How do you feel about the Common Core?

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I’m just curious because I’ve heard many different perspectives.

Personally, I like the fact that the Common Core dumbs everything down to just 10 standards. However, I hate the fact that there is very little information, even on the Common Core Website, on how to properly implement the standards. This leaves districts hurriedly creating new pacing guides and materials that basically equate a shot in the dark.

There is very little information, even on the Common Core Website, on how to properly implement the standards.

I also don’t like that some of the grade-level standards are almost a paragraph long. If you’ve read my last post, you know that I am a fan of simple. I don’t like it when someone takes the concept of  ”writing a personal narrative” and tries to include every tiny skill and method that goes into that process in one standard. After all, I am an educated professional and should know how to teach kids to do that anyways. Give me a one page list of things students should know how to do before moving onto the next grade. This would be more practical, easier for the students (and teachers) to understand, and would help provide this “unity” that the american education system is seeking – which to me, is an unnecessary venture in itself.

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3 thoughts on “How do you feel about the Common Core?

  1. How do I feel?
    1) I am disgusted by the fact that a handful of companies are selling the CC, the books, the pacing guides and the test itself. Greed motive, anyone?
    2) You can’t parse thinking into its tiny component parts and then expect a well integrated, thoughtful “21st century thinker” to emerge.
    Gag.

  2. I have mixed feelings about the CC. As a high school English teacher, I do appreciate that the language arts standards are skill-based rather than content-based, which wasn’t always the case in the state standards. You know, “students will be able to DO __________” instead of “students will have read ____________.” After having a principal tell me once that teaching English is just celebrating old dead guys, I appreciate the official recognition of the skills we English teachers always knew that we taught anyway.

    That being said, I do see flaws with the Common Core system, too. It is hard to swallow the idea that learning standards should be exactly the same across the whole country, without giving thought to the individual needs of a community. Education shouldn’t be a carbon-copied entity.

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