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Letter: Common Core is abusive, unfair to students and their parents

Is Common Core child abuse? Here are some symptoms of Common Core exposure: physical symptoms, excessive stress that causes headaches, crying, stomachaches and nausea; emotional symptoms, excessive worry, withdrawal, irritability, frustration, acting out and anxiety.

Why these symptoms? The math is too confusing to understand what the questions are asking for. Even highly-educated parents seem lost as to what the questions are wanting. Most questions have two, maybe three ways to answer correctly. Since the questions are many times unclear, the child must guess. 

Second-grade spelling has 12 words the child can study. Great! Study and you get a 100. No, too good to be true. It adds three unseen words that follow patterns. If you miss guessing the three words, you get 7 points off each. Instead of 100, you get 79. With this approach, what good is studying? Without success for effort, a child becomes totally defeated.

It is interesting that out of the authors of this program, most have absolutely no educational instruction training. There are no early-grade teachers in the development of this program. No instructors are trained in child development, so how do they expect to know the developmental levels of learning for students in K-3. 

In my opinion, this program is not only child abuse, but also abuse to the parents who spend long hours trying to explain their child’s confusing homework assignments.

James Bascom, on the blog TFP Student Action, writes, “Common Core will not improve 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 math and English are taught and violates the sacred right of parents to have a say in their child’s education.”

In 2010, 500 early childhood education professionals and early childhood health professionals in New York issued a “joint statement” against Common Core’s early childhood standards. They called for a suspension of the Common Core standards in grades K-3.

Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center believes “pushing academics sooner and harder, as reflected in the Common Core will not work. There is no evidence ‘that throwing stuff at kids when they’re young’ at a time when their brains are not sufficiently wired to do the work is a good idea.”

Some Georgia schools still use the curriculum. Why? In 2015, the Georgia Department of Education took away the state requirements. In the 1960s and ’70s, a similar (yet, not as harmful) math program (New Math) failed. So will this. 

Phyllis Marshall


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