Are Modern CCSS Basal Reading Programs Worse Today?
The Big Problems with Basal Reading Programs: Reading Sage
- Truncated, content edited abridged, dumbed down, literature that is not very deep or interesting
- Mountains of busywork in the form of endless worksheets
- Not enough time spent actually reading real books
- Overly complex differentiation that is logistically impossible to teach in the time allotted or in a real classroom
- Reliance on Non-Socratic scripted nonsense that an untrained semion would find boring and NOT rigorous
- Weak or zero literacy center development
- Word work if any that is weak on Tier 2 and Tier 3 academic vocabulary development
- CCSS Reading curriculum is taught and presented in such a disassociated way from students real interests, passions and talents!
- Over reliance on rebranding, renaming or over complicating best practice
- The reading programs are boring and no fun for the teacher or the students
- Innovation and creativity is replaced or abandoned when the goal is a one size fits all curriculum mentality!
- School districts spending millions on rehashed tired old basal reading curriculum with a shiny CCSS stamp on it!
"The "literacy block" was nothing but WORKSHEETS. I mean TONS of worksheets- there was no actual reading except for 15-20 minutes of guided reading groups (where they did round robin) as the other students rotated through "centers"- which were really just another place for them to fill out yet ANOTHER worksheet." proteacher.net forum