WHEREAS the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have NOT been developed by “48 states, hundreds of experts, thousands of educators,” but rather by a small private cabal of self-interested agents,
WHEREAS the 45 states that have signed up, have been enticed, duped and coerced into doing so by manipulating their Race To The Top and other grants from the US Department of Education,
WHEREAS the governors of Nevada and other states have accepted the terms of grants set by the US Department of Education long BEFORE the English and math standards were released,
WHEREAS there is no objective scientific proof or validation that CCSS will prepare students either for college or career, or provide them with any of the skills expected by prospective employers, which over the years have always consisted of effective communication, proper English grammar, basic math, punctuality, work ethic, and being a self-starter rather than needing constant supervision and guidance, NONE of which are nurtured by Common Core’s emphasis on group work, group-think, denial of right and wrong answers, reducing everything in English and civics to subjective opinions and reducing everything in science and math to consensus opinion, not objective fact,
WHEREAS experts who had helped write the CCSS refuse to endorse and recommend them,
WHEREAS the CCSS specifically ignores students with special needs,
WHEREAS Nevada’s school boards have been spending enormous sums — badly needed elsewhere — on the roll out of CCSS,
WHEREAS NRS 389.0187 was incorrectly interpreted as authority to impose the standards on local school boards without seeking out and examining alternative standards that may be more appropriate,
WHEREAS 2013 AB288 is incorrectly interpreted as authority to test students using the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium’s test and its up to 533 intrusive personal demographic questions about the students and their families, its tracking of students from pre-kindergarten through employment, and the sharing this data indiscriminately by all sorts of government agencies and private entities,
WHEREAS this level of “testing,” data collection and data mining is a gross violation of privacy, expressed explicitly in the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, section 18 of Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution, and both express and implied in other parts of both Constitutions,
NOW, THEREFORE, exercising the right of petition guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and Nevada, parents and concerned citizens are hereby calling on the Governor to:
1. Stop all spending on implementing CCSS in all subjects (English and math now, science and civics coming soon).
2. Release all local school boards from the requirement to implement CCSS in any subject.
3. Order the state board of education to evaluate standards from other states and countries, and to modify Nevada’s pre-existing standards or write new standards that are more appropriate to Nevada’s school children.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereonto set my hand and caused the keys on my computer’s keyboard to commit this petition to electronic form and be distributed to fellow parents and citizens concerned about the welfare of our children, grandchildren and generations thereafter, in Carson City, Nevada on this twenty ninth day of January in the year two thousand and fourteen.
Peter Hennessey, Ph.D.
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