Hot button topic right now = Common Core. I’ve seen and heard numerous discussions about Common Core curriculum, ranging from “what is it?” to parents keeping their kids home from school on November 18 in a show of solidarity against these standards. All in all, people are hearing and saying these two words everywhere.
The term Common Core is short for Common Core State Standards Initiative. Per CommonCore.org, the mission statement is as follows
To provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
As parents of children in schools that are implementing these standards (and teachers as well), many of us would disagree that there are any benefits to this curriculum in our schools – it’s stressing out kids and teachers and basing everything on standardized test scores. But don’t take my word for it. The following videos are circulating across Long Island via Facebook and You Tube, documenting parents and teachers speaking out in forums this past week to Commissioner King (regardless of your position on this issue, the videos are worth a watch).
In the following videos, you will see teachers, parents and community activists speaking out against Common Core to the panel at the NYSED forums at Ward Melville and Mineola High Schools late last week.
Melisssa McMullen, a teacher in the Comsewogue school district
Ali Gordon, mom to four kids and Comsewogue Board of Education Trustee
Beth Dimino, PJSTA President
Here are two other videos (my apologies that I don’t know the exact names/roles of the speakers, but they are worth watching).
4th Grade Teacher
NYS adopted Common Core on July 19, 2010 and this school year, 2013-2014, is the first full school year of its implementation.