Agreed. I’ve been told over and over again that this train has left the station. That’s tough to hear. However, the standards themselves are pretty benign or harmless, really. I’ve read them and honed specifically on fifth grade because that’s where I have the most experience. Nothing earth shattering. It’s what will be done with them that could be the problem. If you backward map from a test, then teaching to the test is all that you will ever get. At the same time, I’ve been told that with good standards and good tests, it shouldn’t matter how much teaching you do to it because it’s a worthwhile goal in and of itself. But there is so much that’s good about teaching and education that allows for creativity, individual judgment, improvisation, and pursuing topics of interest. Even now, without the Core, folks feel restricted and limited. With a Core, of which teachers will be held more strictly accountable based on test scores, teaching to a test and narrow set of metrics will continue unabated.
@anthonycody urges us not to be divided on the #commoncore
May 7, 2012 By 2 Comments