Utah teachers speak out against common core --anonymously-- on this survey just released today. http://fb.me/11JPpZLWm
Some comments from the survey:
I opposed Common Core Standards and assessments because they are poorly considered. The language standard is based upon whole language methods which have a long history of being ineffective and even harmful to developing language skills. The math standards are likewise proven faulty. Other standards in Literature, Handwriting, etc. are not based upon sound reasoning. I fully accept that individuals may use these systems if they disagree with me. I do not see that one viewpoint should be imposed universally. The decision about education content, standards and methods would be better accomplished on a more localized and individual level than it is now, not on a more centrist level. Government agencies have not been demonstrated to manage education well and have no right engaging in the kind of tracking, evaluation and directing of students that has been proposed.
Reading under the Common Core is very boring for both the student and the teacher. The students read for a few minutes and then are tested (constantly). I love reading but I hate this approach. There is no chance to get into the story and really enjoy learning to read. Math has been made into a complicated mess, for example rather than carry the 10 over into the 10′s column, the student must rearrange the numbers into 10′s and ones and then add. This confuses the student and isn’t necessary. I especially hate that the testing is based completely on the Common Core.and
privacy issues; too much testing; too much indoctrination; math is arbitrary and haphazard in intro of ideas and execution; much curriculum is age inappropriate-some too advanced, some too easy, again it is haphazard
These are tales from the classroom/school, not news releases from the two private trade organizations that created the standards, the National Governors Association and The Council of Chief State School Officers. The news releases gush with the wonders of CCSS and how they will transform education for the better. What the news releases don't tell the public is that the standards/assessments (not field tested or researched based) are privately owned and copyrighted and cannot be altered in any manner or held legally responsible if the standards do not deliver as promised. From corestandards.org:
Representations, Warranties and Disclaimer:THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE PROVIDED AS-IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND NGA CENTER/CCSSO MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT, ACCURACY, OR THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF ERRORS, WHETHER OR NOT DISCOVERABLE.
Limitation on Liability:UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL NGA CENTER OR CCSSO, INDIVIDUALLY OR JOINTLY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY LEGAL THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER FOR CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH RISK AND POTENTIAL DAMAGE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, LICENSEE WAIVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK LEGAL REDRESS AGAINST, AND RELEASES FROM ALL LIABILITY AND COVENANTS NOT TO SUE, NGA CENTER AND CCSSO.
If you are a teacher/administrator in Missouri, you are invited to take this anonymous survey on your experience with Common Core State Standards.