In response to the comment “Math is unchangeable! How can Common Core change math?”

Oh let me count the ways! The first and most frustrating is what is called “Fuzzy Math”.

Momdotcom shared a good example of this:

http://www.momdot.com/common-core-is-making-me-stupider/

There is not a logical thought process to explain it. It deals with estimates and vague “reasonable” answers instead of facts. It deals with “feelings” of all things. Younger students draw pictures of how they feel about numbers. Math is a process of order establish long ago by the great mathematicians. Aristotle said:

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.”

You can’t take away this order. You can’t have several ways of solving the same problem, you end up with conflicting answers. You follow a set of rules that get you the right results. Math is black and white. It is right or wrong. And now Common Core is introducing all shades of grey. (Ok. I really creeped myself out). But that is what it is.  It defies principles that Aristotle and the great mathematicians put into place. It defies natural law – God’s law. And who are they to think they can change that? Let’s set aside the principles and look at indisputable facts.

I know there is a lot of support in having a national set of common standards. And yes, it would have eliminated the need for the twins to retake classes that didn’t apply to a North Carolina graduation when we left Utah. However, it is not proven that having a set of standards actually increases academic performance on test scores and Common Core (CC) is all about the test scores. There is proof that CC’s low standards are not meeting international standards, let alone the standards of top schools in the United States. Our international ranking was low and in the past two years it has fallen even lower. Top private schools in the states are ignoring CC. It doesn’t  meet their standards. But it will affect them, just as it will affect the homeschool students and our ability to test into colleges. Because our students will not know how to wrap their logical thinking, problem solving minds around a Common Core test.

Common Core doesn’t even ready a student for college. CC eliminates the algebra requirement in 8th grade. Not reaching this milestone puts a student behind to graduate with a math readiness for college. For college science and engineering courses, Calculus in high school is required and if you don’t reach algebra by 8th grade, you don’t have time for it before graduation. Common Core with all of its fanfare of ‘higher standards’ is actually lowering the standards and preparing students for a 2 year college instead of a 4 year college –  if students choose a higher education at all after losing their love of learning to Common Core.

Test taking is very different in CC. Kylan came home one day and said “Mom, I got a 105% on my math test!” I commented that he must have gotten all the extra credit, or bonus questions right too. No, there was no extra credit.  He then went on to explain how the new testing works.

The test has weighted questions that are worth more in grading point value and some questions deemed “not as important” are worth less points. Meaning you can miss more lower point questions and still pass. Or, like the twins did, get all questions correct and end up with a 105%. Getting into that fuzzy math again. Looking at this grading system closely, technically a student can still meet the “standard” but without full comprehension of “lesser concepts”. I found experience with this with Gavin. He has a 95% in math-an A grade that meets all the standards in math. But he didn’t do as well as he would have liked on his engineering test because of some math skills deemed “not as important” that he didn’t fully understand. Liberals don’t like consequences and CC is a Liberal-pushed agenda so the fallacy in this grading concept is overlooked.

One last thing I will point out about the math in CC then, I will stop and take a deep breath, I promise. The CC approach to problem solving is infuriating at best. It defies all logical thought process. To teach problem solving to your child you would give that child all the tools, skills and resources necessary to help them. They would practice using their tools and new found skills in situations that had little consequence, then build up as they become more skilled to new, more challenging situations. Then, as a loving parent, you realize they reach a point where you can step back and say “I trust you to make good choices. To use the skills you have learned to solve this problem on your own”. Not Common Core. Common Cores idea of problem solving is to throw the student into deep water and say “sink or swim!” and walk away. Some figure out how to swim really fast. Other don’t and sink really fast- losing all motivation to even try. To expose students to problem solving skills, students in CC are exposed to math problems that are far beyond their current level. Without the proper tools and set of skills to accomplish these problems students are expected to “problem solve” to come to a reasonable answer. I had three boys come home from school furious with the stupidity of this concept as they experienced “problem solving” on their final State Common Core math test. This one test was worth 25% of their final grade and it had very little to do with the concepts they had discussed and practiced all semester in class. The twins, having more math experience were able to swim better than others. Gavin, however, being in his first year of algebra didn’t have any skills necessary and sunk. His A grade plunged and with it his self-confidence. The futility of working so hard to get an A only to have it taken away in the end.

In this next coming school year (2014-2015) the PAFCC tests will be implemented. No one really knows much about these test as they are being written by an unconstitutional federal team and they are not accountable to the people. We, the people, were able to get some information about these tests when the results of an internal survey were leaked out that 72% of the test writing team felt they were on the “wrong track”. We also know that these tests will take 8-10 hours of testing every month. Not much hope for the future. And where is the media in this keeping us informed? MIA.

Ultimately, Common Core is set up to fail. The goal was actually to create an educational crisis. When the curriculum was released expectations were listed as such “…to expect enraged parents” and “…expect scores to be  low and students to fail.” This is a strategy by our government to herd the people into a socialist educational plan that normally would never be considered unless there is a crisis. You see this same strategy with Obamacare. Set up a system that will fail, put the people into a crisis and the resulting desperation will lead the ignorant people to give up their freedoms and allow the government to step in with “the only solution”. Before you know it,  we will be in over our heads with a socialist society indoctrinating our children. Who knew that “changing math” would have such consequences?

A Celebration of Thanksgiving Program

A Celebration of Thanksgiving

As families gather in we will have “harvesters” to gather the canned food for the cornucopia food drive. We will have welcoming hosts. Perhaps Master and Mistress Brewster to help audience members find there seats. The idea is that all have come to worship and are meeting secretly at the Scrooby Inn.

