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  •  Common Core is not the issue (9+ / 0-)

    The common core actually allows for the introduction of primary source material and the English language standards have a lot to say about responding to non-fiction texts and interviews.

    I agree that the principal is misguided but using the Common Core as an excuse to cancel the guest speaker is a non-sequitur.

    I am an arts teacher in my 13th year and I find that the common core standards support the arts . The testing materials, top down dictates, and the programs grifting public money to private companies are wrong but they should not be equated with the standards themselves.

    •  As a once supporter (2+ / 0-)
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      joe from Lowell, OHdog

      of Common Core, I would have to speculate that the different viewpoints supporters and detractors have, is directly related to how close they are to the inner workings of Common Core.

      As an art teacher, you are probably less involved than would be an ELA teacher or math teacher for example....

      Very few of those working closely with Common Core are supportive of this national curriculum. Likewise, very few parents who have studied Common Core can stomach it either.

      •  National curriculum (6+ / 0-)

        It has not been presented to our faculty as a national curriculum. It is a set of goals.

        I see it as everyone agreeing on the destination, but teachers still get to map out how they get there.

        I am very involved with both the ELA and Mathematical Practice Standards. I have a whole new way to justify my theatre program. The first Mathematical Practice standard states. "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them." In theatre, we are presented with problems all the time and have to talk through strategies for solving them.

        What is in the standards that is problematic?
        (Not the testing, the recommended book lists, or the interpretation by ignorant individuals)
        Is there something in the text of the standards that is a problem? (This is a sincere question, not an angry response.)

        I have heard such extreme reaction to Common Core on both ends of the political spectrum, and I don't see the harm in saying that everyone on the fourth grade should learn long division and high school kids should read more non-fiction.

        •  The problem is what is in Common Core (0+ / 0-)

          and with what intensity it is being taught...  It sounds like you are in a good situation where the standards are far away, and offered as an ideal and teachers get to determine in their own way how to reach that ideal....

          My reality is that Common Core is fabricated in cubicles of a company like Pearson, and then is sent in packets per day to be handed out to every student, and that the test at the end of the year, covers absolutely nothing in those packets...

          That is the reality of Common Core.  And I should mention that teacher,s as the diarist shows with his holocaust example, are,  required to teach nothing else but what is in those packets....

          If the packets were good, it would be a whole different ballgame.  But name one thing that corporate sends out, that is good?

          •  That's not how it works. (0+ / 0-)

            Look, this is my career. First of all, standards are not curriculum. Yes, businesses sell curriculum, but would you like to buy curriculum developed by teachers instead? Try .  Current trend is to have teachers work in collaborative groups to design curriculum using a curriculum management app; it provides autonomy and us cheaper for the school.

      •  Couple problems here. (3+ / 0-)
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        1. You seem to think that arts teachers are not subject to the same general initiatives as other subjects. This is not true. One of the things we do is support the curricular and topical goals of other subjects. Why is that ? Well, in music , my area, our national standards recommended by Nafme - a teacher's organization - has relating music to history , culture ,and the other arts and sciences as a value. That's also in our draft to the music common core standards, which we have.

        2. It's not a full curriculum. It's a set of standards. I am pleased to help you understand the difference, ask anything you want.

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