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Student offers opinion on Common Core

A 7th grade math teacher posted the following on social media:

Here is a note left on a district performance task showing student opinion on CCSS.

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The teacher adds:

With the Smarter Balanced Assessment, students have to do a performance task piece.  It’s a multilayered word problem.  Part of what they want is for students to justify/explain their answer and one way they can do that is by showing it another way.  This is a great kid who left feeling stupid and frustrated because of the wording of CCSS questions.

 

Why is Common Core creating students who are confused when these standards were supposed to be clearer?  The proponents will say it’s an implementation issue.  Opponents say that if education delivery is not working for students, then it is incumbent upon the professionals to change the delivery of the curriculum which is tailored to a common set of standards and assessments.   The proponents will say that’s ridiculous.  But remember what Bill Gates who has invested over $3 Billion for the standards said:

 

 

 

From Bill Gates “Explains” Common Core:

Gates opens with CCSS as “not a curriculum” and that CCSS does not “tell teachers how to teach.” Nevertheless, according to his 2009 speech to legislators, Gates anticipates that CCSS will lead to curriculum and assessments that set teachers at the mercy of “market forces”:

When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better. [Emphasis added.]

 

By stating ‘Common Core is confusing to kids’ is this student saying that the product designed for a large base of customers based on unvalidated standards written by NGOs is not appropriate for authentic education?  The man who has the money has the power.  So how do proponents wrap their minds around Bill Gates’ vision for tests aligning to standards and curriculum?  He can’t easily be dismissed as being ‘misinformed’.

Is Common Core really for better education, ‘critical thinking’ or is this just a public/private partnership for the venture capitalists that taxpayers are obligated to pay for with nary a vote?  Maybe that’s the real aspect of Common Core to hate.

 

Published December 20, 2014

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