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Boxed Curriculum

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With the "core" now comes a standards based education and boxed curriculum from the business sector. Many of these curriculums are "scripted" ie the teacher does nothing but read from the materials.
Are we really moving ahead or just feeding [ paying ] the machine that makes the lessons?

exactly!

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exactly!

You say it's not just another

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You say it's not just another change--it's different-- but I've been hearing THAT with every change for years too. I've even said it.

Ask yourself who is making money from this.
Also, please explain where the money is going to come from for the training as well as time for implementation and collaboration, etc.

It can be the best change in education in decades or even since the beginning of time, but if teachers are overworked, students are stressed (or absent, or uninterested, or...), classes are too large, parents are too demanding, it's not going to happen, or at least not well.

I am a good teacher; a professional. I'm the one you want your child to be with. But I have 185 students I see each day for 45 quick minutes (not to mention near 30 in advisory), one 45 minute prep, hall duty, meetings, and more meetings, and being asked to add one more thing to my plate is not fair to me or to my students.

I could go on but it's too depressing. CCSS is not the answer, at least not at the moment. We have other priorities--or at least should have.

Language Arts, Grades 6,7,8. Catholic Cathechist Grade 6

long-term goal needs steadfast treatment and patience

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I think the "here we go again" feeling comes from the fact that we as educators have seen this kind of push before. My frustration isn't with the change in standards, curriculum, or even practices. My frustration is with the refusal to give educators time to grow into the changes in standards, curriculum and practices. Although as someone said we won't see the benefits of the Common Core until 1224-1225 when this year's kindergarten students graduate from high school, teachers know from past experience that some other "paradigm shift" will come around long before that. Just as we start to feel that we have adapted to the "new" someone decides that is "old" and therefore "bad". It feels as if we should just keep our currrent "teaching wardrobe" in a storage room somewhere. Like vintage clothing, those practices are bound to "come back in vogue" in another decade.

There was virtually no input

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There was virtually no input from the business community in creating the Common Core Standards. 75% of us go directly into the work force after high school. If we focus all of our attention on preparing students for the college path we are ignoring the vast majority of the population. Common core probably will do a great job of creating academicians but it doesn't address the needs of the real world. There are only enough seats in college for about 20 million students. We need to adjust our priorities. College isn't the only path to success. Ask Bill Gates.

Kindergarten Teacher from Maryland

New Teacher

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The Common Core seems to allow a teacher more autonomy in lesson planning. I am new to this curriculum and will be learning as I go along.

I am currently facing the

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I am currently facing the challenge of understanding and implementing the new standards. I agree that it is necessary for teachers to be offered professional development opportunities related to the standards. Thank you for the valuable information and the series!

Second grade teacher in Phenix City, Alabama

CCS

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I was very excited to see your series on Common Core Standards. We have been hearing this a lot this year, but we also thought it was the "same ole, same ole." We adopted a new math series this year, and I love it! Yes, it is definitely more challenging for the students, but I know with the focus being on the CCS, they will eventually be better off. We definitely need more Professional Development on the long term impact of Common Core, but I am on board and believe it's going to work. Thanks for the series; I am anxiously waiting for the rest of the them!

Jay, I understand the goal

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Jay,
I understand the goal and success for these standards is one that will be a long term process. It is hard to imagine the outcome of the future, considering that the Common Core Standards began with last years kindergarteners (2011-2012) with hopes that these students will be better prepared to meet the challenges in math and college language arts standards. Just think, those kindergarteners will not be in college until 2023/2024! Teachers should keep a positive outlook that if we all do our best to teach not TO these standards but MEET these standards throughout our teaching, years from now, our country will experience the benefits of such a long term goal!

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Jay McTighe education author and consultant

In this Series

In this series, authors Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins explore five big ideas about the Common Core State Standards and their translation into a curriculum. The goal of this series is to clear up misunderstandings and offer recommendations for designing a coherent curriculum and assessment system for realizing the standards' promise.

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