‘Common Core is not going to fix this problem’
American schools are producing illiterates by the millions and burning through dollars by the billions – and it’s all by design, according to international journalist and educator Alex Newman.
“It’s no accident that we’re getting the kinds of terrible education results that we’re seeing right now,” Newman said in a recent interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
“Common Core is not going to fix this problem, and neither are these federally funded tests,” he said.
In his new book, “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” coauthored with Samuel Blumenfeld, Newman reveals just how bad the situation is.
For example, three-quarters of American students who earn a high-school diploma are unprepared for college coursework. Thirty percent of high-school graduates can’t pass the U.S. military entrance exam, which is focused on basic reading and math skills. More than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs sit vacant because there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill them.
Across the country this spring, students are scheduled to take federally funded tests that align with the Common Core standards.
The resistance already has been strong. In most areas where the tests are not mandatory, many students have chosen to opt out of the testing.
New York State has emerged as the center of resistance to Common Core. In some school districts, well over half of the students refused to take their Common Core-aligned tests this spring. In one Long Island district, 82 percent of students opted out. One teachers’ union, New York State United Teachers, has actually encouraged parents to opt their kids out of the tests.
Newman is delighted to see so much resistance to Common Core.
“It is extremely encouraging to witness the growing resistance to Common Core and the massive numbers of students and parents that are choosing to opt out of this Orwellian, federally funded testing regime,” he told WND.
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