common core curriculum
"I see the Core as a collection of motifs that are integral to what we call the Western tradition," said Natalie Felsen, a
Common Core Standards is the equivalent of a steamed burrito in a plastic pocket--enough nutrition but not enough nutriment. Those who are truly feeding their minds, and those of their children, are not seeking their intellectual calories from what, essentially, are empty warming trays of mystery meat.
But Jindal's own state education superintendent, John White, is incensed. "It is outside the bounds of both our state's laws
Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.
When I heard that a blogger wrote the new book The Perfect Score Project, I thought that maybe -- just maybe -- Debbie Stier can save one child from the miserable test taking experiences I endured during my childhood education.
(RNS) Common Core ... has found an ally in the largest organization of Hispanic Christians in the U.S. Religious and political
Dr. Louisa Moats, the nationally-renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher and author, was one of the contributing writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS initiative is an attempt to deal with inconsistent academic expectations.
I know board members care deeply about public education. But as recently deceased board member Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said about students, and I think you could apply this to the board's relationship with the public: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
The Common Core ELA curriculum does not treat teachers or students with dignity. Lest you think that teachers can afford to ignore the modules, consider this fact. The Race to the Top program requires states to use value added modeling in teacher evaluations.
These critiques puzzle the Core's proponents. "This whole agenda, the Common Core, is pretty much a Republican agenda," said
The argument for most of this is that cursive writing is no longer necessary. In today's high-tech world of smartphones, tablets and computers, many people feel that cursive writing is no longer needed. Unfortunately, there are many side effects of this kind of thinking.
The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.
By requiring 70% of all reading materials to be nonfiction, some teachers worry the new common core may turn kids off of reading altogether. Is fiction undervalued? Community members David Kirkland, Joanne Manaster, Morgan Moss and Stephen Krashen join Marc to discuss.