Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative?
The entire video of some thirty-six minutes is well worth watching. If you don't have time to watch the entire video, however, please watch at least the portion from time marker 2:00 through time marker 8:00 in the video below the fold.
Read the rest of Gulag Bound's post "Clinical Mental Health Therapist on Common Core Techniques" HERE.
Gulag Bound has more information about Common Core HERE in a blog post different from the link hat-tipped above.
Meanwhile, please note THIS INFORMATION about David Coleman, the new president of College Board and his affiliation with Common Core. A May 16, 2012 article in the New York Times (May 16, 2012) provides this additional information about David Coleman:
David Coleman, an architect of the common core curriculum standards that are being adopted in nearly all 50 states, will become the president of the College Board, starting in October.Why tie college entrance tests so closely to Common Core? Ensuring that students admitted to the better universities will be students amenable to even more influence along the lines of Common Core?
The College Board, a membership organization of high schools and colleges that administers the SAT, the Advanced Placement program and other standardized tests, helped design the standards — an outline of what students should learn in English and math from kindergarten through high school — meant to ensure that all high school graduates are prepared for college.
Mr. Coleman’s new position will involve a continued focus on college readiness. “We have a crisis in education, and over the next few years, the main thing on the College Board’s agenda is to deliver its social mission,” he said....
As I was working on this post, I found myself thinking about the bigger picture, the picture beyond that of education.
I am referring to all the animosity in our society today.
So many people relish wallowing in their own anger to the point that they can relate only to other who are also wallowing in their own anger! Indeed, many seem unable to stop themselves from participating in this cycle of bitterness and surrender to the emotional reactivity. I am not speaking of justified anger but rather of unleashed rage.
Perhaps, just perhaps, some of the Twenty-first Century's irrational rage stems from cultivating such an attitude by means of the post-1955 prevalence of limbic-based, negative materials — not only with regard to reading materials but also with regard to Western culture's focus on emotional reactivity and negativity. Certainly, we have witnessed a significant increase in lack of empathy.