Purpose and Process

Our Purpose and Process:

Our process started with a discussion of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. We asked participants to answer the question, "Why do you oppose the CCSSI?" From there we methodically discussed the various points of  common opposition and their nuances in an attempt to discover our alliance and our limitations. Our goal was to construct a clear and concise statement of what we oppose and support about current education reforms in an attempt to form a succinct message that could cut across the political spectrum and reach the majority of American parents, teachers, and students. Our hope is that the work we have completed here will be a message that Stop Common Core efforts nationwide can endorse and utilize.

Considering the fact that the CCSSI is currently the most prominent education reform taking hold in our nation, our first discussion asked members to tell us their thoughts about “Why they oppose the Common Core.” When the discussion was completed we analyzed the comments and boiled it down to common themes ranked by the number of times they were mentioned and “liked”. The top ranking themes became our starting point for discussion boards that helped to define our alliance.

Our second discussion explored "Standardization and Conformity; their effects on teaching and learning." With this specific question: “What does this mean to you in relation to your opposition to a national curriculum?” This was chosen as our first discussion because it was our #1 point of common opposition to CCSS from discussion #1, and our most vague point. We wanted to better define the concept. What is standardization? How does it affect education? How is it used in the CCSS initiative? Is it harmful overall? Our third discussion explored High-stakes testing and P-20 Student Databases (SLDS). The question we discussed was phrased this way, "-High Stakes Assessments and Student Databases: Do you oppose these elements of current national education reform initiatives? Why or why not?"

Each discussion summary was saved until we completed the points of discussion phase. During this phase, we constructed two or three paragraph summaries of the discussions and then put these paragraphs to the whole group to revise. When we finalized the wording we put it forward to a group vote for agreement. This body of information was used to pound out a tag line as quick and catchy as "college and career readiness," and a clear and concise statement of opposition and our rationale behind these statements.

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