As the public is aware, I have deep concerns with Common Core* and PARCC given their impact on our children. My concerns range from lack of input from our parents and teachers before accepting the standards, million dollar deals with book companies/testing companies/data Collection. Perhaps most concerning is that the Common Core Standards and PARCC have led to a frustration with learning amongst many students.
“I like Common Core. It challenges my children/students”
I agree with challenging children, however, at the same time some of our children have basic needs. The fundamental goal we are aiming for is to foster the love of education. The standards, while well intentioned, have had a devastating impact on vulnerable children. This includes children in poverty, with learning disabilities, and students that have English as a second language (ESL).
One of the most commonly repeated fallacies is that the United States does not measure up to our international counterparts on education. These countries account for a small subset of their population in their data, inclusive of only their top performers. However, in America we test everyone…because we value life. Accounting for these variances in testing, we are near the top in the world in education. We never required major changes to our education that led to Common Core/PARCC, but rather adjustments to aim towards the vulnerable children we’d all like to see succeed.
“I don’t have children. This doesn’t relate to me”
In reality, this issue relates to every resident of LD17. If you are a parent, grandparent, or student you are directly impacted. As for the taxpayer, many of you have said you would like to see more value for your tax dollars. Given education is the largest percentage of property taxes, replacing Common Core/PARCC is a start. Should the people of LD17 decide to elect me to office, I promise to draft the bill to remove Common Core/PARCC. Our children deserve the best and so do taxpayers.
*Common Core is a defined set of education standards for teaching and testing English and Mathematics in grades K-12.
Robert A. Quinn is a candidate for New Jersey State Assembly in Legislative District 17 (Franklin Twp, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, Milltown)