Saturday, January 11, 2014

Common Core test are too rigorous???

Arne Duncan is the "Common Core Crusader" and is the CCSS biggest champion, but at a conference of educational leaders he over stated his real feeling towards parents concerns and worries over the Common Core. 

"white suburban moms" were rising up against the Core simply because its more rigorous tests meant they were being told "their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were." Arne Duncan
Article on Common Core Short Fall and Arne Duncan ! 

"The riff wasn't all that different from Duncan's usual words of support for the Common Core. He often says states have "dummied down standards" and insists officials need to tell students the truth about just how smart they are. But as soon as he named "white suburban moms" as part of the problem, his refrain became the gaffe heard 'round the mom-blogger world." Huff Post 

As a former Cross Categorical K-12 Special Education Teacher I know that ALL children are brilliant, if we design test that measure creativity, perseverance, compassion, curiosity, audacity, defiance, desire, and so many "unmeasured domains" of humanities brilliance, these are the true qualities of success and happiness.

My belief is the Common Core adoption is a poorly conceived top down 
arbitrary mandate, truly unfunded or underfunded, and its rollout is poorly conceived and implemented across schools. It is the wrong solution as implemented because at its heart is more high stakes testing, lack of teacher training,  and high stakes testing that require years and years of high quality enriched curriculum. We have cut billions from school budgets and now schools have to spend what little they do have on unproven one size fits all published text and curriculum? 

"The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English and math at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter two or four year college programs or enter the workforce." Wiki 

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