One of the corporate formulated think tanks put together to promote educational reform, has made a startling announcement.  It was only the second part of a recent headlined story, so I thought it deserved to have one all its own.

The NCEE (National Center on Education and the Economy) says Algebra II is not necessary for Common Core Standards.  In fact if one looks at this report, it directly states that better success will be measured in our students if we lower the standards so low that everyone can step over it…

Serious.  Read their report here...

This is flat-out opposite of what Rodel, Jack Markell, Mark Murphy, Broad Foundation, ALEC, The Gate’s Foundation, David Sokola,  Michelle Rhee, Greg Lavelle, Charlie Copeland, The News Journal, Russ Russo, Paul Hefferman, The Wall Street Journal, are using to defend all the corporate educational reforms

….  This refutes the argument that our standards are not rigorous enough.

Direct quote:

“Mastery of Algebra II is widely thought to be a prerequisite for success in college and careers. Our research shows that that is not so… Based on our data, one cannot make the case that high school graduates must be proficient in Algebra II to be ready for college and careers. The high school mathematics curriculum is now centered on the teaching of a sequence of courses leading to calculus that includes Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus. However, fewer than five percent of American workers and an even smaller percentage of community college students will ever need to master the courses in this sequence in their college or in the workplace… they should not be required courses in our high schools. To require these courses in high school is to deny to many students the opportunity to graduate high school because they have not mastered a sequence of mathematics courses they will never need. In the face of these findings, the policy of requiring a passing score on an Algebra II exam for high school graduation simply cannot be justified.”

I think I used the exact same argument last month to argue why Common Core was based upon false principles.  That we were educating our entire population for jobs available only to a select few.  Furthermore that making comparisons with other nations because we educated everyone, and they only educated those going into MIT like minded schools, was dishonest. Of course in comparison our schools looked poorer.  But compare our total population with their total population, we beat them handsomely.  Though castigated against the record of the Shanghai School, everyone failed to mention that still, most Chinese receive no schooling past 3rd grade.  In fact, some parts of China  they still live as they did 100 years ago.

So now, the number one think tank driving Common Core is calling for the watering down of standards…

Perhaps looking at their results versus those of the public school system, that are beginning to see that their standards simply don’t deal well with reality….

Secondly, and every parent will rise up in arms over this.  They argue for the removal of literature from the curriculum.    No English, no American, and no fiction, period.

“The NCEE report goes on to say that traditional high school English classes, with their emphasis on classic literature and personal, narrative writing, is useless. The report says that Common Core will save students from the worthless classics with its emphasis on technical subjects and social studies via the dominance of informational text in the Common Core classroom”…

Literature useless?  Well, if you are too stupid to understand it…  Duh… yeah…

But being stupid.. is like being dead… When you are dead, it doesn’t affect you.  You’re dead!… it hurts all those around you. It’s the same with being stupid.

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