Inspiring Common Core Speech by Jennifer Kolesar

26 Nov

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This is a speech which was omitted from the Common Core Forum in Binghamton NY on November 25 2013. I think it warrants attention.

Common Core is said to be about “Critical thinking” but I can’t help but wonder where the “critical thinking” was during its creation, acceptance and implementation.

Was it critical thinking when it was decided that Bill Gates and associates would buy out education, including Scholastic Books, Pearson and even the National PTA?

How about when corporate edu-CRATS with little to no teaching experience, instead of REAL educators, were commissioned to develop the Common Core standards? What about when the creation did not involve any child psychologists or early childhood educators and disregarded the work of Piaget, the most respected expert in child psychology?

Was it critical thinking when the Standards remained unchanged and UNTESTED, despite being rejected by validation committee members, Dr. James Milgram (Math) and Dr. Sandra Stotsky (ELA) who said these standards would NOT prepare students for a 4 year college and would leave them with an empty skill set?

How about when FERPA, the Federal student privacy law, was GUTTED without Congressional approval to allow the Orwellian data mining of students, teachers and parents and sharing of that sensitive data with FOR PROFIT third party vendors in hackable data clouds? NY is the WORST state in the US at protecting student privacy. 1984 wasn’t meant to be a handbook!

Was it critical thinking when the state adopted unconstitutional, one-size-fits-all COPYRIGHTED standards that cannot be changed, before they were created? I guess the money was too enticing to say no and now our children and teachers are being used as guinea pigs.

How about when the Core standards were implemented so quickly without realizing that the PARENTS and others who ARE critical thinkers would be examining this under a microscope and dissecting it for what it really is-a corrupt, corporate, crony capitalist, one size-fits-all, cookie cutter, race to the middle that removes all creativity from the classroom. Common Core is the Monsanto of education and it must be stopped immediately.

Parents must stand together and fight this for the well being of our children. REFUSE the state tests that are CLOAKED IN SECRECY and fight the UNFUNDED MANDATES that WILL RAISE TAXES! Go to school board meetings and speak out, and contact your legislators. Tell them we want Common Core OUT of NY state!

Mr. King, if you do not eliminate Common Core in NY state, you will be creating the largest generation of home schoolers that this state has ever seen. It is NOT too late to be on the right side of history with us, because we WILL eventually win this! The choice is yours.”


One Response to “Inspiring Common Core Speech by Jennifer Kolesar”


  1. Protests and Meetings | The Inconsistent Mom - November 26, 2013

    […] Common Core Speech Not Delivered at the Forum on November 25th […]

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