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Common Core? - Page 20post #381 of 4811/10/14 at 7:07pmI don't think I can participate again! LOL I do not want to get into the nitpickiness of the common core but see the big picture. I think corporations have already taken over. I think democracy is even just a word. Do we really have a democracy anymore? All this discussion scared me to death to be honest and I want to take all my money out of my bank (which I'm unhappy with anyway) and stuff it under the mattress. But I need a bank account to get my direct deposit and to write checks to more corporations and I can only go to Walmart because I don't make enough to go somewhere else that might have even worse political agendas. Okay that's enough. I told you I thought too much!!!post #382 of 4811/10/14 at 7:13pmpost #383 of 4811/10/14 at 7:20pmpost #384 of 4811/10/14 at 7:24pmpost #385 of 4811/10/14 at 7:31pmQuote:Originally Posted by slbrooks
I don't think I can participate again! LOL I do not want to get into the nitpickiness of the common core but see the big picture. I think corporations have already taken over. I think democracy is even just a word. Do we really have a democracy anymore? All this discussion scared me to death to be honest and I want to take all my money out of my bank (which I'm unhappy with anyway) and stuff it under the mattress. But I need a bank account to get my direct deposit and to write checks to more corporations and I can only go to Walmart because I don't make enough to go somewhere else that might have even worse political agendas. Okay that's enough. I told you I thought too much!!!
Credit unions accept direct deposits and are often far more ethical than big banks.post #386 of 4811/10/14 at 7:43pmpost #387 of 4811/11/14 at 4:20amQuote:Originally Posted by slbrooks
Okay we agreed on this!
Doesn't that give you the heebie jeebies and credit unions are not going to solve my immediate mental anguish.
I hope that the discussion here is not causing your anguish -- it shouldn't. We are a group of parents and concerned citizens discussing a complex issues. All of us will disagree here and there because we are individuals with our own experiences and values. You are, by your own admission, learning about new ideas and are testing them here a bit. That's a GOOD thing. I hope you get clarity on the issues so you can move toward action. The thing is, we are all concerned about various things going on in our world. Some of this stuff is deeply depressing. BUT, if reading the news, about politics, about issues facing our environment and the lives of the people in it causes you mental anguish to the degree that it seems, you will need to prioritize taking care of yourself right now.
I can't tell you how to do that but I can tell you what I do...
I express gratitude. After this thread it occurred to me that I had been talking about schools more than doing anything for schools. This is not a good fit for me. So, I wrote a few letters this week. I wrote letters of gratitude to my DC's principal and included a special message about my favorite of DC's teachers. I also wrote a letter to the parent liaison at the district about BOTH of my DC's schools. I wanted to tell them my DC's transition from an alternative charter to a traditional middle school was seamless so that they could see that there is one parent out there that supports BOTH options for our city's students. I told my DC's current principal and the district parent liaison exactly what I like about the choices that are being made on behalf of my DC.
That anti-Pearson site has an action plan at the bottom of their petition page. It's reasonable and respectful. Action may help, once (!) you've settled on which issues you want to focus on.
Whatever you do (and this is the same with parenting!) you have to care for yourself. You will do no cause any good if it is causing you to come unhinged.post #388 of 4811/11/14 at 4:37amGood people in my life have advised me not to come back here. It is upsetting me and I need to focus on positive things. I probably will not help checking but I hope I don't get pulled in again. I obviously cannot solve the worlds problems as my mother told me last night and she thinks this is a bad site for me to get involved in. Sorry but I have cried over things in the past and now I had about 4 hours of sleep last night when I get regular hours normally. My daughters principal I have emailed twice and have not gotten one response. I don't know if this is because there are no parental rights in NY or because I am a noncustodial mom or both. My daughters teacher did not respond to me and my next email to her is when can we meet basically. I have other problems like a huge court date for January 29th to get joint legal custody and unsupervised visits with my daughters. I have major depression and I recently changed medications so I have to deal with that and figure what might be wrong.post #389 of 4811/11/14 at 5:01am
Certainly do what you need to do to take care of yourself!! If you are getting email alerts that are drawing you back whenever someone posts to this thread you can adjust your settings so that you don't get unwelcome reminders of activity on this thread. Just above this window is a bar that has the word "preferences". Click that and go to the alerts bar and adjust your settings. No one has any obligation to continue participating in this thread!
