Urgent Core Standards Alert
When is recess?
The Alliance for Childhood is gravely concerned about the newly proposed "common core standards"
Dear UniversalPreschool.com Visitors,
Please read the message from the Alliance for Childhood pasted below, and if you agree
with their position, please take action NOW to stop the new K-3 core
standards that are detrimental to young children.
Frankly, I hold the position that the new core standards for all grades is more of the
same government "No Child Left Behind" nonsense under a new moniker
"Race to the Top" that will kill the love of learning in
future generations — just as it has with past generations. It's all tied to
accountability through testing, meaning schools teach to the test and ignore how
children learn best.
But most importantly to me, the inappropriate push for stressful academics in young grades
will trickle down and result in harmful preschool practices that result in learning
disabilities and impaired social and emotional behavior. These standards ignore the
important developmental need for learning through play.
I urge you to help stop this madness. Follow the directions in the message below. Thank
Follow the directions in the message below. Thank you.
Diane Flynn Keith
From: Alliance for Childhood
Sent: March 25, 2010 10:25
Subject: Alliance for Childhood Update: Rethink the "Core Standards"
As many of you know, the Alliance for Childhood is gravely concerned about the newly
proposed "common core standards" for children in kindergarten and the early
grades. Hundreds of early childhood health and education professionals have signed
the Alliance's joint statement on the K-3 standards calling for their
withdrawal. Now is the time for each of you to take action on this critical issue.
After months of drafting in secrecy, the final proposed version of the K-12 standards
was released by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State
School Officers (CCSSO) on March 10. Some aspects of this version are better than the
draft that was leaked to the press in January; some are worse. But overall we are sure
these standards will intensify an already inappropriate emphasis on cognitive development
of young children that is divorced from social-emotional and physical development. Current
practices are already causing enormous stress in children's lives. These new standards
will add to that.
The NGA and CCSSO have announced that the proposed standards are "available for comment"
until April 2, after which they will revise the standards and issue the final version.
Unfortunately, this is not a true public comment process, such as would be required for
an important piece of legislation moving through Congress. Yet the federal government has
announced that billions of tax dollars—including "Race to the Top" and
Title I education funds—will be tied to states' adopting these standards. We are
deeply troubled by this entire process.
The NGA and CCSSO have set up an online survey to collect comments. The survey is rather
confusing. Here are the steps you need to take to ask that the early childhood standards
be withdrawn and reconsidered:
- Go to www.corestandards.org.
- Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the link to the questionnaire.
- At the "Section 2-Feedback" page, choose the third option, "English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards."
- The next page asks you to "select the level of feedback you would like to give." Choose the second option, "General Feedback and Feedback on Specific Sections."
- On the "Specific Feedback-English Language Arts" page, check the four boxes for K-5 (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language). This will enable you to select "Remove or entirely rewrite" as your preference if you agree with our position.
- On the "Specific Feedback-Mathematics" page, check the four boxes for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. This will enable you to select "Remove or entirely rewrite."
It is vital that you submit comments and get friends and colleagues to do the same. It's a
small window of time between now and April 2, but the biggest one Americans have had yet to
speak out about the need for strong, experiential, play-based approaches to early education.
Use the boxes for "additional comments" in the questionnaire to inform policymakers
about your own experiences and concerns about early education.
See the Alliance web site, www.allianceforchildhood.org, to read our statement on the standards, the
comments of many of the signers, and more details on how you can respond. Policymakers need to
hear from us all, especially parents and teachers. Their voices are rarely heard on educational
issues. It's time to act.
With warm regards,
Joan Almon and Ed Miller
Alliance for Childhood
P.O. Box 444, College Park, MD 20741
P.S.: Please forward this message to others.