Can we fix Common Core Standards?

This is a really interesting article.  The following quote will give you an idea of the whole:

     “NEA has been called upon to oppose the standards.  It would be simpler just to listen to the detractors from the left and the right who oppose the standards.  But scuttling these standards will simply return us to the failed days of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), where rote memorization and bubble tests drove teaching and learning.  NEA members don’t want to go backward; we know that won’t help students.  Instead, we want states to make a strong course correction and move forward.”

You can access the full article by clicking the below link:

http://neatoday.org/2014/02/19/nea-president-we-need-a-course-correction-on-common-core/

 

 

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8 responses to “Can we fix Common Core Standards?”

  1. Gordon Kayhart says :

    In discussing the state of the Common Core Standards with a faculty member, I asked how his current curriculum stacks up. Here is the gist of his reply: [our team has put together a curriculum that substantially exceeds the new standards. You have to understand that Common Core is in place to raise, on a national level, the minimum common denominator, for all students.]

    At BHS, for instance, the “team” consists of those teachers that have the honors classes, or the “team” consists of those teachers that have the non-honors classes. Each team develops their own curriculum. They have their own resources, materials they may have put together over many years, which does not necessarily come from the Admin Center or even from the department heads.

    So, on a national, state, district or school level, curriculum will vary significantly, based on how each team or teacher compiles their course of study that is expected to impart the knowledge and skills of the student to meet and/or exceed the Common Core Standard.

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    • cldouty says :

      Your last paragraph speaks to my question perfectly.

      “So, on a national, state, district or school level, curriculum will vary significantly, based on how each team or teacher compiles their course of study that is expected to impart the knowledge and skills of the student to meet and/or exceed the Common Core Standard. ”

      1. Is the district providing our teachers the resources they need to teach to the new standards?

      2. Should our teachers be responsible for developing their own curriculum?

      3. What is the role of our Executive Director of Education and Director of Curriculum?

      4. Are our teachers receiving the training they need for any new curriculum implemented as a result of the new standards?

      5. How are we preparing the students for the new PARCC assessment which is supposed to assess whether or not they are mastering the new standards?

      I applaud the BHS teacher who stated: “our team has put together a curriculum that substantially exceeds the new standards.” I believe my 4 children would be receiving an excellent education with or without the new standards, because of those teachers who have taught them at McGee, Jane Addams & BHS.

      However, the reality is that only 37% of seniors were college ready in 2013. Something is not working.

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      • Anonymous says :

        The real question is- why are we paying a College and Career Readiness Consultant (who doesn’t have a degree in Education) a sum of $50,000 a year?

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      • Colleen Douty says :

        I don’t think you need to have a degree in Education to understand College and Career Readiness. As a parent and a person who has a Masters degree, I feel very able to understand what my children need to accomplish to be ready for college.

        Maybe this person has a special skill-set or knowledge base that you are not aware of? I think your comment is too vague. Be more specific and maybe we can come up with an answer together.

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