1) Contact and Educate State Board of Education and Local Boards of Trustees 2) Attend Local and State Board Meetings, Visit/Call State Superintendent. These Are Questions One Might Ask:
Questions: Where Can I Read Our State's Cost Analysis for Implementing Common Core and Its Test in Our State?
Question: What Will It Cost Us in Our Country?
Question: Where Will the Money Come From?
Question: What is the Amendment Process for Common Core Standards If We Find Out They Are Not Working For Us?
Question: Where Can I See For Myself the Evidence That Common Core Standards Have Been Proven to Be of Superior Quality and That They Are Internationally Benchmarked?
Question: Where Can I See For Myself Evidence That Common Core's Transformation (Deleting Cursive, Minimizing Classic Literature, Moving Away From Traditional Math, etc) Will Benefit Our Children?
Question: The Constitution Assigns Education to the State, Not to the Federal Government. Also, the Federal General Educational Provisions Act (GEPA) States: "No Provisions of An Applicable Program Shall Be Construed to Authorize Any Department Agency, Officer, or Employee of the United States to Exercise Any Direction, Supervision, or Control Over the Curriculum, Program of Instruction, Administration, or personnel of Any Educational Institution, School, or School System, or Over the Selection of Library Resources, Textbooks, or Other Printed or Published Instructional Materials by Any Educational Institution or School System." In Light of This, Please Explain Why Our State Has Agreed to Intense Micromanagement by the Federal Government Under Common Core Testing.
3) Talking Points For Letters:
Talking Points: We Are Tired of Being Told That These Standards Are State-Led Initiative. Teachers, Administrators, Professionals May Have Been Working On Standards For Years But They Clearly Were Not the Common Core Standards.
Talking Points: The Educational Establishment Has Been Educated About Common Core by Groups and Individuals Such as Pearson, Wireless Generation, Bill Gates, and Others, Who Stand To Make a Lot of Money Implementing Common Core. Credible Educators Have Published Their Assessments of the Problems of Common Core. These Are Individuals Who Have Dedicated Their Entire Professional Career to the Education of Our Children.
Talking Points: Where is the Evidence That Common Core Standards Are Not Harming Our Students? Where Is the Empirical Data Upon Which This Transformative Alteration Will Lead to a Higher Level Education For Our Children?
Talking Points: Can You Point Me To a Study That Shows That Not Teaching Kids How To Convert Fractions To Decimals Is Better College Prep In The Long Run? Where Is The Study That Shows That Lessening The Teaching Of Classic Literature And Narrative Writing Is Going To Benefit Children As Adults? Where Is The Proven, Long-Term Study that Shows That Informational Texts Are More Beneficial Than Classic Literature?
Talking Points: Where Is The Proof That The Common Core Is academically Legitimate? We Know It Was Developed By Non-Educators: David Coleman, the NGA and CCSSO. We Know It Was Most Heavily Funded And Promoted By Non-Educators. We Know It Has Been Politically Hijacked By the Department of Education And That Obama and Secretary Duncan Claim To Have Given It To States (Further Crushing The Claim That It Was State-Led). We Have Endless References For These Things. Where Is The Proof That Education Is Still Locally Controlled? There's a Solid Copyright On The Common Core. This Is The Opposite Of Local Control.
Talking Points: Common Core Standards, Tests And Data Collecting Tentacles Will Strangle Freedom And Creativity In The Educational System. The People Who Will Suffer Most Are The Children And The Teachers.
4) Start An email Campaign - Meet With Your Representatives In Congress, The Local School Board Of Trustees, Superintendent, and Curriculum Director. Express Your Concerns About Common Core And If You Are Able Give Them The Book, "How to Stop Common Core". Start An Email Campaign. Join Together With Others Of Like Mind And Coordinate An Email Campaign Where Selected Articles On A Weekly Basis Are Sent Further Educating Those In Decision Making Positions. Every Week They Would Receive Several articles From Different People. This Is How You Might Structure and Email Campaign:
Identify 8 Willing People to Join You In This Endeavor. Even This Small Number Will Look Like A Great Force Beccause They Will Be Hearing From Different People Every Week. Each Month The Rotation Would Begin Again.
Select 16 Articles For Each Month. You Want Well Written Articles From Different Sources And Emphasizing Different Parts of Common Core. Number These Articles From 1 to 16.
Divide The Selected Number Of Email Recipients Into 8 Groups (Number Of People Committed To Doing It.) Number Each Group. Start Out With Each Person Not Having More Than 6 People To Send a Letter Or Email To Each Time. Recipients For These Mailings Would Be Those In The Legislature, State Board of Education, Superintendent, Local School Boards and Anyone Else That You Think could Be Influential In Defeating Common Core.
On Monday And Thursday Of Each Week Send An Article To Your Assigned Group. Half Of The People Would Send Article No. 1 On Monday And Half Of The People Would Send Article No. 2. Switch Those Around For Thursday. We Don't Want The Board Of Trustees All Getting The Same Article. They might Compare Notes And Realize They Were All Coming From One Source Even Thought They Came From Different People.
Continue On The Next Week Using The Same Pattern But Advancing To Article No. 3 and No. 4.
In Effect, Your Selected Email Or Mail Recipients Will Be Receiving Two Emails Or Copies Of Articles In The Mail (Which Ever You Choose To Do) Every Week But They Will Be From Different People.
This Will Keep Common Core In Front Of Them All The Time. The Next Month Meet Again With Everyone Bringing 3 or 4 Of Their Favorite Articles That They Want To Share And The Group Can Decide On 16 Of Them. You Only Have To Meet Once a Month And Spend Maximum Of 1 Hour a Week (1/2 Hour On 2 Different Days) Emailing Or Sending In Mail The Group You Are Responsible For. If Sending By Mail, We Would Personalize By Underlining Something Or Making Some Comments. Always Add a Little Personal Note Be It An Email Or An Actual Article You Send. As You Are Able To Handle The Number Of People In The Groups Add More. If You Decided To Send Articles In The Mail You Could Get Them All Ready To Go At One Time And Just Mail Them at Appropriate Times.
Here Are Some Suggested Articles:
"Classroom Chaos? Critics Blast New Common Core Education Standards" at FoxNews.com.
"Clash Over Common Core: Opposition Grows As National Education Standards Approach" by Mike Jaccarino
"Common Core Standards: Why States Are Now Saying, 'No, Thank you'" by Suzi Parker
"Common Core Math 'Experiment" in U.S. Schools" at Education Reporter
"Common Core Standards Will Control You And Your Children" Posted by Karen Schroeder
"Education Standards: Parents Need To Stop Common Core" by Kathryn Miller
"Won't Get Fooled Again? Reason To Resist the Common Core" by Michael Paul Goldenberg
"Petition To Governor Cuomo And The Legislature To End High Stakes Testing" by Carol Corbett Burris
"Chicago History Teacher Calls For Investigation of Common Core Corruption" by Paul Horton
"Common Core Harms Kids, Early Childhood Expert Says" by Nancy Nazworth
"Common Core Standards For Public Schools: A Bad Idea" by Phyllis Schlafly
"Pre-K Won't Help Kids" by Phyllis Schlafly
"Principal: 'I Was Naive About Common Core'" by Valerie Strauss
"Educational Accountability Red Flags" by Priscilla Shannonb Guierrez
"Parents Fight Against High Stakes Tests and the Common Core" by Kristen Lavelle
"McMillin Amendment Halts Common Core in Michigan" by Shane Vander Hart