Letter To The Editor: Inferior Common Core Standards are Age-Inappropriate

Those who have pushed back the curtain on Common Core (renamed Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards by Gov. Brewer) know they are inferior. They know they are also age-inappropriate for young children. Common Core is supposed to be more “rigorous.” However, it won’t prepare students for admission to much of anything except a junior college, and won’t prepare them for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies either. This was confirmed by lead math writer, Jason Zimba.

Because Common Core introduces higher level standards at earlier ages, these younger children struggle because the strategies and lessons aren’t understandable to them. It isn’t that the standards simply require more work. It’s that the standards themselves are inappropriate. So, teachers must spend an excessive amount of time trying to teach abstract concepts that children aren’t capable of mastering, thus crowding out grade-level, appropriate materials that would truly advance the child’s progress.

What happens is that teachers are going to see typically developing children as delayed or behind. This will lead to students being held back or tracked into remedial classes that they don’t really need. This also negatively affects teacher evaluations, and unfairly so.

The National Governors Association and Writing Group were warned to suspend the standards for K-3 by over 300 professionals with the Alliance for Childhood after the first public draft was published in March 2010.

Dr. Carla Horwitz of the Yale Child Study Center stated, “The Core Standards will cause suffering, not learning, for many, many young children.” And they have.

Sandi Bartlett

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  1. Common Core has its pros and cons like anything else, but the writer is right when it comes to trying to teach higher level concepts to K-5 children when they are not ready. It is not fair to them and it is not fair to the teachers and staff. Let’s face it; other factors come into play when it comes to learning. Parental involvement, hunger and poverty issues are just the tip of the iceberg as to why kids have a hard time understanding concepts. Social promotion is a huge mistake, but this is what happens when the higher ups (politically and educationally) decide to use children as guina pigs for a social educational experiment. It has failed and the losers are the children. Children should never be promoted to the next grade level until they can master the grade level that they are at. Mainstreaming is another failed experiment that is being shoved down teacher’s throats. Mainstreaming could work if they put their money where their mouths are because it takes an enormous amount of extra staff to do it right and consider all the extra hours that it takes to implement alternate teaching strategies for the sake of 2-5 students as well as the other lesson plans for the other 30. There is no 40 hour work week anymore even though admin,the district and the legislature make demands on teacher’s time as if they don’t have enough to do. They are making general ed teachers become special ed teachers without the qualifications. They do not hire enough staff to help those teachers with the extra mainstreamed kids who need the extra attention in the classroom, much less help the 30 other kids. As for Plato, it can be equal to or harder than a regular class depending on what admin wants based on what the district is demanding when it comes to numbers. Plato can be set up to where all the supplemental work would be required which includes doing research papers, reading literature, even building and designing things. The math could be better when it comes to explaining and doing supplemental work. When it is not done right; that is when you get students who were failing before – who all of a sudden get a whole semester credit in one week. Did they learn anything? No, of course not. Is it fair to the other students who are doing the coursework for the whole semester? It is not. What is it teaching these kids? It is teaching these kids that they can skirt the system and get away with it for now. It is all about numbers and it costs money to educate these high school kids who can’t read and write so it is easier to say that they did Plato and got credit to move them out so that they can be failures in society. I don’t understand what the difference is between when I went to school and now because I grew up in a poor neighborhood in town and all of the kids at school learned to read and write, etc. My parents didn’t have any kind of a real education either, but I do know that we didn’t play until the homework was done even if they couldn’t help us and heaven forbid if the teacher and the principal ever called home to complain about our behavior. We also knew that education was a way out from under poverty and we learned everything that our brains could take in. We all don’t have the same brains and we all learn differently, but there is no excuse for graduating students who don’t deserve it.

  2. Common Core is yet another latest trend thought up by one of many educational gurus. One component of “preparing” students for it is “Close Reading,” not to be confused with “Cloze Reading” from back in the 1980’s. Close Reading, in a nutshell, is nothing more than teaching students how to take notes from a given reading piece and to parrot the opinions of said reading piece. This gives the creators (mainly Pearson) carte blanche to feed students biased, mostly uber-liberal points of view in the reading pieces which they have selected, the ultimate intent being to create a generation of lock-step liberals.

  3. The idiot’s that bought into the “Common Core B.S.” have proven that they have NO “Common Sense” and are the real threat to our schooling and Freedom’s to have a better education system.

  4. Would make no difference at TUSD because of social promotions. Just pass them along and when they “graduate” they will be one of the Grijalva mafia, poor, dumb and on the government dole. The 47% is more likely closer to 48 or 49% now. Mitt Romney was right. The takers will never vote for someone that will take the “free” stuff away from them. As far as I am concerned, they can start with the “free” cell phones. I want to puke every time I go by one of the tents set up to give away phones.

    • jdfast, verily, thou sayest the truth! As long as online Plato courses are used by requiring students to only take the final test for a passing grade in order to recover credits for classes in which their attendance was spotty, their attention span limited, and their mastery nonexistent, Common Core and any standardized exam is useless.

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