What do you like and dislike about common core?
Their answers were surprising:
- "I like that students must think critically, but I've been doing that all along as any good teacher does."
- "I don't like the never-ending testing. It leaves less time to teach!"
- "I like teaching math concepts in depth, but it frustrates and confuses some students and their parents."
- "I was happy to hear that standards would be deeper and fewer, but that isn't really the truth. There are more standards and they're just all packaged together."
- "The writing assessments are way over my students' heads. I've taught many grade levels and I know that these writing prompts would be appropriate for older students, but not the younger ones I'm teaching now."
- "I'm having to ignore bad grammar, misspellings, and penmanship to prepare them for the common core writing assessments. That bothers me as an English teacher."
- "I like the idea of every child being on the same level, but that's impossible in real life. Students are not all the same and they will never be."
- "My students will be tested on the computer for writing assessments, but they don't know how to type. We don't have enough computers for students either."
- "I am worried about my SPED students. I heard the new Common Core tests will be brutal for them, and they won't get any accommodations."
- "I wish I could teach more literature instead of non-fiction. I've had to cut great literature that my students used to love and give them non-fiction text that they should be learning in Science or Social Studies classes."
- "The common core training was confusing. The 2 Common Core leaders contradicted themselves and argued in front of us about what was correct under Common Core."
- "I hate that my evaluation is tied to test scores. We haven't transitioned to the Common Core tests yet, so my students are still tested on the old standards. Which should I teach them: the standards they'll be tested on (and will make my evaluation score higher)? or the standards they will need for the future (but will net lower evaluation scores for me)?"
- "I'm grateful that we are given freedom to develop our own lessons, but I've heard teachers in other districts are required to follow scripted lessons. They can't go back and review if students aren't solid because they have to move on to the next lesson on the schedule. I sure hope that doesn't happen in my district!"
- "Every time I hear the word 'rigor' I feel sick. Rigor is just another word for test, test, test."
With these valid concerns that teachers raise, plus the issues that Momma Bears has already written about regarding the testing and violation of student privacy that are inseparable with common core, Momma Bears wants to know:
Are common core standards really the BEST standards we can give our children?