The Petition to Stop Common Core and the Data Mining of Children in South Dakota
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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 South Dakota and puts it in the hands of private trade organizations that wrote and copyrighted the standards and are not accountable to the taxpayers who pay for their implementation.
It allows the federal government to dictate the terms of our teacher evaluations.
Common Core Standards are not internationally benchmarked as marketed, nor have they been tested and found to be superior to existing state standards. These standards have never been tried before. The implementation of these standards 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 that 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.”
The Common Core Assessments include psychometric testing of our children used to guide them into one of 16 career clusters, designed to align a workforce for a managed global economy.