LA Politics Jindal and Common Core

Discussion in 'Free Speech Alley' started by LSUMASTERMIND, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    Jessie isn't really a politician. Governor is just one of those things he did in life like wrestling and acting. Come to think of it, Professional Wrestling and acting are good preparation for poltics
  2. Contained Chaos

    Contained Chaos Don't we all?

    It's so typical. Louisiana is, what, second to last in education, yet here we are, steadfastly refusing higher standards because of a GOP talking point (i.e. a "Washington takeover of education"). Jindal is as transparent as Saran Wrap. This is clearly little more than posturing, so he can say that he opposed Obama's attempted coup of our educational system.

    Another excuse that I keep hearing is that parents are having a difficult time helping kids with their homework. Does no one else see what a hilarious cop-out that is? We should refrain from holding the younger generation to a higher standard because the previous generation wasn't held to it? Jesus.
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  3. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    Is it really a "higher standard?" My sister-in-law is an elementary school teacher and when I asked her if she was for or against Common Core she said she was against it.
  4. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    So what? Maybe she does't want to do harder work. The standards definitely get raised.
  5. Tiger in NC

    Tiger in NC Senior Member

    wow, you've really done your research.
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  6. Contained Chaos

    Contained Chaos Don't we all?

    Well, there are numerous teachers on both sides of the argument. My sister-in-law is a principal (with a PhD), and my wife's BFF is a teacher in Lafayette, and they both strongly favor Common Core.
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  7. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    If you want to know something ask a teacher. To be honest she had to think about it for a second before she answered. I don't know all that much about Common Core other than its supposed to make math harder to teach. Unlike with most issues, whichever way the politicians decide to go is fine with me. Geaux Jindal! Yay Vitter! Rah Rah Rah!
  8. uscvball

    uscvball Veteran Member

    No, they don't necessarily get raised....they got changed.
    "Rebekah and Kevin Nelams moved to their modest brick home in this suburb of Baton Rouge seven years ago because it has one of the top-performing public school districts in the state. But starting this fall, Ms. Nelams plans to home-school the couple’s four elementary-age children.

    The main reason: the methods that are being used for teaching math under the Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by more than 40 states.

    Ms. Nelams said she did not recognize the approaches her children, ages 7 to 10, were being asked to use on math work sheets. They were frustrated by the pictures, dots and sheer number of steps needed to solve some problems. Her husband, who is a pipe designer for petroleum products at an engineering firm, once had to watch a YouTube video before he could help their fifth-grade son with his division homework"

    Tutor organizations are making bank these days.
  9. uscvball

    uscvball Veteran Member

    "It originated as a bipartisan effort by a group of governors and state education officials as a way to inject some consistency into academic standards, which have long varied wildly across states"

    "The creation of the Common Core was largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    The Obama administration does support the Common Core and gave $360 million to groups of states that are writing new Common Core tests. It also used Race to the Top, its competitive grant program, as an inducement, saying that states adopting “college and career ready” standards had a better chance of winning federal dollars under the program. Most states understood that phrase to mean the Common Core.

    I am not a fan of a program funded largely by the Gates. What it means is they get to foist their technology on kids and their parents. CC proponents claim that the feds aren't involved but as you can see above, they clearly are. RTTT has already resulted in cheating, with schools and districts altering results and falsely reporting improvements all so they could get more federal $$. CC is not helping kids.
  10. Tiger in NC

    Tiger in NC Senior Member

    I was just busting your balls a little, friend. That said, teachers truly are the ones who know whether any program is working and they should undoubtedly have some input as to whether it stays or goes. I have much more faith in their opinion than I do that of a politician.

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