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Alliance for Childhood Alliance calls for withdrawal of proposed national standards for young children

Kudos to the Alliance, the one professional organization standing up for children.

From the Alliance for Childhood

WE HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS about the core standards for young children now being written by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The proposed standards conflict with compelling new research in cognitive science, neuroscience, child development, and early childhood education about how young children learn. . . .

Read the rest of the statement.

Look at the names of signers. They are people you respect. Thank them.

An urgent call to action: Most Americans are unaware of the profound threat to healthy early childhood education posed by the Kâ12 "core standards" announced on March 10 by the NGA and CCSSO. Public comment on these national standards will close on April 2, an appallingly small window. The time to act is now.

Whatâs wrong with the standards: Existing state standards for kindergarten and the early grades have already ramped up rote learning, didactic instruction, and standardized testing and nearly driven out hands-on active learning and play. The new standards will intensify these inappropriate and unhealthy practices. Read moreâ¦

The Allianceâs position: We call for the withdrawal of the proposed Kâ3 standards and for the creation of a new consortium of scientists, master teachers, and school leaders to develop appropriate guidelines for early care and education based on solid research and knowledge of children from birth through age eight. Read our statement on the standards, signed by hundreds of leading educators and health professionals. [pdf file]

What you can do:

1. Familiarize yourself with the proposed standards for K-3.

2. Go to www.corestandards.org and fill out the feedback survey at the bottom of the page. Under the language arts and math standards for Kâ5 select "Remove or entirely rewrite." In the comment boxes say that you want the standards withdrawn, and tell your story. They need to know that thousands of parents, grandparents, and teachers want an active education for our young children.

3. Tell your colleagues, family, and friends to express their own views before the April 2 deadline. Write a letter to the editor urging your fellow citizens to take action.

4. Tell your own governor, chief state school officer, and state early childhood specialists about the need to reject the proposed Kâ3 standards. Click on the links in this section to find the addresses of your state officials. Let your voice be heard.

— Alliance for Childhood
Call to arms


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