In case you didn’t see a previous post, I stumbled into this controversy by accident. Since then, I have found that common core is striking a lot of nerves. In fact there is a divide splitting America’s educational system in two. I’m being blunt and non political. It is split between those who love children, and those who love a cause….
What I’ve found is that those who love children, primarily teachers, parents, and some administrators, are finding the new Common Core Standards are confusing, dumbing down, and making our kids hate learning. Those who are lost in this cause, call these damages collateral, and point to the theoretical good that could occur if this trend is pursued more harshly…. To this those who love children are saying “stop”; you are hurting them. Those in love with the cause, are saying, “hurt is good; no pain, no gain.”
And that is the overview of the common core controversy as I see it right now. That pretty well sums it up, right?
In no order here is stuff going on right now. Keep in mind, what you here is between those who love children, and those who love a cause.
Aspen Colorado, a Gate’s supported school written in the WSJ, can’t keep teacher more than 4 years, and scores once touted as rising, are now falling.
Alabama last week announced it was withdrawing from the two consortia developing tests aligned with the common core.
Utah withdrew from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium last year,
In Indiana, a Republican member of the Senate education committee, introduced legislation that would require the state to drop the common standards. Mr. Schneider said that the standards are inferior to Indiana’s prior academic-content standards, and that the common core has frustrated legislators because it was adopted behind a “veil of secrecy” and without good estimates of its financial costs.
Legislators previously desperate for federal cash attached to the standards, he said, are “just becoming alerted to what’s going on.
Seattle Teachers boycott the state testing.
And in Texas was recently formed. The Mothers Against Drunk Testing.
There you go. Just some. As you can see, it is not overpaid union teachers who are the only ones up in arms against Common Core…. It is parents, mostly leading the charge….
So why are these parents getting in the way of the cause to make our education world class? What is wrong with them?
Perhaps they love their kids a little more than they love the cause?