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How Common Core Standards Kill Creative Teaching | Opinion | US News & World Report

How Common Core Standards Kill Creative Teaching | Opinion | US News & World Report | Common core | Scoop.it

I once saw an eighth grader who was on the verge of being tossed out of his middle school even though he was one of the brightest kids there. When asked why he was failing, he said, “Why should I be doing the same frickin' thing since I was in third grade?" Another student I heard about could comprehend the whole "Harry Potter" series before she was 11 and read two novels a week, yet thinks she “sucks at English” because she is more nuanced in her thinking than the questions on standardized tests allow. She learned to hate reading.

 

Why did this happen to them? The answer lies in the drive to commonize education.

 

At first glance, the curriculum standards known as Common Core look appealing. Who could be against improved critical thinking and communication skills or more progressive, student centered teaching? Who could be against collaborative thinking and reflective learning or being "college and career ready"?

 

 

But as teacher-blogger Jose Vilson, puts it, "People who advocate for the [Common Core standards] miss the bigger picture. ... [They] came as a package deal with the new teacher evaluations, higher stakes testing, and austerity measures, including school closings." The Common Core is just the last of a series of politicized and incentivized business models inappropriately being applied to education.

 

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Nicole Nico's curator insight, October 30, 2014 2:06 AM

This article had interesting information about common core that if it's true it's sad to hear. Talking about the fact that when common core was created no k-12 teacher was involved in the creation of the program.

Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:57 AM

I believe the common core is a new set of curriculum standards.  I am positive that through years of trial and error, their will be facets changes to the common core that will help smooth it out a curriculum.  Teachers and educator should start looking at the positives of the common core and not the negatives.

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The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends | Common core | Scoop.it

It seems that each day you hear something else about the Common Core. This post explores "five myths about the new standards and shows what the standards really entail."

The five legends are listed below. Each is explained in detailed in the post.

Legend 1: The new standards prohibit teachers from setting purposes for reading or discussing prior knowledge.

Legend 2: Teachers are no longer required to teach phonological awareness, phonics, or fluency.

Legend 3: Teachers are no longer required to teach phonological awareness, phonics, or fluency.

Legend 4: Teachers must teach students at frustration levels.

Legend 5: Most schools are already teaching to the new standards.


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Is Common Core Ruining Gym Class? | Madeleine Cummings Blog | Slate Magazine

Is Common Core Ruining Gym Class? | Madeleine Cummings Blog | Slate Magazine | Common core | Scoop.it

 

When Judy Schmid, a gym teacher at Jacobsville Elementary School in Pasadena, Md., teaches her students how to bowl, she has them score games manually, even though most modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring. Kids count fallen pins, show their calculations on worksheets, play number games, and by the end of one 30-minute gym class, they’ve done a lot more than knock down a few pins—they’ve knocked off several Common Core math skills too.

 

Yes, even gym teachers are under pressure to teach to the controversial new Common Core standards, which are reshaping teaching and learning (not to mention political alliances) across America. The Common Core calls for cross-disciplinary teaching and the reinforcement of foundational English and math skills in not only core academic subjects, but in art, music, and gym as well. Test-score-conscious school principals, in turn, see any extra math and reading practice as a way of helping children perform better on the all-important standardized tests that increasingly determine the fate of their schools. Who needs exercise when gym class can serve as yet another 45-minute opportunity for teachers to shoehorn in vocabulary and multiplication drills?

 

The Common Core’s growing influence over courses widely perceived as more elective than academic speaks to a central tension as the controversial standards take effect in 46 states across the country: If done well, the Common Core should inspire instructors to work in a much more collaborative and creative fashion across subject areas. But if done poorly, untrained and frustrated teachers can wind up feeling forced to teach skills and lessons they don’t fully understand, and students suffer. In this sense, the success—or failure—of this unprecedented expansion of academic content into gym class can be seen as a barometer for the health and well-being of the entire Common Core.

 

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Legislation filed to repeal Common Core in Tennessee

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get…

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 28, 2012 9:18 AM

A quick overview that may help bring a better understanding of the reason for the Common Core State Standards as well as the reason for them.

CurieSPK1's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:44 PM

Great video.  Does it clarify some things?  You be the judge!

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http://unfilteredpatriot.com/common-core-new-film-promises-to-throw-the-curtain-back/

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You want uncensored news? You got it from Dr. Duke Pesta. He is anit-common core and what he tells you will blow you away. 

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