Recorded at the Knox County School Board Regular Meeting November 6, 2013 Share this video and spread the message: we will not accept these issues with educa...
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I found this link on YouTube while browsing for different opinions on the common core, and this one being about a Tennessee high school student, Ethan Young, who gave a speech at the Knox County School Board Meeting expressing his arguement against the common core curriculum. He begins the speech by describing the definition of common core, and stating that the standards are made to be rigorous, but the speaker then says that “...rigorous is just a buzz word. These standards aren’t rigorous, they are just different.” I immediately paused the video and thought about what he just said, and I definitely agree with him. For example, if you have been doing 2 + 2 your whole life by counting on your fingers, and then the system changed and no longer were you allowed to count on your fingers, but now you have to set up an array and an equation to solve the problem. The answer doesn’t change, the approach does, and this different approach is what many may feel is “rigorous” because one has to change his or her method of understanding information, when in fact the information isn’t any harder, the approach is what makes it difficult.
When the TN student said “the task of teaching is never quantifiable,” I felt that he really understood the teacher's lifestyle because it is really easy to measure success in other professions. For example, a surgeon's success might be measured by the number of successful operations. It’s hard to measure teaching in a classroom, when students learn “creativity, appreciation, and inquisitiveness, they are impossible to scale, but they are the purpose of education.” It was interesting when he said this because it made me realize that yes, students do learn math, science, art, and so on, but some of the most valuable skills are not measured by exams. In today’s society, and with common core, the focus is to prepare students for college and become competitive and valuable to the working and international world. As much as this is true, I personally agree with the speaker when he says that we teach to inspire. Our role in the classroom is to inspire students to strive for success in whatever they want most, and once they are inspired, that inspiration will drive them to become successful and obtain jobs, if that’s where their futures lead. But we don’t know the future, and teaching using common core, we don’t know if those skills will be necessary by the time those students graduate.
Lastly, I realized that with our society obsessively collecting data on the students' and teachers' performance, this has damaged the joy of education. Constantly implementing new models to gain more test results takes away from the interactive time with students, peers, and teachers. Teachers have become more focused on making sure that students are getting all the information they need to pass standardized tests, and students are being overloaded with copious amounts of information in a short period of time. From what I remember, elementary school used to be fun.