I agree!

The ‘Common Core’ standards are written for a tiny percentage of the average student body in any country that I know of. Here is an excerpt of one of the 7th grade math standards:

“CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.4.A

Solve word problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Solve equations of these forms fluently. Compare an algebraic solution to an arithmetic solution, identifying the sequence of the operations used in each approach. For example, the perimeter of a rectangle is 54 cm. Its length is 6 cm. What is its width?

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.4.B

Solve word problems leading to inequalities of the form px + q > r or px + q < r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Graph the solution set of the inequality and interpret it in the context of the problem. For example: As a salesperson, you are paid $50 per week plus $3 per sale. This week you want your pay to be at least $100. Write an inequality for the number of sales you need to make, and describe the solutions."

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]]>Bottom line, bad standards will always result in bad tests. The only way to fix the tests is to fix the standards. Common Core math and ELA standards have produced tests that are more akin to academic death traps than any reasonable attempt to assess basic skills and knowledge.

Side note: If you want to prove that 12-year-old students can’t do math, just require multi-step problem solving.

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]]>Now, we know “Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80–90 percent of all those with learning disabilities. It is the most common of all neuro-cognitive disorders.”

I’m closing in on 80, and I still don’t do well on timed, standardized tests that most if not all of OUR children are forced to take.

Yet, knowing that hasn’t stopped standardized testing and blaming teachers when children don’t answer questions correctly like these examples.

Oh, I guess by now anyone reading this comment knows that I can read and write. I’ve also written, revised, edited and published several indie books on Amazon. One of them is a public school teacher’s memoir, and here’s one of the reviews for that one.

“Readers who envision eager students lapping up learning led by a Tiger Teacher will be disappointed. Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult. Throughout this journal, though, Lofthouse seems able to keep the hope alive that there’s a future for each student that doesn’t include jail—thanks in large part to his sixth period journalism class and its incredible editor, Amanda.” – Bruce Reeves

My first indie published historical fiction has 437 ratings/reviews on Amazon with a 4.3 out of 5 star average. That one has been sold and/or downloaded on Amazon more than 60,000 times.

The most recent novel came out last July and it’s 100th review/rating yesterday. That suspense thriller has a 4.2 out of 5 star average and has sold more than 1,000 copies since it was released.

If I say so myself, not bad for someone that has done poorly on standardized tests his whole life and was told as a child he’d never grow up to read and write.

I think a few people with too much power and money are judging the future of OUR children based on standardized tests our children should have never been forced to take.

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]]>Teddy sided with the labor unions and basically said corruption was not exclusive to labor unions and without the labor unions workers had no way to fight back against corrupt bosses and businesses.

So, the corporate attempt to kill off labor unions early failed, but it seems that over the last 122 years, those corrupt, greedy corporations have succeed to almost get rid of labor unions and return to a world of wage slaves. Back in 1900, the poverty rate in the Untied States was around 40%, and workers (including children as young as 7) had no protection from greedy and/or abusive busses.

Corruption and greed never rests.

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]]>If the greedy billionaires and corporates toxic SCUM behind the war on public education had their way, they’d be using electric cattle prods on students and pillorying teachers based on test scores.

And any parents that protested and supported the children and teachers, would be targeted, too, in some horrific way.

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]]>I don’t think anyone plans on doing this forever. Until the worst is over, perhaps 6-9 more months? Unless there’s another, deadlier variant, which thanks to unmasked and unvaxxed people is a real possibility at this point. This especially because there are so many unvaccinated people worldwide, through no fault of their own. I personally can deal with at least another year or two more of mask-wearing and social distancing, as I am not a social butterfly by nature. I am a teacher, though, of beginner English language learners. Wearing a mask definitely gets in the way of my teaching, and my learners learning, successfully. Nevertheless, I refuse to participate in activities that put others and myself at risk. I won’t be that selfish.

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]]>Not trolling, serious inquiry.

I take immunosuppressants myself.

It may be best to wait for a while before taking off masks, but we can’t live like this forever.

The right wingers have been out there, face to face, maskless, unvaccinated, many of them trying to organize a fascist theocracy. Do they see their COVID death and hospitalization rates as the price one must pay if one is going to ‘own the libs’? I don’t know, but it sort of looks that way.

I think sane people need to go out as well.

When do we go back to life as normal?

There is risk in everything.

How much is too much?

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