Saturday, June 15, 2013

15 June 2013 National standards for education or states’ rights to breed more fast food workers

“Michigan GOP Serves-Up Delicious New Conspiracy Theory

“ Michigan House Rep. Tom McMillan (R-45) is serving-up a brand new, piping hot, conspiracy theory for their enjoyment. The aroma is simply irresistible to them.
McMillan is raising the alarm about a program called Common Corewhose goal is to provide some basic standardization in key learning areas across the U.S. It doesn’t write lesson plans, and no state funding is tied to the program, — it simply brings science, math and writing benchmarks into, more-or-less, alignment across state lines. Their mission statement says:
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy….”
Cassi Creek:  this is not intended to demean fast food workers.  Many of today’s franchise employees are adults trying to keep food on the table and a roof overhead.  Others are high school students working to help the family budget or students trying to maintain tuition. 
          However, there are some burger franchise workers who are so poorly educated that they can neither read nor write.  They can’t make change; they require pictures on the order-entry system in order to work the counter.
          The opponents of Common Core view it as unconstitutional, overturning the right of states and local school boards to set educational standards.  They fear that science programs will introduce their good little red state students to sex.  They would rather bitch about Russia, China, India, and Europe holding superior positions in the current space race than to educate students about geology, physics, and other technical fields. 

          The GOP and the tea parties would rather see the nation’s technical capabilities rendered obsolete than to allow national standards to be set for education.  They want to continue breeding a populace so incapable and so anti-intellectual that they will never understand the global weather and climate changes that are taking place, which will never realize the dangers of fracking until their water supplies are no longer clean enough to drink, that will continue to vote against its own best interests.  

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