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What do you say to parents about why you value the Common Core?

Nov 12, 2013 11:19pm

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    • Nov 13, 2013 6:06pm

      I don't believe a single parent ever asked me about the state standards of New Hampshire. I don't think a parent would ever ask me that. It is always "How is my child doing in your class?" or, "What do you think my child should focus on?" or "Could you give my child extra help?" Parents usually only care about their child, and not usually my job or its responsibilities.

      • Dec 14, 2013 10:05am

        Truthfully, I am not sure that most parents even are aware that things are changing in education. I have talked to a handful of parents in an effort to prepare them for the shifts that are coming, but I don't think we will experience their reactions until the testing reveals the difficulties their students are facing. I post interesting articles that pertain to parents as to how they can help their students to prepare for Common Core. Where I am exerting most of my efforts is with my students. I am preparing them in a plethora of areas, including the shift to higher lexile levels, but I am really emphasizing metacognition, work ethic, and technology skills. My 6th grade students cannot type, use Microsoft word, or search the Internet with any degree of proficiency. As a language arts teacher, I feel that I have to delve into these areas as well as teach the fine art of literature. There is so little time.

        • Dec 15, 2013 2:57pm

          I don't value the Common Core. I value the students.

          • Nov 16, 2013 10:16am

            I'd respond by emphasizing that what matters most is that their children get an excellent education. Good pedagogy is not limited to this or that textbook or program, but results from an informed and intelligent application of basics. I'd say that if Common Core contains materials that help their children master the skills that they will need for the next step, then that is good. If it has weak points (and surely it does) then I'd point out that I plan to supplement from other resources (like the Teaching Channel!)

            • Nov 25, 2013 12:07pm


              All students deserve to be successful! If all teachers align instruction to the Common Core and use Universal Design for Learning to help students achieve those goals, they will have opportunities in life they would not have otherwise. How can parents argue with that?

              I stand by the Core.


              • Dec 17, 2013 6:24am

                I have had parents ask, but they don't know what they're asking exactly...they've just stated that they heard the new standards are controversial and are concerned. I reassure parents that our school switched to Common Core about two years ago and the students are still learning everything they need to know. We mapped the standards to Indiana Standards and make sure we cover both! :) On the K level is has been MOSTLY wording or digging a little deeper--nothing dramatic! :)

                • Jan 25, 2014 9:39am

                  There are a lot of resistance groups budding here in Southern California against Common Core. It is surprising! I have had to defend it probably a dozen times already to non-educators. The impression out there is that Common Core takes away the imagination of the student, forces them to "think" one robotic way, and allows controversial, maybe even perverse literature and text in the curriculum. It is crazy talk!

                  I have been using a lot of articles I find online that defend it. It has been a hard road already. Many, many parents are educating themselves about the Common Core shift and making some noise about it. If you haven't had it happen in your area, be ready!

                  • Jan 27, 2014 10:32am

                    Sarah Brown Wessling wrote a blog post with resources and tips to help you talk to parents about the Common Core. You can find it here: