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Support Local Control of Education in Kansas - Stop Common Core

1,191 Signatures Goal: 1,000

The Petition We reject the Federal Government's intrusion into our education system and want control over what is taught in our classroom returned to our state and local school boards.

• Common Core removes control of our state k-12 education standards from Kansas and puts it in the hands of private trade organizations who wrote and copyrighted the standards and who are not accountable to the public which pays for their implementation.

• It allows the federal government to dictate the terms of our teacher evaluations.

• It makes it practically impossible for local school districts to control their costs because independent consortia develop assessment tools which our districts must use. These on-line assessments are not only many times more expensive than our existing tests, they are a technical impossibility for many schools in our state who do not have broadband access to the internet.

• Common Core Standards are not internationally benchmarked as marketed, nor have they been tested and found to be superior to existing state standards. They have never been tried before. Their implementation in 45 states amounts to a massive pilot program that uses our children as test subjects.

• Common Core assessments ramp up the collection of personally identifiable data on our children. Through various agreements this data will be sent directly to the US Department of Education who has changed the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow this data to be shared with other government agencies and third parties without our knowledge or consent.

• The architect of the Common Core Standards has vowed to align the SAT tests to these standards thereby pressuring homeschoolers and private schools to teach to these standards as well. Millions of children will be lost inside a one size fits all system designed to create equal mediocrity among the new “global citizens.”

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  • David Watson
    David Watson United States, Great Bend
    Dec 03, 2016
    Dec 03, 2016
    It's important that we fight this absurd standard of education known as Common Core and take it down now rather than later. Waiting to long will result in the inability of future generations to fight not only this example of corruption, but others as well. Common Core is meant to cripple kids intellectually and disinterest them in furthering their education independently. Allowing it to persist is to ensure the death of independent thought and any ability to revive it.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 07, 2016
    Nov 07, 2016
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  • Melinda L Gunn
    Melinda L Gunn United States, Moran
    Oct 14, 2016
    Oct 14, 2016
    I am the proud mother of three very intellectually gifted children. Whereas the older two (aged 20 and 17 - now in college) were able to be challenged in their formative educational settings, I fear that my seven-year-old will not have the same opportunities to grow. Under Common Core, her love for learning is already becoming stifled and frustrated. This is my main practical concern.
    My ethical concern run much deeper. I have seen a growing number of worksheets and assignments introducing very subtle, easily-overlooked globalizing propaganda, as well as developmentally, ethically, and maturity inappropriate content. One can only reason these subtle messages are, by design, meant to place a gap between children and their parents.
    This gap is further widened by the complete reconstruction of mathematics. The inability to use the PERFECTLY functional arithmetic standards used for hundreds of years completely eliminates the social and familial bonding that occurs when a parent or guardian helps their child with their homework. Our children trust us to help them when they "get stuck" - especially in math. They know they can count on us to help them understand and relieve some of their anxiety by walking them through the problem and helping them learn at home. A kernel of trust our young children have in us to "make it better" is lost every time we have to throw our hands up and say, "I can't help you. I don't get it either."
    Suddenly we find ourselves on the same playing field as our children, with nothing to offer but to commiserate over a ridiculously confusing system where simply "doing math" is not accepted.
    The consequences for families, relationships, and our children's ability to excel and strive for greatness run far deeper than just failing a test.
  • Barbara Green
    Barbara Green United States, Manhattan
    Oct 06, 2016
    Oct 06, 2016
    I am a retired educator and I feel that Common Core has stifled our teacher's creativity in teaching strategies, ability to have sub lesson plans for students that need help and insulting their intelligence, knowledge and expertise by given them scripted materials. Let our teachers do what they know best - teach!
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