Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
So another teacher and I were working on the new report cards and rubrics we have to use next year. We're switching from grading by averaging percentages and giving F, D, C, B, As to using rubrics to give 1, 2, 3, 4s (since "averaging grades is evil"). So we were looking at a rubric for math calculations and noticed that "composing a 10" (i.e. regrouping, borrowing a 10, etc.) was on it. We (both of us with 10+ years of teaching) thought that was too difficult for 6 year olds to grasp. So we put it as a "4" instead of a "3". (The 3 is considered "on level" and the 4 is considered "above level".) When our administrator came back to see how we did with the rubrics, we told him about moving that concept up to a 4. He said we cannot do that because it's part of Common Core standards. If they say it is the standard, then we must teach to that standard. Therefore, almost all first graders will be getting a 2 in that area because that concept is way too hard for the average 6 year old to grasp. Fun times!
Oh yeah --- they also have to write out the step-by-step process of how they got the answer to math word problems.
And have I mentioned that they don't have to learn to count money or use a ruler?
Last edited by Josie; 12-07-13 at 10:25 PM.
And, if the 6 year olds don't get it, it means that they're mathematically illiterate, and it's the teacher's fault.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?