I am tired of people criticizing the Common Core.
- Establishing a common framework is meant to help in limiting local costs by not having so many different people duplicating work.
- One set of standards, one set of assessments, and yes, they should NOT be multiple choice.
- The standards should be implemented with thought, depth and rigor.
- Create life long learners and develop critical thinking skills. Students need to learn how to learn and where to find information.
- Teachers can be the guide.
- The key here is the learning will happen from the implementation, not the framework.
An excerpt from Marzano Research Lab about the Common Core Standards:
- These standards demand very high levels of performance from all students, which in turn has significant implications for teaching. Differentiated instruction, integrated instruction, learning by design, and other strategies will need to become commonplace in all classrooms. There is no excuse for at-risk populations failing to achieve along with the rest of the students in school.