In her article, “Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core,” Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute provides a summary of Common Core’s worst attributes:

  1. The Senseless, Infuriating Math
  2. The Lies
  3. Obliterating Parent Rights
  4. Dirty Reading Assignments
  5. Turning Kids Into Corporate Cogs
  6. The Data Collection and Populace Management
  7. Distancing Parents and Children Making Little Kids Cry
  8. The Arrogance
  9. The Collectivism

Joy Pullman has been at the forefront of the fight against Common Core providing insightful writing, valuable research, and helpful testimony to state legislative committees, including the Ohio Assembly.  Her Top Ten provides a handy summary for concerned parents to use as they speak with school officials and elected representatives about their objections to Common Core.

Here are a few exerpts from her article:

On Senseless, Infuriating Math:

“The mandates also explicitly require kids to learn the least efficient ways of solving basic problems one, two, and even three grade levels before they are to learn the traditional, efficient ways. There are ways for teachers to fill in the gaps and fix this, but this means a kid’s ability to get good math instruction depends on the luck of having an extra-savvy teacher. That’s especially a downer for poor and minority kids, who already get the greenest and lowest-quality teachers.”

On Parent Rights:

“The bottom line is, parents have no choice about whether their kids will learn Common Core, no matter what school they put them in, if they want them to go to college, because the SAT and ACT are being redesigned to fit the new national program for education. Elected school boards pay parents no heed, and neither do state departments of education, because the feds deliberately use our tax dollars to put themselves in the education driver’s seat, at our expense. So much for “by the people, for the people, of the people.”

On Collectivism

“Common Core and data vacuuming are philosophically aligned—they both justify themselves as technocratic, progressive solutions to human problems. The ultimate goal is using data to “seamlessly integrate” education and the economy. In other words, we learned nothing from the USSR.”

Read Joy Pullman’s “Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core” HERE.