This is an actual page out of the Desoto County Schools new Common Core Math Curriculum, authored by Asst. Supt Jennifer Weeks and staff. This is only one of many reasons that we should be concerned about Common Core, textbooks and the leadership of our Assistant Superintendent. Is this really the more rigorous standards or work they speak of?!! Is this work the reason “she is the Boss of EVERYONE”?! And we wonder why our kids aren’t learning anything.
She got rid of Spelling from the Curriculum. She is getting rid of Grammar from the curriculum. She has thrown Reading, Writing, Grammar and Spelling into one subject, Language Arts. We have a VERY limited amount of textbooks and in most cases, Z-E-R-O! Teachers have no manuals. Teachers do not get ample or appropriate professional development training. All important training, in great locales, are only open to the Supper Club. In the last 5 years alone and under her direction, the district has paid for OVER 25 new programs, curricula and testing methods. She pushed 3 Assistant Superintendents, 1 Chief Academic Officer, 1 Specialist and 2 of her “supposed” BFFs out the front door of the county office and into a “Have Not” School or into retirement from the district. Our schools have fallen from an ALL STAR rated district to a “B” district (and that rating was padded by MDE to make us look better as proven in the email correspondence between MDE and Ryan Kuykendall). ALL TEACHERS WERE FORCED to take a pay cut a year ahead of all of the other teachers in the state, BUT she was given a raise that year! This led up to and resulted in a $62,000 RAISE over 3 years! Now we need not forget about her husband Donnie Weeks, who was promoted that same year. He went from teaching Driver’s Ed to becoming the Horn Lake High School Athletic Director. This means a possible increase in pay of $25,000 or more.
I may not have a BA, a Master’s Degree, PhD or Specialist degree in education or mathematics, but let me write a mathematical story for you, using the directions given in the example.
The school board approved a pay raise for Jennifer! Jennifer was making $91,085.89 in 2010. Her pay in 2013 is $153,000. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Academic Education. Jennifer is married to Donnie. Donnie made $38,473.98 in 2010 as the Driver’s Education teacher. Donnie was promoted to the position of Athletic Director at Horn Lake High School. He was promoted the same year as Jennifer. Directors in DeSoto County make between $65,000 to $85,000/year. Using “critical thinking” and Common Core State Standards, what can we infer from this story?
$91,085.89 + $38,473.98 = $129,559.87 = Total 2010 Gross Income for Jennifer and Donnie
$153,000 + $65,000 = $218,000 = Total 2013 Gross Income for Jennifer and Donnie
$218,000 – $129,559.87 = $88,440.13 = Total Pay Raise for the Weeks Household from 2010 to 2013
We can infer that our elected figure head loves Jennifer and Donnie because they were given almost $90,000 in raises when everyone else had their pay taken away by force. Now I could cut out some pictures in magazines, cut and paste them on paper or draw some diagrams to tell this mathematics story, but I see no need to rub salt in the wounds of those who were not on the receiving end. I think it is clear, whether I write it, spell it out, show my work or add some pretty pictures, that this does not add up! This makes as much sense as the work shown above in the DCS curriculum authored by Jennifer Weeks. At least my story is factual and my numbers add up. And even if Donnie’s salary is off a little bit, in the words of our Common Core cheerleaders, all that matters is that I showed my work, my thought process and wrote a lengthy explanation using words and numbers to summarize my problem with Common Core and our Assistant Superintendent.