President Obama's Race to the Top/Common Core National Education Standards
Most states have already adopted it without the legislatures even discussing or voting. It must be stopped. They have a 4-year start on the citizenry, but it can be done. Indiana has done it. Texas did, but replaced it with something just as bad. So, be on the alert. Contact your state legislators now.
Why the uproar?
Highly sensitive and personal information of your school children (public, private, and homeschooled) will be gathered in Common Core's "Educational Data Mining" according to the Department of Education's draft report released in February.
The data tracking of your child from kindergarten through high school graduation will consist of psychological, neurological, and behavioral testing including the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skin and brain sensors, mood meters, and facial expression cameras.
"[E]motional experiences, physical movements or facial expressions, physiological responses, and thoughts" will be measured and eye movements tracked. "Student data collected...can be used to develop models...which then can be used...to promote desirable behaviors."
Classroom observation and "informant reports" will be used to ascertain "intrapersonal competencies in young children."
"Data on help-seeking can include identification of the moment when a student asked for help, the amount of help provided, the average number of hints requested per problem; how much time and effort was invested when the student asked for help; the percentage of helped problems; whether help was requested before or after making an initial attempt or after entering the correct answer." [Are you kidding me? And just when will they have time to actually teach academics??]
This information will be AVAILABLE TO EVERY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE and will be put up for sale to the highest bidder WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT:
Obviously, the focus here is NOT educational outcome. Contributors to this report came from the Institute of Play (funded by Bill Gates) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which largely underwrote and promoted Common Core.
Download the DoE's paper "Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century" from the website below:
http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/research/ (Reference pp. ii, 40-42, 44-45)
To learn more:
Kentucky State Legislators: http://www.lrc.ky.gov
"Indiana hasn't been able to pull out, but we are sure giving it a valiant effort. Legislation to opt-out of Common Core passed the Indiana Senate 38-11, but it is currently bottlenecked in the House. Big money funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has come to Indiana to try to prevent us from backing out. If we can pull it out in Indiana, they are afraid it will be the beginning of other states making a mass exodus."