Giving Up Common Core (Math)

Posted: February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

When states decide to give up Common Core and to make their own standards, I don’t believe they always know what they are doing.

I found a great game online for students to be interactive with their math and not just answer question after question . . . but it’s aligned to Common Core.

We have wonderful resources in our school building to help us assess students . . . but it’s aligned to Common Core.

Do we still use these items? Yes.

Do we try our best to align it to our own standards to help us understand what students know and don’t know? Yes.

So what is this post about?

The purpose of Common Core is so that teachers can work together across the country (and world) to prepare students the same way. Before Common Core, states had their own standards of what needed to be learned when. So if we had students move between states, we would find that students would be a year behind or a year ahead because the standards they were being taught by were different.

The purpose of Common Core is so that creators of games and websites could be utilized by more teachers and students and help everyone improve. Instead, since we don’t have Common Core, I have to try and piece the pieces together of different websites and different resources to help my students rather than just have one or two wonderful resources that would meet the needs of the standards.

The purpose of Common Core was to help students who have parents who move not be disconnected. When students make big moves between states (yes, this happens daily) then students should be able to pick up where they left off at the last school. Instead, since we are not Common Core, I have to piece together the knowledge that they have and what they’ve learned and either fill in the holes that they have because they haven’t gotten to what we have yet, or try and not bore then because they already have learned the information.

What I’m saying here is that Common Core has become a political statement. It is yet another thing that our government doesn’t understand how “their feelings” effect more than themselves.

You are frustrating teachers when you toss out Common Core.

You are leaving children behind when you toss out Common Core.

You are taking fantastic resources away from teachers and parents when you toss out Common Core.

Government, stop thinking about yourselves and start really helping students learn and become successful. Remember, those students will be making decisions when you are old and retired. Do you want them to think about you the same way that you think about them?

  1. kskeeters says:

    Thank you for writing this. I appreciate the perspective – and it’s always nice to know I’m not alone.

  2. Matt says:

    Well said, Anthony. Unfortunately, it’s still being used as a political statement in states that have already adopted CC. States that have adopted continue to refine their curriculum content to be truly aligned to the CC. This process takes time and isn’t easily fixed by just adopting a series that is already aligned.

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