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  •  This is not just public schools ...... (0+ / 0-)

    2 of my grandchildren are in charter schools and they have both implemented Common Core. Various sites have indicated this curriculum will be mandatory in private schools and for home schooling.  I have also read that SAT testing will be updated to reflect the Common Core standards.  

    I have been researching the common Core issue and do not like what I have found. Here are just a couple of links but there are tons of sites available.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    Even more disturbing is the data mining that appears to be associated with Common Core:

    . In 2012, a combination of 24 states and territories struck a deal to implement data mining to receive grants. “Personally Identifiable Information” will be extracted from each student, which will include the following data: parents’ names, address, Social Security Number, date of birth, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. On the other hand, according to the SLDS brief, “Sensitive Information” will also be extracted, which delves into the intimate details of students’ lives:

    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parent;

    2. Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

    3. Sex behavior or attitudes;

    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;

    5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;

    6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;

    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; or

    8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

    It is unclear whether students will be required to answer the aforementioned questions while being analyzed by the four kinds of “sensors” promoted by the DOE report, but all students will be subjected to questioning. Although the SLDS claims that this particular information “requires written parental consent” before a minor is forced to disclose it, loopholes still exist that could circumvent parental authority. “I think they would get around parental consent through testing,” Black explained. She warned The New American that academic exams — regardless of the subject — could potentially be utilized to extract this information without parents knowing. Black asserted that, even if parents could truly opt out and save their children from having to answer such personal questions, the children might be “branded” — permanently placing them into a different category than the other students.

    Here is the link for above info:
    http://awarenessact.com/...

    There seems to be a debate on the validity of the data mining claims but, if true, is completely unacceptable to me

    “The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of the tyrant” Albert Camus

    by MsLillian on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:07:49 PM PDT

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