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Friday, October 11, 2013

Common Core Child Abuse

Newest Pearson/Common Core/NYCDOE innovation - multiple choice standardized tests for four and five year olds:

Goodbye Play-Doh, hello No. 2 pencils.

Because of a tough new curriculum and teacher evaluations, 4- and 5-year-olds are learning how to fill in bubbles on standardized math tests to show how much they know about numbers, shapes and order.
One of three tests obtained by the Daily News is created by Pearson — which made the New York State third- through eighth-grade exams, including a ridiculously worded question about a talking pineapple last year. Pearson also makes the Common Core materials that most city schools have recently adopted.

Administering the exams is a complete headache, teachers said. “They don’t know how to hold pencils,” said a Bronx kindergarten teacher whose class recently took the Pearson exam. “They don’t know letters, and you have answers that say A, B, C or D and you’re asking them to bubble in . . . They break down; they cry.”
Because the little test-takers don’t know their numbers, teachers direct them to find each question by an image printed next to the answers.
The NYCDOE defended itself by saying the 32 schools giving these multiple choice standardized tests to four and five years olds don't have to actually give the tests until spring.

That's not exactly a winning defense in my book.

The education deformers want to make kids hate learning and school as early as possible, don't they?

Well, they're doing a damned good job of that.

And of course part of the reason these tests will be given is so that the kids' teachers can be evaluated.

Another part is so that they can track the data for these kids all throughout their schooling and sell it off to the edu-entrepreneurs and other vultures.

This is insanity and it is child abuse.

Mayor Bloomberg ought to be brought up on child abuse charges for this travesty.

Same goes for NYCDOE Chancellor Walcott, NY State Regents Chancellor Tisch and NYSED Commissioner King.

These people belong in jail for a long, long time for the harm they're doing to children.

We covered this back in January here at Perdido Street School.

But nothing has changed since then.

The Common Core child abuse continues unabated.

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