Common Core Curriculum
4 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Kim Brown
Scoop.it!

This could be one of the best cases ever made against common core

This could be one of the best cases ever made against common core | Common Core Curriculum | Scoop.it
Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards. Ethan Young, a student at Farragut ...
Kim Brown's insight:

Are we creating robots to fill in the need in the work force and what is the purpose of Education? Some may argue that it is to help develop student’s intellectual abilities. Aristotle said that “the sign of an educated man is that he can entertain an idea without accepting it”. In using Aristotle explanation as a base, I would argue that our children may not have the skill set needed to evaluate varied theories and then make independent analysis because their intellectual abilities are not well developed. Common Core sets the standard and I am hopeful that students can start developing these intellectual abilities by using the Common Core frame of finding solution to problems and then channeling this method into question all the things in their society.  The teachers can help them draw from varied principles in order to achieve this goal. As solution we can return to using music to cement math concepts and art to express opinions. Tying art into the classroom will children express their artistic abilities and children that are artistic learners will not feel isolated. I think that we have to start looking for the benefits in the new standard, and use it to our advantage. As educators we can chose to see the glass half full rather than half empty then we may be better control what our kids learn. Making the lesson fun will achieve both goals. For example in an attempt to cover paragraph structure you may ask kids to write about their favorite vacation. If they have never been on vacation you could tell them to write about their favorite place to go with their parents. Then you could have them make pictures of that particular place. You may want to leave option of the medium of creating the place so the kids so the kids can chose if they want to draw or paint or make a 3D model. What I am saying is that there is room to ensure that we don’t produce robots by encouraging our kids to be individuals while meeting the establish standards of the Common Core.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Brown
Scoop.it!

Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read - Fox News

Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read - Fox News | Common Core Curriculum | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read Fox News Backers of the Common Core Standards Initiative, which was created at the behest of the nation's governors and has since been...
Kim Brown's insight:

Is it fair to judge teachers’ performance based on their ability to adhere to the new standard? I would argue NO. However, we constantly read blogs and articles where teachers complain that they have too much added pressure in trying to meet the standards of the Common Core. From observation in a fourth grade classrooms, I have seen teachers struggle to help children meet the standards. The challenge here is that the students do not have the Common Core foundation so in these later grades the teacher must get them test ready by teaching the concepts they should have mastered in the lower grades plus cover the material for that particular age level. The school principals needs to find practical ways of implementing the new curriculum so the teachers don’t feel as pressured as they currently do. The theme that joy for the teacher is replaced by the constant complain that teaching to the test is a headache. This may further contribute to more teachers leaving the classroom as it is becoming a high stress job. Many teachers feel under-appreciated and pressured.  The big question is whether or not we expect them to provide the solution to all our social problems?  Historically, we have seen education used as a tool to  fix our social issues whether it was the implementation of Kindergarten to get the children off the street or the implantation of Home Economics to make female students better consumers; we have always looked to education to the panacea. The point is what exactly is the teachers’ role in this society? And what is expected of the teacher under the Common Core initiative? Are we really expecting them to just teach to the test and document the data? What about the idealistic notion that many teachers enter the classroom with –believing that they were there to change the lives of their students. From what I see the principals needs to create a balance so that the students can meet the standard while at the same time the teachers may not feel as pressured. It may become easier in a couple years when the students that started Common Core in the Kindergarten reaches higher grades as they would have already met the standards and the teacher can build on what they know rather than trying to teach what they missed plus the standard for that grade.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Brown
Scoop.it!

What does a Common Core curriculum mean to students at risk of being shot? - The Hechinger Report

What does a Common Core curriculum mean to students at risk of being shot? - The Hechinger Report | Common Core Curriculum | Scoop.it
What does a Common Core curriculum mean to students at risk of being shot?
The Hechinger Report
Last month, Terrence Roberts became the fifth student from the same high school in New Orleans to be killed by gunfire in a six-month stretch.
Kim Brown's insight:

 

 

The author asked the question “What are the greatest needs of urban youth and families, and what kind of curriculum can best address them?” After considering all the social and economic factors that impact educatio,n I am interested in knowing how we expect the implementation of the Common Core and NO Child left behind to solve the problems in low income neighborhood. I think that common Core may put these children at a disadvantage. Firstly, we see the emergence in the practice of flipping the classrooms. My daughter's teachers sent her home each Summers with a list of things she needs to master before returning in the Fall. This list includes knowing addition and subtraction facts from 1-20 before starting first grade or knowing the correct way to structure a paragraph before entering the second grade. The child’s ability to master these goal depends on the involvement of the parents and their ability to help their child. The problem arises if there is no one to help the children master these concepts as they will lag behind in the next grade. This method may not be in the best interest of children from low income household as the parents may be very busy with multiple jobs and don’t have time to teach their kids. Some may even argue that they send their kids to school to learn and what are the teachers doing with the six hours that they have that the child still needs to do this much at home.  

The author quoted Dewey “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  If we are looking at Education as life itself, then where is the approach to help alleviate the social problems that these children face daily. These social problem impacts test grades and are played out in the classroom as students may not access to technology at home since the parents are unable to afford the internet. While we have a situation where the kids are doing computer based test and need to have basic mastery of the computer to complete these test. We see computer programs being used as a way of getting kids to be more prepared for standardize  test. The kids with no computers at home are placed at a complete disadvantage as they may not have the means to play these games or read the various articles. My daughter often says Mom this is the website that my teacher say to go on to get the article to do the home work and then I wonder what would a parent do if they get home late and there is no computer at home. Will that child be able to complete his/her Home Work?  Does Common Core an NO Child Left Behind have a practical social for the children in these low income neighborhoods?

