Education Wonders and Blunders 3/25/2014 Jeb Bush is the latest governor to yell “The Asians Are Coming” to justify expensive, toxic and harmful Common Cr*p education deforms. Conservative Asian woman Michelle Malkin has adopted Common Core as one of her favorite government disasters that needsd to be killed. Asian parents should be outraged and insulted at this latest education curriculum and testing scam.
“Let me tell you something,” he said. “In Asia today, they don’t care about children’s esteem. They care about math, whether they can read in English, whether they understand why science is important, whether they have the grit and determination to be successful,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. He added that the standards are “benchmarked to the rest of the world…a truth serum for our communities to wake up and realize that we’ve languished far too long,” also berating the critics “who go nuts about it.” What he did not mention, of course, was the integral role his brother Neil has in the financial success of the project, or the prominent role K Street lobbyists, Bill Gates, George Soros, high-placed Democratic strategists, and other left-wing plutocrats have played in promoting this one-size-fits-all brainwashing agenda, according to Dr. Alison Rampersad, Co-Chair of Eyes on U.S. Education. Columnist Michelle Malkin immediately took issue with Bush’s remarks.
“Jeb Bush’s ‘Foundation for Excellence in Education’ is also saturating the airwaves with ads trying to salvage Common Core in the face of truly bipartisan, truly grassroots opposition in his home state Florida,” Malkin wrote in a recent op-ed, Get to Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords. “[His] foundation is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC, which pulled in $186 million through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program to develop Common Core tests.” (continued at link above)
Train Wreck Ahead
Here a teacher remarks some of the tests are so “challenging” grown up with degrees can’t pass some of these tests… http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/common-core-standards/ Nor are we exaggerating the potential for disaster. Consider this description from Charlotte Danielson, a highly regarded mainstream authority on teacher evaluation and a strong supporter of the Common Core:
I do worry somewhat about the assessments—I’m concerned that we may be headed for a train wreck there. The test items I’ve seen that have been released so far are extremely challenging. If I had to take a test that was entirely comprised of items like that, I’m not sure that I would pass it—and I’ve got a bunch of degrees. So I do worry that in some schools we’ll have 80 percent or some large number of students failing. That’s what I mean by train wreck.
Reports from the first wave of Common Core testing are already confirming these fears. This spring students, parents, and teachers in New York schools responded to administration of new Common Core tests developed by Pearson Inc. with a general outcry against their length, difficulty, and inappropriate content. Pearson included corporate logos and promotional material in reading passages. Students reported feeling overstressed and underprepared—meeting the tests with shock, anger, tears, and anxiety. Administrators requested guidelines for handling tests students had vomited on. Teachers and principals complained about the disruptive nature of the testing process and many parents encouraged their children to opt out.
Will Asian Tiger Parents Kill-Bill To Bring Back Quotas?
Asian activists were among the leaders to fight laws like Prop 209 which sought to outlaw “affirmative action”, but often in vain. Henry Der even had the integrity to support quotas AGAINST Chinese at San Francisco’s selective Lowell high school to comply with a NAACP consent decree. But all those “Asian Mother Goes Bonkers at B+” tiger parents aren’t going along with a new movement to write racial and other group preferences into the law, since it’s become obvious that the 1964 civil rights law that merely bans “discrimination” isn’t going to give the quota-driven results that political correctness demands. Me, I’m still all in favor of racial and whatever preferences as as long as you spell out which groups are favored, by how much, and justifies why, and gives Asians our fair share of quotas in things like NASCAR drivers, movie and TV parts, country and rock bands, and professional sports. from http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/15/will-asians-kill-race-preferences-in-california/ Overlooked: ‘Coalition of the Ascendant’ Goes to War–With Itself; If you’re looking for moments when tectonic issue shifts seem to become visible–like the moment when Dems realized they had to give up on gun control, or the (coming) moment when there are enough charter school parents to defeat teachers’ unions–here’s one: the moment when California Democrats abandon a push to reinstate race preferences because of constituent-driven opposition from Asian Americans in their own ranks. …
Wacky Division For Kids That Can’t Memorize Addition or Multiplication Tables
see this: http://www.math.nmsu.edu/breakingaway/arithmetic_algorithms/Lessons/ANLDA/longdivision.pdf The idea is that it’s silly to ask anybody to memorize anything as arcane as a multiplication or addition tables, so we’ll make them only use doubling and a few other tricks, which is like what I had to do to figure out how to multiply by 10 by using only addition and bitwise shifting when the 80888 chip did not have hardware floating point (anybody else who figured that out, let me know in the comments, or I’ll tell you how). But almost any kids CAN and SHOULD memorize adding and multiply facts to 9×9, and the ones that can’t will do just fine with calculators.
British Empire Admits Math Defeat, Hires Chinese Teachers
GlobalPost – 23 hours agoEngland, the home of some of the world’s elite schools and universities, is calling in maths teachers from China to help boost standards after …
SAT Dumps Writing Test, Aligns to Common Cr*p Uh Core
What is interesting is that they do mention what I noticed when I did an emergency spare job scoring the writing tests – if you want a near-perfect score for a writing prompt, include (1) a personal example (2) at least one famous person (3) at least one famous book and (4) say something more than what was in the prompt. If you didn’t say anything more than the prompt, you got nothing-0. If you mentioned ANYTHING more than the prompt, that was a 2-fair. If you mentioned a personal example, famous person, and famous story, you got an automatic 3-good. And NOBODY was allowed to get a 4 even if it was good enough for New York Times magazine to “leave room for improvement next year”. Oddly enough, if anybody thought a writing test would be a good way to keep Asians down, Asians seem to attack that problem with test-prep as if it were a math problem, and STILL outscore the other groups. Meanwhile whoever thought “higher order thinking skills” is the key to bringing up low-performing groups FLUNK because the under-scoring groups do even WORSE since it takes even more cognitive work to write an essay than do a multiple choice test.
New York Times - 7 hours agoDavid Coleman, president of the College Board, has used his position to overhaul the SAT and have it better reflect what students should be …
To thwart test prep firms, SAT gets makeover Politico – 19 hours ago
SAT makes essay optional, returns to 1600 scale and looks more like Common Core Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) – 9 hours ago
Anwar Ibrahim on PISA Test and Muslim Results
Looks like I’m in agreement with that Malysian firebrand-turned-democracy advocate Anwar Ibrahim when he also noticed that the Muslim nations tended to be as techies like to say “bunched up at the left hand of the curve.” http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/pisa-results-and-stark-reality-of-muslim-countries-anwar-ibrahim I had noticed before, it wasn’t just the refugee-camp Palestine kids that were lagging, even the big buck states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar didn’t do that well. One wonders if they would fewer people angry at the test-happy West if they only got better test scores. Here’s how he starts out:
Pisa results and stark reality of Muslim countries – Anwar Ibrahim
The results for the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) that were presented in early December showed that of the 10 countries that topped the performance, not one of them is a Muslim country. As a matter of fact, of the final results tabled, not one Muslim country was placed in the top 40. Half a million pupils in 65 countries and local administrations were tested in the three core areas of mathematics, science and reading. Shanghai scored the best result with 613, followed by Singapore and Japan. With the exception of Turkey which took the 43rd spot scoring the highest among the Muslim countries followed by UAE, of the rest of the Muslim countries that took part such as Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Jordan, Tunisia and Indonesia, suffice to say that they were placed within the bottom 50 and 60 jostling with Columbia, Peru and Albania for the award of worst performer!
According to the OECD, this study considers Shanghai a pioneer of educational reform, having transformed their approach to education. Instead of focusing merely on the elite, it appears they have adopted a more inclusive system. In other words, the democratization of access to quality education is a key factor. Below is the table for the 2012 results:
|Programme for International Student Assessment (2012)|
|1||Shanghai, China||613||1||Shanghai, China||580||1||Shanghai, China||570|
|2||Singapore||573||2||Hong Kong, China||555||2||Hong Kong, China||545|
|3||Hong Kong, China||561||3||Singapore||551||3||Singapore||542|
|5||South Korea||554||5||Finland||545||5||South Korea||536|
|16||Germany||514||16||Macau, China||521||16||Macau, China||509|
|23||New Zealand||500||23||Austria||506||23||United Kingdom||499|
|24||Czech Republic||499||24||Belgium||505||24||United States||498|
|26||United Kingdom||494||26||France||499||26||Czech Republic||493|
… see article for what’s in the middle… Conclusion While it is known that Muslim countries are facing a crisis in higher education, this study is significant in showing that even in the formative mid-secondary school stage, we are seeing a crisis of alarming proportions. The fact of the matter is that Muslim countries are occupying the bottom rungs in higher education and advancement in science and technology. The Pisa results are therefore a precursor to worse things to come. Failure to take immediate remedial action may lead to a deeper crisis. In this regard, we call on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take the lead in addressing this problem. – January 4, 2014. * Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the parliamentary Opposition Leader and Permatang Pauh MP. (see more at link above)
Will Social Justice Math Erase the Academic Gap?
Everybody knows the reason Asian gets such high math scores is that they study like crazy and their parents don’t tolerate slackers, and spent their college days skipping Asian American studies, but cramming math, science and SAT prep and piano lessons for pre-med or engineering majors. So how do we bring up African American and Hispanic students to the same level and leave white students in the dust? Copy the Asian students? of course not. SOCIAL JUSTICE MATH OF COURSE From gateway pundit (I think he’s a white guy) 2 + 2 = Social Justice The far left unionists are now successfully politicizing math in the classroom. In March Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis urged fellow teachers to politicize math at their schools. Lewis spoke at the Network for Public Education conference in Texas. Via EAG News:
“People always talk about how that there’s no politics and values in math. That you can teach math and there’s no place for social justice. So let me tell you how Bob (Peterson) deals with that,” Lewis said. She went on to describe a math story problem about money and the cost of pencils. “That’s a very political statement because it’s all about consumerism – it’s about buying stuff, right? “Bob Peterson tells them about José working in a factory making piecemeal clothes. He uses the same numbers and gets the same answer. And yes, math is political, too.”
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