If you are being treated for depression, I'm sure that part of that treatment includes a focus on what makes you feel better and helps you make positive steps in your life. We both agree 100% with taking steps towards controlling for positive influences in life!
Good luck with your hearing!post #390 of 4811/11/14 at 7:56ampost #391 of 4811/12/14 at 3:31pmpost #392 of 4811/12/14 at 4:45pmpost #393 of 4811/12/14 at 5:08pmpost #394 of 4811/13/14 at 2:54pmIdentitycrisis I just wanted your opinion. It's fine if you don't want to give it. I meet with my lawyer on Thursday and my 8 year old daughters teacher called me today! Apparently they were studying life cycles with the frogs and they did it over 9 sessions. The teacher told me there were some things she liked about common core and some things she did not. She would not specify what she did not but it was good she was open about it. She tries to incorporate social studies into the reading they are required to do and they discussed flags from other countries as an example. The teacher said slavery was not a topic that came up for them but she didn't know if it was discussed later in the grades. I guess she only knows 3rd grade being a 3rd grade teacher that makes sense. I like this teacher and had no problem speaking with her over the phone. Over the weekend, my 8 year old and I discussed the period and getting the menstrual cycle through a book called All About Girls. She was mostly interested in the pictures and would stop to read a little bit. I was able to separate my 5 year old away from this discussion and my mother distracted her. The 8 year old had no serious questions when we talked about the period which was good because I was worried she would and we'd have to talk about sex or something! God not sure when we will discuss that. Boy oh boy! When we looked at the chapters/pictures in the All About Girls book she asked about getting a bra and when she would need one and when I needed one. I told her I didn't remember that. I honestly am not sure and that it was different for everyone. So phew got through our first girl one on one! I told her not to mention the period with her girlfriends or her dad and she said yes she understood. She didn't think he knew what it was because he's a boy. Kid is too funny! I just told her he knew about it. I'd already told him that I was going to talk to her about this and he never said nothing so that is handled. There is a problem with her hair in that it doesn't get brushed and the boys tease her and she tells me she's never going to have a boyfriend. She asked me when she could have a boyfriend. I said when she was 16. She didn't like that too much and was negotiating with me for 14. It was a good weekend. I feel better emotionally myself and am reading that book by a parent about Common Core and she says she started out frightened like I am but became determined. That sounds encouraging anyway! This really is not a post about the topic though it's just me giving an update.post #395 of 4811/13/14 at 3:32pmpost #396 of 4811/17/14 at 3:16pmQuote:Originally Posted by Turquesa
OK, this is a good start. Thanks. I'm feeling a little frustrated with it but didn't want to mention it in my first post. :om I also understand that CC is going to be really hard to get away from, Homeschoolers are telling me that some of their favorite textbook companies (eg Saxon math) are turning to CC.
If anyone has favorite links for me, pro or con, please feel free to post them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd_ruCR4S6s&feature=youtube_gdata_player Registered Nurse/Mother from Arkansas talks about it.
Common Core facts & fictions, with graphs, maps, charts. What it is, what kids should know K-12. A lot of teachers, with 20, 30 years experience are against this. From what I have read, it seems to be unconstitutional, education should be left to the states, the local school boards. States have been bribed. The people involved with this are not even educators. Remember no child left behind? How did that work out?
A Stanford University professor who looked at this refused to sign off on it.
Does anyone know if Saxon Math has already turned to common core?post #397 of 4811/18/14 at 4:23pmYes here is a good review of myths and facts about common core.
Interesting question about the math.post #398 of 4811/19/14 at 6:00amI came across this interesting article. I also have been pondering the natural consequences (I wish there were) for our government completely disregarding the 10th amendment in which the states have control of the schools.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/something-is-rotten-in-the-state-of-education-the-abominable-common-core-cupost #399 of 4811/19/14 at 6:10ampost #400 of 4811/19/14 at 12:29pm
Here is another big article. This one was linked to me on my younger daughter's school Facebook page. It's published in the Washington Post and is a speech by Diane Ravitch. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/18/everything-you-need-to-know-about-common-core-ravitch/
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