn't really know that most and education reform at the beginning.
We also learned later that while the race -- the top initiative where.
Billions of dollars were given by the Obama administration a certain states if they liked what those states were doing an education and that was one of the criteria for giving up the federal money.
-- -- down with common -- also -- waivers to No Child Left Behind which had some onerous federal penalties if you.
Were found in non compliance -- No Child Left Behind well you can get waved from all that by the federal government if you were good with common core insists the federal -- became a larger and larger role in the.
But that right commercial if -- if common core is not controversial is there something about the lesson plans that is problematic that people don't want their children learning and they don't want.
Arnie Duncan -- forcing.
Exactly what that that's exactly right and you set it up right in that there's -- really and -- new push back against common -- and it's really rooted in this idea that you know first of all you know with.
This -- this -- the entree for further federal -- what what -- five -- ten years from -- the federal government kind of -- -- actually kind of like this -- -- really think -- should use it.
And we really think the huge and it's been this much time like teaching geometry and we have a reading list -- -- now new federal reading -- really have to pick from this stuff so there could be.
Federal requirements in other words that this is the camel knows under the tent.
A federal involvement of people reject also and and you might say a larger concern.
Is we're just at the cost of an explosion and innovation in education right we have online learning exploding we have -- charter schools in almost every state.
Many states now have voucher programs for private schools teaching certain specially as a special specialized curriculum to different kinds of kids.
And that rights -- exact moment of you know Starbucks adding twenty kinds of coffee you know instead of just regular or decaf.
In education this is feared as a way to just implement a top down.
You know federalized ministry of educate one size fits all one size fits all one size does not necessarily fit all when it comes to educating children.
We exactly chill all children are different.
As you know it has been often said you know you just need to meet two children to know that.
And -- now you have conservative groups like Tea Party groups opposing it never.
We're not talking about that why did you party opposes and within this this is about data mining our children and their families -- -- -- it -- About it is back with me now he's with choice media.
But I wanna pick up on this discussion about whether they are data mining our kids -- this program common core because now you say okay.
The feds are overseeing it the feds are making certain things conditional upon states adopting it.
And the feds are -- data -- our kids are and their families through it how.
Right so so what is you know data -- mean right so to -- that the more innocuous explanation is that it's just taking averages to find out.
How the average kid is doing 'cause they need to adjust the educational standards and a certain way to compensate for.
-- kids really don't they are getting this concept but they're really missing this other concept.
You know second grade reading or something and so we're going to make an adjustment that's you know -- People generally don't have a problem with that but the question then becomes -- where -- all this.
Data how's how specific is it to the kid.
And then ultimately you know how is -- going to be used later.
You know at the risk of controversy here.
When Google had a program called doodle for Google for children.
They had an application Childers with the thought it would basically doodle like -- the Google logo and that they would be a national contest they would pick a favorite totally would go on the web site right so.
They asked for the Social Security -- at one point they -- for each kids' Social Security number children's so security camera on the Google form unbelievable exactly.
When that came out.
It was that quickly you know -- -- -- at all no it's just to make sure we don't get duplicate entries was -- reason but ultimately what sort of.
-- -- -- is really wanna do with the federal government at such a young age.
For our children.
You know what we -- -- -- stories and school cricket that we we we -- that that the test question that suggested the United States is responsible for bringing 9/11 upon itself we have teachers.
Be encouraging the children ask if you -- students to cover up and Burke doesn't use the term freedom fighters went.
When discussing terrorists that's part of a common core -- -- law.
But it's kind of hurt -- would be -- seven SpinRite got me a bit but that's the danger in in putting the decision making and learning in the hands of 1 central authority maybe you disagree with that authority.
I get around but thank you for your expertise and time.
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