Part 1: Meeting at Scrooby Inn

Pastor Robinson – Welcome, thank you for all coming to our Sunday meeting. We know the risk you take in coming, may the Lord bless your faithfulness. I will invite Elder Brewster to offer the opening prayer. After which we will sing “Come ye thankful people come.”

William Brewster – (offer prayer)

Mistress Brewster – (lead song) “Oh ye thankful people come”

Elder Brewster – Let us read from the 23rd Psalm. 1 The Lord is my ashepherd; I shall not bwant.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he aleadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths ofarighteousness for his bname’s sake.

4 Yea, though I awalk through the bvalley of the cshadow ofddeath, I will fear no eevil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they fcomfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou aanointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely agoodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Kings Soldiers – Stop in the name of the King! The king has declared that all citizens of England will belong to the Church of England. (Hand Robinson the decree)

Pastor Robinson – My friends, King James has ordered us to go to his church and worship according to the laws of England, or not worship at all. He says if we do not obey him we shall be punished.

Mary Chilton – We love the Lord and want to worship as a true Christian. What do we do?

William Bradford – This house will be watched every Sabbath. This has been our church home for a long time, but it will not be safe to meet here any more.

Elder Brewster  – We must rely on our God through these trials for he is a God of Liberty. If he could save the Israelites from pharaoh then he can give us our freedom and none can stand in his way. Let the work go on and trust that God will lead us to a land where we can worship.

Narrator 1 – The Pilgrims stopped attending worship services in churches and held services in their homes, which the king did not tolerate. The Pilgrims were hunted down as criminals, jailed and persecuted. Many of them left England and went to Holland in 1607. Then in 1618 King James decreed that all remaining Pilgrims in England must conform to the Church or leave England. So, because of religious persecution the Puritans and Pilgrims left England.

Narrator 2 – Though the Pilgrims had the freedom to worship God as they chose, they were not happy in Holland. They were internationals and could not get good jobs. Their children were beginning to speak Dutch instead of English. They finally decided that God wanted them to sail to America to start their lives all over again. In the summer of 1620, a group of Pilgrims set sail on a ship called “The Mayflower”. There were 102 men, women, and children on board the ship headed for Jamestown, Virginia, where the puritans had settled earlier.

Narrator 3 – Nearly halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, an extremely violent storm caused the ship to go off course. On November 9 1620, they landed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, over 1000 miles north of Virginia. If they stayed there, they would be free from the obligations to the New England Company in Jamestown. They decided that the storm was God’s way of setting them free to govern themselves. So they settled in Plymouth colony, and formed a new kind of self-government based upon the Mayflower Compact.

Part 2: Mayflower compact.

Pricilla – Come now children lets show Elder Brewster what we have learned.

(Kindergarten Recite Thanksgiving Delights poem)

Brewster – Well done children! Well done. And thank you Pricilla for taking care of them. I know it is not easy being on this ship for so long.

John Carver – I think we did it! How does this sound?

…Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

All men present: Amen!

John Carver – In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.

Capt. Standish: Land ho! There is land!

Mrs. Brewster: Oh how beautiful! Thanks be to our almighty God in heaven. He has brought us safely to this place.

Mary Chilton: I have been waiting for the day where I can be the first woman to step foot onto the land where I can be free!

William Bradford:: There is plenty of fresh water, fields waiting to be planted.

Capt Standish: We will build a fort on that hill!

Elder Brewster: Let us give thanks unto the Lord

(Everyone pause to bow heads and kneel. Pilgrim picture)

Priscilla and Kindergarten Scripture: O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good and his mercy endureth forever.

Part 3 – The first winter and Squanto

Narrator 1  – The area where the ship made landfall had belonged to the Patuxets, a fierce tribe that took intense delight in murdering anyone who would dare invade their territory.

Narrator 2 – A sickness, however, had wiped them out, leaving their land free for the taking. The Pilgrims didn’t even have to clear fields for planting. God had prepared the way for them.

Narrator 3  – The first winter was a hard one for the pilgrims. Many died of sickness. The pilgrims never forgot to thank God.

Narrator 1 – At one point, a daily ration of food for the pilgrims was 5 kernels of corn and a faith that God would sustain them.

Narrator 2 – In the spring, the pilgrims found that the nearest neighbors were the wampanoag’s, a civilized tribe ruled by Massasiout. The chief and his people accepted the Pilgrims and helped them.

Narrator 3 – Squanto, a lone survivor of the Patuxets, made his home with his new white brothers and taught them how to survive in this new and challenging land.

Squanto: See! Oak leaves big like squirrel’s foot. Time to plant corn now.

Bradford:What are you going to do with those tiny fish? They are too small to eat.

Squanto: Indians plant corn in these fields many times. Ground hungry now. We must feed the hungry earth.”

Kindergarten Planting Song

1st and 2nd: The Harvest Song

Narrator 1: The harvest of 1623 brought a surplus of corn, so much that the pilgrims were able to help out the indians for a change. So joyous were they that they celebrated for three days. They invited Chief Massasoit to be their guest.

Narrator 2: : He came, bringing with him his wife, several other chiefs and  and 120 braves. All sat down to a feast of venison, goats,hogs, and turkeys, vegetables, grapes nuts, plums, puddings and pies.

Bradford: Friends, God has blessed our summers’ work, and has sent us a bountiful harvest. He brought us safe to this new home and protected us through the terrible winter. It is fit we have a time for giving thanks to God for His mercies to us. What say you? Shall we not have a week of feasting and of thanksgiving?

Squanto: (to chief) The white men talk to the great Spirit. They thank him for his good gifts.

3rd and 4th grade:

For Health and Strength

Thanksgiving poem

Scriptures 2 Ne 2:14

Song: For all things bright and beautiful.

Prayer:

Let the feasting begin!