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Why are people so up in arms about the CCSS?

Sep 21, 2013 7:49pm

From my understanding, the purpose is to help all of us across the country (as a cohesive group) provide a better academic foundation for our students. It does seem like more work for the teachers in some sense and not a negative impact on students. I don't understand where parents concerns are coming from. Am I missing something?

  • Common Core


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    • Sep 22, 2013 4:54am

      Thank you both for answering my question. You are right, we have been supplementing to hit the standards our students are to know for so long anyway, often going beyond the curriculum to do so, and curriculum developers are even now updating their curriculums to show the alignments. I am certainly "for" the new standards, considering it will only benefit our education system as a whole. Yes, perhaps fear of the unknown is causing the concerns. I appreciate you sharing.
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      • Sep 22, 2013 5:11am

        I don't think it has anything to do with textbooks, nor might it be a supplement problem. If a core standard is "citing textual evidence to support claims" then it is up to the teacher to develop a lesson plan that accomplishes that, without regard to any resources one may or may not have.

        • Sep 24, 2013 4:13pm

          I think more people are upset about the testing than about the CCSS. The initial information released about the PARCC made it sound very expensive (especially the initial costs of buying all of the additional computers that would be required). In addition, the initial information said it would involve 8 hours of testing per student.

          • Sep 26, 2013 6:27am

            Actually everyone I spoke to is not affraid of the common core, and they feel it was a great idea. The problem is its implementation. Last year they held back only 10% of the failing students and now the students that have been pushed forward are way behind and expected to jump 2 years in math. Try teaching a 6th grader ELa/Math when their at a 3rd grade level, better yet try to teach a student fresh to the United States , that
            doesnt speak english the 6th grade common core, but that is another problem entirely. The best implementation would have been start with 1st grade and have it follow those students each year, rather than, leaving behind the students for the next 3 to 4 years, since thats approximately how long it will take for the students to catch up to the curriculum. Its funny we went from one extreme to the other, No Child Left Behind to Every Child Left Behind. Also, if engage is going to put out modules, which is a resource we have never had in the past, and CMP3 is going to put out rescources on CCLS, why couldn't they have aligned their materials together rather than doing it in different sequences? Although, we have constructed our lessons from nothing but a curriculum in the past, so whats so different. We just read the curriculum and teach towards the new subjects. Math teachers will never fear rigorous math, that is ridiculous, what we fear is incompetant politicians doing things for their own benefit and not caring about the consequences.