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Common Core: What's Hidden Behind the Language

everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:40 AM
The Common Core are Standards, not curriculum. Think strategy and tactics. In other words they tell you we want you to cover this, how you cover it is up to you. I think many on these boards who complain about the touchy-feely nature of schools will take heart in their requirement of using text for arguments and not feelings.
LeishaC Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:10 PM
"Tactics, comrade, tactics"
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:19 PM
Leisha, exactly. That is what you and your team members or you yourself, or your state should be working on - the tactics, lessons of your choice that fit the strategy. i.e. YOUR OWN curriculum map! Not CCSS's YOURS!
LeishaC Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:24 PM
If it were mine, I could choose my own textbook, teach the texts I choose and I promise you, my students would outperform most. I resent bureaucrats in federal, state, and county education deciding what that is. You may live in happyland where all your higher-ups are pure as the snow and not driven by a political agenda.

I have 10 years teaching in college prep private schools. I had to teach to standards. The last school I was in was looking at adopting CCSS. But it's not folly to suggest that these standards will be used to bully states, districts and teachers into adopting a common curriculum at some point. That frog isn't boiled all at once, you know.
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:29 PM
That again, is your state and district.
In my district I either choose my own texts for electives or with other teachers choose the text for the course (money is the reason why we have to choose one text).

Yes, but the leading countries in the world have common curriculum. Finland in the last two years has gone away from federal control but that is after 30 years of stricter control than anything the US has ever seen.

These ELA standards are simply better than most state standards.
LeishaC Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:48 PM
Finland is the size of what, California? It's not fair to compare US schools to other countries. First, sheer size. Second, cultural mix. It's not hard to have common standards when you have a small, homogenous population.

I just happen to believe, from my experience in public and private schools, that in America, the most local control is best. See my post below about overgrown bureaucracries for the rest.

Conservatives are in an uproar over Common Core, an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 46 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers.

Superficially, it sounds good. It creates universal standards that supposedly educate all children for college. But along with the universal standards come a myriad of problems, which the administrators of Common Core are disingenuously denying....