Jonesboro Area Common Core Specialist's Outrageous Quote on Traditional Education


This letter to editor was sent in to Jonesboro Sun and published today, May 2, 2014, under the title "Mandated Education," by Debbie Pelley, Jonesboro, Arkansas.  See the red font for the quote below.  I could not refute all the deception in this Specialist Guest editorial because of limited space, but in # 3 below in the documentation I refute one other totally false statement this specialist made. Link to my original guest editorial:


Letter to Editor:

The Sun recently printed my guest editorial refuting the claim by Common Core (CC) proponents that all decisions on how and what to teach are made at the local level.  


The main point I made was that the standards are just one component of Common Core so proponents can cleverly point to those standards and say there are no methods or subject content required.  But there are several other CC components that do indeed control what and how  teachers teach, and how the classroom is arranged."


The evaluation of teachers, now mandated by Arkansas law, greatly controls the teachers. I listed a few of the more than 20  things teachers must do, in order to keep their jobs, that are contrary to traditional education.  The model adopted by Arkansas, used throughout the state by teachers and principals, is Professional Practice, A Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson.


Danielson's evaluation model emphasizes group learning, and CC specialists (see below) have a negative view of seats arranged in traditional straight rows; they prefer circles or group seating. The teachers are expected to listen to the schools' specialists according to the evaluation model so the teachers are forced to change their methods.


A teacher specialist in the area rebutted my editorial.  Her quote below makes my point that CC's goal is to break the traditional education mold, root and branch.  " Straight-row arrangements evolved from the need to prepare students for a career of industrial, assembly line employment that required little to no cognitive thinking. Our society has changed since the days of Henry Ford and his factories.  Learning is social, and we are a social people. To expect students to revert to antiquated classroom structures goes against existing research."


So, according to this specialist, the education of the past 200 years was inferior, with little or no cognitive thinking -  and now antiquated.  Evidently CC proponents do want to break the mold, root and branch, and rightfully so if that were a true statement.   But how did this education designed for assembly lines produce the greatest scientists, doctors, inventors, educators, etc. that produced the greatest nation on earth, the greatest military in the world,  and put a man on the moon.


And how is our new educational system working for us now? And in the specialist's quote,  "to revert to antiquated classroom structures goes against existing research" to what research does she refer? Obama's research maybe?


And isn't it strange that for 200 years none of our educators used the CC type methods until they were forced on them by the government?


1.  Jonesboro Sun guest editorial April 19, 2014, "Educators being deceived by Common Core, Obama" by Debbie Pelley
2. Jonesboro Sun guest editorial April 23, 2014 "Common Core not part of teacher evaluations" by Dawn Bessee,  K-12 Literacy Specialist at Crowley's Ridge Educational Cooperative in Harrisburg. (Bessee's title was printed at the end of her guest editorial.)
3. " What Does a Common Core/Danielson Lesson Plan Look Like?"
This is a liberal site that definitely indicates Danielson's  Evaluation adopted by Arkansas does cover the Common Core lesson plans so teachers must follow Danielson's methods. Bessee in her guest editorial to the Sun stated "Common Core State Standards are not associated with the teacher evaluation." 


Posted by Women Action Group (WPAAG)  May 3, 2014