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Stop Common Core social media push continues

November 14, 2013

I’ve had a couple people message me today asking why I was doing an increased number of posts about Common Core this week. This is because the grassroot organizations fighting against Common Core have chosen this week for a social media push. This was posted on the Truth In American Education website:

1395880_10201899999596843_1783665425_nYou are encouraged to change your Facebook profile picture to a “Stop Common Core” picture this week from November 12th to November 15th.  We use our profile pictures to reflect who we are, what we love and what are passions are.  So why not use it to show your opposition to the Common Core State Standards for four days.

So this week we urge you to change your profile picture to the red and white picture seen to the right.

Leslie Beck of Iowa who is spearheading this effort said, “Use the same red and white picture as everyone else who does this. Do not show your creativity. Do not show your unique style. Show the world what it would be like if we were all the same, even if it is just in this one way. That is Common Core.  That is what we are doing to our children if we adopt Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Next up will be the Social Studies standards if we do not stop this train wreck. We are each unique and so are our children.”

Anyway, I’m changing my profile picture over tomorrow and I encourage you to do the same.

P.S…. we can do the same on Twitter as well.

So far this social media push seems to have been successful. There has definitely been an increase ‘buzz’ involving Common Core this week. Hopefully this will translate to more parents taking an interest in the education of their children. But no matter what I believe the success of this social media drive will be mirrored by activists in the future. Social media is truly becoming a great way to spread information about social issues!

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  1. Anne Beal
    November 15, 2013 at 7:03 am

    There’s way too much misinformation being spread around here. The Common Core standards are just standards. The choice of curriculum is up to the school board and teachers. The teachers are hired by the school boards and the school boards are made up of elected officials. If you have a bunch of progressives on your school board you are going to have problems. If they hire a lot of like-minded teachers, you are going to have problems. Once the door to the classroom closes, the teachers are free to indoctrinate your children any way they want. None of the CC suggested texts are mandatory. If your child is reading objectionable material, it is all on the teacher and the school board who hired him. Do you know who is on your school board? Have you ever run for school board yourself? They answer to the voters of the communities they serve. If they do not represent the value of the communities they serve, if you have ignored school board elections and have allowed progressives to take over, this is your own fault.

    • Ken Santema
      November 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I would agree both sides of the Common Core standards are passing bad information (any politicized issue makes that true.) But at the same time it is somewhat misleading to say school boards and teachers have all the control. When federal and state moneys are in play there is never truly local control.

      But, I think you are missing the point why some such as myself are joining the battle against Common Core. For years I’ve been trying to find ways to get parents interested in what is happening in public education (long before Common Core). Almost any attempt made by activists in the past have been futile. Fighting against Common Core has actually gotten parents interested in their school boards and teaching staff. I agree, parents being apathetic about public education has created the current mess. However when an opportunity arises to actually change that it is best to take advantage of it before the momentum passes.

      Going back to the Standards. I think there are good and bad parts to the standards. However what is contained within the standards is irrelevant. National standards is little more than an attempt to nationalize outcome-based education. That is the other battle that must be fought. Outcome-based education will disadvantage students going to public schools.

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