Will it matter?
Common Core focuses on cognitive skills.
It neglects non-cognitive skills?
Can it succeed with a narrow focus?
Or do students need more?
What order of cognitive skills?
Higher order critical and integrative thinking?
Or drilling in lower order rote regurgitation?
I am talking about what they really teach in practice …
Be careful, Diane. The next thing we know they will be writing standards for social skills. I wonder if we will have to progress monitor them?
We are all abuzz about the Common Core in my Connecticut district. Units are being rewritten and I already have amassed a ream of handouts on it, but I still have no idea how this will be implemented. I think parts of it are good: In math, we will no longer have a curriculum a mile wide and an inch deep. Language arts concerns me with the emphasis on rigor. How can you give beginning and struggling readers rigorous text without frustrating them? I may have to go underground and do my own thing. I do not know what the standardized tests for k-2 will look like. I dread the day they roll those out.
By the time they get around to my subject, an elective foreign language, I fear that it and others like it will have already been completely eliminated from the curricula.
The author, “Wendy Lecker … was staff attorney at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, plaintiffs in a school funding lawsuit in New York.”
Linda Darling Hammond testified on behalf of CFE that students should graduate from high school with reading skills adequate to tackle ballot language.
1. Did Ms. Lecker, CFE, or anyone take that testimony serioiusly?
2. Is CC ELA the best alternative for addressing that testimony?
3. Does Ms. Lecker know of plans to comply with CERD obligations?
4. Are teachers prepared to step up to the claims made by advocates on their behalf?
If the answers are No, Don’t Know, No, and No, we’ve handed profiteers a good argument for privatizing public education.
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