I have been giving the New York State Education Department’s new Common Core curriculum modules a study over the last few weeks. I see these modules as an insulting scripted curriculum that favors test preparation skills over learning. I teach middle school social studies so new reforms such as the Common Core have not had much of a direct impact on my classroom yet, but as a parent the Common Core and its related high-stakes testing machine has my full attention.
I came across this First Grade curriculum module on Early World Civilizations that I have found troubling. I have my doubts about the historical content of this ELA module. I am putting together a piece I hope to finish soon on the random nature of the history topics contained in the NYSED modules so I will pass on analyzing if the social studies content is appropriate for six year olds for now.
So primary grade educators: I need your help:
What do you think of the vocabulary contained in this unit of study?
PART II of my look at the Common Core modules : Kindergarten CCSS madness? Buckle up Robin!
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