I believe that it is possible to tailor the concept to attract the Children from these low income households and maintain a high standards. The principals and teachers need to find innovative ways of working with their student population while using Common Core Standard as a guideline. If we cannot merge both worlds then that could beseen as our failure as educator as we would have failed to do our jobs.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Brown
Scoop.it!

For Critics of Common Core, Educational Folly - ABC News

For Critics of Common Core, Educational Folly - ABC News | Common Core Curriculum | Scoop.it
ksl.com For Critics of Common Core, Educational Folly ABC News Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate...
Kim Brown's insight:

The argument that schools were pressured into signing on to the Common Core State standards is agreed on by  many opposing factors so that leads us to ask if there is any validity in this theory. Well if you dangle money in front of cash starved schools then we can say that they were bribed to sign on. The real concept here is that nothing in life is for free so in exchange for the needed money the school must have traded something in return. From reading various articles we learnt that the teachers will collect data on the kids. We freaked out when we learned that the federal government was collecting data on us and argued that it was a violation of our privacy, but surprisingly data are being collected on our kids and many of us are unaware of that. Many right wing advocates, like Glen Beck, have asked what will be done with this data that are collected on the kids. While there may not be concert answers just yet; we have to wonder if it was best to implement a standard that has never been tested. Many people question whether or not the goals of cooperation should be linked with education, and we may argue that it should not. Well let’s be realistic. The children will be vying for jobs in these corporation after schools, and the corporations will define the standards that they are looking for in order to keep their profit margin high and their companies financially lucrative. Under Common Core we see schools preparing kids so that they can be “job or college ready”. Job ready means that the end of high school students should be at the standards that the cooperations need in order to achieve its goal. This is a two edged sword as children will need to be competitive if they plan to make a living in the new global economy. They must master the test standard set by the federal government if they want to succeed. But is it possible to encourage our children to do both as in maintaining their individuality while still meeting the standards.        

 

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kim Brown
Scoop.it!

Common Core Standards Praised, Rapped at School Committee Meeting - Patch.com

Common Core Standards Praised, Rapped at School Committee Meeting Patch.com The criticism followed a supportive presentation on the Common Core and the new assessment test, PARCC, replacing the NECAP test, by Paula Dillon, director of curriculum...
Kim Brown's insight:

Fuller expressed that “his biggest concern is that the new standards were developed without local input and put in place with little or no public comment.” The Common Core was created by National Governors Association and The Council of State School Officers along with Achieve Inc. (a foundation funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Yes, there were two academic content specialist on the committee. However, because the fact that this policy would have revolutionize the education system I would have expected that more educators would have been involved from the initial process. I think that the teachers are the ones in the trenches, so to speak, so they should be the ones to set the Educational guidelines. The Government and the private sector should not be setting the guidelines for the kids as I think that in order to maintain our doctrine of separation then it should be up to the educators to determine the best education model for our children. Bureaucratic convenience is not the solution to our education problems as there is no one size fits all model when dealing with children. All children have unique culture and diverse experience and this individuality helps to mold the adults that they become. Saying that they need to meet a corporative standard is all good in looking at it from the corporations perspective but what about the best interest of the child? Who determines what is in the best interest of the child anyway?

Abraham Lincoln said that “the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will become the philosophy of government in the next” We let’s review this and see how it relates to Common Core. We know that the children will be tomorrow’s leaders and with Common Core critics claim that the art will be underdeveloped and we cannot all be scientist and doctors as the society need people in all other areas in order to function.  Where are tomorrow’s farmers, butchers and carpenters. As we move toward the centralization of education are we losing some of the basic industries that our society thrives on? If so this one size fits all model needs to be re-evaluated.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Kim Brown from Professional Learning for Busy Educators
Scoop.it!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Addressing the #bullying problem starts with adults

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Addressing the #bullying problem starts with adults | Common Core Curriculum | Scoop.it

"Educators and parents constantly discuss the nature of bullying. Despite the intensity of the focus on children, do we, as adults, focus adequately on our own social behavior?


I was recently the target of bullying. 

While this behavior was upsetting, the reaction of those who were drawn into the situation was even more revealing. The bullying problem so prevalent in school years, often carries on into adult years with little thought given to it because, after all, these are adults. Adults however are the very people who often work with or have children. If adults can’t navigate right from wrong, is it any wonder that this is such a problem with youth today?"


Via John Evans
Kim Brown's insight:

This article brings to the forefront the notion that bullying is an adult problem as well. Some adults are insensitive when interacting with others and they can even be more mean and insensitive than the kids. Well this kind of behavior affects the kids as they emulate the behavior they observed in the adult world. Children often live what they learn and if the live with constant bullying they may be inclined to pattern the behavior.  The problem for teachers occur when they needed to ask these immature and insensitive people to scold their children for bullying others. If you don’t know no better then you are not going to encourage your child to do better.

In an attempt to combat bullying we may need to encourage both adulst and children to be active by-standers and not allow individuals or groups to get away with bullying others. WE need them to understand that standing and pretending that this injustice is not happening may result in violence which could have been prevented.  Regardless of the age group that is doing the bullying we need to keep in mind that the bullies are coward themselves and we must never be afraid to stand-up for ourselves.

 

 

more...
No comment yet.