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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

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    Well many states have caps on how much money can be provided for educational costs while at the same time these new mandates being passed down by Race to Top are costly and many of these costs either get passed down in the form of layoffs or local communities voting to fund them through taxes. Teachers never advocated for these costs.
    Good summary.
    There are other unfunded mandates besides the Great Race (to the top), but that's a great example.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

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    IOW, my link shows that they gave to people on both sides of the issue.

    No where near what you tried to dishonestly portray....In fact it was exactly opposite....
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Update!

    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?
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Update!

    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?
    But the common core standards were written by educators who aren't bothered by actually teaching children, you know, so they have oh, so much more expertise than mere classroom teachers. They have advanced degrees, after all (sometimes), as well as political connections.

    And, if the 6 year olds don't get it, it means that they're mathematically illiterate, and it's the teacher's fault.
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    Re: Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    But the common core standards were written by educators who aren't bothered by actually teaching children, you know, so they have oh, so much more expertise than mere classroom teachers. They have advanced degrees, after all (sometimes), as well as political connections.

    And, if the 6 year olds don't get it, it means that they're mathematically illiterate, and it's the teacher's fault.
    I would LOVE to see one of these policy makers have an entire class meet each of those benchmarks and be deemed failures and loose their job if they don't deliver. Better yet, have the court of public opinion deem them worthless and incompetent. I think basing a teachers worth on these high stake tests would be thrown out pretty darn fast

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