Surprisingly many still do not understand the hoopla behind Common Core. Some still think it is a bunch of standards, that states created so that all children would be college and career ready by the time they are 18.  

Common Core really is an attempt to disillusion the public about the quality of their own neighborhood schools, so that they throw up their hands and let private enterprise in on the $0.8 trillion we spend on education every year. Their idea is that making a majority of children fail the tests, will make the schools look bad. If that takes place, only then are businesses able to market services that can supposedly elevate your child’s test taking skills, so his/her scores improve….  It’s all about money.

The question of who should run the schools may be academic to some.  What difference does it matter if they are run by private or public, as long as education is enhanced?  That argument can only be made with one large piece missing:  the children.  How does Common Core affect children, when suddenly you elevate the standards too high, that no one can reach them?

Kentucky failed 70% of this students on the first trial run. New York failed 70% of its students on the 2nd trial run. It is important to note that these tests do not measure smartness or stupidity.  Simply put, they raised the complexity up three grade levels.  If your 5th grade child took a 5th grade test last year and got excellent, this year he takes an 9th Grade test and fails.  That is the entire premise behind Common Core.

He/she is not dumber. He/she is actually smarter by one grade. But the level of the test has been fast forwarded 3 grades to make him look bad. Parents and teachers question this effect on children.  Many of us as adults have been subjected to a new boss coming in who suddenly raises standards to outlandish levels.  Most employees quit. Those that can’t afford to jump to new companies, get fired. And then every replacement incoming new hire eventually gets fired, because no one can meet unrealistic standards. Eventually that new boss is also given an exit, because the company cannot afford the losses he turns in, primarily because no one will work for him.  But what about all those employees whose lives this person ruined? 

This is of concern to parents and teachers of children. What happens to the one, two, three years that common core steals away from them?  And that, in one single point, is why Common Core is very bad for children. It is also important to note that most adults cannot pass theses tests. Even professionals (doctors, lawyers, and engineers) struggle to interpret what the 3rd Grade questions seem to be  asking?  It gets worse as they progress up the line through the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade levels.  

Sadly, currently with the DCAS system previously in place we had a rather good measurement of student growth and good data to use to find what students missed, and for each student a teacher could look at a spread sheet and see exactly with what each student had trouble, and zero in to fix those flaws…  In the past whereas we suspected that a student might have problems with fractions, we can now zero in and see he has trouble figuring out common denominators and that if fixed, they can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with ease.  Prior, we just wrote that student off as “not being able to do fractions.”  That was the DCAS, which was recently scrapped, thanks to Greg Lavelle, the crony senator from Delaware’s 4th District…. 

Which brings up what you can do.  Hold your representative accountable!…. In many instances here in Delaware, the primary determines the final candidate. So, we have put together a guide based on votes, statements, and the vast resources available to many of us, to educate you, the reader, on who is best to put into office in order to slow or stop the amoebic forward momentum thrust on us by Common Core..  Without Further ado…. 

(This is a interactive post; Clarifications and errors can be pointed out in the comments, whose access point can be found at the end of the categories and tags, above this article…. ) 

The colors below will designate approval  … The losers, will be pasted in ORANGE to represent…. “ora’nge you gonna change you mind?” and the winners will be pasted in GREEN, as in a stop light…. “Go now.”  Without further ado….

Delaware Electables and Common Core (or shortened to D’electables) 

US SENATOR REPUBLICAN   CARL SMINK   versus  KEVIN WADE (smooth like suede)

STATE TREASURER DEMOCRATIC   CHIP FLOWERS versus  SEAN BARNEY (left Chip up for protest write in vote)

STATE TREASURER REPUBLICAN    KEN SIMPLER  versus SHER  VALENZUELA 

AUDITOR OF ACCTS  DEMOCRATIC   BRENDA R  MAYRACK  VERSUS KENNETH MATLUSKY   

STATE SEN DISt 3   DEMOCRATIC    SHERRY  DORSEY WALKER  VERSUS  ROBERT I  MARSHALL 

STATE SEN DIS 11  DEMOCRATIC  BRYAN TOWNSEND   VERSUS  DAVID L TACKETT 

STATE SEN DIS 18   DEMOCRATIC  GARY M WOLFE  VERSUS  PATRICK J EMORY  

STATE REP DIS 10   DEMOCRATIC  SEAN MATTHEWS  VERSUS  DENNIS E  WILLIAMS 

STATE REP DIS 14   DEMOCRATIC  NELSON E WARREN  VERSUS  PETER C SCHWARTZKOPF

STATE REP DIS 15   DEMOCRATIC  JAMES  BURTON  VERSUS VALERIE LONGHURST 

STATE REP DIS 18  DEMOCRATIC   CHRISTOPHER A PIECUCH  VERSUS   MICHAEL BARBIERI 

STATE REP DIS 19  DEMOCRATIC   KIMBERLY WILLIAMS  VERSUS  WILLIAM H DUNN

STATE REP DIS 22 REPUBLICAN     MICHAEL SMITH  VERSUS  JOSEPH E MIRO  

STATE REP DIS 31 DEMOCRATIC   RALPH LEROY TAYLOR JR  VERSUS  SEAN M  LYNN 

STATE REP DIS 33  REPUBLICAN   CHARLES S POSTLES  JR    VERSUS  HAROLD J PETERMAN 

STATE REP DIS 34  REPUBLICAN    LYNDON DEAN YEARICK   VERSUS   DONALD A BLAKEY    

CNTY CNCL DIS 3  REPUBLICAN   MICHAEL D PROTACK   VERSUS  JANET KILPATRICK  

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My recommendations are that you print these off, circle the races in your neighborhood, and walk door to door and hand these out.  If you receive any questions about Common Core you can’t answer, please type them below in the comments… 

Now,   …. Do something! 

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