Being an advocate for Education myself, and someone who worked in Public Education for Fifteen Years, I have been very interested in this selection. Who is Betsy DeVos? Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is an American politician, billionaire, businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist from the U.S. state of Michigan. DeVos, 58, is wife of Amway heir Dick DeVos, who lost a 2006 bid for governor. Her father-in-law, Richard DeVos co-founded Ada-based company Amway and was most recently listed by Forbes as having a net worth of $4.7 billion, making him the fourth richest billionaire in Michigan.
What are the common-core standards?
Pure and simple, they are descriptions of the skills students should have at each grade level in English/language arts and math by the time they finish high school. They're not a detailed, day-to-day curriculum; they're a broad outline of learning expectations from which teachers or district leaders craft a curriculum. I am not sure how many of you know about Common Core Standards, or how many of you had to work your way through some of them, but I myself, have been a strong advocate AGAINST them! Here are some reasons:
The Main Arguments for Common Core are Vague and Dubious
Common Core is based on a Materialistic, Egalitarian Philosophy
Uniform “Standards” Themselves Will Not Improve Education in America
Common Core Eliminates Local and Parental Control over Education
Common Core Virtually Determines What Will be Taught in the Classroom
Common Core English Harms Literature
Common Core Math Will Not Prepare Students for Careers in So-Called STEM Fields
Common Core Imposes a Cult of Testing
Common Core is Increasingly Unpopular
Common Core Collects Massive Amounts of Data on Children
Common Core will not and has not improved American K-12 education. It is a socialist/progressive experiment that will impose an inflexible, one-size-fits-all, egalitarian education scheme on America’s children. It drastically harms the way both Math and English is taught, and violates the sacred right of parents to have a say in their children’s education.
Every patriotic American should reject Common Core, and voice his concern to his elected officials urging them to repeal it. Betsy DeVos is NOT a supporter of the Standards. Hours before the expected DeVos announcement, Frank Cannon, president of anti-Common Core group, American Principles Project, said in a statement that Trump rightly slammed his primary opponent, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for his support of Common Core and DeVos would be a very "Jeb-like pick.'' On her website, the activist and major Republican donor said that while organizations she's supported have been for Common Core, that has not been her position. Along the way, the Calvin College graduate said, it got turned into a "federalized boondoggle."
It shouldn’t be surprising that there is significant debate as to whether the standards will really impact student achievement. Some critics believe that the need is for quality teaching, not common standards, to improve students’ school achievement. There are also concerns about the standards themselves. Stanford University math professor James Milgram, once a member of the committee to validate the Common Core, says that the math part of the Common Core standards is actually insufficient, leaving American students two years behind their peers in most high-achieving countries by the end of the seventh grade. “I think the original intent was to raise outcomes, but I think the leaders got tied up in the issue of buy-in,” Milgram is quoted to have said. “I think they made choices that would make it easier for states whose expectations in mathematics were not all that high to buy into Core standards.”
The Common Core State Standards costs schools a lot of money to update the technology needed for the Common Core Standards Assessments. Most of the assessments are online. This created many issues for districts who had to purchase enough computers for all students to be assessed in a timely manner.
The Common Core State Standards has led to an increased value on standardized test performance. High stakes testing is already a trending issue, and now that states are able to compare their performances against another accurately, the stakes have only become higher.
Please Betsy, bring Education back to where it belongs. You can support vouchers, and charter schools all you want, but please please please get rid of Common Core!!!!