Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Opus 2013-376: CCC: A Goal That Is Not a Goal

The Common Core Curriculum (CCC) continues to work its way into the nation’s schools.  Just as Barak Obama was very clear in his goals if you were listening, the CCC also says things that go over our heads.

The website makes this impressive, yet deceptive, statement:
“Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.”
This does not represent reality or intent.  For years California has had the “excellent foundation of standards” that this speaks about.  I am most familiar with the history standards.  Since I am a human being, I would make minor changes to include and exclude, but on the whole the content standards I have been given to cover are a job well done.  They needed no changes except tweaking for personal preference. 

Notice I said “needed.”  In our faculty meeting this week we were told that we would not be testing on those standards any more and that at the end of the year they would be gone.  In other words, the “excellent foundation” is being thrown away.  It is being replaced by, drum roll please,...nothing.  That’s right, nothing. 

If you take the time to go to the site you will find that they only have English Language Arts and Mathematics standards.  When asked, we have been told that science and history will be somehow folded into the other standards.  This is the bold step forward we are facing.

It does not sound like progress to me, but then I am not a Progressive. 

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.