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  •  One of the differences between the ER (2+ / 0-)
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    And the classroom is that most of us spent 16+ years in the classroom and fall too easily into the trap of thinking we know how teaching should work as a result. A lifetime of baseball watching doesn't make you into an MLB player, but somehow that's not the comparison people make.

    OTOH, that shared experience does give us each some anecdotal points of reference.

    I'm very curious to hear your thoughts on the Common Core.  Reactions among teacher friends are very mixed. When I hear people who are committed to it or were involved in the development talk about the rationale and the goals, it all sounds good.  But then I read other things that make it sound stifling and boring.

    It's interesting to hear your thoughts on how teaching to the test infiltrates even AP classes. I remember AP American History as the class that taught me the most about reasoning and constructing an argument, and also did the most for my writing.

    IB does seem to avoid some of the traps   My kids are in a 7-12 school that does IB middle years (with adjustments and compromises to meet state standards) and then diploma for 11th and 12 th.  it's a public school that's selective but committed to recruiting a range of students, not just the top kids. I find the level of work quite impressive -- lots of emphasis on reasoning, writing, building argument, examining evidence. Seems to require a lot of commitment from the teachers, so I'm not sure how scalable it is.  But most education seems to be headed in exactly the opposite direction, which I'd very depressing.

    •  not a fan of common core (9+ / 0-)

      but it will take too long to explain here why

      let it suffice to say that neither teachers nor the relevant professional associations were properly involved in the original drafting

      and the thrust is moving towards high stakes tests based on common core which will further pervert education

      lots of problems within common core, including the assumption that all students mature across all domains at the same pace, which is an even greater perversion of what we know about human growth and development than already exists in our cohort approach to education

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:35:58 PM PST

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      •  I'd rec this comment a thousand times if I could. (4+ / 0-)
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        teacherken, jayden, JanL, LarryNM

        Here's an excellent, recent, anecdotal diary by kavips on Common Core's failings in english.

        "You do not have to be good...You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." -Mary Oliver

        by hwy70scientist on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:44:10 PM PST

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      •  And if the common core standards are inadequate, (1+ / 0-)
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        how do we go about changing them?  Where is the authority that created them?  HOw do we provide feedback, unwanted though it is, of course.

        An example of how inadquate CCSS are, in elementary school in language arts/English and even in the art curricula, there is no mention of audio-visual medium, e.g. film and video - methods of production, aesthetics, nothing - not even a mention, in the 21st century?

        Quite an oversight, I would say.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:10:16 AM PST

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      •  Another Common Core ripple... (0+ / 0-)

        combined-grade classes in our district's elementary schools are being ditched.

        Not because of any evidence against their success or benefits... the discussion that brought the combined-classes into being in the first place had a lot of discussion around what would be educationally superior... but because the new Common Core based-materials our district will be using only come in single-grade chunks.  (as opposed to the 2/3 and 4/5 curriculum choices that were previously available to our teachers.)

        And here we'd been so thrilled when my daughter, who has autism, made it to 2nd grade into a 2/3 class because we could count on the default being a two-year experience with the same teachers and a relatively stable cohort of classmates for two-years!  Our girl craves stability, sometimes it's the only thing that keeps her going.  We are doing our best to scramble and re-create as much of it for next year as possible, with the help of some amazing teachers.

        And all that fallout doesn't even have anything to do with the Common Core content, just the side effects of the materials structure!!

        If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

        by AnnieJo on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:48:48 AM PST

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    •  The Common Core standard tries to do good (0+ / 0-)

      but is way too vague and is trivial to implement in a manner that "meets the standard" without doing so.  In other words, there are way too many loopholes in the standard for it to actually be useful unlike a real standard like say the RFC standards published by the Internet Engineering Task Force as if they weren't written extremely well you wouldn't be able to even get on this site due to incompatible implementations of the standard.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:08:20 PM PST

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