Maybe that was a bad Idea

December 2, 2013 16:37 pm

by Eric The Younger · 8 comments

Tybee Island, you may remember, was planning on putting up cameras to monitor which visitors come to the island.

Well it turns out they are no longer going to do so.  From the Savannah Morning News.

The Tybee Island City Council on Monday voted unanimously to rescind the purchase approval of two license plate scanners it had granted during a Nov. 14 meeting.

Citing negative feedback from the public and concerns over how the information from the scanners would translate to a tourism study being conducted by a local professor, the council instead voted to purchase a higher quality of the current vehicle trackers the city has stretched over U.S. 80.

So they are still tracking cars, just not license plates.

peachpundit (@peachpundit) December 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) December 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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John Konop December 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

I have been making this point for years, one size fit all does not work! The best education systems in the world track students by aptitude and test way less. All we keep doing is spin another failed NCLB approach, which created a 50 billion dollar testing industry and massive administrative overhead. We steal the money from classrooms and teachers on the one size fit all approach idea of the day. And we wonder why we are sliding down hill……

READ BELOW:

Should American high schools prepare any students for STEM? Common Core doesn’t think so.

….Moreover, Professor Milgram and I were members of Common Core’s Validation Committee, which was charged with reviewing drafts of the standards. We both refused to sign off on the academic quality of the final version of Common Core’s standards and made our criticism public.

There are other consequences to having a college readiness test in mathematics with low expectations. The U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top program requires states to place students who have been admitted by their public colleges and universities into credit-bearing (non-remedial) mathematics (and English) courses if they have passed a Common Core–based “college readiness” test. All public colleges, engineering schools, and universities in Georgia will likely have to lower the level of their introductory math courses to avoid unacceptably high failure rates…..

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2013/dec/02/should-american-high-schools-prepare-any-students-/

Charlie December 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

The only areas adopted under Common Core are Math and English. To claim that Common Core is blocking STEM is ludicrous on it’s face and just part of the mis-information constantly spread about CC that has unfortunately make it impossible to move forward because it is the boogey man du jour about all things wrong with public education.

And as soon as we move on from CC, just as we did from NCLB (which you seem to forget on a regular basis), there will be a new boogey man for everyone to rally against, and the schools will continue to slide into the abyss.

Harry December 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

As a parent with one remaining kid still in public secondary school, I’m confused as to the overall effect of CC but leaning against, because I’ve been unable to get answers to some concerns:

1) As John mentions, the fear is that the outcome will be not better benchmarks but rather dumbing-down or dumbing-up to one-size-fits-all. This is an issue already in politically correct education systems both public and private, however would CC not further degrade the educational quality? The high schools at least have in place a program of quasi-tracking, with gifted students allowed to enroll in college prep courses, and academically challenged students allowed to compete in a more appropriate peer group. If CC is indeed one-size-fits-all, what effect would this have on the current status quo? The website opposing CC in Georgia says that states may allow only a small amount of additional content. Does this mean there will be an effort to put every student on the same playing field in the name of political correctness?

2) As even the proponents admit, CC is designed to place our students about two years behind their counterparts in high performing countries in reading comprehension and math skills. This could have some unintended consequences by driving more students to expensive private schools and leaving graduates of public schools at a competitive disadvantage with other countries.

3) Why or in what way is CC providing better information than SAT or ACT which measure individual ability/achievement? If individual SAT/ACT results in a school can be summarized for purposes of comparing school outputs, then what is the need for an additional layer of complexity? What additional benefits can be obtained by implementing CC?

Charlie December 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

1) Georgia has a career academy program that has multiple (I think 16) tracks for students. This is not about one size fits all. But there are minimum standards. Most phases of life people will have minimum standards. That doesn’t mean everyone stops there, or that because of minimum standards everyone is the same.

2) Before GA’s curriculum which Common Core standards are based, our minimums were even lower. Might not be where we would want to be ideally, but it’s a remarkable improvement of where we were. And if the minimums were raised higher, you would have those complaining (as they did under Kathy Cox’s tenure) that we’re trying to force everyone to be able to go to Emory. See the note above about the career academies that was the remedy to that problem.

3) The SAT/ACT is generally taken in the 11th and/or 12th grades. Do you really want to wait until 11th grade to start some form of standardized testing? It’s a little too late to fix a problem if you wait until a student is more than 80% done with their education.

Harry December 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

National standardized tests have long been available at all grade levels to benchmark academic progress and assist in student placement, and are a useful tool. One concern with Common Core is that it may try to install a one size fits all model. We’re not all created equal, but the politically correct folk have been trying to ignore that reality for a while and may see Common Core as a means to that end. I mean, we all must have equal inputs and outcomes, right?

I’d like to be reassured that Common Core does not attempt to eliminate multi tracking.

Napoleon December 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Funny how a population that can’t seem to help exposing every mundane aspect of their lives on social media get up in arms over a camera seeing what’s visable to everyone on a public highway.

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