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  •  not a fan of common core (9+ / 0-)

    but it will take too long to explain here why

    let it suffice to say that neither teachers nor the relevant professional associations were properly involved in the original drafting

    and the thrust is moving towards high stakes tests based on common core which will further pervert education

    lots of problems within common core, including the assumption that all students mature across all domains at the same pace, which is an even greater perversion of what we know about human growth and development than already exists in our cohort approach to education

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:35:58 PM PST

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    •  I'd rec this comment a thousand times if I could. (4+ / 0-)
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      Here's an excellent, recent, anecdotal diary by kavips on Common Core's failings in english.

      "You do not have to be good...You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." -Mary Oliver

      by hwy70scientist on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:44:10 PM PST

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    •  And if the common core standards are inadequate, (1+ / 0-)
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      how do we go about changing them?  Where is the authority that created them?  HOw do we provide feedback, unwanted though it is, of course.

      An example of how inadquate CCSS are, in elementary school in language arts/English and even in the art curricula, there is no mention of audio-visual medium, e.g. film and video - methods of production, aesthetics, nothing - not even a mention, in the 21st century?

      Quite an oversight, I would say.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:10:16 AM PST

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    •  Another Common Core ripple... (0+ / 0-)

      combined-grade classes in our district's elementary schools are being ditched.

      Not because of any evidence against their success or benefits... the discussion that brought the combined-classes into being in the first place had a lot of discussion around what would be educationally superior... but because the new Common Core based-materials our district will be using only come in single-grade chunks.  (as opposed to the 2/3 and 4/5 curriculum choices that were previously available to our teachers.)

      And here we'd been so thrilled when my daughter, who has autism, made it to 2nd grade into a 2/3 class because we could count on the default being a two-year experience with the same teachers and a relatively stable cohort of classmates for two-years!  Our girl craves stability, sometimes it's the only thing that keeps her going.  We are doing our best to scramble and re-create as much of it for next year as possible, with the help of some amazing teachers.

      And all that fallout doesn't even have anything to do with the Common Core content, just the side effects of the materials structure!!

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:48:48 AM PST

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