defending the early years

Are you concerned about Common Core?  Do you have questions on its appropriateness and effect on the youngest children?  If so, you will want to refer to this website, Defending the Early Years.  From the introduction:

Defending the Early Years (DEY) seeks to rally educators to take action on policies that affect the education of young children. The principal goals of the project are:
  • To mobilize the early childhood community to speak out with well-reasoned arguments against inappropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices.
  • To track the effects of new standards, especially those linked to the Common Core State Standards, on early childhood education policy and practice.
  • To promote appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms and support educators in counteracting current reforms which undermine these appropriate practices.

The site contains an early childhood activist toolkit that parents will want to access for handouts and information on why Common Core is not appropriate.  From DEY Position Paper – Standards and Testing for Young Children.

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The CCSSO/NGA  omitted from record the letter from 500 early childhood professionals who objected to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  The private non-governmental organizations only published those individuals and organizations agreeing with the Initiative.  The original letter can be found here:

Alliance For Childhood “Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health And Education Professionals On Common Core”

The following letter illustrates the concerns about Common Core for young children in March 2010 and details how the CCSSI adoption circumvented process for public comment.  To give you an idea on how rushed this process was, the draft proposal for the standards was released on March 10, 2010 and comments were to be received by April 2, 2010.

From (click on graphic to enlarge):


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Be sure to visit Defending the Early Years website for early childhood educators’ research and findings on why the Common Core State Standards for young children is developmentally inappropriate and harmful.


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