Common Core critics are guided by the facts

Sep 19, 2014 by

By ANN MARIE BANFIELD –

A recent Monitor editorial, “Myths guiding opposition on Common Core,” (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 22) expresses the same patronizing position other supporters have taken when addressing the opposition to Common Core.

Since most of the opposition has come directly from parents and teachers, one has to ask, does the editorial staff believe they are stupid?

The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “How the Common Core lost teacher support.” In the article, Peter Greene, who is a teacher, talks about how support for Common Core is dropping like a stone among teachers. He also lists the many reasons for the continued decline among teachers, such as the horrible core-aligned curriculum that they say causes children to suffer.

We’ve seen numerous examples of developmentally inappropriate math assignments for young children that child psychologists, teachers and parents have rightfully criticized. If a young child’s brain is not developed to think abstractly and yet the math standards call for abstract thinking in the early years, all they’ve done is set the child and teacher up for failure.

Speaking of teachers, this entire reform effort has teachers as the scapegoat. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pulled No Child Left Behind waivers if states were unwilling to tie a teacher’s evaluation to the standardized tests. This has made the problem of high-stakes testing an even bigger problem.

Parents throughout the country have researched Common Core, and it’s insulting to imply that they are “misguided.” Teachers are on the front lines dealing with these new standards and tests, and it’s insulting to imply that they are misguided, too.

via My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts | Concord Monitor.

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