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Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces Education Summit

Governor Rick Scott announced an education summit this week, calling on education, business, and political leaders to discuss Florida school’s grading systems and the implementation of the national Common Core State Standards.  The summit will last from Monday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon and will take place at the EpiCenter Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  This may be the final chance to speak up regarding your opposition to the nationally developed Common Core curriculum as it will be a public meeting.  Parents, teachers, and administrators on both sides of the political spectrum have expressed their serious concerns regarding the methods and curricula planned for our public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Attending the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee meeting earlier this month, Florida Senator Jeff Brandes addressed our concerns about Common Core.  He questioned whether it was the data mining, the gathering of personal and private information from our children without parental knowledge, that was most concerning to the group. People agreed that was a concern, but they were also concerned about the loss of local control, the cost, the fact it has not been tested anywhere, and the odd methods of teaching they had been seeing in reports from many sources.  It was apparent Senator Brandes had no knowledge or understanding of the curricula or the history of the development of the standards.  He was sent from Tallahassee on a reconnaissance mission to elicit our concerns so the state could develop a strategy and campaign to get people to buy into the program.

For those of you who are hearing about Common Core but do not understand what all of the opposition is about, the primary objection is that it is taking the control of our children’s education away from the parents, teachers, and local, even state, departments of education.

They are also questioning the methods being used to teach students, such as assignments like the one pictured here which I found on the Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards Facebook page.  In this second grade math assignment,  you will notice it says Week 2, Day 2.  On a nationwide scale, every teacher in every second grade class will be doing this same assignment on the same day of the same week.  Teachers are no longer responsible for lesson plans.  They are given the specific assignments and are teaching them to their students.  If a student does not understand he or she will be out of luck, because tomorrow it is on to the next assignment.  There is no opportunity to help the students who do not “get it.”  They will become frustrated and begin to have behavior problems and hate school.  Many parents are already experiencing these problems with their children.

2nd grade math problem

What is the correct answer?  All I know is it is not “B.”  Parents will not understand the assignment sufficiently to help their child and the child will begin to believe their teacher knows more than their parents.  One of the drafts from the U. S. Department of Education appears to have the intent of pushing our children to the point of absolute frustration and then monitoring their body responses and signals.  There will be more on this in a future article.

This is very important for everyone to understand and share with friends and family.  Ask them if they are seeing these assignments.  There are anti-Common Core Facebook pages for every state, and there are also links to other education websites on my blog Right-Reason.com under the education tab here.  This is extremely important.  Look at this assignment and realize this is a 2nd grade assignment.  This is for a 7 year old child!  Shouldn’t they just be learning to add and subtract and get these basics down to be used as building blocks for higher learning in mathematics?  We must get involved and take back our education.  Our children are not “common”.  We as parents and teachers know this.  We must convince our states to pull out of Common Core altogether. We want our children to enjoy learning.  Their futures and the future of our country are at stake.

Laura Rambeau Lee

Laura Rambeau Lee is a Citizen Journalist and an active member in the conservative movement in the Tampa Bay area. She has worked in the title insurance and mortgage industries for over 25 years, both as a small business owner and, after her company was purchased in 1994, as Division President for a national title insurance company. Having seen the increasing deregulation in the industry, she foretold the impending housing crisis as early as 2004/2005. Laura was awarded a scholarship from Americans for Prosperity as a RightOnline Official Blogger for 2012 to attend their conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. She writes on political issues locally, nationally and globally, with particular concentration on energy, education, housing and mortgage, Shariah in the United States, transportation, and the U. N. Agenda 21 move to implement its programs in local governments across the nation. She contributes to Breitbart.com’s Big Government and Big Peace, Liberty Ink Journal, Examiner.com, Political Buzz in Tampa Bay, Watchdog Wire, and Smart Girl Politics. She is a contributor to Palladian View’s daily commentary, giving her analysis on a current news story. She has also been a guest on John Loeffler’s Steel on Steel radio show.

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